Number 174 – Michael Dokes

Michael Dokes Akron, Ohio, USA August 10, 1958 – August 12, 2012 6’3″ / 78″ reach / 198-290 lbs 53-6-2-0 (34) from 10/15/1976 to 10/11/1997 (21y0m) 1-4-0-1(1) against the top ten 0-2-0-0(0) against linear champions 0-2-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers 0-1-0-0(0) for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-TKO-1 Mike Weaver, D-15 Mike Weaver, L-KO-10 Gerrie Coetzee, L-TKO-10 Evander Holyfield, L-TKO-4 Donovan… Read More Number 174 – Michael Dokes

Number 175 – Lem Franklin

Lem Franklin (tied for 175) Mobile, Alabama, USA May 30, 1916 – August 3, 1944 6’2” / 76″ reach / 190-210 lbs 32-13-1-2(28) from 07/30/1937 to 07/24/1944 (7y0m) 1-5-0-0(1) against the top ten 0-0-0-0(0) against linear champions 1-0-0-0(1) against hall-of-famers No fights for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-TKO-5 Abe Simon, L-KO-8 Bob Pastor, L-KO-1 Harry Bobo, L-KO-10, L-KO-8… Read More Number 175 – Lem Franklin

Number 176 – Joe Erskine

Joe Erskine (tied for 175) Cardiff, Wales, UK January 26, 1934 – February 2, 1990 5’11” / 190-212 lbs 45-8-1-0(13) from 03/09/1954 to 10/27/1964 (10y7m) 1-5-0-0(1) against the top ten 0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions 1-1-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers No fights for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-UD-10 Willie Pastrano, L-TKO-13 Ingemar Johansson, L-TKO-12, L-TKO-5, L-TKO-9 Henry Cooper, L-UD-10 Karl Mildenberger -1 total… Read More Number 176 – Joe Erskine

Number 177 – Joe Kahut

Joe Kahut (tied for 175) Woodburn, Oregon, USA June 22, 1923 – October 4, 1990 5’10” / 145-189 lbs 58-27-7-1(38) from 01/17/1941 to 01/28/1954 (13y0m) 1-5-0-0(0) against the top ten 0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions 1-3-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers No fights for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-SD-15 Joey Maxim, L-UD-10 Joey Maxim, L-UD-12 Rex Layne, L-KO-8 Ezzard Charles, L-UD-10 Cesar Brion, L-KO-2… Read More Number 177 – Joe Kahut

Number 178 – Alejandro Lavorante

Alejandro Lavorante (tied for 175) Mendoza, Argentina October 25, 1936 – April 1, 1964 6’3” / 73″ reach / 202-212 lbs 19-5-0-0(15) from 09/22/1959 to 09/21/1962 (3y0m) 1-4-0-0(1) against the top ten 0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions 0-1-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers No fights for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-KO-7 Zora Folley, L-UD-10 Roy Harris, L-SD-10 George Logan, L-TKO-10 Archie… Read More Number 178 – Alejandro Lavorante

Number 179 – Alvin “Blue” Lewis

Alvin Lewis (tied for 175) Detroit, Michigan, USA 1943 6’3” / 205-225 lbs 30-6-0-0(19) from 06/21/1966 to 11/14/1973 (7y5m) 1-4-0-0(1) against the top ten 0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions 0-1-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers No fights for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-KO-2 Hector Corletti, L-TKO-9, L-SD-10 Leotis Martin, L-DQ-7 Oscar Bonavena, L-TKO-11 Muhammad Ali -1 total score (1 + -3+ 0 +… Read More Number 179 – Alvin “Blue” Lewis

Number 180 – Buster Mathis

Buster Mathis (tied for 175) Sledge, Mississippi, USA June 11, 1943 – September 6, 1995 6’3” / 76″ reach / 220-300 lbs 30-4-0-0(21) from 06/28/1965 to 09/29/1972 (7y3m) 1-4-0-0(1) against the top ten 0-1-0-0(0) against linear champions 0-1-0-0(0) against hall-of-famers No fights for the linear championship Top ten opponents: W-UD-12 George Chuvalo, L-TKO-11 Joe Frazier, L-UD-12 Jerry Quarry,… Read More Number 180 – Buster Mathis

Overrated/Underrated – Heavyweight Edition

This past Saturday, former linear champion Wladimir Klitschko did battle with up-and-coming contender Anthony Joshua. Similar size, similar attributes, similar styles, the two heavyweights were like strange mirror images of each other. Except that the old lion was being underrated in many circles, and young Joshua was being somewhat overrated. Now, this is not a… Read More Overrated/Underrated – Heavyweight Edition