The Biggest Names in Heavyweight Boxing

Boxing is one of the games that hardly leaves fans on their seats. Every blow gets you closer to your seat’s edge until you can’t sit anymore. It is a passionate game where two people normally wearing protective gear like gloves throw punches at each other for a certain period of time in a ring.

Just like any sports, boxing has a winner and a loser. It involves extensive training before the competitions commence. You have to be physically fit to throw those many punches to an equally trained and powerful contender. Boxing is a physical game that leaves many players with face injuries.

There are some names that have established themselves as boxing bigwigs. We have compiled a list for you below. Read on.

The Biggest Names in Heavyweight Boxing
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Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury was born on 12th August 1988 and is a professional boxer. He has won heavyweight World Champion two times having held The Ring magazine, WBC and lineal titles after defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020. 

Before that, Tyson Fury held the Unified WBA (super), WBO, IBO, IBF, The Ring and lineal titles after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. 

After defeating Wilder, Fury became third heavyweight champion following Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali. This advanced him to hold The Ring magazine title two times and made the record of being the first heavyweight in history to hold WBC, WBA (super), IBF, WBO and The Ring magazines titles all at once. 

World Records

As of April 2020, Fury was ranked the world’s best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, ESPN and BoxRec. He was also ranked second- best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec and ranked sixth by TBRB and ranked seventh by ESPN.

As an Amateur

Tyson Fury nicknamed The Furious One, Gypsy King and 2 Fast has had 31 total fights, won 30, drawn 1 and lost none. As an amateur, In 2008 Fury represented England and won the ABA super-heavyweight before turning professional the same year at 20 years of age. 

He won this title twice after which he became the commonwealth and British champion in 2011 after Dereck Chisora 14-0. In 2014, Fury won WBO international and European heavyweight titles after beating Chisora again.

Personal Life

Fury married his wife Paris (née Mulroy) when he was 20 and she was 19, in 2008. They are both Catholics and together they have five children, three sons and two girls.

Deontay Leshun Wilder

Wilder was born on October 22, 1985 and is an American professional boxer. From February 2015 to February 2020 Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title and became the first American World heavyweight champion in a period of nine years. 

This was the longest time in boxing history without an American heavyweight champion. He was ranked the world’s second best active heavyweight by BoxRec, third best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and Fourth by the Ring magazine as of February 2020.

Wilder has had a total of 44 fights, Won 42, lost 1 and drawn 1. He started boxing a bit late at 20 years and as an amateur he won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 2008 Olympics. This made him to being nicknamed ‘The Bronze Bomber’. 

Wilder is famous for his tough punching power because he has knocked out every opponent he has defeated. He started his boxing career at Skyy Boxing Gym in 2005 and began training under Jay Deas.

The Biggest Names in Heavyweight Boxing
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Anthony Joshua

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was born on 15th October 1989 is a British professional boxer and a two-time unified heavyweight champion. He has held the IBF, WBA (super), WBO and IBO titles since December 2019. 

Before that, Joshua still held the same titles between 2016 and June 2019. At regional level, Joshua held the British and commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2014 to 2016.

Joshua has had a total of 24 fights, won 23 and lost 1. As an amateur, Joshua represented England at 2011 World Championships in the super heavyweight division. 

He won a silver medal and later represented Britain in 2012 Olympics and won gold. He turned professional in 2014 and was named prospect of the year by The Ring magazine. 

Conclusive Remark

There are very many boxing heavyweight great names that have won numerous prizes including gold, silver and bronze. Tyson Fury is among the greatest names that has had a total of 31 fights, won 30 and lost none. 

It is no mean feat to win all fights in one’s professional career. Most of these big names have been ranked by The Ring magazine, BoxRec and TBRB among other rankings.