Originally Posted by C. M. Clay II
Ali, Foreman, Liston, Chuvalo, Tua, Tyson, and others.
Perhaps I should hav explained what I meant by "Tougher". I don't mean best, or most likely to win a fight - i mean toughest. Get the job done, doesn't matter what happens, take punishment, stay in there, keep fighting old school plough the back field the day after a 40 round war type tough. As much in the mind as the body I guess.
Ali doesn't qualify. He was far to interested in getting things his own way. Having said that, his Manilla performance alone qualifies him in terms of durability.
Foreman doesn't qualify. Didn't he plunge into a horrible depression after Ali beat him? Jeffries probably would have gone and broken a horse the next day, then started complaining about the re-match he'd be expected to fight.
Liston is an interesting choice. Rocky Marciano would also be a reasonable pick. But i'd probably have them at #3 and #2 respectively.
Not even touching your Tyson suggestion!