Greatest Pro Boxers Who Never Received Title Shot?

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  1. Italian Stallion

    Italian Stallion New Member Full Member

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    Not, I repeat NOT greatest fighters to never win a major belt because some of those actually did get title bouts. Rather, let’s list best fighters in the history of the sport to never receive a title shot. Ready, set, go!
     
  2. Eye of Timaeus

    Eye of Timaeus Active Member Full Member

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    The Murderers row Holman Williams, Bert Lytell,Charley Burley, Cocoa Lewis etc
     
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  3. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Not a great fighter, but Bernardo Mercado was a great puncher who might indeed have deserved a shot after knocking out Shavers and Berbick. Incredibly, he was stopped by Leon Spinks (!!!) who got the shot.
     
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  4. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Active Member Full Member

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    Almost certainly it’s Burley since Langford fought with a world title on the line but didn’t score a KO so settled for “newspaper decision”
     
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  5. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Halimi Gutierrez
    Jimmy Warnock
    Bunty Doran
    Famoso Gomez
    Art Hafey
    Toluco Lopez
    Harold Petty
    Percy Bassett
    Sammy Goss
    Alfredo Urbina
    Packey McFarland
    Wes Ramey
    Isaac Logart
    Gypsy Joe Harris
    Tony Ayala
    Eddie Booker
    Jack Chase
    Lloyd Marshall
    Dave Sands
    Jimmy Bivins
    James Scott
    Harry Wills
    Ike Ibeabuchi
     
  6. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    @scartissue beat me to it:

    Great Scott

    Super Scott

    James Scott

    Beat top contender Eddie Gregory (later known as Eddie Mustafa Muhammad). And Yaqui Lopez. And Richie Kates and Jerry Celestine and Jesse Burnett. Among others.

    But he was in a New Jersey prison and the powers that be (rightfully IMO) determined he couldn’t become a mandatory contender ... they couldn’t compel a champion to come to Rahway prison to fight, and he couldn’t get out on a furlough to fight for the championship in Atlantic City (or elsewhere).

    So he got beat by Jerry “The Bull” Martin and Dwight Muhammad Qawi. I think he lost heart when the sanctioning bodies made their ruling that he couldn’t become a mandatory and clearly no champ was going to prison to risk the belt. But those two might have been better than him anyway.

    It was a compelling story we got to watch play out in the light heavyweight heyday of the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
     
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  7. juppity

    juppity Boxing Addict Full Member

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  8. thistle

    thistle Member Full Member

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    and Fred Henneberry
     
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  9. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Layne
    Ike
    Wills
    Are the top HWs for me.
     
  10. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

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    If you mean the Ketchel fight that wasn't at middleweight, and should probably be considered a draw.

    He did have a shot at Walcott, and would have against Gans, but couldn't make the limit.
     
  11. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

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    Maybe Packey McFarland, assuming you don't recognise the title he fought for.
     
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  12. Dance84

    Dance84 Unicorn and seastar land booted Full Member

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    This is beautiful appreciating top contenders of the past. I like that
     
  13. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Surprisingly Donovan Razor Ruddock, despite all his big high profile fights against the likes of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Tommy Morrison, never actually fought for any recognised versions of the world heavyweight title.
     
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  14. LoadedGlove

    LoadedGlove Member Full Member

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    Joe Baksi at Heavyweight. Baksi was huge for his day and rolling over everyone put in front of him then lost a decision to hit and hop Swede Ole Tandberg and kissed his shot at Joe Louis goodbye.
    Kevin Finnegan at Middleweight. Spent 7 years in the top 10. Was British and European Champion. Poor Kevin was basically sacrificed to a pre Championship Marvin Hagler twice by Mickey Duff. Kevin was never on the floor in either fight and both were neck and neck when Kevin was stopped on cuts. The cuts from the first fight hadn't even healed properly when they re-matched. Duff could a callous b......d .
     
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  15. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Duff wasn't Finnegan's manager.Freddie Hill was.
     
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