Top 15 Heavyweight Wins

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  1. Joeywill

    Joeywill Active Member Full Member

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    This is my list of the best heavyweight wins in the history of boxing. I am factoring in who you beat, how you beat them and the historical significance of the fight.
    Top 15 heavyweight wins of all time

    1)Joe Frazier beating Muhammad Ali
    2)Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson
    3)George Foreman beating Joe Frazier 1st time
    4)Muhammad Ali beating George Foreman
    5)Evander Holyfield beating Mike Tyson 1st time
    6)Max Schmelling beating Joe Louis
    7)Joe Louis beating Max Schmelling
    8)Muhammad Ali beating Sonny Liston
    9)Hasim Rahman beating Lennox Lewis
    10)Riddick Bowe beating Evander Holyfield 1st time
    11)Evander Holyfield beating Riddick Bowe
    12)Sonny Liston beating Floyd Patterson first time
    13)Larry Holmes beating Norton
    14Tyson Fury beating Wladimir Klitschko
    15)Tyson Fury beating Deontay Wilder 2nd fight

    Keep in mind that this is only based on official results so Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield 1 is not included.

    Let me know if I missed anything
     
  2. SimonLock

    SimonLock New Member Full Member

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    Good list. The most obvious omission for me is Burns vs. Johnson
     
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  3. USFBulls727

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    Schmelling beating Louis
    Young beating Foreman

    Unlike the fights on your list, neither of these was a title fight, but good wins nonetheless
     
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  5. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

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    Great list, both the fights and the order! Well done!!

    Probably next tier, but here goes...

    Tunney W10 Dempsey
    Braddock W15 Baer
    Marciano KO13 Walcott
    Tyson KO1 Spinks
    Lewis TKO6 Vitali
     
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  6. Joeywill

    Joeywill Active Member Full Member

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    I have Schmelling beating Louis at number 6.
     
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  7. ikrasevic

    ikrasevic covid-19 is not a disease, but ecumenism is Full Member

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    Spinks beat Holmes 1
    Ezzard Charles beat Joe Louis
     
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  8. USFBulls727

    USFBulls727 Member Full Member

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    No idea how I overlooked that.
     
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  9. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    Sanders' humiliation of Wlad has to be a top 15 win.
    Ditto McCall knocking out Lennox Lewis
    I think Schmeling should be top 2
    Tyson v. Spinks
    Andy Ruiz tko Joshua is borderline.
    Lewis over Holyfield was also significant
    Charles over Louis should be on there.

    I'd get rid of Liston over Patterson and Ali over Liston (poor effort by Liston due to injury). I'm not sure about Holyfield over Bowe due to the closeness+Fanman and Bowe not being that historically significant. I'm not big on Holmes--Norton either since Norton had limits and Foreman and Garcia had waxed him already. Spinks over Holmes is better than that.

    Schmeling was also pretty far past it when Louis beat him.
     
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  10. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I think Schmeling win over Louis should be at worst top 3 and to me, it's the greatest win in HW history.
     
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  11. turpinr

    turpinr Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Johnson vs Burns definitely belongs on that list but not Liston vs Patterson.
    Although both Johnson and Liston had to pursue the champion for a fight, in Johnson's case following Burns all over the globe.
    To me Frazier beating Ali in March 1971 beats all.
    Louis vs Schmeling is very significant.
    Foreman vs Moorer
    Ali vs Foreman
    Sullivan vs Corbett and Corbett vs Fitzimmons deserve their place in history too
     
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  12. turpinr

    turpinr Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Sanders was the first southpaw champion wasn't he ?
    If so he deserves his place*

    *I'm not a southpaw by the way and I'm not affiliated with them
     
  13. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    Moorer was.
     
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  14. turpinr

    turpinr Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Thanks.
    I thought Sanders had done it before Moorer.
    In which case Moorer can have Sanders place.
     
  15. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

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    @Seamus you'll notice WK doesn't have any victory here and probably not in the top 20 either. 25% of the marcus of queensberry rules though lolol !!