If you were to take all the boxers in the middleweight category and pitted them against each other, betting on your champ would be an exciting but tough challenge. As the standard male falls into the 160-lbs weight category, it is unsurprising that this is a weight division with a huge depth of talent.
Which of the greats in this weight bracket would demolish the field with their might? Here we run through some of the possibilities for the top spot, so you can begin to make your choice who to put your money on.
It is difficult to take different generations of boxers and compare them. Ketchell, in 1908, dispatched Sullivan as World Champion with an ease that few could have predicted. He then went on to floor the heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, which was billed as David against Goliath. This talented boxer was murdered in 2020 at the age of 24, so who knows what his potential would have been. Also, imagine if he had the input of today’s psychologist, physiotherapists and professional trainers! He would have been an unstoppable force!
Griffin spent a lot of his career in the welterweights, where he would have come in as the greatest of all time without a doubt. However, he also deserves to rank in the greats of the middleweights, as he was the first native of the US Virgin Islands to take the world title. While you might look at his record and think it is nothing special, it is because he carried on fighting way too long. He cemented his talent and skill by becoming a world-class training, helping to train Wilfred Benitez and Juan LaPorte.
Born in Nigeria but an immigrant to Liverpool, England, Dick Tiger beat Fullmer to win the world title, retaining the title three times in meetings with this classy boxer. In the third match-up, Tiger knocked Fullmer out. He has made many lists for the best boxer in any category, so deserves a high place in the greats of the middleweights.