By Ken Hissner: This author lately did an article on Ten Heavyweights which ought to have included Lennox “The Lion” Lewis, Riddick “Large Daddy” Bowe, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko, and Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, together with Gene “The Combating Marine” Tunney, making it “fortunate 13”.
Beginning with Lewis, who was 80-11 amongst different information given and gained the Tremendous Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medal on the Seoul, South Korea Olympics and he would flip skilled in his birthplace in London, UK, in June of 1989, scoring 5 wins by stoppage and one DQ the remainder of the 12 months.
In June of 1990, Lewis defeated former WBA Cruiserweight champion Ossie “Jaws” Ocasio, 22-9-1 over eight rounds. In March of 1981, after successful the EBU title, he defended in opposition to and stopped Jamaican-born Gary Mason, 35-0, in seven rounds, enhancing his file to 15-0.
Within the subsequent combat for Lewis, he stopped former WBA Heavyweight champion Mike “Hercules” Weaver, 35-15-1, in his USA debut. Subsequent, he added the British title stopping former IBF Cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory, 28-6. On the finish of 1991, he stopped the 1984 Tremendous Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs, 19-4, within the USA.
In 1992 Lewis added the Commonwealth title, stopping Derek “Candy D” Williams, 19-4. In October, he stopped Jamaican-born Canadian resident Donovan “Razor” Ruddock, 27-3-1. Since WBC Champion Riddick “Large Daddy” Bowe refused to defend in opposition to him, Lewis was declared WBC World champion.
Lewis scored a pair of knockdowns in his first protection, defeating former WBA World champion Tony “TNT” Tucker, 48-1, within the USA. Subsequent, he stopped future WBC champion Frank Bruno, 36-3, in Wales. In September, Lewis misplaced for the primary time to Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall, 24-5, being stopped within the second spherical. Upon getting up, it appeared the referee prematurely waved it off.
Lewis got here again with 4 wins, together with over two former WBO World champions Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, 45-2-1, by stoppage and Ray “Cruel” Mercer, 22-3-1, by majority determination, each within the USA. This lastly received him a long-awaited rematch with McCall, now a former WBC champion for the vacant WBC title. Between rounds 4 and 5, McCall refused to combat, breaking out in tears forcing the referee to name a halt.
In March of 1999, within the fifth protection since re-winning the title Lewis was held to a break up determination draw by WBA and IBF World Heavyweight champion Evander “The Actual Deal’ Holyfield, 36-3-1, at Madison Sq. Backyard, New York. Eight months later, in a rematch, Lewis added the 2 titles held by Holyfield, defeating him in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Three wins by Lewis adopted over Michael Grant, 31-0, Frans Botha, 40-2-1, by stoppage, and over David “Tuaman” Tua, 37-1, all in 2000. In April of 2001 in South Africa, Lewis misplaced his titles being stopped within the fifth spherical. Seven months later, Lewis would regain the title, stopping Rahman in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 4 rounds.
In June 2002, Lewis stopped former world champion “Iron” Mike Tyson, 49-3, in eight rounds. In June of 2003, in his last bout behind after 5 rounds, he stopped former WBO World champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko, 32-1, within the sixth spherical on a reduce on the Staples Middle in L.A, CA. His last file was 41-2-1, with 32 stoppages.
Let’s decide up on Klitschko’s profession at this level. In June 1999, he gained the WBO title, stopping Herbie “Dancing Destroyer” Cover, 31-1, in London. After two defenses, he misplaced to Chris Byrd resulting from a shoulder harm in 9 rounds effectively forward on the time in Berlin, Germany.
Two fights later, Klitschko would win the vacant WBC title, stopping WBU champion Corrie “Sniper” Sanders, 39-2. After his loss to Lewis, he gained his remaining 13 fights, together with over Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter 33-1, former WBO champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs, 51-5-1, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Cuban Olanier Solis, 17-0, and in his last combat stopping Mahmoud “Diamond Boy” Charr, 21-0, in Moscow, Russia, in September 2002. His last file was 45-2 with 41 stoppages.
