Best weight division?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by SeanK, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. SeanK

    SeanK Member Full Member

    Apr 3, 2019
    Over the course of boxing history, which major weight class do you believe has seen the most talent?

    Boxers who went through multiple weight classes belong to the division they did their best work in.

    If you feel so inclined, leave your top 5 boxers for that weight class.
  2. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    Light Heavyweight. Although all of the original divisions have seen of talent as well. The runner up would he Lightweight. Imo
    1. Ezzard Charles
    2. Archie Moore
    3. Gene Tunney
    4. Tommy Loughran
    5. Maxie Rosenbloom
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  3. The Undefeated Lachbuster

    The Undefeated Lachbuster Handing SHW supremacists Ls Full Member

    Jul 18, 2018
    Heavyweight is my favorite but i acknowledge lightweight as the greatest division

    The beautiful thing about Heavyweight, beyond that it has the most interesting history and it's the face of boxing (boxing lives and dies by the success of the heavyweight division), but that EVERYONE is a heavyweight.

    Many people trick themselves into thinking you need to be 200lbs, when in all reality you can be a 150lbs Charlie Mitchell or 160lbs Bob Fitzsimmons fighting people twice your size. Hell just recently the 210lbs Wilder fought someone who weighed over 400lbs. You can fight whoever in heavyweight no matter of weight. Heavyweight is the weight category of real life
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  4. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    The heavyweight has always been the flagship division where all the best fighters are.
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  5. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Bronsonville Full Member

    Jul 25, 2015
    Lightweight is the deepest division, followed by Bantam, Fly and Middle.
  6. SeanK

    SeanK Member Full Member

    Apr 3, 2019
    I’m actually pretty uneducated about the bantam and fly weight individually. I always figured notable fighters from that weight class would’ve spent time at lightweight and would be listed there.
    What (or who) makes you rate the division so highly?
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  7. SeanK

    SeanK Member Full Member

    Apr 3, 2019
    Heavyweights do have to deal with weight disparities that other divisions don’t. Imagine if the greatest lightweights had to fight the greatest light heavyweights.
  8. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    I'm no where near as knowledgeable here as roughdiamond is but I'd say people like Jimmy Wilde, Midget Wolgast, Pancho Villa, Miguel Canto, Fighting Harada, Eder Jofre and several others put it in the conversation.

    And that's only a few I could come up with on the spin
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  9. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Bronsonville Full Member

    Jul 25, 2015
    Flyweight and Batamweight have had a history of being a competitive division for a long time, ranging from 'good' competition to 'extreme' in some eras. Once, the bantamweight title went from Jofre - Harada - Rose. If you didn't know, those are 3 ATGs of the division, and two top 50 p4ps, in basically one era! They are also exceptional H2H aswell, going back to early flyweights like Midget Wolgast, from the 1920s, who could compete with anyone today.

    Flyweight and Bantamweight are also some of the oldest divisions historically, so they have a large legacy. I reccomend checking the posts of users such as Flea Man, Tin_Ribs, McGrain, Confuscious, Sweet Pea (who was booted), BitPlayerVesti among others to learn about the divisions. They can explain it alot better than I can.

    For example, here's Flea man's top 10 Batamweight article (introduction) . You'll learn alot about bantamweight just reading these.

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  10. 88Chris05

    88Chris05 Active Member Full Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    For me, Light-Heavyweight, Welterweight and Lightweight are the 'deepest' divisions historically, in terms of all-time greats who have peaked there, great eras in which legendary 175 / 147 / 135 lb fighters have been clustered together and producing classic contests etc. If I had to pick one I'll go with the Light-Heavyweights, as it's my favourite weight class. As for a top five: 1) Charles 2) Moore 3) Michael Spinks 4) Tunney 5) Foster.
  11. Bronze Tiger

    Bronze Tiger Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    Lightweight.....if you are in the top 50 all-time at lightweight....then you are an elite fighter
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  12. emallini

    emallini Boxing Junkie banned Full Member

    Mar 16, 2008
  13. red cobra

    red cobra Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I've always been partial to bantam, middle and light heavy.
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    christpuncher Active Member banned Full Member

    Jul 31, 2019
  15. Blaxx

    Blaxx Member Full Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    Welterweight. The amount of talent that peaked there is remarkable.
    Sugar Ray Robinson
    Ray Leonard
    Jose Napoles
    Henry Armstrong
    Thomas Hearns
    Kid Gavilan
    Barney Ross
    Emile Griffith
    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    I think it's unmatched, though lightweight and light heavy weight are also stacked.
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