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Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

4th Nov 2017
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Although the golden era of boxing might have ended in the 1970's, the legendary heavyweight boxing champions of the world have always captured the public's fascination. Sure, boxers in lower weight categories like Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao might be equally skilled and their fights might be just as enjoyable to watch. But it is hard to argue that there isn't something truly special about watching big fighters collide in the center ring - going toe to toe round after round. Heavyweight boxers have thus justifiably garnered much deserved attention from the public and the press over the years. The heavyweight division has had its fair share of legends - from the great Ali, to the controversial Mike Tyson. Here is a list of the best heavyweight fighters ever to grace the ring. Rank this list to let me know who you think deserves to be at the top! Source(s): Wikipedia

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Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KO)

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Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Klitschko (born 25 March 1976) is a Ukrainian former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2017. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles, as well as the IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal titles. A strategic and intelligent boxer, Klitschko is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. He was known for his exceptional knockout power, using a strong jab, straight right hand and left hook. As an amateur, Klitschko represented Ukraine at the 1996 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division. After turning professional later that year, he defeated Chris Byrd in 2000 to win the WBO heavyweight title. Klitschko's first reign as champion ended in an upset knockout loss to Corrie Sanders in 2003, which was followed by another knockout loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004. It was during this time that Klitschko hired Emanuel Steward as his trainer, which began an eight-year partnership that lasted until Steward's death in 2012. In particular, Steward was credited with Klitschko's transition from an aggressive puncher to a more defensively-oriented boxer, much as he had done with Lennox Lewis in 1995 to 2003. In 2006, Klitschko regained a portion of the world heavyweight championship after stopping Chris Byrd in a rematch to win the IBF and IBO titles. He won the WBO title for a second time by defeating then-unbeaten champion Sultan Ibragimov in 2008. Following his defeat of Ruslan Chagaev in 2009, Klitschko was awarded the Ring and lineal titles, and lastly he won the WBA title from David Haye in 2011. Until his defeat by Tyson Fury in 2015, Klitschko was also recognized as lineal champion by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, while the WBA recognised him as one of its "Super champions", a distinction given to boxers who hold that title in addition to those by other sanctioning bodies in the same division. From 2006 to 2015, Wladimir and his older brother Vitali (himself a former world heavyweight champion) dominated heavyweight boxing, a period typically known as the "Klitschko Era" of the division. Overall, Klitschko holds the record for the longest combined world championship reign in boxing history at 4,383 days, and has the second most total successful title defenses of any heavyweight boxer with 23 (including his initial reign as WBO champion), behind Joe Louis (25) and ahead of Larry Holmes (20) and Muhammad Ali (19).
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