Heavyweight Greatests - Final Rankings 1967-1991

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1. Lennox Lewis 6’5” 245-   England {Heavyweight Champion 98-01, 2001-04}

The dominate force of the late 1990s and early 2000s in the heavyweight division. Lennox was only the third heavyweight champion in boxing history to retire undefeated and stay retired. The other two were Gene Tunney and Rocky Marciano. Pretty good company.
Best Fight Of His Career- 2001 Hasim Rahman 4-KO win
Rating Analysis- Looking at this period there were several great fighters. Foreman would be a formable foe Big George giving up 20 pounds but strength and power and reach would be about even 84” to 82” to Lewis’s advantage. Very hard fight to call because Foreman had extraordinary power and could take a punch as well as any fighter to ever enter the ring. Lewis on the other hand was a great boxer with good power and combinations who would box and be smart enough to stay away from the formable Foreman. Have to lean toward Lewis because of his superior conditioning. Frazier would be giving up too much size and power, 40 pounds and a tremendous reach disadvantage. Lewis defeated Tyrell Biggs, Razor Ruddock, Tony Tucker, Frank Bruno, Phil Jackson, Henry Akinwande, Andrew Golota, Shannon Briggs, Evander Holyfield, Michael Grant, David Tua, Hasim Rahman, Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko. His two losses were to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman. Tyson was on a definite decline during the period when he faced Lennox but Holyfield still had plenty in the tank and Lewis handled him easily. The thing that really separated Lewis was his ability to box as well as punch with power and more than adequate defense. You also have to keep in mind his enormous size and speed.

Tyson had a great deal of trouble with Razor Ruddock in his prime during the early 1990s, Lewis knocked him out easily in two rounds. They both easily knocked out Frank Bruno.
As for Riddick Bowe, both he and Lewis easily defeated Tyrell Biggs. Bowe fought a younger tougher version of Holyfield and won two out of three fights. Lewis fought a highly questionable draw against Holyfield the first time round and won a decision in their second meeting. The big difference in Bowe and Lewis were their fights against Andrew Golota. Golota knocked Bowe all over the ring twice before losing on disqualifications. Lewis on the other hand knocked out Golota easily and quickly. In defense of Bowe he did not look like his old self against Golota.

How would you compare Lewis with Larry Holmes. First, Holmes had faster hand speed but less power. Holmes probably took a better punch as well. The big difference would be Lewis weighed 245 compared to Holmes 212 and Lewis was 6’5” compared to Holmes 6’3”. Does this mean Lewis would have defeated Holmes because of his superior size, no but Holmes never faced anybody in his career with the combination of size, boxing ability and power of Lennox Lewis. Gerry Cooney was 6’6” but only weighed 225. Lewis vs. Holmes would be a great fight. One of their common opponents was the legendary Mike Tyson. Obviously Tyson was a much better fighter when he faced Holmes and Holmes was past his prime but the fact remains Holmes could not hold off Tyson’s power while Lewis had very little trouble dominating the fight. Holmes always was fairly easy to hit and anybody Lewis could hit would be in serious danger against Lennox. The two fighters that knocked out Lewis were big punchers and caught Lewis with a lucky punch. Advantage Lewis. (170.6)

2. George Foreman 6’3”, 225
- Houston        {HW Champion 1973-74, 1994-97}

Foreman’s lack of stamina and at times his ponderous slugging style were his biggest downfalls. No question about his ability to take a punch or overpowering strength. In his prime he only lost twice to two very smooth boxers, Ali and Jimmy Young. Two of the top fighters during this period were Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton and both failed in their effort against Big George. Ron Lyle was the only heavyweight to match up against Foreman’s power.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1973 Joe Frazier 2-KO win
Rating Analysis- A lot of Foreman’s rating is based on his dominance over Frazier and Norton, two heavy’s that were pretty much untouchable in their primes until Foreman knocked them out. Against Tyson he would be fighting a very explosive fighter who would come forward wanting to exchange blows. Foreman really liked to fight against this type of style and would have the superior chin to “Iron Mike”. Bowe would be a nightmare for any heavyweight with one of the best combinations of power, speed and boxing ability that the ring has seen. Bowe also took a tremendous punch. The big advantage in this fight for Foreman would be Riddick’s tendency to exchange blows with his opponent and not trying to back up. This once again would play right into Foreman power and advantage. Holyfield and Foreman did face each other when Foreman was well past his prime and gave a fine showing of himself. A young Foreman would overpower Holyfield because Evander liked to prove his heart.  (153.6)

