There have been dozens of excellent boxers throughout the years and many of them hold world records in the sport. However, most of those records are likely to be overtaken in the future. What we have listed below are 10 professional boxing records that will probably never be broken.
Those on the list consist of some of history’s greatest boxers as well as a few who weren’t so successful to say the least. Some of these records are those which no boxer would like to own while others would certainly make a fighter proud. Either way, these 10 historical highlights and lowlights of the sport will probably never be surpassed.
10. George Foreman-21 Years Between World Title Reigns
When George Foreman knocked out ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier in the second round back in January, 1973 he became the WBA, WBC, and Lineal Heavyweight Champion. Foreman won the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and then fought as a pro from 1969 to 1977. He made a comeback between 1987 and 1997 and won the IBF, WBA, and Lineal Heavyweight Titles by stopping Michael Moorer in the 10th round in November of 1994. Foreman became the oldest heavy weight champ ever at the age of 45 and the second-oldest champion in any division. Bernard Hopkins holds the record as the oldest when he won a light heavyweight belt at 50. But what’s more remarkable is that Foreman (76-5, 68 Kos) went 21 years between his title reigns. That’s a record that will likely never be topped.
9. Peter Maher-50 First-Round Knockouts
It’s going to be pretty hard for most of today’s boxers to finish their careers with 50 fights, let alone 50 wins or 50 knockouts. Therefore, it’s going to be next to impossible to record 50 knockouts in the very first round. This is a record that Peter Maher holds though. Maher of Ireland fought as a middleweight to heavyweight back in the old days from 1887 to 1913 and retired with a record of 135-21-4 with 108 Kos. He held the Irish Middleweight and Heavyweight Championships and then decided to move to America. Maher was World Heavyweight Champion from November 11th 1895 to February 21st 1896 when he lost the belt to Bob Fitzsimmons. Ironically, Maher was knocked out in the first round of that fight.
8. Henry Armstrong-Simultaneous World Champ In Three Weight Divisions
Henry ‘Hurricane Hank’ Armstrong holds a boxing record that is truly unique as he held world titles in three different weight divisions at the same time. Even with the dozens of world title belts available today and the additional weight divisions, this is something boxing fans are likely to never see again. In addition, Armstrong was the undisputed champion of his divisions. Back in 1938 he was the reigning featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight champion at 126 lbs, 130 lbs and 147 lbs respectively. Armstrong hailed from Columbus, Mississippi and also fought in the middleweight division, but didn’t win a world title at 160 lbs as he fought to a draw with World Champion Ceferino Garcia. Armstrong fought as a pro from to 1931 to 1945 and retired with a mark of 151-21-9 with 101 Kos. He also lost three of his first four pro bouts.
7. Billy Bird-138 Career Knockouts
Billy Bird of London, England compiled the most career knockouts with 138 of them. He fought as a welterweight between 1920 and 1948 and retired with a record of 263-73-20. He was also knocked out himself 22 times. But even though he knocked out 138 opponents, his Ko percentage was below average at just 39 per cent. In addition, Bird fought mostly against Grade B and C opponents during his career. Former Light Heavyweight Champ Archie ‘The Old Mongoose’ Moore went 186-23-10 in his illustrious career and according to BoxRec scored 132 Kos for a 60 per cent knockout ratio. Moore was stopped just seven times himself and fought numerous world champions such as Willie Pastrano, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, and Muhammad Ali. Bird may hold the official record, but Moore’s achievement was definitely better considering he faced tougher opposition.
6. Jimmy Wilde-104-Fight Unbeaten Streak
Jimmy Wilde of Wales was known as the “The Mighty Atom” as he fought in the lower flyweight division from 1911 to 1923. Wilde started his career with an incredible record of 103-1. He didn’t lose his first fight until of 1915 when Tancy Lee stopped him in the seventh round. Wilde would finish his career as one of the best flyweights ever and one of Britain’s greatest boxers with an official record of 132-4-1 with 99 Kos. It’s true the former European and World Champ Wilde compiled his unbeaten streak exclusively in the UK, but it’s still a record that will be extremely tough to beat. Sugar Ray Robinson’s streak of 91 fights without a loss from 1943 to 1951 is considered a tougher achievement since he compiled it against world champions and Grade A opponents. Robinson also won the World Welterweight and Middleweight Championships during that streak.
