Heavyweight Greatests - Final Rankings 1942-1966

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 1. Muhammad Ali 6’3”, 215- Louisville,Ky.   {HW Champion 1964-70, 1974-78, 1978}

Ali, like all great fighters had several different stages of his career. From 1964 to 67 he was in his prime and never challenged as a fighter. Upon his return to the ring in 1970 his skills had eroded somewhat but he showed his true greatness against Frazier, Foreman and Norton. He began taking many more punches and he began to slow down. In the last stages of his career he was just getting by on guts and determination.
Best Fight of his Career- 1966 Cleveland Williams 3-KO win
Rating Analysis- The next ten highest rated heavyweights on my list(1955-1977) all fought Ali and lost so there can be little question as to his ranking as number one. Ali’s speed and size and quickness made him one of the best fighting machines in the history of the ring but his determination and ability to take a punch were unmatched in ring history. He defeated Liston twice, Foreman once, Frazier two out of three fights in very close decisions, Norton two out of three fighters in very close decisions, Terrell in a 15-D and the list goes on and on. He dominated the division and his place in heavyweight boxing history is unchallenged.(194.8)


2.  Sonny Liston 6’2”,218-  St.Louis            {Heavyweight Champion 1962-1964}

Liston prior to 1964 was one of the most dominate heavyweights in boxing history. He not only beat the top heavy’s of the period but destroyed their will to fight.
Best Fight of his Career- 1959 Cleveland Williams 3-KO win
Rating Analysis- Liston dominated the heavyweight division during his prime and won 42 fights in a row from 1954 to 1969 when he lost to Leotis Martin, if you don’t count his two loses to Mr. Ali. On this list he defeated Patterson, Machen, Folley, Cleveland Williams and Valdes. His jab was one of the top five the division has ever seen, and his left hook would take your head off. Liston had great power and stamina with the ability to box against the best. During his prime he was unchallenged. He is rated ahead of Rocky Marciano for several reasons, his size advantage, overall power, jab, boxing ability and durability. Liston loved fighters that came right at him and that was the only way Marciano new how to fight although his defense was underestimated. His low bobbing and weaving made him a tough target. In Liston he would face his toughest challenge giving up three inches in height, 36 pounds and weight and a 27 inches in reach would be too difficult for “The Rock” to overcome. A fighter who would have given Liston much more trouble is the number three fighter on the countdown, Ernie Terrell. Terrell’s size, jab, speed and quickness would have given Liston fits (148.8)

 
3.  Ernie Terrell 6’6”, 218-  Chicago                       {#1 Contender 1966, 1967}

Terrell was a lanky heavyweight who had a long jab and left hook and mainly fought a defensive holding type style. He was not the most popular fighter but he did hold down victories over Amos Lincoln, Cleveland Williams, Zory Folley, Bob Foster, Eddie Machen, George Chuvalo and Doug Jones. His most famous fight was his 1967 battle against Ali in the Astrodome where he lost a 15 round decision. His losses were against Cleveland Williams in 1962, Ali, Thad Spencer and Manuel Ramos all in 1967 during his decline. He was undefeated from 1963 to 1966.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1963 Cleveland Williams 10-D split Decision win
Rating Analysis- It is very hard to figure where Terrell belongs during this era because Machen really had a much longer period of success, and Johansson knocked out Machen and Patterson in their primes. Folley also had a very impressive record. Terrell was selected over these other fighters because of his wins over Cleveland Williams, Eddie Machen and Zory Folley; He never faced Johansson or Patterson so you can only speculate on what might have happened. Johansson had such a limited career with his wins over Patterson and Machen being his only real strong victories; but having said that those are very impressive victories. I also think Patterson would have lost on points to Terrell because of the superior reach and jab. Terrell fought Ali much tougher than Patterson and faced many fighters that Floyd avoided while he was champion. Although Patterson was at the top of the division for a much longer period of time, I still lean towards Terrell as the better fighter. Terrell over Rocky Marciano is not going to be a popular decision because Marciano was so popular and undefeated while Terrell was completely overshadowed by Ali during his career and was not a popular fighter. In many of his fights he was booed for his roughhouse tactics. Let’s look and the size difference, 6’6” to 5’10 ½”, weight 218 to 182, a difference of 36 pounds, and finally the reach 82” to 67”. Terrell also had one of the best jabs the heavyweight division has seen. He was very quick and active. There is no question he would receive the nod over Marciano. (120.4)