3. Mike Tyson 5’10”, 220-   New York      {Heavyweight Champion 1988-1990}

Mike Tyson is one of the great figures in boxing history and he was on his way to being one of the greatest fighters of all time. On the way he got side tracked by prison and Don King and poor handlers and trainers. Tyson before his forced retirement to prison in 1991 defeated every fighter in the division. Trevor Berbick, Bonecrusher Smith, Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tucker, Tyrell Biggs, Larry Holmes, Tony Tubbs, Michael Spinks, Frank Bruno, Carl Williams, Alex Stewart and Razor Ruddock twice; He was undefeated with Kevin Rooney calling the shots and he dominated the heavyweights like few in ring history. Almost immediately after losing Rooney as his manager Tyson was knocked out by Buster Douglas. Following his prison time in 1991 he was never the same fighter. He defeated Frank Bruno, Bruce Sheldon, Francois Botha and Andrew Golota following his imprisonment. He later lost to Evander Holyfield twice, Lennox Lewis and Danny Williams.
Best Fight of His Career- 1988 Michael Spinks 1-KO win
Rating Analysis- Rating Tyson is very difficult because he really had two careers. I will be doing my rating on the Kevin Rooney years with Tyson in which he was undefeated. Tyson would have had trouble with Lennox Lewis  because of their height and ability fight from long distance and hold. Tyson vs. Holyfield in their prime would be different than their two fights in 1996 and 1997. Holyfield was in his prime but Tyson was not, age wise he should have been but he was a much better fighter earlier in his career. Holyfield always took a lot of punches and a young Tyson would have been too much for Holyfield. Larry Holmes lost to Tyson in 1988 but Larry was well past his prime. Still, Tyson was much more dominant against common opponents during the 1980s and I would have to give Iron Mike the edge. Tyson against Riddick Bowe would be a tough call but the fight could have gone either way.
Tyson against Joe Frazier would be a classic fight but Tyson was faster, hit harder and had a 15 weight advantage. (165.5)

Joe Frazier 5’11”, 205- Philadelphia          {Heavyweight Champion 1970-73}

Smokin Joe only lost to two fighters during his entire career and they were two greats, Ali and Foreman. All three of his fights against Ali were very close and he did not match up very well against the bigger Foreman. He defeated Quarry twice and an over the hill Eddie Machen, along with Jimmy Ellis and Bonavena. His prime was very short but before he took all those punches there was nobody tougher than Smokin Joe.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1971 Muhammad Ali 15-D win
Rating Analysis- You can’t rate him any lower because he beat all the top contenders he faced. Frazier against Holmes would a war for the ages. Holmes would really smash up Frazier with his strong jab but he would be easier to hit for Frazier than Ali was. The fight would look a great like the Holmes vs. Norton fight in 1978 in which Holmes won a split decision. I think Frazier would get inside more body punches than Norton because of his style and would win a close decision. Against Bowe it would be hard to pick Frazier because of the superior size of Riddick but Frazier put so much pressure on an opponent I would give Frazier the edge in the end. Frazier had the ideal style to give Holyfield fits in a heavyweight matchup. (153.3)

5.  Larry Holmes 6’3”, 212-   Easton, Pa.              {Heavyweight Champion 1980-1985}

Holmes in his prime was probably one of the most overlooked fighters of all time. He had a great jab, a lot of heart and determination and tremendous chin. Holmes defeated a long list of top fighters during his career. Earnie Shavers twice, Ken Norton, Alfredo Evangelista, Ossie Ocasio, Mike Weaver, Muhammad Ali, Trevor Berbick, Leon Spinks, Renaldo Snipes, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon, Bonecrusher Smith, David Bey, Carl Williams and Ray Mercer late in his career. His losses were to Michael Spinks twice in two closely disputed decisions, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
Best Fight of His Career- 1978 Kenny Norton 15-D win
Rating Analysis- I believe Tyson in his prime would defeat Holmes at his best. The reason was because of Tyson’s success against similar opponents. Tyson destroyed fighters like Carl Williams and Trevor Berbick who went the limit against Holmes.
Holmes was such a great fighter that it is almost a tossup against Lennox Lewis. Holmes had a better jab and hand speed than either one of them but once again he would be giving up a great deal of height and weight against these two big men.
Holmes and Bowe would be a classic war, edge goes to Holmes because of his prolonged success as opposed to Bowe’s relatively short career. Holmes and Holyfield would also be a great battle with Holmes having a small advantage because he had a little better jab and was a little better boxer. Something that is always on my mind when thinking about Holmes was his great fights against Kenny Norton and Shavers. But he also pulled out close victories over Tim Witherspoon, Mike Weaver and Carl Williams. (159.3)

