My top 20 Greatest Heavyweight champions ever…

The list does not include active boxers such as Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker.

20. Michael Spinks

Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 31
Wins by KO 21
Losses 1

Michael Spinks will always be remembered for being destroyed by a prime Mike Tyson but he was also the man to end Larry Holmes dominance of the heavyweight division.

19. Michael Moorer

Total fights 57
Wins 52
Wins by KO 40
Losses 4
Draws 1

Like Spinks Michael Moorer will usually be remembered for being the man knocked out by an old George Foreman and he was always a better light heavyweight than heavyweight. He beat Holyfield and he was two time world champion.

18. James J. Jeffries

Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 19
Wins by KO 14
Losses 1
Draws 2
No contests 1

Stepped out of a 6 year retirement to fight Jack Johnson and decisively lost. Before that he was unbeaten.

17. Sonny Liston

Total fights 54
Wins 50
Wins by KO 39
Losses 4

Had his reign of being heavyweight champion cut short by Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) before that he was unbeaten and considered unbeatable. Very few people gave Ali a chance.

16. Joe Frazier

Total fights 37
Wins 32
Wins by KO 27
Losses 4
Draws 1

The first man to beat Ali known for his non stop pressure and vicious left hook.

15. Evander Holyfield

Total fights 57
Wins 44
Wins by KO 29
Losses 10
Draws 2
No contests 1

Ridiculously brave and caused some huge upsets throughout his long career.

14. Riddick Bowe

Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 43
Wins by KO 33
Losses 1
No contests 1

Beat up badly twice by the underrated Golata but won both fights on DQ. Best known for his trilogy against Holyfield.

13. John L. Sullivan

Total fights 44
Wins 40
Wins by KO 34
Losses 1
Draws 2
No contests 1

John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), also known as the “Boston Strong Boy”, was an Irish-American boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing, holding the title from February 7, 1882, to 1892. He is also generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring Rules.

12. Wladimir Klitschko

Total fights 69
Wins 64
Wins by KO 53
Losses 5

Klitschko holds the record for the longest combined world championship reign in boxing history at 4,383 days; the most wins in world title bouts and undisputed championship bouts and most consecutive defenses of the undisputed title

11. George Foreman

Boxing record
Total fights 81
Wins 76
Wins by KO 68
Losses 5

Beat up Joe Frazer twice but was later stopped by Ali and retired for ten years before coming back and becoming the oldest heavyweight champion ever when he knocked out Michael Moorer.

10. Larry Holmes

Beat a very old and faded Ali and was dominant in the early part of the 80s.

Boxing record
Total fights 75
Wins 69
Wins by KO 44
Losses 6

9. Vitali Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko has never actually been losing a fight! He was up on the judges cards in both loses and both loses were caused through injury (a bad cut above his eye against Lewis and an injured shoulder against Cris Byrd.

Total fights 47
Wins 45
Wins by KO 41
Losses 2

8. Lennox Lewis

Beat an old Mike Tyson but also beat Holyfield, Razor Ruddock, Andrew Golota, Michael Grant, David Tua, Tony Tucker, Ray Mercer, Shannon Briggs, Vitali Klitschko and others.

Total fights 44
Wins 41
Wins by KO 32
Losses 2
Draws 1

7. Jack Dempsey

Delivered one of the worst beatings ever seen in the boxing ring on Jesse Willard famous for his viscous attacks and failing to head to a neutral corner against Gene Tunney

Total fights 75
Wins 54
Wins by KO 44
Losses 6
Draws 9

6. Rocky Marciano

Never lost unbelievable determination with a dangerous punch. His knock out of Jersey Joe Walcott displays his amazing punching power.

Total fights 49
Wins 49
Wins by KO 43
Losses 0

5. Mike Tyson

Total fights 58
Wins 50
Wins by KO 44
Losses 6
No contests 2

The youngest heavyweight champion of all time and despite his amazing career in which he was dominant throughout the late 80s he could have and should have been even better. Still great though and for a few years in his prime he looked unbeatable.

4. Jack Johnson

First black heavyweight he was universally hated by white America. Most of his loses come very late in his career (a few come early) Jack Johnson was dominant for the best part of seven years and even his loss against Willard is questionable as he claims he took a dive. Skeptics however ask why wait till round 26 before taking a dive?

