It is true that I rarely ever talk sports, I just don't care to discuss athletics most of the time; however, I am a bit of a boxing aficionado, so I will write about it. There is always debate about who is the best athlete, or who is the best boxer, or who would have beaten who. There are more opinions than there are boxers, nonetheless, there are some fighters whose story and legendary abilities have withstood the test of time.
The first question. Why Heavyweights? Because the heavyweight champion is supposed to represent the absolute best the division has to offer, and there is a more subtle reason. Boxers in the heavyweight division are built larger, sometimes much larger, than any other weight class.They should possess greater strength, punching power, and ability to withstand punches thrown by other large sized men, more so than any member of the lighter weight divisions. This is the reason why boxing, and other contact sports, are divided into weight classes.
When facing a heavyweight, smaller athletes will be quickly overwhelmed under normal circumstances. This was proven a number of times throughout the Twentieth Century. Legendary fighters such as Light Heavyweight champions Archie Moore and Bob Foster, and the incredibly brave Welterweight Mickey Walker, all failed against quality Heavyweights. In today's era, boxers of different weight classes rarely ever move up and try to challenge the "big boys" of boxing, although there have been a few exceptions.
There are many great Heavyweight boxers that have earned the title "Champion". In today's era, with multiple organizations awarding sometimes worthless belts, it is difficult to separate one from the next; however, quality boxers will stand out and make their mark. With the rise of the giant sized boxers like the Klitschko brothers, the division has lost much of it's luster and popularity in the past fifteen years. There is too much disparity in size between some the boxers: however, good skills, determination, and heart, are still qualities which can lead an aspiring boxer to stardom.
So which qualities does a Heavyweight Champion need to make it to the All Time Best list? The simple answer is they must have scored consistent victories over other quality boxers, and defended the title while doing so. Below are my choices, you may disagree with them, but I don't mind.
10. Rocky Marciano
9. Evander Holyfieled
8. Lennox Lewis
7. Sonny Liston
6. Jack Johnson
5. Joe Frazier
4. Larry Holmes
3. George Foreman
2. Muhammad Ali
1. Joe Louis
Max Bear- The clown prince of heavyweights, his overhand right was legendary.
Jack Dempsy- The Manassa Mauler, he literally mauled the opposition
Floyd Patterson- A nice, decent man. He had great ability, but a very weak chin.