6. Riddick Bowe 6’4”, 240-             {Heavyweight Champion 1992-1993}

Riddick Bowe was at his peak a very short period of time from 1991 to 1996. He also managed to avoid more top named fighters than any of our top heavyweights. He wanted no part of Lennox Lewis or Tyson. He defeated Pinklon Thomas, Bert Cooper, Tyrell Biggs, Tony Tubbs, Bruce Sheldon, Evander Holyfield twice, Michael Dokes, Herbie Hide, Jorge Luis Gonzalez and of course Andrew Golota. Remember Golota was disqualified in both fights after dominating both contest. His only loss on the books was against Holyfield.
Best Fight Of His Career-1995 Evander Holyfield 8-KO win
Rating Analysis- You have to rate Bowe ahead of Holyfield because he beat him two out of three times when both were at their best. (137.9)

7. Evander Holyfield 6’2”, 210-      {Heavyweight Champion 1990-92, 1993-94}

I think you would have to say with the possible exception of Muhammad Ali that Holyfield was the most active heavyweight in the last fifty years. His victories include; Dwight Muhammad Qawi twice, Pinklon Thomas, Michael Dokes, Adilson Rodrigues, Alex Stewart twice, Buster Douglas, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Bert Cooper, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, and Fres Oquendo. He only lost to two fighters in his prime, Riddick Bowe and Michael Moorer.  In his later years he lost to Lennox Lewis at 37, John Ruiz at 39, Chris Byrd at 40, James Toney at 41, Larry Donald at 42, Sultan Ibragimov at 45 and Nikolay Valuev(highly disputed decision) at 46.  He fought two draws against Lennox Lewis and John Ruiz both after the age of 37.
Best Fight of His Career- 1996 Mike Tyson 11-KO win
Rating Analysis- Yes, you could make a strong argument for Holyfield being as high as number one but I feel comfortable with his at number seven. (184.4)

 Kenny Norton 6’3”, 215- San Diego       {#1 Contender 1975, 1977, 1978}

Ken Norton burst onto the heavyweight scene with his 1973 upset victory over Ali in a 12 round decision. He became only the second fighter to ever defeat Ali. From 1973 when he beat Ali till 1978 when he lost a split decision to Larry Holmes he was one of the top heavyweights in the world in one of the greatest periods in the division’s history. After his fight with Holmes he lost to Earnie Shavers in the first round and as well as Gerry Cooney. One of the best conditioned fighters in ring history he used his athletic talents and speed and quickness to outwork most of the fighters he faced.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1973 Muhammad Ali 12-D win
Rating Analysis- The first real hard decision is justifying the placement of Norton this high. In his prime he only lost to Ali twice, George Foreman and Larry Holmes. I don’t know about you but that is pretty awesome company. And the Ali fights could have went either way because they were both close decisions. Also he could have easily gained the decision over another all-time great Larry Holmes in their 1978 fight. Two other top heavyweights that Norton defeated were Jerry Quarry in 1975 and Jimmy Young in 1977. I feel very conferrable putting Norton at Number eight. (123.9)

 9. Jimmy Young 6’2”, 210- Philadelphia                                  {#1 Contender 1977}

The smooth defensive minded Jimmy Young was one of the top fighters during this period and fought the best the period had to offer. He fought a draw with Earnie Shavers, defeated Ron Lyle twice and George Foreman. He had controversial losses to both Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton. His style did not endear himself to the fans but he was a very crafty boxer.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1977 George Foreman 12-D win
Rating Analysis- The reason that Young is placed so high is because Jimmy beat the likes of Foreman and Lyle while almost defeating Ali and Norton. I placed Young ahead of Quarry because I think Young would outbox the Bellflower bomber. (113.9)

