Coming to a Consensus on the #3 Heavyweight Champion

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Who deserves #3?

  1. Rocky Marciano

    7 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. Lennox Lewis

    29 vote(s)
    46.0%
  3. Larry Holmes

    15 vote(s)
    23.8%
  4. George Foreman

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  5. Jack Johnson

    4 vote(s)
    6.3%
  6. Jack Dempsey

    3 vote(s)
    4.8%
  7. Evander Holyfield

    2 vote(s)
    3.2%
  8. Wladimir Klitschko

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Mike Tyson

    2 vote(s)
    3.2%
  1. The Undefeated Lachbuster

    The Undefeated Lachbuster Active Member Full Member

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    Everyone living under a rock and their grandmothers rank Ali and Louis as the top 2 greatest heavyweights (its an over-generalization for effect, don't kill me), usually the #3 spot is the one that causes a divide.

    This poll is meant as a show-of-hands, seeing who the forum-goers agree on for the #3 spot. If your #3 doesn't show up, rank the highest person on your list that shows in the poll. I've simply put who has the best arguments and most common findings for the third place.

    Note: THIS IS A GREATNESS RATING, NOT H2H.
     
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  2. PhillyPhan69

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    I voted Holmes but don’t have much separating him and Lewis for claiming the 3rd spot
     
  3. PhillyPhan69

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    You should make the poll option public so we know who voted for who and who to blame...you also excluded Wlad and Tyson and maybe another? Not that I would place them at 3 but you could argue either one of them IMO
     
  4. The Long Count

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    No Wlad on your list? 23 Title defenses? 18 consecutive. Unified 3 belts - took on numerous prime challenges from top 10 rated opponents and most importantly recognized as the best heavy for 11 years.
    Guy is seriously underrated on here. Reminds of Holmes during his time and immediately after it.
     
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  5. The Undefeated Lachbuster

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    Honestly I thought I was being too generous with Holyfield and Dempsey

    I'll see if i can edit it to be that way
     
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    23 tomato cans, never unified
     
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    Oh I think 3-12 could go a variety of ways with out being to extreme.
     
  8. The Undefeated Lachbuster

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    I cant edit it to make the votes view-able but i can edit it to add wlad and tyson
     
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    ????wlad (not a fan) sits atop the leader board for most unified defenses. Now I don’t rate him 3 but he is a viable choice....but so are the others listed ;-)

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  10. The Undefeated Lachbuster

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    Yep, and i added him as an option

    Doesn't change the fact that he doesn't even break my top 12

    Also, so? That just means that he can duck serious challengers by vacating and not fighting them. His unified record doesn't even compare to Holmes' 20 title defenses, much less Louis' 26. Both of which had better competition, and the good competition of the era had to actually fight each other instead of the 6 belt era's bs

    I'm looking at you, Anthony Joshua

    I should mention i have no gripes with Wlad. He may be boring and overrated, but i respect his attitude. He represents the class we need more of in boxing IMO
     
  11. The Long Count

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    Once you win more than one belt you - unify. He was never undisputed. He has a better claim than several choices you put on that list.
    And let’s be real the wbc kept the last belt for him - anyone really believe he wouldn’t of smoked Stiverne or Wilder who he bounced around in sparring.
    Most important aspect of the sport is not the belts - they have heir own agenda - it’s who fights the best available opposition and who is considered the consensus best heavy. That was Wlad for 11 years
     
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    Even though he has very justifiable reasons, he never fought the number 1 contender during his career
     
  13. The Long Count

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    Povetkin was 1 when they fought. Or maybe it was Pulev. I forget. But the only reason he missed out was cause his brother had that locked up and I believe you have to give a pass on that. Haye was 2 when they fought and would of been a 1 as well if not for Vitali. But hey this isn’t my list. I’m not going to debate it with the Op. I chose Holmes, was close to taking Marciano.
     
  14. The Undefeated Lachbuster

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    Personally, not fighting Vitali IS his biggest flaw in my eyes
     
  15. The Long Count

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    That’s stupid. You don’t fight your brother in a violent sport for money. Look what happened to Stevenson Saturday - you think either of them want that to happen by the other or for their mother. You don’t understand how the sport really works it’s not a video game it’s real life. No person within the sport holds that against him.
     

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