Calzaghe. The Pride of Wales. 46 Wins. 0 Losses. Widely considered one of the greatest undefeated boxers in British boxing history. Whilst his legacy is undoubtedly impressive – does this rank him a better athlete than, for example, Nigel Benn? Who opened his career with a streak of 22 wins, 0 defeats – with every win accomplished by Knock Out. Or Chris Eubank? Whose 45 wins (Over half by KO) spanning 13 years made him a household name and widely recognised figure.
As a contribution to boxing history, titles are of course an important set of milestones. But the overall talent, technique, participation and influence can’t be ignored in favour of a series of (undoubtedly impressive) statistics.
Calzaghe is still today ranked top internationally when comparing international Super-Middleweight fighters, but when looking Pound-for-Pound, his ranking slips to a staggering 39th. In terms of UK fighters, he still falls short of pole position – beaten by Lennox Lewis who’s heavyweight fight career of 41 wins*
In a time when boxing participation is soaring, and these men become heroes and idols – or at least, those of recent history do.
Statistically, the greatest undefeated boxer is Jimmy Barry, The Little Tiger. Barry boasted a 70 fight record, 59 wins (39 KO’s), 9 draws and 2 no contest. In just 5 years, he set a record which hasn’t been beaten in over 117 years – fighting 1894-1899.
How do you feel these undefeated records stand up against the thousands of boxing contributions made my athletes of incredible strength, endurance and discipline?
|Boxer||Weight class||Championship years||Title defenses||Notes|
|Jimmy Barry||World 118 lbs||1894-1899||6 (3 draws)||Retired undefeated (59-0-9 with 2 NC).|
|Joe Calzaghe||WBO||1997-2007||21||Vacated title to move up to light heavyweight.|
|IBF/Ring 168 lbs||2006-2007||1 (IBF)|
3 (The Ring)
|Unified WBO, IBF and The Ring titles. Vacated IBF title to fight Peter Manfredo, Jr. instead of #1 contender Robert Stieglitz. Vacated The Ringtitle to move up to light heavyweight.|
|WBA/WBC 168 lbs||2007-2008||0||Unified WBO, WBA, WBC and The Ring titles. Vacated titles to move up to light heavyweight.|
|Ring 175 lbs||2008||1||Retired undefeated (46-0).|
|Ji-Won Kim||IBF 122 lbs||1985-1986||4||Retired undefeated (16-0-2).|
aka Michael Loewe
|WBO 147 lbs||1997||1||Retired undefeated (28-0). Forced to retire from boxing due to an injury.|
|Ricardo López||WBC 105 lbs||1990-1998||21 (1 draw)||Vacated title to move up to junior flyweight.|
|WBO 105 lbs||1997-1998||0||Unified WBC and WBO titles. Stripped of WBO title for saying he wanted to give the belt to his father.|
|WBA 105 lbs||1998||0||Vacated title to move up to junior flyweight.|
|IBF 108 lbs||1999-2002||2||Retired undefeated (51-0-1).|
|Rocky Marciano||World heavyweight||1952-1956||6||Retired undefeated (49-0).|
|Terry Marsh||IBF 140 lbs||1987||1||Retired undefeated (26-0-1). Forced to retire from boxing due to epilepsy.|
|Floyd Mayweather Jr.||WBC 130 lbs||1998-2002||8||Vacated title to move up to lightweight.|
|WBC 135 lbs||2002-2004||3||Vacated title to move up to super lightweight.|
|WBC 140 lbs||2005-2006||0||Vacated title to move up to welterweight.|
|WBC/WBA 147 lbs||2006-2008, 2011-2015||8||Retired undefeated (49-0).|
|WBC/WBA 154 lbs||2007, 2012-2015||2|
|Jack McAuliffe||World 135 lbs||1886-1893||7 (2 draws)||Retired undefeated (30-0-5 with 1 No decision).|
|Sven Ottke||IBF 168 lbs||1998-2004||21|
|WBA “Super”-Super-middleweight 168 lbs||2003-2004||4||Defended IBF title and defeated WBA champion to become WBA “Super” champion. Retired undefeated (34-0).|
|Dmitry Pirog||WBO 160 lbs||2010-2012||3||Retired undefeated (20-0). Forced to retire from boxing due to debilitating back injury.|
|Harry Simon||WBO 154 lbs||1998-2001||4||Vacated title to move up to middleweight.|
|WBO 160 lbs||2002||0||Won interim WBO middleweight title in 2001 and the outright title in 2002. Stripped of title when he was unable to defend it due to injuries suffered in a car crash.|
|Pichit Sitbangprachan||IBF 112 lbs||1992-1994||5||Retired undefeated (21-0) and then made a comeback, winning three more times before retiring for good (24-0).|
|Edwin Valero||WBA 130 lbs||2006-2008||4||Vacated title to move up to lightweight.|
|WBC 135 lbs||2009-2010||2||Vacated title to move up to junior welterweight. Committed suicide after killing his wife in 2010. His record was 27-0 with 27 knockouts.|
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