10. Jerry Quarry 6’1”, 196- Bellflower, Calif.                    {#1 Contender 1970}

Quarry was one of my all-time favorites who really had some bad luck both in and out of  the ring. Quarry became the #1 contender in 1970 after defeating the young undefeated Californian, Mac Foster in Madison Square Garden. He lost to Joe Frazier twice, Muhammad Ali twice, Jimmy Ellis and George Chuvalo. He also lost to Eddie Machen early in his career and in 1975 lost to Kenny Norton. He had quick hands, a great courter puncher, could take a punch as well as anybody who ever entered the ring and fought with good endurance. His biggest downfall was he cut very easily and would lose fights on cuts.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1973 Ron Lyle 12-D win
Rating Analysis- Quarry fought right in the middle of the hay day of the heavyweight division facing all the top fighters in the division. Everybody wanted to fight him because he was the best white heavyweight in the division and you could make a lot of money.  He drew big crowds. He was the first to defeat Mac Foster, Ron Lyle and he KO’d Earnie Shavers in one round, and also held wins over Floyd Patterson and Thad Spencer. I give Quarry the edge over many fighters because of his superior chin and outstanding boxing ability. Weaver, Thomas, Witherspoon and Douglas would be tough fights for the “Bellflower Bomber” but his durability would be the difference. He was tough. (121.3)

Ron Lyle 6’3”, 220- Denver, Colorado                      {#3 Contender 1973, 1975}

Hard to determine just how strong a fighter Ron Lyle was in his prime. He had a long reach, took a solid wallop, was one of the hardest hitters in the division and was a big strong heavyweight. He had a lot of trouble with smooth slick boxers who would not mix with him in the ring.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1976 George Foreman 5-KO Loss
Rating Analysis- Lyle in his prime only lost to the following heavyweights: Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Young twice, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. All of those fighters are rated ahead of him on this list. Against Foreman he had big George on the canvas before finally losing by knockout. Lyle had some very impressive victories over Gregory Peralta, Larry Middleton twice, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Earnie Shavers and Joe Bugner. Lyle got a late start in the ring because of his long prison service but he made up for lost time becoming one of the top heavyweights in the world.  (100.8)

Earnie Shavers 6’0”, 216- Warren, Ohio               {#3 Contender 1979}

One of the most powerful punchers in heavyweight history: In his prime he only lost to Jerry Quarry, Ron Lyle, Muhammad Ali, and Larry Holmes twice. His victories were against Jimmy Young, Jimmy Ellis, Henry Clark, Howard Smith and a first round knockout over Kenny Norton who was well past his prime at the time. He also fought a draw against Jimmy Young.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1979 Kenny Norton 1-KO win
Rating Analysis- Shavers fought during a time when there were some great heavyweights and he was one of the best. Shaver went 15 rounds with Ali and 12 rounds with Larry Holmes in their second fight. (99.7)

13. Mike Weaver 6’1”, 218-                        {#1 Contender 1980, 1981, 1982}

Weaver was an outstanding heavyweight in the early 1980s. He biggest wins were against Bernardo Mercado, Stan Ward twice, John Tate, Gerrie Coetzee, Quick Tillis and Carl Williams. His losses were against Stan Ward, LeRoy Jones, Larry Holmes, Michael Dokes, Pinklon Thomas, Bonecrusher Smith and Razor Ruddock. He also fought a draw against Michael Dokes.
Best Fight of His Career- 1980 Gerrie Coetzee 13-KO win
Rating Analysis- The fight that really showed Weaver’s talents was his 1979 battle with Larry Holmes in which he lost a 12-KO. Weaver held down the number one spot for almost three years but never got another shot at Holmes. (130.3)

14. Pinklon Thomas 6’2”, 216-                  {#1 Contender  1984, 1985, 1986}

Thomas had all the potential in the world to be one of the best but he seemed to struggle with drug addiction and his personal life. He had an outstanding jab which enabled him  to box well and with power. His best days were against Gerrie Coetzee in which he fought a draw, he also had wins over Quick Tillis, Tim Witherspoon and Mike Weaver. His losses were against Trevor Berbick, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe and Tommy Morrison.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1983 Gerrie Coetzee 10-D Draw
Rating Analysis- Hard to rate Thomas very high because he is ahead of some fighters that he lost to in the ring. Witherspoon was his biggest victory of his career.
The 1980s were a very tough period to put into perceptive because everybody was beating everybody else and a lack of consistency in the division. (109)