5. Len Wickwar-470 Career Bouts
In today’s era of boxing, most fighters get into the ring about three times a year on average. This means some 10-year veterans have about 30 pro bouts under their belt. There’s no chance that anybody will top the record of 470 pro contests which is held by Len Wickwar of England. In addition, he holds the record for most rounds fought at 4,014 and the most wins with 340. Wickwar, a lightweight, went 340-87-42 with one no-contest and 93 Kos from 1928 to 1947. He turned pro at the age of18 and reportedly fought up to three bouts a day early in his career. Wickwar would have fought more bouts, but his career was put on hold during the Second World War. He then fought just four more times after the conflict ended.
4. Robin Deakin-51 Consecutive Losses
The most consecutive defeats in pro boxing, at least officially, is 51, and the record belongs to 31-year-old Robin Deakin of England. Ironically, he won his pro debut back in 2006 and then proceeded to lose 51 straight fights. He snapped the losing streak in August of 2015 with a four-round win on points over Deniss Kornilovs. Deakin then sat out for two years and lost in his comeback. His current record stands at 2-52. To his credit though, the super lightweight from Crawley who has fought 215 rounds, has been stopped just 13 times. Apparently Deakin won his second pro bout while licensed under Maltese boxing authorities since the British boxing board revoked his license. He also managed to win 40 of his 75 amateur bouts.
3. Wilfredo Benitez-World Champ At Age Of 17
Wilfredo ‘El Radar’ Benitez, a New York-born Puerto Rican, was just 17 years old and in high school when he won his first world title. The teenager managed to beat WBC Jr. Welterweight Champion Antonio Cervantes by way of a 15-round split decision in March of 1976. Benitez, who was one of the greatest defensive boxes in history, would go on to win world titles in three weight divisions as he also captured welterweight and junior middleweight belts. He finished his career with a record of 53-8-1 with 31 Kos. Benitez’s biggest wins were over Bruce Curry, Maurice Hope, Roberto Duran, Carlos Santos and Carlos Palomino. His losses included defeats at the hands of Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Mustafa Hamsho, Davey Moore and Matthew Hilton. Benitez lost six of his last 15 fights, but was once an all-time great.
2. Reggie Strickland-276 Career Defeats
American midd eweight Reggie Strickland of Cincinnati, Ohio fought pro between 1987 and 2005. He entered the ring 363 times and lost a world record 276 fights. He also won 66 of them and was stopped just 25 times. His final record stood at 66-276-17 with four no-contests and 14 Kos. In fact, 66 wins is nothing to sneeze at, but perhaps what’s more remarkable is that he fought 363 bouts and recorded just 14 knockouts. Strickland also fought under aliases and lost to future world champions such as Keith Holmes, Tavoris Cloud, Cory Spinks, Randall Bailey and Raul Marquez. Strickland was basically a professional opponent for up-and-coming boxers. His half-brother Jerry Strickland was a welterweight who retired in 2000 with a record of 13-122 with 5 Kos and was knocked out an incredible 78 times.
1. Eric Crumble-31 Straight Losses By Knockout
Eric Crumble was a middleweight from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who definitely lived up to his name since all he did was crumble in the ring. Crumble fought 31 times as a pro between 1990 and lost all 31 of them. What’s incredible is that he was knocked out all 31 times and managed to last just 42 total rounds. He lost to some notable opponents such as Angel Manfredy and Antwun Echols, but was also stopped by Donnie Penelton, who had a record of 8-95-2 when they met. Crumble was stopped 22 times in the very first round and never made it past the second round. He actually had a 32nd pro bout, but it was ruled a no-contest. Crumble’s 31 straight losses by knockout won’t be equaled in today’s era since a boxer with that many stoppages on his record should never have his license renewed.