Who Are Some Well-Known Heavyweight Boxing Champions?


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Some famous heavyweight champions in boxing were Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, Wladimir Klitschko and Larry Holmes. Other notable heavyweight boxing champions were Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Frazier, John L. Sullivan and Mike Tyson.

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Muhammad Ali won 56 matches during his heavyweight boxing career in the 1970s. He won the championship belt three times and defended his title 21 times. He defeated boxing greats such as George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Sonny Liston. Ali is also famous for his poetry and social activism.

Rocky Marciano was the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated, winning 49 consecutive bouts in his career in the 1950s. He defeated notable boxers including Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles during his title defense. In reference to his status as one of the most famous white boxers in modern heavyweight history, a character in the 1980s film, "Coming to America," mentions Marciano.

Joe Louis was one of the first black heavyweight champions. He held the title for 11 years, the longest defense in history as of 2015. Louis only lost three times in his entire career, which spanned the 1940s. Brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have both held the heavyweight title during the 2000s. Mike Tyson held the title at various points during the 1980s and 1990s; Tyson is infamous for biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.

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