15. Tim Witherspoon 6’3”, 220-                 {#2 Contender 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987}

Witherspoon had one of the longest careers during this period. He only lost to three fighters prior to the age of 39. Those losses included Larry Holmes, which was a controversial decision, Pinklon Thomas and Bonecrusher Smith. His biggest wins were against Renaldo Snipes, Quick Tillis, Greg Page, James Broad, Bonecrusher Smith, Tony Tubbs, Frank Bruno, Carl Williams and Jorge Luis Gonzalez.  
Best Fight of His Career- 1983 Larry Holmes 12-Split Decision Loss
Rating Analysis- Witherspoon was really a strong fighter who usually came into fights in poor condition and out of shape. He almost won the title in 1983 against Holmes but never came close again. Outside of the Holmes fight, who did he ever really beat? He fought during the 1980s when the heavyweight division was at an all-time low. (117.8)

16. Buster Douglas 6’4”, 230-                               {Heavyweight Champion 1990}

Douglas shocked the world like few have ever done with his 1990 victory over Mike Tyson. Buster was an up and down fighter with his weight fluctuated all over the place. On the night he defeated Tyson he was at his best and would not be denied. His other impressive victories were against Randall Cobb, Greg Page, Trevor Berbick and Oliver McCall. He lost to David Bey, Jesse Ferguson, Tony Tucker and Evander Holyfield.
Best Fight Of His Career- 1990 Mike Tyson 10-KO win
Rating Analysis- Hard to rate Douglas because when he at his best he was really good but when he was not he was really bad. (110.5)

 17. Gerrie Coetzee 6’3”, 221                                   {#1 Contender 1983, 1984}

Coetzee came into the national spotlight with his 1st  round knockout of Leon Spinks right after he had lost the title to Ali. Coetzee was a top contender in the division from the late 1970s into the mid 1980s. He defeated Mike Schutte twice, Kallie Knoetze, Johnny Boudreaux, Leon Spinks, Scott LeDoux, Stan Ward, Michael Dokes and Quick Tillis. He lost to John Tate, Mike Weaver, Renaldo Snipes, Greg Page and Frank Bruno.
Best Fight of His Career-1983 Michael Dokes 10-KO win
Rating Analysis- Coetzee biggest claims to fame were his knockouts over Spinks and Dokes but the win over Spinks proved to be a little overblown due to Spinks later ring failures. Coetzee was a fine boxer who carried a big punch. (120.6)

 18. Michael Spinks 6’2”, 210     St.Louis     {Heavyweight Champion 1985-1988} 

Michael captured the heavyweight title with a 15-D over Larry Holmes in 1985. He came back again in 1986 and won a split decision over Holmes. Of course his most memorable fight was his first round knock out loss to Mike Tyson. His wins over Dwight Muhammad Qawi and Gerry Cooney were impressive. Spinks only loss one fight in his entire career and only hit the canvas against one opponent. He was a smooth boxer and well conditioned but his career was very short.
Best Fight of His Career- 1985 Larry Holmes 15-D win
Rating Analysis- Almost all of Spinks success in the heavyweight division comes from his victories over Larry Holmes who  was 36 at the time. Holmes did go on to gain top ten ranking later in his career. Spinks was impressive against Cooney but how good was Cooney and how much did he have left. Spinks was a cagey fighter who was only knocked down once in his career but the majority of his career was fought gainst cruiserweights.  (114.5)

19. Trevor Berbick 6’3”,218                                  {#1 Contender 1986}

Berbick had a pretty impressive record to be rated so far down but he was not very fun to watch. He is the only fighter to have ever fought Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. He had a number of solid victories against John, Tate, Muhammad Ali(his last fight of his career), Greg Page, David Bey, Mitch Green and Pinklon Thomas. He lost to Bernardo Mercado, Larry Holmes, Renaldo Snipes, ST. Gordon, Mike Tyson, Carl Williams and Buster Douglas. Late in his career he lost to Jimmy Thunder at the age of 41 and to Hasim Rahman at the age of 42.
Best Fight of His Career- 1986 Pinklon Thomas 12-D  win
Rating Analysis- Berbick was a good solid fighter during the 1980s. Wins over John Tate, Greg Page and Pinklon Thomas are impressive wins because these fighters were at their peak when they faced Berbick. (110.3)