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 4. Rocky Marciano 5’10, 182                         (Heavyweight Champion 1952-1956)

Wins: 13
Roland LaStarza(2), Rex Layne, Freddie Beshore, Joe Louis(2), Lee Savald, Jersey Joe Walcott(2), Ezzard Charles(2), Don Cockell, Arhcie Moore:
Losses: 0
Best Fight of His Career: 1952 Jersey Joe Walcott 13-KO win
Rating Analysis: Rocky finished his career undefeated so many make a strong argument that he is the best. First of all he had many close calls against not so terrific fighters. His decision over LaStarza in 1950 was a split decision, Walcott was ahead on all score cards in there first fight before Marciano won by knockout in the 13th round. Ezzard Charles more than held his own against Marciano in 1954 at the age of thirty three. Archie Moore the Light heavyweight champion floored the Rock in the first round in their 1955 fight. The light hitting Walcott put Marciano on the canvas in their first fight. I think in his prime Ezzard Charles may have been too much for Marciano. As for rating Liston and Terrell ahead of the legendary Marciano I feel their size, reach, weight and speed would be too much.

 
5.  Floyd Patterson 6’0”, 196- Brooklyn,NY      {HW Champion 1956-59, 1960-62}

Patterson had a very long career dating all the way back to the start of this period in 1956. He was a good boxer with very quick hands and well handled and trained by Cus Damato. He avoided some of the best fighter in the division throughout his career and was destroyed by Liston on two different occasions. His classic series with Ingermar Johansson captivated the country for three years.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1960 Ingermar Johansson 5-KO win
Rating Analysis- Patterson’s longevity is hard to argue with because he was so good for so long. His critics would argue that he avoided many of the best heavyweights in the world from 1956 to 1962 when he finally lost the title. By the same token he defeated Archie Moore in 1956 just a year after Moore had given Marciano a tough fight and defeated Eddie Machen in 1964. His 1967 draw with Jerry Quarry may have been his biggest accomplishment because the young Californian proved to be a great heavyweight. Patterson faced Quarry twice and both fights could have went either way. Patterson against Charles and Walcott would have been very close and could have went either way but I would go with Patterson because of his superior power, hand speed and size. (146.3)

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6. Ezzard Charles 6’0”, 181      (Heavyweight Champion 1949-1951)

Wins: 22
 Jimmy Bivins(4), Archie Moore(2), Elmer Ray, Joe Baksi, Joey Maxim(3), Jersey Joe Walcott(2), Gus Lesnevich, Freddie Beshore, Joe Louis, Nick Barone, Lee Oma, Rex Layne(2), Cesar Brion, Bob Satterfield:
Losses: 5
Elmer Ray, Jersey Joe Walcott, Rex Layne, Nino Valdez, Harold Johnson and Rocky Marciano:
Best Fight of His Career: 1949 Jersey Joe Walcott 15-D Win
Rating Analysis: From 1947 to 1951 he was the dominate fighter in the division. In his prime he may have been to much for Marciano but that is a big if. Charles was little more than a Light Heavyweight so he would be giving up a lot of size to Terrell, Liston and even Floyd Patterson and Cleveland Williams. But Eddie Machen and Zory Folley fought tough fights against this generation and Charles was about the same size as these fighters. Patterson had faster hands and more size so I give him a small edge over Charles and Walcott.  Charles would have outboxed Johansson with his superior boxing ability.


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7.
Jersey Joe Walcott 6’0”, 194            (Heavyweight Champion 1951-1952)

Wins: 12
Joe Baksi, Lee Q. Murray, Curtis Sheppard, Jimmy Bivins, Lee Oma, Joey Maxim, Olle Tandber, Harold Johnson, Omelio Agramonte, Hein Ten Hoff, Ezzard Charles(2).
Losses: 9
Joey Maxim, Elmer Ray, Joe Louis(2), Ezzard Charles(2), Rex Layne, Rocky Marciano(2).
Best Fight of His Career: 1952 Rocky Marciano 13-KO Loss
Rating Analysis: When you look at Walcott’s record it is very impressive. He really beat Joe Louis in 1948 only to have the decision taken from him, he had Marciano beat for twelve rounds before losing by knockout. He defeated Ezzard Charles twice and also had victories over Joey Maxim, Jimmy Bivins and Harold Johnson. He was a master boxer who was very elusive. I don’t think you could make a real strong argument for him being ranked higher and it would be hard to rate him much lower. Walcott would be very elusive against Patterson but I give Floyd the nod over Walcott because of his amazing hand speed and superior power.


