Men's Heavyweight Boxers of All-Time
By Laura Lee - July 14, 2022

One of the most physically demanding sports today is men’s heavyweight boxing. These sportsmen are some of the strongest and most talented fighters to enter the ring. Some of the unpopular men’s heavyweight boxers are listed here, some names asides from the likes of Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, etc.

At 15, George Foreman in Houston’s Fifth Ward turned into a mugger after being born into a poor household. The Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps saved him, and after leaving for California, he met Doc Broaddus, a Job Corps counselor, who urged him to start boxing. He immediately had an outstanding amateur record before going pro in 1969. In 1973, Foreman claimed the title of heavyweight world champion. He successfully defended his championship twice, and in the quickest heavyweight battle ever at 50 seconds, he defeated Jose Roman. One of the most well-known battles in boxing history, “The Rumble in the Jungle,” took place in 1974 between Foreman and Muhammad Ali.

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The Easton Assassin, also known as Larry Holmes, was most well-known for his defensive strategies. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he held the title of heavyweight champion. Before entering organized boxing in Easton, Pennsylvania, and becoming a professional at 24, he was a street fighter when he was younger. With Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali as his sparring partners, he struggled to establish himself as a top fighter. He won the World Boxing Council’s heavyweight championship in 1978 and successfully defended it 17 times.

Carter Morgan introduced Evander Holyfield to boxing when he joined the Boys and Girls club at eight. At the age of 21, he entered the professional ranks and, in 1984, won the National Golden Gloves Championship. In 1986, Holyfield captured his first world title. In 1988, he switched to the heavyweight category, and in 1990, he won the WBA, WBC, and IBF crowns. After learning that he had a heart issue, Holyfield was forced to retire, but a year later, he picked up boxing again. He won the world heavyweight champion five times before officially retiring in 2014. He faced Mike Tyson in the bout that Ring Magazine dubbed the year’s biggest upset and battle.