Total fights 104
Wins 73
Wins by KO 40
Losses 13
Draws 10
No contests 5

3. Gene Tunney

Never as loved or celebrated as Jack Dempsey but he holds an amazing record with only one loss which he avenged 4 times! Out boxed a faded Jack Dempsey twice.

Total fights 85 (17 newspaper decisions)
Wins 65
Wins by KO 48
Losses 1
Draws 1
No contests 1

2. Joe Louis

Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring magazine’s list of the “100 greatest punchers of all time” Louis’ championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights (he would probably have fought more if his time in the army did not stop him.)

Total fights 69
Wins 66
Wins by KO 52
Losses 3

1. Muhammad Ali

Some might put Joe Louis at number one I would not argue with that but I’m putting Ali at number one. This is due to his wins against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazer and his best win of all against George Foreman. Ali carried on fighting past his prime and much too long but at his best he was as quick as any heavyweight that has ever lived, powerful, brave and smart he also had his prime years taken away as he was stripped of being world champion and did not fight for 3 years aged from 25 to 28.

Total fights 61
Wins 56
Wins by KO 37
Losses 5

 

 

Is Anthony Joshua overrated?

I did not watch the Joshua vs Takam fight live but I notice many of the people that did are again complaining about the low quality PPV broadcast from Sky Sports Box Office. Sky Sports removed the much of the under card from the PPV view event to make room to talk about and hype up Anthony Joshua. I am a bit of a boxing fanatic, I have always loved boxing in fact its the ONLY sport that interests me at all and it has since I was a kid. I watch a lot of boxing and unlike most of the casual boxing fans watching this fight I knew Carlos Takam was not an easy fight. In fact I almost write a blog predicting a huge upset but I never got around to it.

I watched the fight the next day on Daily motion and I honestly believe Takam was completely robbed of a chance to test Joshua’s blatantly weak stamina. There is no doubt that Takam was losing the fight on points but when boxing commentators tell us he had no chance, thats bullshit! This is Heavyweight boxing George Foreman was well behind when knocked out Michael Moorer, Ross Purity Knocked out an exhausted Wladimir Klitschko. The reason I love boxing is anything can happen especially in the heavyweight division.

Anthony Joshua was lucky, I’m not saying he would have lost but I believe those last two rounds were going to be the most interesting part of the fight until the referee robbed Takam of his chance of finishing the fight and the audience the chance of witnessing what could have been the most interesting six minutes of Anthony Joshua’s career so far.

Anthony Joshua is the golden boy of British boxing at the moment and a cash cow, they did not want to see the cash cow get slaughtered.

I have stated from day one that I believe AJ is overrated, I believe an in shape Tyson Fury will out box him, AJ has a punchers chance and thats it.

Every big victory AJ has on his record is questionable! Dillian Whyte rocked him before being Knocked out but how good is Dillian Whyte? Wladimir Klitschko looked better against AJ than he had looked for years is that because Wladimir Klitschko was better prepared to fight AJ or simply because AJ allowed him to look better?

Sky Sports commentary was terrible, how many times did Carl Froch insist and tell the audience AJ had won every round? I think there were at least two or maybe even three rounds that you could have given to Takam, its professional boxing and body shots score points.

That’s two early stoppages in a row in AJ fights (the Klitschko stoppage was early I thought considering he was world champion for ten years and one of the biggest punchers in the history of boxing.) How much would AJ have had left after that onslaught against Klitschko? How much would he have had left for the last two rounds against Takam? Holyfield was out on his feet in round ten against Riddick Bowe before nearly knocking the much bigger man out.

 

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather; TEN things it proved.

For me it proved a number of things here is a list of ten.

1.

Conor McGregor could have made a good boxer if he had dedicated his life to boxing instead of MMA.

2.

Floyd Mayweather is a genius. The Best Ever when it comes to selling a negative fighting style that many boxing fans hate to watch but they still watch it anyway.

3.

Casual fight fans hold the money in boxing and MMA.

4.

People are stupid. How many times do we read people moaning about the PPV prices just don’t buy the shit.

