Ten greatest underachievers in heavyweight history in order

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  1. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Who are your ten greatest underachievers in heavyweight history in order? You cannot pick a fighter who is in your all time top 10 heavyweights. For example, i rank Tyson in my ATG top 10 at heavy, so even though he is an underachiever, i won't put him in my top 10.

    My list:

    1. Riddick Bowe
    2. Tim Witherspoon
    3. Buster Douglas
    4. Ike Ibeabuchi
    5. Greg Page
    6. Corrie Sanders
    7. Max Baer
    8. Michael Dokes
    9. David Tua
    10. Tommy Morrison
  2. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    There's a lot of competition for a spot on this list, that's for sure.
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  3. Showstopper97

    Showstopper97 The Icon Full Member

    Oct 7, 2020
    1) Buster Douglas
    2) Riddick Bowe
    3) Tyrell Biggs
    4) Corrie Sanders
    5) Mike Tyson
    6) Oliver Mccall
    7) Earnie Shavers
    8) Ray Mercer
    9) David Haye
    10) Leon Spinks
    (Not necessarily in order tbh)
  4. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Given his standing after the Norton win, George Foreman didn't cement the legacy he should have in career 1.

    Totally overachieved in career 2, mind you.
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  5. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Jack Dempsey
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  6. Bronze Tiger

    Bronze Tiger Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    Why do you consider David Tua an under achiever?
  7. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Hagiographer Full Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Not sure about the 10.

    James J Corbett is up there for one no one has mentioned yet.
  8. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    He is way better than some guys (John Ruiz, for example) who held titles. I also think he was better than someone like Brewster.

    If Tua showed up in shape post 1999, IMO he could have achieved more. He was 15-20 lbs overweight vs Lewis, which hurt him in that fight.
  9. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

    Oct 16, 2019
  10. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    The 1980s was a kind of a strange era in heavyweight boxing. You had two ATG’s in Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson and then you also had a group of talented but under achieving heavyweights that seemingly failed to reach the potential of their early career promise. Many of them did still win versions of the world title but there still a feeling that they could have done a lot more with their talents. This includes the likes of Pinklon Thomas, Tim Witherspoon, Michael Dokes, Greg Page, Tony Tucker, Gerry Cooney and Tony Tubbs.
  11. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 15, 2018
    Max Baer
    Ernie Terrell
    Corrie Sanders
    Ike Ibeabuchi
    Tony Galento
    Gerry Cooney
    Oliver McCall
    Buster Douglas
    Nino Valdez
    Buddy Baer
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  12. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    1 Super Gato Gonzalez 1981 vs Claude Noel
    2 Dwight Braxton 1983 vs Michael Spinks
    3 Roger Stafford 1984 vs Donald Curry
    4 1984 Jeff Chandler vs Richard Sandov a l
    5 Greg Page entire career
    6 Barry McGuigan from Cruz onward
    7 Hector Camacho from Rosario onward
    8 Dwight Davidson
    9 Max Baer
    10 Colin Jones (throw punches!!!!!!!!!!)
  13. ideafix12

    ideafix12 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Where is Razor Ruddock
  14. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Well below 10.
  15. The Slaps

    The Slaps Win or lose, as long as you get the decision Full Member

    Apr 8, 2018
    1. Greg Page, Imo he could of been the next great, but he wasted his talent big time.

    2. Max Schmeling, I know a world champ and lot of his underachievements was out of his hand as he was the most avoided boxer in that era, but his horrible inconsistency didn't help.

    3. Jack Sharkey, former world champ, very inconsistent, him and Schmeling should of been the standard bearers to make the beginning of Louis's reign a little more difficult.

    4. Tommy Morrison, Imo never good enough to be world champ but should of been a top contender a lot longer.

    5. Ed Gunboat Smith, never really pushed for a world title fight even though one of the top contenders for years.

    6. Lee Savold, I know he won a portion of the heavyweight title, but he was a top contender for years, losing big fights whenever the opportunity arose. When he did fight Louis both well passed prime, he was probably lucky not to face Louis when both in prime.

    7. Riddick Bowe, I know he was undisputed champion but seemed to coast through his career after Holyfield II, the boxing bodies wouldn't rank him but he didn't help himself either.

    8. Corrie Sanders, in the shadows much of his career, could of achieved more.

    9. Gerry Cooney, don't think he was world champion material but should of kept at it after the Holmes match, something might of come around.

    10. Earnie Shavers, lady luck never seemed to be on his side.
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