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8. Archie Moore 5’11”, 196                     (#1 Contender 1955,1956)  


Wins: 27
Curtis Sheppard(2), Jimmy Bivins(4), Bob Satterfield, Harold Johnson(4), Alberto Lovell, Jimmy Slade, Clinton Bacon, Clarence Henry, Joey Maxim(3), Nino Valdes(2), Bob Baker, Bert Whitehurst(2), Roger Rischer, Willie Besmanoff(2), Alejandro Lavorante.
Losses: 9
Jimmy Bivins, Ezzard Charles(3),Leonard Morrow, Clinton Bacon,  Harold Johnson, Rocky Marciano and Floyd Patterson.
Best Fight of His Career: 1955 Nino Valdes 15-D win
Rating Analysis: Moore was a great fighter for a long time. He probably was on his decline by the time he reached the heavyweight division at the age of 38. He lost to Charles, Marciano and Floyd Patterson at the age of 39, well past his prime. Moore could take a punch, box and with some of the best heavyweights in history. At this point you are splitting hairs between Charles, Patterson, Machen, Folley and Walcott. All were excellent boxers who were seasons professionals of the ring wars.

 
9. Ingermar Johansson 6’1”, 195- Sweden 
{Heavyweight Champion 1959-60}

Johansson burst onto the heavyweight seen out of nowhere it seemed but he had a strong career in Europe prior to winning the title. He defeated Henry Cooper in 1957 and was knocked out twice in title bouts to Floyd Patterson. He fought the typical European stand up style with a great deal of power.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1958 Eddie Machen 1-KO win
Rating Analysis- Many may think this is too high of a ranking for the Swede but it is based on the fact that he knocked out Eddie Machen in one round and also KO’ed Floyd Patterson. His career was very short compared to other fighters of the day and he only fought a total of 28 fights. Johansson had a big punch but did not have a long career. (112.3)

 
10.
Eddie Machen 6’0”, 185- San Francisco    {#1 Contender 1957, 1958, 1963}

Machen was very active from 1956 to 1966 fighting any contender that would face him. His last three or four years are when he lost most of his fights. His victories were against the best the division had to offer during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nino Valdez twice, Johnny Summerlin, Joey Maxim twice, Tommy Jackson, Bob Baker, Alex Miteff, Wayne Bethea, Doug Jones and Jerry Quarry in 1966. He fought two draws against Zory Folley and Cleveland Williams. He also was the only fighter to go the distance against Sonny Liston in his prime. Losses included Ingermar Johansson in 1958, Zory Folley, Sonny Liston, Harold Johnson, Floyd Patterson, Ernie Terrell and Karl Mildenberger late in his career along with Manuel Ramos.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1966 Jerry Quarry 10-D win
Rating Analysis- If Machen had not lost in a first round knockout to Johansson in 1958 he would have been placed much higher in the rankings. He was without question one of the top fighters of the period and fought so many different contenders that the body of his work is far superior to most fighters, but the loss to the Swede really hurts him. (122.3)

 
11.
 Zory Folley 6’0”, 185- Phoenix,Ariz.                        {#1 Contender 1958, 1960}

Folley was another great boxer during this period that faced all the top contenders who would meet him from the late 1950s and early 1960s. He fought a draw against Eddie Machen in 1958 when he was the number one contender, he defeated Alex Miteff and Eddie Machen in their rematch in 1960, Doug Jones, George Chuvalo, Oscar Bonavena, Henry Cooper and Bob Foster. He fought a draw with Karl Mildenberger in 1964 when he was the top heavyweight in Europe.
Losses were against Henry Cooper, Sonny Liston, Ernie Terrell and Ali in 1967. He lost several fights late in his career.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1960 Eddie Machen 10-D win
Rating Analysis- Folley was avoided by Patterson during his prime and was never given a chance to fight Johansson so he was pretty much locked out of the title pictures until late in his career when he was well past his prime and lost to Ali. In my rankings I put him with Machen because of the way their careers overlapped. Both died untimely deaths in 1972. (128.5)