5.

Financially boxing still kills UFC.

6.

A good boxer will (nearly) always beat a good mix martial artist in a boxer match.

7.

The same as above but vice versa.

8.

Money Talks

9.

Two great fighters can fight an ugly and messy fight. There styles clashed horribly.

10.

People always believe the hype.

 

James Toney is as good as Floyd Mayweather

Three fights (out of his 92 fights ranging from Middleweight to Heavyweight) that prove that James Toney is at least as good if not better than Floyd Mayweather.

Iran Barkley vs James Toney 【Full Fight】

1993-02-13 IBF World super middleweight title
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 

James Toney vs Samuel Peter I

September 2, 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Evander Holyfield vs James Toney [Full Fight]

2003-10-04
Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I love Mike Tyson!

Mike Tyson is a man perceived by many to be a thug. He is a convicted rapist and he once famously bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear (Holyfield was also a legend but that is another story) so at first glance Mike Tyson appears to be a man that does not deserves to be loved by anybody. However lets be honest his rape conviction was questionable to say the least (as pointed out by Donald Trump at the time) and Mike Tyson was bought up in the oppressed ghettos of New York. On rare cases the disadvantages that the oppressed and the poor face turn out to be an advantage!

The reason that I love Mike Tyson is because (like many boxers) Mike Tyson was never meant to get where he got. I would say that to this day Mike Tyson is among the most famous people in the world and in his youth was in my opinion at least one of the greatest heavyweights that ever lived. He had speed, power, a granite chin and in his youth a positive mentality and attitude. His career was short after Buster Dougles Mike Tyson was never the same fighter again and eventually of his career become a joke but I still believe that 21 year old Mike Tyson would have destroyed the likes of Lennox Lewis, Anthony Joshua and even another boxing hero of mine Evander Holyfield but like many things in boxing we will never know.

Mike Tyson was not a thug the people that surrounded him and controlled boxing were thugs people like Don King. Mike Tyson was not born violent and angry the oppression he suffered from made him violent and angry. Its like that old saying tells us; you can take a man from ghetto but you will never take the ghetto from the man.

What I love most about Mike Tyson is his realness, there is no act with Mike Tyson what you see is what you get. He is one of the most straight talking celebrities I have ever listened to. He is deemed as uneducated and even stupid but Mike Tyson was exposing the system all the way back to the early 90s. Mike Tyson is not uneducated he like (most people that live in ghettos and oppression) is street and self educated and that kind of education is real education.

For those that have never took the time I recommend that you listen to Mike Tyson, he is funny, real, sometimes over the top but always interesting and almost as fascinating to listen to as he was to watch fight.

He is a hero of mine and that says a lot because I do not have many hero’s especially celebrity hero’s but I love Mike Tyson.

How good was Prince Naseem Hamed?

Any boxing fan and even a lot of none boxing fans will remember Prince Naseem Hamed, hated and loved in the UK and USA, described as anything from a genius to a fraud but one thing I don’t think anybody will deny is Prince Naseem Hamed’s ability to entertain.

The first time I ever seen him fight was against somebody called Enrique Angeles, Naseem knocked him out in the second round in what I believe is still one of his best performances. It’s easy to dismiss Enrique Angeles as a nobody but six months later he fought Erik Morales and only lost by a decision. I believe this was the period of Naseem Hamed’s Career that he should have been having big fights. After that Naseem fought a over the hill former world champion from Colombia before moving up a weight and humiliating Welsh world champion Steve Robinson.

This is where Frank Warren Naseem Hamed’s promoter at the time went wrong. In my opinion Naseem should have stayed as a Super Bantamweight collected a couple of belts and then moved up a weight. Frank Warren has notorious connections with the WBO so Naseem fought Steve Robinson for the WBO featherweight belt but the WBO Super Bantamweight/Junior Featherweight was Marco Antonio Barrera a much more interesting fight. I believe at this time in their careers Naseem would have beat Marco Antonio Barrera as Junior Jones did just a few of months after Prince Naseem won his title from Steve Robinson.

He then knocked Siad Lawel (who ever he is) out with one punch before getting knocked down in the first only to get up and knock out Daniel Alicea in the second.

