Five of the Best Black American Boxers

8 Nov

By CANDACE ROBERTS

Muhammad Ali

  • Boxer, philanthropist and cultural icon.
  • Nicknamed: The Greatest
  • Famous quote: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
  • Refused to fight in Vietnam War.
  • 1st and only 3-time Lineal World Heavyweight Champion.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier

  • Former Olympic and Undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champ.
  • The International Boxing Research Organization ranks Frazier as one of the top ten greatest heavyweights of all time.
  • First boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali.
  • Recently passed due to liver cancer.

 

Evander Holyfield

  • Former World Undisputed Champion.
  • Nicknamed: The Real Deal
  • The only 5-time World Heavyweight champion.
  • Notable victory over George Foreman.

 

Sugar Ray Leonard

  • First boxer to earn more than $100 million.
  • Named “Boxer of the Decade” for the 1980’s.
  • Notable victories over Luis “The Bull” Vega and Floyd Mayweather.

 

Laila Ali

  • Daughter of Muhammad Ali.
  • In her first fight she knocked out opponent, April Fowler, in the 1st round.
  • Notable defeat over Jackie Frazier-Lyde, daughter of Joe Frazier. This fight was also the 1st pay-for-view match between two black women.
  • Named Super Middleweight Champion by the International Boxing Association in 2002.
  • Has a boxing exercise DVD with Sugar Ray Leonard

 

Other notable Black American Boxers:

  • Roy Jones, Jr.
  • Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
  • George Foreman
  • Sonny Liston
  • Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Joe Louis
  • Lennox Lewis
  • Jack Johnson
  • Bernard Hopkins
  • Pernell Whitaker
  • James Toney
  • Shane Mosley
  • Winky Wright
  • Vernon Forrest
  • Freeda Foreman
  • Mike Tyson

 

 

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