 
12. Cleveland Williams 6’3”, 215- Houston          {#4 Contender 1963, 1964}

Williams was one of the most feared fighters in the division during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The champion Patterson would not even consider fighting the Big Cat from Houston.
He defeated Wayne Bethea, Alex Miteff, Ernie Terrell and fought a draw against Eddie Machen. He lost early in his career to Bob Satterfield and his others losses were to Sonny Liston twice and Terrell. After his two year layoff from being shot he was never the same. He did fight Ali for the title in 1966 but his best years were behind him. He lost several fights during this period.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1962 Ernie Terrell 7-KO win
Rating Analysis- In rating Williams you have to realize he only lost three times in his prime and one of those to Ernie Terrell in a split decision. Machen was an outstanding heavyweight and he fought a draw against him in 1962. I would have loved to see how he would have done against more competition but that is not going to happen. He can’t be placed any higher because Machen had a much more formable record and Machen was knocked out by Johansson. (91.8)


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13.  Jimmy Bivins 5’9”, 177                     (#1 Contender 1943, 1944, 1945)


Wins: 23
Gus Lesnevich, Joey Maxim, Tami Mauriello, Bob Pastor, Lee Savold, Ezzard Charles, Pat Valentino, Tami Mauriello, Melio Bettina, Lee Q. Murray(3), Buddy Scott, Curtis Sheppard (4), Archie Moore, Omelio Agramonte, Turkey Thompson, Pat Valentino, Leonard Morrow, Clarence Henry.
Losses: 19
Lem Franklin, Tony Musto, Melio Bettina, Bob Pastor, Jersey Joe Walcott, Lee Q Murray(2), Ezzard Charles(3), Archie Moore(3), Joey Maxim, Leonard Morrow, Harold Johnson, Clarence Henry, Joe Louis and Bob Baker:
Best Fight of His Career: 1942 Bob Pastor 10-Split Decision Win
Rating Analysis: He was undefeated in heavyweight division from 1942 to 1946.During the four year period he defeated the best in the heavyweight division. His body of work put him ahead of Billy Conn which is not always popular. Some very crafty boxers gave him trouble, Charles, Moore, Walcott and Harold Johnson. Because of the race issue they faced each other many times.


 
14. Harold Johnson   5’10”, 177      (Light Heavyweight Champion 1961-1963)


Wins: 15
Arturo Godoy, Jimmy Bivins, Archie Moore, Clarence Henry, Bob Satterfield(2), Nino Valdes, Jimmy Slade(2), Ezzard Charles, Marty Marshall, Wayne Bethea, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, Henry Hanks:
Losses: 8
Archie Moore(4), Jersey Joe Walcott, Bob Satterfield, Willie Pastrano, Johnny Persol:
Best Fight of His Career: 1953 Ezzard Charles 10-D Split Win
Rating Analysis: He opened his career with 24 straight victories. He was an outstanding light heavyweight who unfortunately fought in the division at the same time Archie Moore was dominating the division. He is ranked this high because of his wins over Charles in 1953, Archie Moore, Nino Valdez in 1952, Eddie Machen in 1961 and Doug Jones in 1962. That is an impressive list the wins. 
           
  
15. Nino Valdes  6’3”, 209                                (#1 Contender 1954, 1955)


Wins: 18
Omelio Agramonte, Ezzard Charles, Doc Williams, Heinz Neuhaus, Archie McBride, Karel Sys, Tommy Jackson, Don Cockell, Dick Richardson, Joe Erskine, John Holman, Wayne Bethea, Mike DeJohn(2), Johnny Summerlin, Harold Carter, Pat McMurtry, Brian London:
Losses: 13
Harold Johnson, Billy Gilliam, Bob Baker(2), Bob Satterfield, Eddie Machen(2), Zory Folley, Alex Miteff, Charley Powell, Alonzo Johnson, Sonny Liston:
Best Fight of His Career: 1953 Ezzard Charles 10-D win
Rating Analysis: Valdes was a very active heavyweight during the mid 1950s and should have been given a shot at the title against Marciano. He was the top contender for a two year period. His loss to Archie Moore was his last chance for a title shot. He lost to several fighters that are rated behind him but he has a very impressive resume of wins over tough opponents. His win over Ezzard Charles was his biggest victory of his career in 1953. Charles almost took the title from Marciano a year later in a title fight. The Charles fight puts him ahead of Bob Baker even though he lost to him twice.