Then he fought with a flu (he claims) against a very underrated Manuel Medina he looked terrible, nearly lost, nearly got knocked out despite many believing Medina was a light puncher but in the end he and some viscous punches forced a very tough and brave Medina to quit.

He then fought a pointless fight against Remigio Daniel Molina in which he won in two rounds and then impressively beat IBF champion Tom Johnson. Critics of Naseem pointed out Johnson was past his best but the facts were Tom Johnson was unbeaten in 19 fights, never been knocked out in 46 fights and was world champion for 4 years. In other words Tom Boom Boom Johnson was no bum.

He than fought three pointless fights against Billy Hardy, Juan Gerardo Cabrera and Jose Badillo he won them all impressively and easily but I don’t think these fights were necessary for a fighter close to his peak.

Then he went to New York and had a great fight against Kevin Kelley who had a record of 47 wins 1 loss and 2 draws at the time and was a very underrated and solid boxer and it showed in the fight. He knocked Naseem Hamed down twice in the first two rounds and seemed to be out boxing Naseem in the second and third rounds. He then got sucked in to a slug feast and Prince Naseem inevitably knocked him out in the fourth.

He then fought and beat WBA champion Wilfredo Vazquez via 8th round knock out former WBC bantamweight title holder Wayne McCullough on points, and left his life time trainer after this fight before beating future IBF title holder Paul Ingle via KO in round 11.

He then beat WBC featherweight champion Cesar Soto in a ugly fight. Had Vazquez not been stripped by the WBA of his belt (the WBA did not want their featherweight title unified with the WBO), Hamed would have had the distinction of winning all four world titles in the division. This would have made him the first undisputed Featherweight Champion since Vicente Saldivar gave up his titles in 1967.

He then impressively knocked out former undefeated long-reigning IBF super bantamweight title holder, Vuyani Bungu of South Africa.

Then came one of the most entertaining fights of his career against big punching but some say weak chinned (though he took some punches in this fight) Augie Sanchez (who beat Floyd Mayweather in the Amateurs.)

He now faced Marco Antonio Barrera and he failed to take the fight seriously. Like most people at the time Naseem thought Marco Antonio Barrera was going to storm in take the fight to him and get knocked out but Barrera had already made that mistake in his DQ loss against Junior Jones years earlier. Barrera smartly out boxed Naseem who spent most of the fight getting hit while he was trying to land one big punch. It was a bad loss and effectively the end of Naseem Hamed aged just 27 though he fought one more time in a completely forgettable match against Manuel Calvo.

Obviously Frank Warren did not realize Naseem Hamed was going to end his career at just 28 but with hindsight and considering how he was beating opponents in his youth it would have suited Naseem Hamed to have fought a higher level of opposition early in his career because he was a much better fighter earlier in his career. I think he deserves credit as one of the best British champions to ever live but his career needed bigger fights earlier in his career and due to this there are more questions than answers about Naseem Hamed’s ability as a boxer.

When it came to his punching power and his entertaining way of fighting and promoting fights Naseem Hamed was definitely among the greatest fighters ever.

WILL TYSON FURY BE GIVEN THE RESPECT HE DESERVES NOW?

With the general election coming up I have been sooo busy blogging politics and reasons we should vote out the Conservative party I nearly forgot to write this blog. On April 29, 2017 Wembley Stadium witnessed one of the Greatest heavyweight fights in recent years, Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko. Both fighters were knocked down and nearly knocked out on multiple occasions, they fought their hearts out. For 41 years old Wladimir Klitschko was impressive, its the first time he has looked that impressive for years, despite two of the judges having Joshua winning by the end of the tenth I believe Klitschko was winning at that stage of the fight, as usual I’m not sure the judges were watching the same fight I was watching! He was out boxing Joshua through most of the fight, for me. He also looked quicker and less tired than Joshua who looked spent at the end of the 5th and 6th rounds.

Anthony Joshua proved he is a warrior and he would have a chance against any heavyweight that he steps in to the ring with, but I believe that if Tyson Fury trains and gets himself back to something like he was when he beat Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury beats Anthony Joshua!

