How many global superstars have we had in boxing?

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  1. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Certainly Chris Eubank throughout Europe, South Africa and Asia. Along with Ali, Tyson and Hamed.
     
  2. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I think people are misunderstanding what a crossover superstar is.
     
  3. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    The first 'global' sporting superstar, who first resembles what we now consider a 'superstar', was Jem Mace.
     
  4. Pachilles

    Pachilles Boxing Addict Full Member

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    nobody for Marciano?
     
  5. Chuck1052

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    John L. Sullivan may have been the most famous athlete, let alone the most famous boxer, of the 19th Century.

    - Chuck Johnston
     
  6. JLP 6

    JLP 6 Fighter/Puncher Full Member

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    Most famous fighters by decade

    1890's: John L. Sulivan
    1900's: Bob Fitzsimmons
    1910's: Jack Johnson
    1920's: Jack Demspey
    1930's: Joe Louis
    1940's: Joe Louis / Sugar Ray Robinson
    1950's: Rocky Maricano / Sugar Ray Robinson
    1960's: Cassuis Clay
    1970's: Muhammad Ali
    1980's: Sugar Ray Leonard / Mike Tyson
    1990's: Oscar De La Hoya / Mike Tyson / Roy Jones Jr.
    2000's: Manny Pacquaio / Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    2010's: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
     
  7. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Crossover - the first names on my list would be Ali, Leonard, Tyson and DeLaHoya. These are names in the super heavy media that broached the mainstream barrier and made these recognisable and marketable names. Of course many names can follow like the aforementioned Louis and Robinson, but when you can get to the point of pop-star status you are talking marketing. John Conteh of England and Mando Ramos of the west coast enjoyed this in their respective locales, but due to shortened careers their names never broadened beyond their bailwick.
     
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  8. JLP 6

    JLP 6 Fighter/Puncher Full Member

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    Joe Louis was the heavyweight champion for 11 years! He KO'ed everything moving during those years. Seriously can you imagine if MIke Tyson spanned his reign that long? Joe Louis was the champion for some peoples entire childhood. He had to be the most famous man in the connected world.
     
  9. Skins

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    Monzon was big in Europe
     
  10. mcvey

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    One. Muhammad Ali.I saw his photo in the houses in remote villages inTunisia,Algeria,Morocco,Greece,Turkey,Sicily etc .He is the only real crossover star who was truly world famous and recognized everywhere.
     
  11. tennis

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    Ali and pacquiao

    The world isn't America so forget about all those other Yankee bums
     
  12. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Like it or not, if you haven't made it in America, you haven't made it.

    That's just a fact, however unsavory it may be to you.
     
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  13. Senya13

    Senya13 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Don't make things up about Russia. Ali may have been shown on TV a few times, but few people remembered him or his name.
     
  14. MARAVILLLLLLLLA

    MARAVILLLLLLLLA New Member Full Member

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    From bitchko to ibragimov to povetkin all say ali and tyson were their idols growing up
     
  15. Senya13

    Senya13 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    You are talking about boxing fans. I'm talking about ordinary people.