 
 16. Elmer Ray   6’2”, 194                                  (#1 Contender 1947)


Wins: 3
Lee Savold, Jersey Joe Walcot, Ezzard Charles:
Losses: 5
Turkey Thompson, Jersey Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles, Kid Rivera, John Holman:
Best Fight of His Career: 1947 Ezzard Charles 10-D Win
Rating Analysis: Ray has two victories over two of the top fighters during this period but little else. He did win 50 fights in a row but very few big names. His victories over Charles and Walcott are the only thing that places him this high in the rankings.

 
17. Henry Cooper 5’11”, 184- England                              {#2 Contender 1961}

The best European fighter during the late 1950s and 1960s was probably Henry Cooper. His list of victims were very impressive and he fought just about every top heavyweight during the period. He split with Zory Folley, had victories over Brian London twice, Joe Erskine three times, Roy Harris, Alex Miteff, Wayne Bethea, Jack Bodell, Karl Mildenberger on a DQ and Jose Manuel Urtain of Spain. He lost to Johansson, Erskine, Roger Rischer, Amos Lincoln, Ali twice, Floyd Patterson and Joe Bugner in 1971. He lost most of his fights on cuts, he was a terrible bleeder. He came very close to defeating Ali in 1963 with a left hook. A cut glove saved Muhammad so he received extra time in the corner to recover.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1958 Zory Folley 10-D win
Rating Analysis- I don’t see any reason that Cooper would be ranked any higher. He split with Folley who is ranked ahead of him but that is the only strong case for him being ranked higher. (102.5)


 18. Doug Jones 6’0”, 188-  New York City         {#2 Contender 1963, 1964}

Jones had a strong run in 1963 and 1964 after several years as a light heavyweight. His 1963 fight against Muhammad Ali in New York’s Madison Square Garden was his masterpiece. He fought to future champion close losing the decision. His wins were against future light heavyweight great Bob Foster, Zory Folley, Billy Daniels and Tom McNeeley. He lost against Eddie Machen, Harold Johnson, Zory Folley, Muhammad Ali, Billy Daniels, George Chuvalo Ernie Terrell, Thad Spencer and Joe Frazier.
Best Fight Of His Career-1963 Muhammad Ali 10-D Loss
Rating Analysis- He lost more than he won against top flight fighters in the division. Folley was his only real big win in his prime. The Ali fight stands out as his best fight.(98.9)

 
19.
Karl Mildenberger  6’1 ½ “, 195- Germany            {#1 Contender 1967}

Mildenberger made a name for himself fighting against Ali in 1966 for the title and gave a very good showing before losing in the 12th round. Fighting in Europe he was unable to have a bevy of great opponents. But none the less he was able to defeat Wayne Bethea twice, Gerhard Zech twice, Eddie Machen and Amos Lincoln. He fought a draw against Zory Folley and Amos Johnson. His losses were against Ali, Oscar Bonavena, Leotis Martin and a disqualification against Henry Cooper.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1996 Muhammad Ali 12-KO Loss
Rating Analysis- His draw with Folley and his very competitive fight against Ali were his real claims to fame. He was one of the best European fighters during this period. (97.3)

 
20.
George Chuvalo 6’0”, 205- Canada              {#3 Contender 1965, 1966}

George Chuvalo will go down in boxing history as one of the most durable fighters of all time. He was never knocked off his feet. His ability to endure punishment made him one of the top heavyweights of the period. He fought Ali for the title in 1966 and went 15 rounds with the champion. Chuvalo defeated Bob Cleroux, Alex Miteff, Mike DeJohn, Doug Jones, Manuel Ramos, Jerry Quarry and Cleveland Williams well past his prime. His losses were many: Bob Cleroux(twice), Zory Folley, Floyd Patterson, Ernie Terrell, Eduardo Corletti, Muhammad Ali twice, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Buster Mathis and George Foreman.
Best Fight of His Career- 1966 Muhammad Ali 15-D Loss
Rating Analysis- Rating Chuvalo is not that difficult because he fought so many different fighters during his day. He was one of the most active boxers of the era. Chuvalo’s biggest accomplishments were over Doug Jones and Jerry Quarry. The Quarry fight was very questionable because Jerry went down and took a knee but did not get off his knee in time to beat the count. Quarry was well in control of the fight before the knockdown. You could easily place him higher or lower because he did lose to fighters that are not on the list. (94.3)