As good as Joshua is (and he is great) I believe that Tyson Fury’s performance against Klitschko was much better than Anthony Joshua’s! It definitely was not a better fight but over the coarse of the fight Klitschko barely hit Fury with a clean punch. Tyson Fury did not receive the credit he deserves for his boxing masterclass of Klitschko, Klitschko looked confused and slow when he fought Fury, whereas he looked much faster than Anthony Joshua.

It’s funny how racism has changed because if Tyson Fury was not a gypsy (with outlandish ideas, he knows the truth) I am pretty sure the British media would have been hyping him up like they are hyping Anthony Joshua up now.

I believe the best Tyson Fury (if he can recapture it) out boxes and maybe even exposes Anthony Joshua. I’m not saying Anthony Joshua has no chance against Tyson Fury because he will always have a punchers chance against anybody he ever fights. But at six foot nine Tyson Fury is fast, powerful and skillful and if he fights like he did against Klitschko and does not get sucked in to a slug feast I can’t see how Joshua can beat him (other than landing one big punch and knocking him out.)

Early prediction Tyson Fury wins a pretty one sided points decision.

I have always loved boxing but sometimes it is a massive rip off.

A bit different to my usual subject but I have been meaning to write this blog for sometime now.

I am a life long boxing fan, I have always been fascinated by what I believe is the most unpredictable and exciting sport out of them all. Most people might not know this but my YouTube channel was originally used mainly for boxing videos. I love Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, James Toney, Naseem Hamed, Vasyl Lomachenko, Manny Pacquiao and many others. I admire the defensive abilities of Floyd Mayweather, the speed, skill and size of Tyson Fury and I love the history to boxing. From Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury boxing has always been closely linked to politics.

The reason for this is boxers tend to come from oppressive harsh backgrounds, they are not usually as politically conditioned as the rest of society, if it was not for boxing most would admit that a potential life of crime and even prison would await them. These people are warriors and warriors are not scared of anything least of all speaking their mind and that tends to get them in to trouble.

So boxing has always been my favourite sport.

But I am beginning to notice a disturbing pattern with boxing. For example a couple of weeks ago I watched Andre Ward fight Sergey Kovalev, it was an alright fight but it was completely ruined by a ridiculous decision. I like Andre Ward and I liked him even more after the fight he showed guts and bravery that most people do not have, but he lost! I don’t care if the fight is in the USA, Sergey Kovalev was dominate through much of the fight and though Ward fought back hard and nicked a few rounds he didn’t win the fight.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao, at first watch I believed Mayweather won, the commentators are so pro Mayweather and they do influence your mind. After watching the fight again I believe that Pacquiao won mainly due to the inactivity of Mayweather. He slowed the fight down and made Pacquiao miss but slowing down the fight and dodging does not win fights. Pacquiao was the aggressor and he landed more punches than Mayweather despite what HBO stats tell us, recounts have proven HBO stats are like everything corporate MONEY GUIDED BULLSHIT. Similar result to when he fought Castillo the first time. Mayweather vs Maidana 1 was not even close watch the fight, Maidana won nearly every round on punches landed surely that is how a fight should be scored unless harder punches are being landed by the opponent.

The pattern I speak of is the fact that foreign fighters are being robbed in the United States when they fight Americans.

American commentators, boxers and so called experts desperately tell us why the American fighter won but I do not believe that even they believe it. Take Paulie Malignaggi he knows his boxing and he gives speeches after his fight on the corruption in boxing yet he than tells us he scored the fight to Ward! I don’t believe him. He called Manny Pacquiao a sore loser when Pacquiao claimed he believed he beat Mayweather and the judges got it wrong. Yet when he ends up on the wrong end of a close decision he cries.. I guess to work for News Corporation you have to be a puppet.

Even more concerning is the fact that boxers or boxing promoters are now being allowed to hand pick opponents, look at the heavyweight division we have Anthony Joshua, Joshua Parker, Luis Ortiz, Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilde and David Haye yet none of these other than Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko have fought each other. Too many world champions and it is ruining the sport.

Anthony Joshua is a household name in the UK but he really has not fought anybody proven to be world class yet, he has just beat up average opponents. Deontay Wilde is the same and David Haye seems happy to spend what remains of his career beating up mediocre opponents that don’t belong in the ring with him (at least he is not a world champion unlike Wilder and Joshua.)