Subsequent, Riddick “Large Daddy” Bowe, with a 104-18 novice file, misplaced within the finals to Lennox “The Lion” Lewis within the 1988 Olympics. He turned professional in June of 1989 gained his nineteenth in a row over former WBC champion Pinklon “Pink” Thomas, 30-4-1, in September of 1990. In his thirty-second combat, the unbeaten Bowe gained the WBC, WBA, and IBF world titles, defeating Evander “The Actual Deal” Holyfield, 28-0, in November of 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In Bowe’s first protection, he stopped former WBA champion Michael “Dynamite” Dokes, 50-3-2, within the first spherical. Two fights later, he misplaced what could be his first and solely profession loss in a rematch with Holyfield, 29-1, in November of 1993 in Las Vegas, Nevada, by majority determination.
After a no-contest in his subsequent combat in opposition to Buster Mathis, 14-0, he gained his remaining 9 battles over such opponents as Larry “The Legend” Donald, 16-0, Herbie Cover, 26-0, Cuban Jorge Luis Gonzalez, 23-0, and in a 3rd match over Holyfield, 31-2.
A pair of unusual DQ back-to-back wins over Poland’s Andrew Golota, 28-0; he retired in December 1996. He would return to the ring with wins over three membership fighters in 2004, 2005, and 2008. His last file was 43-1 with 33 stoppages.
Gene “The Combating Marine” Tunney turned professional in July of 1915. 4 wins adopted by a draw, ten wins to comply with earlier than one other draw, in France whereas within the Marines.
In Might of 1922, Tunney would lose for the primary and solely profession time to future Middleweight world champion Harry “The Pittsburgh Windmill” Greg, 194-10-18, at Madison Sq. Backyard, New York, for the American Gentle heavyweight title.
Tunney would win his subsequent 9 fights earlier than successful a rematch with Greb 9 months later. In 5 fights, Tunney was 3-1-1 in opposition to Greb. Earlier than his last win over Greb, he defeated Jeff “The Bayonne Globetrotter” Smith, 135-27-5, and after his final victory over Greb, he stopped Tommy Gibbons, 96-4-4.
4 wins at heavyweight would comply with for Tunney when he defeated NBA Heavyweight champion Jack “The Manassa Mauler” Dempsey, 57-4-9, in September of 1926 earlier than 120,557 in attendance on the Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia, PA, over ten rounds.
In a rematch one 12 months later, nearly to the day, Tunney survived the Lengthy Depend” as Dempsey stood over him for an extra 5 seconds to go on to win over ten rounds. Tunney would have yet one more fight-ending his profession, stopping Tom “The Arduous Rock from Down Underneath” Heeney, 32-8-5, of New Zealand, in July of 1928 in 11 rounds, at Yankee Stadium, New York. His last file was 65-1-1 with 48 stoppages.
Lastly, Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko gained the 1996 Olympics Gold Medal on the Atlanta Video games in Georgia. In November of 1996, he would flip professional and win his seventeenth straight combat successful the vacant WBC Worldwide title, stopping Marcus McIntyre, 15-1, in February of 1998 in Germany.
In Klitschko’s twenty-fifth combat, he misplaced to Ross “The Boss” Purity, 24-13-1, in Kyiv, Ukraine. 5 fights later, he gained the EBU title, stopping Axel Schulz, 26-3-1, who in two of these losses have been by majority determination to “Large” George Foreman, 73-4, and a break up determination for the vacant IBF title to Michael “Double MM” Moorer, 36-1.
In October of 2000, Klitschko defeated Chris “Speedy Fireplace” Byrd, 31-1, for the WBO title that Byrd had crushed the older brother Vitali for. 5 title protection wins would comply with earlier than dropping to Corrie “Sniper” Sanders, 38-2, in March of 2003, by stoppage.
Two wins would comply with when Klitschko misplaced for the vacant WBO title by stoppage to Lamon “Relentless” Brewer, 29-2, in April of 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In September 2005, he defeated Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare,” 24-0, in an eliminator bout. In April of 2006, he would get a rematch with Byrd, 39-2-1, for the IBF title stopping him in seven in Germany.
Eighteen title combat wins would comply with Klitschko earlier than dropping to Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury, 24-0, in November of 2015, in Germany. In April of 2017, in what could be his subsequent and last combat, he misplaced to Anthony “AJ” Joshua, 18-0, in Londo. His last file was 64-5 with 53 stoppages.
There you might have it—5 “forgotten” world champions.
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