The 9 Worst Heavyweight Champions of All Time

The 10 Worst Lineal Heavyweight Champions of All Time

Prince Charles Martin’s pathetic defense of his “heavyweight” title has to rank right up there with Bruce Seldon’s quitting in defense of his title against Mike Tyson. I started thinking just how bad is Martin? I just wrote a top ten champions in heavyweight history article, why not write a top nine worst heavyweight champions in history article? I will not include guys like Seldon or Martin; I only include real heavyweight champions, so following is my list of the ten worst champions in heavyweight boxing history.

9) Ingemar Johansson – Actually beat some good fighters, but had a poor chin and questionable stamina.

Video: Ingemar Johansson -vs- Floyd Patterson I 6/26/59

Ingemar Johansson -vs- Floyd Patterson I 6/26/59

 

8) Buster Douglas – Beat a prime Tyson, but that’s it. He lacked the motivation to be a great champion.

Video: Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas Highlights Legendary Night

Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas Highlights Legendary Night

 

7) Marvin Hart – He did beat a prime Jack Johnson, but overall was not very successful.

Video: First

First “Paper Champ” of the Heavyweight Division

 

6) Max Baer – His greatest victory was over Max Schmeling but was a crude, limited fighter.

Video: Max Baer vs Max Schmeling

Max Baer vs Max Schmeling

 

5) Jim Braddock – Was an excellent light heavy. He had his one moment in the sun by beating Max Baer.

 

4) Jess Willard – Had one great fight against an old Jack Johnson, but was slow and plodding.

Video: Jack Johnson vs Jess Willard (Full Film)

Jack Johnson vs Jess Willard (Full Film)

 

3) Leon Spinks – He won an Olympic Gold Medal and upset Muhammad Ali, but after the Ali win it was all down hill.

Video: Muhammad Ali vs Leon Spinks

Muhammad Ali vs Leon Spinks “Legendary Night” Highlights HD #ElTerribleProduction

 

2) Primo Carnera – Had some decent skills but a china chin, and a lot of his fights were questionable, because of the men who ran his career.

Video: Primo Carnera; The Real Rocky Balboa

Primo Carnera; The Real Rocky Balboa

 

1) Jack Sharkey – Was KO’d by Primo Carnera. A loss to Carnera would make you number one even if it were fixed.

Video: Jack Sharkey - Heavyweight Champion

Jack Sharkey – Heavyweight Champion

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