Best Heavyweight champs of a decade

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I picked (up to) three men from each decade that held a belt during that decade.

I couldn't always pick three in each decade (e.g. Louis had it practically the whole decade of the 40's!).

Which decade had the best champs?

Teen's
Willard/Johnson (only two champs essentially)

20's:
Dempsey/Tunney (only two champs)

30's
Schmeling/Baer/Louis

40's
Louis (only 1 champ essentially)

50's
Walcott/Marciano/Patterson

60's
Patterson/Liston/Clay-Ali

70's
Frazier/Foreman/Ali

80's
Holmes/a shitload of temp champs/Tyson

90's
Holyfield/Bowe/Lewis

00's
Lewis/The Klitschko's

I choose:

The 70's--all are legends and the whole decade was filled with great challengers. There was always a great champ--except when Leon was champ...:rolleyes:
 
The best heavyweight decade is easily the 60's.....The most talent ever in the divisions history. Many of the men who fought and didn't become champ could have easily been a champ during a different era......Quarry, Chuvalo, Folley, Mildenberger, Bonavena, Cooper, Machen, etc.....just to name a few.

And of course the 60's had Liston-Clay-Frazier......so I go with the 60's........
 
TS, for 80's instead of Holmes/shitload of temps/tyson, you could replace the shitload with Spinks maybe, or even Witherspoon(2 time champ)
 
TS, for 80's instead of Holmes/shitload of temps/tyson, you could replace the shitload with Spinks maybe, or even Witherspoon(2 time champ)

Yeah, I had Spinks in there first--but he wasn't champ long. It was a mess until Tyson cleaned it up...

Talent-wise I liked Dokes--but he didn't live up to his talent.
 
I LOVE these lists, but you don't go far enough back.

here's the real list:

1720's james figg
1730's jack broughton
1740's jack broughton
1750's jack slack
1760's bill darts
1770's peter corcoran
1780's tom johnson
1790's daniel mendoza
1800's hen pearce
1810's tom cribb
1820's tom spring
1830's james burke
1840's ben caunt
1850's john morrissey
1850's tom king
1870's jem mace
1880's john l. sullivan
1890's james j. corbett
1900's james j. jeffries
1910's jack johnson
1920's jack dempsey
1930's joe louis
1940's joe louis
1950's rocky marciano
1960's muhammed ali
1970's muhammed ali
1980's mike tyson
1990's lennox lewis
2000's wladimir klitschko
 
i consider the 80's tyson's decade and the 90's to be evander holyfields. after riddick bowe self destructed, evander was the man of the 90's. the late 90's, really '99-on was lennox's time.

the 60's and the 70's were ali's time, no doubt about that.

the 50's were marcianos.
 
I LOVE these lists, but you don't go far enough back.

here's the real list:

1720's james figg
1730's jack broughton
1740's jack broughton
1750's jack slack
1760's bill darts
1770's peter corcoran
1780's tom johnson
1790's daniel mendoza
1800's hen pearce
1810's tom cribb
1820's tom spring
1830's james burke
1840's ben caunt
1850's john morrissey
1850's tom king
1870's jem mace
1880's john l. sullivan
1890's james j. corbett
1900's james j. jeffries
1910's jack johnson
1920's jack dempsey
1930's joe louis
1940's joe louis
1950's rocky marciano
1960's muhammed ali
1970's muhammed ali
1980's mike tyson
1990's lennox lewis
2000's wladimir klitschko

I guess you showed me...
 
I LOVE these lists, but you don't go far enough back.

here's the real list:

1720's james figg
1730's jack broughton
1740's jack broughton
1750's jack slack
1760's bill darts
1770's peter corcoran
1780's tom johnson
1790's daniel mendoza
1800's hen pearce
1810's tom cribb
1820's tom spring
1830's james burke
1840's ben caunt
1850's john morrissey
1850's tom king
1870's jem mace
1880's john l. sullivan
1890's james j. corbett
1900's james j. jeffries
1910's jack johnson
1920's jack dempsey
1930's joe louis
1940's joe louis
1950's rocky marciano
1960's muhammed ali
1970's muhammed ali
1980's mike tyson
1990's lennox lewis
2000's wladimir klitschko
it is 2008 and Wlad klitschko still isnt THE champ as yet, At this point youd have to give the 2000`s to Lewis with VITALI coming in second, at least he was RING champ and universally recognised as champ which his brother isnt yet.
 
it is 2008 and Wlad klitschko still isnt THE champ as yet, At this point youd have to give the 2000`s to Lewis with VITALI coming in second, at least he was RING champ and universally recognised as champ which his brother isnt yet.