  
21. Joey Maxim          6’1”, 182                                 (#3 Contender 1951)


Wins: 13 
Red Burman, Curtis Sheppard(2), Buddy Scott, Phil Muscato(2), Jersey Joe Walcott, Olle Tandberg, Pat Valentino DR(2), Bob Satterfield, Jimmy Bivins, Gus Lesnevich, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Patterson(All 11 Sports Writers at Ringside scored the fight for Patterson).
Losses: 20
Jimmy Bivins, Ezzard Charles(5), Curtis Sheppard, Lloyd Marshall, Phil Muscato, Jersey Joe Walcott(2), Archie Moore(3), Bobo Olson(2), Willie Pastrano, Eddie Machen(2), Heinez Neuhaus:
Draws: 2
Best Fight Of His  Career: 1948 Jimmy Bivins 10-D Win
Rating Analysis: Maxim was a very active light heavyweight who had some impressive wins over Floyd Patterson and Sugar Ray Robinson. He also defeated Jersey Joe Walcott early in his career. I think it would be hard to argue that Maxim should be rated any higher. He could not beat the best heavyweights of the period losing to Ezzard Charles five times, Jersey Joe Walcott twice, and Jimmy Bivins.


 
22.
 Hurricane Jackson  6’3 ½ “, 193                                   (#1 Contender 1957)

Wins: 12
Rex Layne (2), Clarence Henry, Dan Bucceroni, Charley Norkus, Archie McBride, Jimmy Slade, Ezzard Charles(2), Bob Baker(2):
Losses: 5
Jimmy Slade(2), Nino Valdes, Eddie Machen, Floyd Patterson(2):
Best Fight of His Career: 1956 Floyd Patterson 12-D Split Loss
Rating Analysis: Tommy Jackson better known as Hurricane had a nice career and challenged for the title in 1956 and 1957. Charles was well past his prime when Jackson beat the former champ and he had a lot of trouble with lightly regarded Jimmy Slade losing two out of three fights. Valdes also handled him fairly easy knocking him out in the second round.


 
23. Bob Baker 6’2”, 213                            (#2 Contender 1955, 1956)


Wins: 19
Omelio Agramonte(2), Billy Gilliam(4), Jimmy Bivins, Kid Riviera(DR), Cesar Brion, Nino Valdes(2), Doc Williams, Joe Baksi, Coley Wallace(2), Jimmy Slade, Rex Layne(3), George Chuvalo, Dick Richardson:
Losses: 12
Clarence Henry(2), Billy Gilliam, Bob Satterfield, Archie Moore, Tommy Jackson, Harold Carter, Willie Besmanoff, Roy Harris, Eddie Machen, Mike DeJohn, Dick Richardson:
Best Fight of His Career: 1953 Nino Valdes 10-D Win
Rating Analysis: Like Valdes, Baker was very active and had a lot of success. His two victories over Valdes standout as major accomplishments. The Chuvalo win was very big also. It is hard to make an argument for Baker being rated any higher.


24.
Thad Spencer 5’11”, 190- Portland, Oregon        {#2 Contender 1967, 1968}

Spencer shot to the top of the heavyweight division on his heavyweight elimination victory over the top contender Ernie Terrell in the 1967 Astrodome fight. He also defeated Roger Rischer, Jack Bodell, Brian London, Doug Jones and Amos Lincoln. He lost to Amos Lincoln twice, Billy McMurray, Jerry Quarry, Leotis Martin, Billy Walker, Mac Foster and a host of others when he was well past his prime just fighting for pay days.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1967 Ernie Terrell 12-D win
Rating Analysis- Victories over Doug Jones and Ernie Terrell put him in the top 25. How much did Terrell have left in 1967 of course was unknown but he had just given Ali a pretty good fight earlier that year. (91.9)


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25. Wayne Bethea 6’0”, 205,  New York City           {#6 Contender 1958}


Bethea was a strong fighter during the late 1950s who had some nice wins. His total destruction against Liston really was a setback that his career never recovered from.
Wins: Harold Carter, Ezzard Charles(1956), Jimmy Slade, Joe Bygraves, Bert Whitehurst, Ernie Terrell:
Losses: Harold Carter(2), Zory Folley(2), Harold Johnson, Nino Valdes, Sonny Liston, Alex Miteff, Eddie Machen, Cleveland Williams, Karl Mildenberger(2), Henry Cooper.

   

 

 

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