Editor’s be aware: This article was initially revealed this previous January.
The heavyweights of the present period are gargantuan, led by outsized titleholders Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, who outweigh many nice champions of the previous by 50 or extra kilos.
However, we’ve seen unusually massive heavyweights all through the historical past of boxing, going way back to the early a part of the 20th century. And a few of these bygone behemoths reached the head of the game, changing into champions.
Here is a listing of the ten heaviest heavyweight titleholders ever.
A number of tips:
- The heavyweights are ranked in line with their weight whereas they had been titleholders.
- We embody their weight after they misplaced their titles in the event that they had been at their heaviest in that combat.
- We additionally embody their heaviest weights of their careers, even when they didn’t maintain a title on the time.
- The weights had been discovered on Boxrec.com, the official document keeper of the game.
Here we go:
Championship weight: 317¾ kilos (144.1 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 348¼ kilos (158.0 kg)
Height: 7 toes (213 cm)
Title reign(s): 2005-07; 2008-09
Background: The monstrous Russian was in a category by himself when it comes to dimension. For instance, he outweighed a couple of opponent by 100-plus kilos. He was a complete middleweight — 159 kilos (72 kg) — heavier than Alarim Uysal of their 1997 combat. Valuev wasn’t an amazing fighter however, for a person his dimension, he was competent.
Championship weight: 283½ kilos (128.6 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 283½ kilos (128.6 kg)
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Title reign(s): 2019
Background: Ruiz reached his peak weight in his rematch with Anthony Joshua, which he misplaced by a large determination. He weighed 268 (121.6 kg) when he shocked the world by stopping Joshua to turn out to be a unified champion of their first combat. Most imagine Ruiz’s excessive flab price him the second time round.
Championship weight: 273 (123.8 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 273 kilos (123.8 kg) (twice)
Height: 6-4 (193 cm)
Title reign(s): 2006-07
Background: Briggs held the WBO heavyweight title for seven months in components of 2006 and 2007. And he was at his heaviest round that point. He weighed 268 when he stopped Siarhei Liakhovich in 12 rounds to win the belt and a career-high 273 when he misplaced it on factors to Sultan Ibragimov.
Championship weight: 273 kilos (123.8 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 276 kilos (125.2 kg)
Title reign(s): 2015-16; 2020-present
Background: Fury weighed a championship-fight excessive of 273 in his rematch with Deontay Wilder in February of final yr, which was no accident. He deliberately bulked up with a view to impose his will on his tall, however lean opponent. It labored. He gained by knockout to win the WBC title.
Championship weight: 270 kilos (122.5 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 284½ kilos (129.0 kg)
Title reign(s): 1933-34
Background: Carnera moved pretty nicely for a person his dimension however his success was attributed extra to his mob connections than he capability. Max Baer uncovered the large Italian though he was outweighed by greater than 50 kilos, placing him down as many as 10 occasions (the information aren’t clear) and stopped him in Round 11 to win the title.
Championship weight: 259½ kilos (117.8 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 259½ kilos (117.8 kg)
Height: 6-6½ (199 cm)
Title reign(s): 1915-19
Background: The Pottawatomie (Kansas) Giant weighed 238½ when he stopped the nice, however ageing Jack Johnson to win the title, bulked as much as his peak weight in his solely profitable protection (in opposition to Frank Moran) after which (at 245) went down seven occasions within the first spherical and suffered a horrible beating by the hands of Jack Dempsey to lose his title in three rounds in his subsequent combat.
Championship weight: 256½ kilos (116.3 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 256½ kilos (116.3 kg)
Height: 6-5 (196 cm)
Title reign(s): 1992-94; 1997-2001; 2001-04
Background: Lewis reached his peak weight in his remaining combat, a grueling six-round battle in opposition to Vitali Klitschko in 2003 that Lewis gained as a result of Klitschko suffered a grotesque lower and couldn’t proceed. Lewis, a three-time champion, realized after that conflict that it was time to stroll away.
Championship weight: 254 kilos (144.1 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 254 kilos (144.1 kg)
Height: 6-6 (198 cm)
Title reign(s): 2016-19; 2019-present
Background: Joshua was capable of beat Carlos Takam at a muscle-bound 254 kilos however determined after his knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. that leaner was higher, dropping from 247¾ within the first combat to 237 for the profitable rematch. He then got here in at 240¾ for his KO victory over Kubrat Pulev. That appears to be his supreme weight.
Championship weight: 253½ kilos (115.0 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 291 kilos (132.0 kg)
Weight: 6-2 (188 cm)
Title reign(s): 2008
Background: Peter reached a hefty 291 when he fought journeyman Ron Aubrey in 2014 however was at his greatest 40, 45 kilos lighter. He weighed 250¾ when he stopped Oleg Maskaev in six rounds to win the WBC belt in 2008. He was at 253½ when Vitali Klitschko stopped him in eight to take his title in his subsequent combat.
Championship weight: 252 kilos (144.1 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 252 kilos (144.1 kg)
Height: 6-7 (201 cm)
Title reign(s): 1999-2000; 2004-05; 2008-13
Background: The elder Klitschko brother was remarkably constant together with his weight, hovering round 245-250 for the final decade-plus of his profession. That speaks to his self-discipline. He reached 252 for his protection in opposition to Chris Arreola in 2009, a tenth-round knockout. Klitschko retired as a heavyweight titleholder.
Championship weight: 256 kilos (116.1 kg)
Highest weight in profession: 267 kilos (121.1 kg)
Title reign(s): 1973-74; 1994-95
Background: Big George was a distinct man on both facet of a 10-year hiatus from the game. The first model fought at round 220-225. The second topped out at 267 in opposition to Steve Zouski in his first combat again in 1987. He was fitter when he stopped Michael Moorer to regain a title and efficiently defended in opposition to Axel Schulz.