20. Greg Page 6’4, 230                              {#2 Contender 1983, 1984, 1985}

Page was the most active of any fighter during this period and of course paid the price with brain damage. His list of wins are impressive and long: Stan Ward, Marty Monroe, Alfredo Evangelista, George Chaplin, Scott LeDoux, Jimmy Young, Quick Tillis, Renaldo Snipes, Gerrie Coetzee, James Broad, Bonecrusher Smith and Bruce Seldon. He lost almost as many as he won. Losses included Trevor Berbick, Tim Witherspoon, David Bey, Tony Tubbs, Buster Douglas, Joe Bugner, Orlin Norris, Razor Ruddock and Francesco Damiani. He continued to fight on well past his prime which led to his health issues.
Best Fight of His Career- 1984 Gerrie Coetzee 8-KO win
Rating Analysis- Page had a number of solid wins which give him a strong claim to his place among the best during this period. (102.6)

21. Tony Tucker 6’5”, 221                                      {#3 Contender 1987, 1988}

Before the age of 37 only two fighters had defeated Tucker, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. On the tail end of his career he lost to Henry Akinwande, Orlin Norris and Herbie Hide. Now that sounds pretty impressive but the real problem with Tuckers career is he failed to fight anybody. Just a long list of no name opponents. His biggest victories were against James Broad, Buster Douglas, Orlin Norris and Oliver McCall.
Best Fight of His Career- 1987 Buster Douglas 10-TKO win
Rating Analysis- Tucker fought twelve rounds against Mike Tyson back in 1987 when nobody could last the distance against Tyson. Tucker was a big strong heavyweight who was an underachiever. It is hard to rate him very high because of his limited competition. (100.7)

22.  Gerry Cooney 6’6”, 225                       {#2 Contender 1981, 1982}

Cooney had a very sketchy career which was dominated by long periods of inactivity. He was one of the hottest fighters in the world in the early 1980s beating a lot of has beens like Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle and Ken Norton. He lost his chance at the title by losing to Larry Holmes. He had another shot at the title against Michael Spinks and lost in a 5th round knockout. His last chance at greatness was lost against old George Foreman.
Best Fight Of his Career- 1982 Larry Holmes 13-KO Loss
Rating Analysis- Question is who did Cooney ever beat who was not well past his prime. The answer is Phillip Brown and or course your response is who is that. Fact remains he was very popular because of his color and power. He was definitely overrated. His fight against Holmes was the highlight of his career and he was very impressive to some degree in that fight. (99.6)

23. Michael Dokes 6’2”, 223                      {#1 Contender 1982, 1983}

Dokes had all kinds of potential but he had drugs problems the majority of his career. He also did not have a great record. He usually avoided most of the top fighters of the time. He had extremely quick hands but usually was not in top condition upon entiring the ring.
His biggest wins were not very impresssive; Ossie Ocasio, Randall Cobb twice and Mike Weaver in a questionable knockout win. He had two draws against Ocasio and Weaver.
His losses were against Gerrie Coetzee, Evander Holyfield, Razor Ruddock and Riddick Bowe.
Best Fight of Ring Career-1982 Mike Weaver 1-KO win
Rating Analysis- Dokes had a very bright future as a younster as an amatuer but he was not an outstanding heavyweight because of his drug addiction and conditioning. (107.5)

24. John Tate 6’4”, 240  Knoxville, Tenn.           {#2 Contender 1980}

Wins: Bernardo Mercado, Johnny Bourdreaux, Duane Bobick, Kallie Knoetze, Gerrie Coetzee:
Losses: Mike Weaver, Trevor Berbick, Noel Quarless(88):
Big John Tate finished his career 34-3 and had some strong showings during his short career. He was never the same after his 15th round knockout loss to Mike Weaver. None the less he was well ahead on points at the time and had several fine wins.

25. Razor Ruddock 6’3”,225               {#2 Contender 1991, 1992, 1993}

Ruddock’s claim to fame were his two fights against Mike Tyson in the early 1990s. The rest of his wins were against a lot of fighters that were well past their prime. Michael Dokes, Bonecrusher Smith, James Broad, Mike Weaver and Greg Page; All these fighters were over the hill when they faced Ruddock. His losses were against Mike Tyson twice, Lennox Lewis and Tommy Morrison.
Best Fight of His Career- 1991 Mike Tyson 12-D Loss
Rating Analysis- Razor was a big strong heavyweight who really proved himself against Tyson but did little else to gain the spotlight. (100.5)










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