I respect these people and I also believe the promoters are much to blame, they want to milk the cash cow before taking real risks but the sport suffers as a result.

As everybody knew would happen Joshua knocked out Eric Molina with no problem, but why was he even in the ring and on PPV at £17.50 with Molina in the first place? Especially when Dillian Whyte who gave Joshua a good fight last year was fighting Dereck Chisora on the same night. Either one of them would have been better than what we ended up with. Not that I would pay £17.50 for it in the first place!

 

 

Jack Johnson Documentary.

Rare Jack Johnson Documentary

A very good and interesting documentary about heavyweight boxing legend and the first black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. The documentary shows his struggle against the racist oppressive establishment and the ignorance of the masses. Jack Johnson seems to have handled the situation like a true legend.

Jack Johnson quote

TYSON FURY SHOULD REMEMBER HE IS A ROLE MODEL?

Recently Tyson Fury shocked the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko on points in Germany, usually the media would be jumping on the new British champion band wagon in Tyson Fury’s case they are not! In fact Tyson Fury is being attacked on a daily basis, Tyson Fury should remember he’s a role model when he opens his mouth demands Verbal sewage poured out of Fury’s big mouth claims Colin Hart of the worst sewage in Britain, the Sun. Attacks also come from the disgusting warmongering and racist Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror called him a heavyweight idiot. These attacks are as usual when it comes to mainstream media childish and disrespectful, the attacks are being aimed at Tyson Fury because of his religious and political views. As usual anybody that does not think the way that the media help to program us to think is a lunatic and an idiot.

I actually like Tyson Fury and FUCK the mainstream media, I’m not saying that I agree with everything he says but I do believe he is free to say whatever he wants, whether he is heavyweight champion or not! Does Alice Arnold from the Guardian demand that certain pop musicians should remember they are role models before sexing up and dumbing down their music? As always these misguided do gooders like Alice Arnold completely miss the point, Tyson Fury is a born fighter with gypsy blood, of coarse he ain’t going to be 100% politically correct to well off, middle class snobs like you! That don’t mean he is anymore hate filled than you, in fact in my experience the middle classes can be the most hate filled, closet racists out there.

The mainstream media is among the most hypercritical, judgmental, psychopathic, racist, hate spewed garbage in the country. They are highly hate filled and racist yet they spend much of their time accusing people of being hate filled and racist. Tyson Fury is a bully and a bigot who even lacks the courage of his convictions… there can be no excuses for his malicious views claims OLIVER HOLT FOR THE DAILY MAIL (Sunday Edition.)

The Daily Mail like all mainstream media in Britain hate and fear everything and everyone that is slightly different to them, they promote hate, racism and fear and they have the nerve to suggest Tyson Fury should remember he is a role model?

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Muhammad Ali = THE GREATEST.

 

Muhammad Ali
Global ID 180
sex male
birthdate 1942-01-17
division heavyweight
stance orthodox
height 6′ 3″   /   191cm
reach 78″   /   198cm

alias The Greatest
country USA
residence Louisville, Kentucky, USA
birth place Louisville, Kentucky, USA
birth name Cassius Marcellus Clay
won 56 (KO 37) + lost 5 (KO 1) + drawn 0 = 61
rounds boxed 548 KO% 60.66

ALI

Vietnam War and resistance to the draft

In 1964, Ali failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub-par (he was quoted as saying, “I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!”).[94] However, in early 1966, the tests were revised and Ali was reclassified as 1A.[20] This classification meant he was now eligible for the draft and induction into the United States Army during a time when the U.S. was involved in the Vietnam War.

