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10 Greatest Heavyweights Of All Time Argument Settled Once And For All With Definitive Ranking System

10 Greatest Heavyweights Of All Time Argument Settled Once And For All With Definitive Ranking System

A YouTuber has executed an experiment to determine who are the 10 best heavyweights of all time by their rankings during their active careers.

Rummy's Corner painstakingly sifted through The Ring Magazine's archives and examined the rankings for fighters across different decades, stretching back to the 1930s.

Ring Magazine started its heavyweight rankings back in 1924, according to the YouTuber.

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But for the purposes of the experiment, Rummy's Corner starts from the 1930s to ensure that every decade can be examined in its entirety.

The YouTuber explains that fighters received a score, from one to ten, based on their respective positions in the rankings for a particular year.

Max Schmeling came out on top of the 1930s with 72 points, with Joe Louis coming second with 48 points and Primo Carnera finishing third on 44 points.

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The legendary Louis dominated the 1940s with an astonishing 90 points, Rocky Marciano topped the 1950s with 48 points and Muhammad Ali reigned atop the 1960s with 78 points.

Despite his ban from the sport after refusing to be drafted into the US military, Rummy's Corner notes that Ring Magazine continued to recognise Ali as the champ and placed him at the top spot.

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The boxing icon remained top of the 1970s and increased his points haul to a staggering 86 points, while Larry Holmes came out on top of the 1980s with 58 points.

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Evander Holyfield beat Lennox Lewis in the 1990s to the top spot with 83 points, while former unified champ Wladimir Klitschko ruled the 2000s with his 68-point total.

The Ukrainian boxing legend would match Ali by cementing his position at the top of two different decades as he finished on 68 points again in the 2010s.

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However, it's worth noting that Rummy's Corner stops at 2017 after Klitschko's retirement and doesn't include the rankings for the last two years.

Based on the data from the 1930s to 2017, Louis' 90-point total made him the most dominant heavyweight of a single decade ahead of Ali.

But when all the points are added up, the legendary Ali finished top of the pile with 164 points and Louis came second with 138.

Klitschko finished third with 136 points and Lewis came fourth with 111, while Holyfield and Floyd Patterson ranked fifth and sixth respectively.

The other four fighters in the top 10 can be viewed below.

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Boxing, Joe Louis, Lennox Lewis, muhammad ali, George Foreman, Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]