Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 17 equal Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston

Luke G. Williams
25/08/2016 9:33am

In this series I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the last of three men who came joint 17th in my standings – Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 17 equal Jersey Joe Walcott

Luke G. Williams
15/08/2016 9:38am

In this series I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the second of three men who came joint 17th in my standings – Jersey Joe Walcott.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No.20 Floyd Patterson

Luke G. Williams
02/07/2016 11:21am

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the man who came 20th in my standings – Floyd Patterson.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No.21 equal Bob Fitzsimmons

Luke G. Williams
24/06/2016 11:06am

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the second of two men who came joint 21st in my standings – Bob Fitzsimmons.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No.21 equal Max Schmeling

Luke G. Williams
16/06/2016 9:33am

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the first of two men who came joint 21st in my standings – Max Schmeling. Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling is one of only six European-born boxers to become Lineal World Heavyweight Champion. The ‘Black Uhlan of the Rhine’’s career was often overshadowed by politics - seen as a Nazi puppet by many throughout the 1930s, the extent of his secret heroism would later become apparent.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 23 Tommy Burns

Luke G. Williams
07/06/2016 9:21am

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the man who came No. 23 in my standings – Tommy Burns. History has not been kind to the only Canadian-born lineal Heavyweight Champion. His physical and mental humiliation at the hands of the great Jack Johnson in 1908 is all most people recall when they hear Burns’ name (if they hear his name at all). Yet his achievements warrant respect and his career is ripe for re-appraisal.

 

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 24 Michael Spinks

Luke G. Williams
26/05/2016 2:28pm

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the man who came No. 24 in my standings – Michael Spinks. Unquestionably one of the finest light-heavyweight of all time, the extent of Michael Spinks’ greatness as a heavyweight is harder to quantify, for he only fought five times in the sport’s blue riband division.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 25 equal Riddick Bowe

Luke G. Williams
18/05/2016 10:58am

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the second of two men who are equal at No. 25 in my standings – Riddick Bowe. Of all the fighters examined in this series, Bowe is arguably the biggest under-achiever. His career record of 43-1 (plus one no contest) flatters him – a boxer of such immense gifts should have achieved far more.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 25 equal Tyson Fury

Luke G. Williams
20/04/2016 5:56am

In this series, I am rating all of the lineal heavyweight champions across five categories, with the fighters then being ranked from 1 down to 38 depending on their final score out of 50. Today I'm looking at the first of two men who are equal at No. 25 in my standings – Tyson Fury. Tyson Luke Fury has been a fighter ever since he was born two-and-a-half months premature in Manchester in 1988, weighing just one pound. His parents were told he had little chance of surviving, but survive he did and almost three decades later he was World Heavyweight Champion.

Ranking the heavyweight champions: No. 27 (equal) Max Baer

Luke G. Williams
26/03/2016 7:51am

One of the most entertaining and charismatic heavyweight champions, Max Baer never quite fulfilled his considerable potential, largely due to a laissez-faire attitude and the inevitable distractions of the fame and fortune that came with being a major player in the heavyweight division in the 1930s. Baer once declared: “I’ve got a million dollar body and a ten-cent brain,” a quip that aptly summarised his fun-loving persona. However, his jokiness was arguably a mask for a sensitive individual who had to cope with the emotional distress of being involved in two fatal ring tragedies.