Below I’ll share some of boxing’s most entertaining and/or interesting facts.  Since some boxing records are continually broken as history is written, please feel free to let us know if something needs to be updated.  Enjoy!


NAKED BOXER

Newark, 1942 – Timmy Larkin vs. Tommy Cross

After the ring announcer performed the traditional introductions, Larkin removed his robe only to completely expose himself to the audience.  Apparently, he was so deeply in the zone in the dressing room that he had forgotten to put on his boxing trunks.  As you would expect, the audience burst out laughing.


RECORDS

  1. Youngest World Champion: Wilfred Benitez (17 years old)
  2. Oldest World Champion/Heavyweight Champion: George Foreman (45 during upset of Michael Moorer)
  3. Youngest Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson
  4. Most Consecutive Wins: Hal Bagwell (180 fights, 175 wins, 2 draws, 3 no decision from 1938-1948)
  5. Most Consecutive KO’s: Lamark Clark (44 KO’s in a row)
  6. Longest World Champion: Joe Louis (11 years 7 month)
  7. Most Crowded Audience: Chavez vs. Greg Haugen
  8. Biggest Purse: Mike Tyson (US$ 30 million) when fighting Frank Bruno
  9. Most KOs: Archie Moore – 145
  10. Most title fights: Jack Briton – from 1915-1922 he had 37 title fights, resulting in 19 wins and 18 no decisions.
    Source: The Guiness Book of World Records.

Most Consecutive Successful Title Defenses

Divison

Name

Title

Years

Defenses

Heavyweight

Joe Louis

World

(1937-49)

25

Cruiserweight

Anaclet Wamba

WBC Title

(1991-94)

7

Light Heavyweight

Bob Foster

World

(1968-74)

14

Super Middleweight

Nigel Benn

WBC Title

(1992-95)

9

Middleweight

Bernard Hopkins

IBF

(1995-2005)

20

Junior Middleweight

Gianfranco Rosi

IBF

(1989-94)

11

Welterweight

Henry Armstrong

World

(1938-40)

19

Junior Welterweight

Julio Cesar Chavez

WBC/IBF

(1989-94)

12

Lightweight

Roberto Duran

World

(1972-79)

12

Junior Lightweight

Brian Mitchell

IBF/WBA

(1986-91)

12

Featherweight

Eusebio Pedroza

WBA

(1978-85)

19

Junior Featherweight

Wilfredo Gomez

WBC

(1977-83)

17

Bantamweight

Orlando Canizales

IBF

(1988-94)

16

Junior Bantamweight

Khaosai Galaxy

WBA

(1984-91)

19

Flyweight

Miguel Canto

WBC

(1975-79)

14

Junior Flyweight

Myung Woo Yuh

WBA

(1985-91)

17

Strawweight

Ricardo Lopez

WBC

(1990-99)

21


Longest Uninterrupted Title Reigns

Divison

Name

Reign

Heavyweight

Joe Louis

11 years, 7 months

Cruiserweight

Anaclet Wamba

4 years, 10 months

Light Heavyweight

Archie Moore

9 years, 2 months

Super Middleweight

Chong Pal Park

3 years, 6 months

Middleweight

Bernard Hopkins

10 years, 3 months

Junior Middleweight

Gianfranco Rosi

5 years, 2 months

Welterweight

Felix Trinidad

8 years, 5 months

Junior Welterweight

Julio Cesar Chavez

4 years, 8 months

Lightweight

Benny Leonard

7 years, 8 months

Junior Lightweight

Flash Elorde

7 years, 3 months

Featherweight

Johnny Kilbane

11 years, 4 months

Junior Featherweight

Wilfredo Gomez

5 years, 10 months

Bantamweight

Orlando Canizales

6 years, 5 months

Junior Bantamweight

Khaosai Galaxy

7 years, 1 month

Flyweight

Jimmy Wilde

7 years, 4 months

Junior Flyweight

Myung Woo Yuh

6 years, 2 months

Strawweight

Ricardo Lopez

9 years, 8 months


Career Undefeated Fighters

  • Rocky Marciano 49-0
  • Jack McAuliffe 33-0-9 and 3 no contests
  • Laszlo Papp 27-0-2
  • Ji Won Kim 16-0-2


Most First Round KOs

  1. Young Otto (42)
  2. Tiger Jack Fox (30)
  3. Jack Dempsey (26)
  4. Sean O'Grady (24)
  5. Buddy Baer (23)


Youngest Professional Debut

  1. Baby Arizmendi age 10
  2. Teddy Baldock age 14
  3. Al McCoy age 14
  4. Battling Nelson age 14
  5. Georges Carpentier age 14


Largest "Live Gate Crowds"

  1. Tony Zale vs. Billy Pryor 135,132
  2. Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen 132,274
  3. Gene Tunney vs. Jack Dempsey 120,757


Fighters who made their pro debuts in TITLE BOUTS!    

  • Pete Rademacher 1957
  • Jack Skelly 1892
  • Rafael Lovera 1975


Greatest Fighter Ever according to February 1980 issue of "The Ring”.  This list was the result of polling 25 boxing experts.

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. Joe Louis
  3. Henry Armstrong
  4. Muhammad Ali
  5. Benny Leonard
  6. Willie Pep
  7. Rocky Marciano
  8. Jack Dempsey
  9. Roberto Duran
  10. Jack Johnson

*Unless otherwise noted, the information above has been sourced from various Internet websites.

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