When notified of this status, Ali declared that he would refuse to serve in the Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector.[20] Ali stated: “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.” More succinctly and famously he said, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong – no Viet Cong ever called me Nigger.” The statement articulated, for many people, a reason to oppose the war.[95]

Appearing for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces on April 28, 1967 in Houston, Ali refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. An officer warned him he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called. As a result, he was arrested. On the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali would not be able to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.[96]

At the trial on June 20, 1967, after only 21 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Ali guilty.[20] After a Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the years between the appellate court decision and the Supreme Court verdict, Ali remained free. As public opinion began turning against the war and the Civil Rights movement continued to gather momentum, Ali became a popular speaker at colleges and universities across the country, rare if not unprecedented for a boxer. At Howard University, for example, he gave his popular “Black Is Best” speech to 4,000 cheering students and community intellectuals, after he was invited to speak by sociology professor Nathan Hare on behalf of the Black Power Committee, a student protest group.[97][98]

On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court in Clay v. United States overturned Ali’s conviction by a unanimous 8-0 decision (Justice Thurgood Marshall did not participate).[99] The decision was not based on, nor did it address, the merits of Ali’s claims per se; rather, the Court held that since the Appeal Board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to Ali, and that it was therefore impossible to determine which of the three basic tests for conscientious objector status offered in the Justice Department’s brief that the Appeals Board relied on, Ali’s conviction must be reversed.[100]

Impact of Ali’s stance

Ali’s example inspired countless black Americans and others. New York Times columnist William Rhoden wrote, “Ali’s actions changed my standard of what constituted an athlete’s greatness. Possessing a killer jump shot or the ability to stop on a dime was no longer enough. What were you doing for the liberation of your people? What were you doing to help your country live up to the covenant of its founding principles?” [9]

Recalling Ali’s anti-war position, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said: “I remember the teachers at my high school didn’t like Ali because he was so anti-establishment and he kind of thumbed his nose at authority and got away with it. The fact that he was proud to be a Black man and that he had so much talent … made some people think that he was dangerous. But for those very reasons I enjoyed him.”[101]

Ali inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., who had been reluctant to address the Vietnam War for fear of alienating the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda. Now, King began to voice his own opposition to the war for the first time.[102]

In speaking of the cost on Ali’s career of his refusal to be drafted, his trainer Angelo Dundee said, “One thing must be taken into account when talking about Ali: He was robbed of his best years, his prime years.”[103]

Ali’s resistance to the draft was covered in the 2013 documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

 

IF FLOYD MAYWEATHER BEATS MANNY PACQUAIO DOES THAT MAKE HIM THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME?

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2nd of May 2015 Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio is set to fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather in a mega fight that even non boxing fans are interested in. Many believe that if Floyd Mayweather wins he would have confirmed himself to be not just the best in modern day boxing but also maybe the greatest of all time! I do not believe that this is the case, why? First of all I am not a Floyd Mayweather hater, he is without doubt a great champion with one of the most impressive defenses I have ever seen and I have been a huge boxing fan since I was about 12, but I do not believe Manny Pacquaio is as great as he was five years ago and Sugar Ray Robinson (lost only 1 from his first 130 fights!), Henry Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Wilde there have been some pretty impressive boxers that have achieved titles at multiple weights at a time when there was one champion per division meaning every champion of every division was undisputed.

Is Mayweather even is best of this century so far? He is definitely among them no doubt about it, but I do not believe it is as clear cut as some say, despite the fact that greed and boxing politics are slowly destroying the sport, boxing has still created some very good boxers in recent years Joe Calzaghe, Manny Pacquaio, Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins, James Tony, the Klitschko brothers, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and many others.

I love watching Mayweather his defense is incredible and he certainly is one of the modern greats but not the “GOAT” for my money. Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio is aggressive and when at his best exciting to watch and also certainly one of the modern greats but past his best, so is Mayweather but Pacquaio has had the harder career.

Much is made of Floyd Mayweather’s unbeaten record but I watched him get out punched, out worked and at times out boxed by Jose Luis Castillo back in 2002, yet somehow the judges seen the fight completely differently.

Who wins on the 2nd May 2015? I hope Pacquaio wins and five years ago I believed he would win he has the power and speed to cause problems and he is definitely the best Mayweather has faced so far, I like boxers that like to fight and entertain but I fear Mayweather may outbox Pacquaio with his effective defensive style and win on points unless Pacquaio falls behind and gets desperate, in that case he could even get knocked out.

The fight can be viewed on killers of boxing SKY Box Office for a rip off price of £15, I hope someone put it on YouTube before the news tells me the result!