25 Greatest Boxers In History Outside Of North America
Throughout the twentieth century professional boxing, just like professional wrestling, was a sport in which mainly Americans and boxers from nearby countries, such as Mexico and Puerto Rico, could participate in. However, Olympic boxing tournaments and World Amateur Championships were usually dominated by the USSR, Cuba, and the former Soviet Bloc countries, even thoughtheir boxers never made it to the next level because their governments prevented them from competing as professional athletesfor political and economic reasons. By the mid-nineties and after the collapse of the Iron Curtain all of this changed and the face of professional boxing has transformed during the past two decades, especially in the bigger weight classes. Here’s a list of 25 of the greatest boxers in history outside of North America who made it big despite the economic and political odds in a sport that had its borders closed until relatively recently.
20. Pascual Perez
After Pascual Perez won the gold medal for his country at the 1948 Olympic boxing tournament in London, he went on to become Argentina’s first-ever professional boxing champ when he captured the world title in 1954 against a Japanese fighter in Japan. He went undefeated for his first 51 fights and held the title for over six years. He is considered the second-greatest flyweight boxer in history behind only the great Jimmy Wilde.
15. Nicolino Locche
Every boxing expert you ask will tell you that Nicolino Locche is one of the three greatest defensive boxers in the sport’s history along with Floyd Mayweather and the legendary Willie Pep. Locche turned professional at age nineteen and achieved a record of 117-4, during which time he held the WBA Light Welterweight world title for four years entertaining the crowds with his one-of-a-kind boxing style.
10. Vitali Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko is the older brother of the current heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, and he is the former WBC, WBO, and The Ring magazine heavyweight champion. With an incredibly high 87.23 percent knockout percentage rate, he holds the second best knockout ratio of any champion in heavyweight boxing history, behind only Rocky Marciano’s 87.76 percent. In 2008 he and his younger brother made history becoming the first world champion brothers at the same time and in 2011 they made history again becoming the first brothers to hold every World Championship belt in the same weight division simultaneously.
5. Wladimir Klitschko
In terms of accomplishments Wladimir Klitschko is the second longest-reigning heavyweight champion of all time and the scariest part is that he looks unbeatable at the moment. AnOlympic gold medalist at the Atlanta Games in 1996, Wladimir has been the definition of a dominant heavyweight champion, and from the late â€˜90s to date, he has held the title for nearly twelve years in total. Additionally, he is currently tied with Muhammad Ali in second position on the list for most heavyweight title fights in history with 25, and is chasing Joe Louis’s record of 27. He recently stated that he plans to fight until age 45 and we’re really curious to see what kind of record he will set.