I was ranking the top champions/fighters by decade. there's a lot of holes, the 1760's and 1770's were truly lost, and my picks for those were the best of a bad choice, there were several other decades that offered similarly 'sparse' records and or decades with several claimants, my selection of wlad klitschko for the 2000's is due to lennox's retirement, and to think vitali had a better body of work is simply not debateable, he doesn't.
 
I was ranking the top champions/fighters by decade. there's a lot of holes, the 1760's and 1770's were truly lost, and my picks for those were the best of a bad choice, there were several other decades that offered similarly 'sparse' records and or decades with several claimants

I guess the point of the thread was to pick a decade with the best champs.

It's also a little hard for me to go to YouTube and compare fighters from the 1770's with those of the 1970's...
 
I LOVE these lists, but you don't go far enough back.

here's the real list:

1720's james figg
1730's jack broughton
1740's jack broughton
1750's jack slack
1760's bill darts
1770's peter corcoran
1780's tom johnson
1790's daniel mendoza
1800's hen pearce
1810's tom cribb
1820's tom spring
1830's james burke
1840's ben caunt
1850's john morrissey
1850's tom king
1870's jem mace
1880's john l. sullivan
1890's james j. corbett
1900's james j. jeffries
1910's jack johnson
1920's jack dempsey
1930's joe louis
1940's joe louis
1950's rocky marciano
1960's muhammed ali
1970's muhammed ali
1980's mike tyson
1990's lennox lewis
2000's wladimir klitschko



That's my boy.

That the title began with some gear change is always an annoyance to me.
Does Baseball begin with aluminum bats ?
Title histories so frequently start with Sullivan. Don
 
ahhh, mother fuuuuuck lineage and James Figg. Just cuz he was just the first British born HW champ...

Now Theagenes of Thasos, there's a forefather!

Olympic Games: 2 victories (1 boxing, 1 pankration)
Pythian Games: 3 boxing
Isthmian Games: 9 boxing, 1 pankration
Nemean Games: 9 boxing
1300 total victories
Unbeaten at boxing for 22 years

He would have whooped that bastard Milo of Kroton and Diagoras of rhodes ass, all day everyday.

Oh , and Tyson would have smoked the lot, seriously. The meaniest, most vicious fighter of the past 2000+ years. *nods in self approval*
 
ahhh, mother fuuuuuck lineage and James Figg. Just cuz he was just the first British born HW champ...

Now Theagenes of Thasos, there's a forefather!

Olympic Games: 2 victories (1 boxing, 1 pankration)
Pythian Games: 3 boxing
Isthmian Games: 9 boxing, 1 pankration
Nemean Games: 9 boxing
1300 total victories
Unbeaten at boxing for 22 years

He would have whooped that bastard Milo of Kroton and Diagoras of rhodes ass, all day everyday.

Oh , and Tyson would have smoked the lot, seriously. The meaniest, most vicious fighter of the past 2000+ years. *nods in self approval*


mike tyson in a bareknuckle enviroment would be useless, he'd break his hands with his punches quickly, discover the pasty white dude in front of him kept getting up and hitting him (and throwing him over his hip, love the cross buttock throw) and quit time and time again.
 
My learnings do not go far enough back to know anything past Jack Johnson. For me, the era with Ali, Frazier, Norton, Foreman and the others seems to be my personal favorite. There were a lot of bad men competing in those days.

Glassjaw, your research/knowledge is pretty profound, Theagenes' 1,300 victories might make me reconsider if I had some video.
 
My learnings do not go far enough back to know anything past Jack Johnson. For me, the era with Ali, Frazier, Norton, Foreman and the others seems to be my personal favorite. There were a lot of bad men competing in those days.

Glassjaw, your research/knowledge is pretty profound, Theagenes' 1,300 victories might make me reconsider if I had some video.




......I'll see what I can dig up.
 
Say what you will, but I'd put those three from the 90's up against ANY generation's heavys.
 

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