Never done a list before, but decided I finally would (slow day at work). Should point out that i've rated these guys at their best, NOT their overall careers or length of title reigns , quality of era etc.
Some of you old timers will probably be disgusted by my list. Even more so because I'm only in my early 20s so what the hell could I know?!!!? Since i'm only a young punk, feel free to school me.
1. MUHAMMAD ALI
Can't see how anyone could beat this guy, especially in the 60s. Under rated power too, besides concrete chin, quick thinker, superhuman desire to win.
2. LENNOX LEWIS
Again, i know it will piss you off, but at his best can't see how anyone can beat a 6'5'' 250ib super skilled boxer with lethal kayo power in both hands, long jab, good artillery of punches, very clever boxer.
3. EVANDER HOLYFIELD
Unbelievable warrior spirit, will to win, fight to the death, can mix it up with anyone. Underated power & chin, plus skills, speed, every quality except size in abundance. Think he could out-gut almost any past champ in the trenches.
4. GEORGE FOREMAN (1970s model)
Huge frame, possibly hardest puncher ever, can't see many past champs surviving with this wrecking machine coming forward. None too clever & could run out of gas late, but most would never survive that far.
5. SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER
Like an animal coming forward, always gets up, same qualities as Holyfield, will fight to the death. Power & workrate would overwhelm majority of past greats IMO.
6. LARRY HOLMES
Good all round skills, big heart, under rated power. Desire to win is best quality, will fight tooth & nail to the end, obviously the jab.
7. IRON MIKE TYSON
Speed, bob & weave style, combination punching, one punch power, could fight 12 rds at a pace. Very difficult to beat unless your very big with even bigger balls and cool under fire.
8. SONNY LISTON
Huge strong guy, near impossible to negate jab, kayo power, skills, solid chin. Rated lower because questions over heart. Few in history could survive long enough to be able to test it.
9. RIDDICK BOWE
Probably most controversial choice. 6'5'' 235ibs, a huge guy but with major skills, brawling ability, power, jab, overhwhelm just about anybody on the inside. Difficult to grade chin, but for a brief time was a fighting machine. Difficult to picture many guys being able to handle Bowe at his best.
10. JOE LOUIS
Great jab & combination punching, lethal knockout power, but a lot of big guys on this list and Joe did go down a lot (although always got up). Has a punchers chane against any of the above except Ali.
AWOL: Rocky Marciano, very tough & very strong but sorry guys just too small and crude to beat any of these guys. Dempsey ditto, style of fighting just far too crude and sloppy, too small to live with big heavies who were GREAT. Jack Johnson very similar, smart guy but his holding style i doubt would work over 12 rd fights with guys of this quality. Too outdated. John L Sullivan et al, again guys who were fighting a million years ago, cannot see them surviving against these big advanced modern heavies. Be realistic.
I AWAIT YOUR WRATH...