Evander Is The Real Deal in Boxing.com All Time Cruiserweight Poll

By Mike Casey on July 29, 2012
Evander Is The Real Deal in Boxing.com All Time Cruiserweight Poll
Evander Holyfield beat back his nearest challenger, David Haye, by a 49-point margin.

The cruiserweight division is one of the more recent additions to the now accepted list of weight classes and has yet to acquire a rich history…

Evander Holyfield has been voted the greatest cruiserweight of all time by the readers and writers of Boxing.com.

Holyfield was barely given a fight as he sailed away in the polling from the outset, finally beating back his nearest challenger, David Haye, by a healthy 49-point margin.

The response to the poll from you—our valued readers—was once again very impressive and we thank you all for your contributions.

As we all know, the cruiserweight division is one of the more recent additions to the now accepted list of weight classes and has yet to acquire a rich history, which is why we took the decision (not lightly) to allow theoretical as well as factual submissions.

Thus the legendary names of smaller heavyweights like Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles joined battle with Holyfield, Haye, James Toney, Carlos De Leon etc. The final results were understandably erratic, as most of you chose to vote for those fighters who actually campaigned in the division.

But they proved interesting for all that, with Juan Carlos Gomez and Carlos DeLeon taking third and fourth places respectively on behalf of the true cruiserweights, while Dempsey and Marciano staged a spirited fight for the “would be” brigade.

Details of our All Time Light Heavyweight poll will follow shortly, but in the meantime here’s how the cruiserweights finished. Gloves off, gents—discuss, praise and rant!

1.  Evander Holyfield (USA) 106
2.  David Haye (England) 57
3.  Juan Carlos Gomez (Cuba/Germany) 56
4.  Carlos De Leon (Puerto Rico) 51
5.  Tomasz Adamek (Poland) 43
6.  Vassily Jirov (Kazakhstan/USA) 32
7.  Jack Dempsey (USA) 30
8.  James Toney (USA) 24
9.  Rocky Marciano (USA) 23
10. Johnny Nelson (England) 21
11. Dwight Muhammad Qaqi (USA) 19
12. Al Cole (USA) 19
13. Jack Johnson (USA) 18
14. Gene Tunney (USA) 17
15. Orlin Norris (USA) 16
16. Ezzard Charles (USA) 13
17. Jean-Marc Mormeck (France) 12
18. Dariusz Michalczewski (Poland) 12
19. Floyd Patterson (USA) 10
20. Guillermo Jones (USA) 8

Also scoring points were Virgil Hill (USA) 8; Anaclet Wamba (France) 7; Carl Thompson (England) 6; Ralf Rocchigiani (Germany) 6; Joe Jeannette (USA) 6; Bobby Czyz (USA) 5; Osvaldo (Ossie) Ocasio (Puerto Rico) 5; Jersey Joe Walcott (USA) 5; Jerry Quarry 5; Nate Miller (USA) 4; Max Schmeling (Germany) 4; Jim Corbett (USA) 3; Fabrice Tiozzo (France) 2; O’Neil Bell (USA) 2; Marvin Camel (USA) 2; Peter Jackson (USA) 2; Lee Roy Murphy (USA) 1; Marco Huck (Germany) 1.

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Mike Casey is a freelance journalist and boxing historian and a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO).

Mike is also Founder & Administrator of THE GOLD JUKEBOX music and video website at https://sites.google.com/site/thegoldjukebox/

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  1. Eric 06:55pm, 11/20/2012

    Of course the Cruiserweight aka Junior Heavyweight division can’t even decide on its weight limits. It started at 190lbs, then 195lbs, and now it’s 200lbs. Don’t forget Joe Louis’s prime weight was 198-202lbs give or take a pound or two so he could’ve been included in this list even if the weight limit was 190lbs. Drying out 10-12lbs and rehydrating would have been nothing out of the ordinary for any fighter. Louis easily would make the weight at 195lbs or 200lbs without the least bit of sacrifice. So right there you have three men in Dempsey, Louis, and Marciano, and each are perceived as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time by some and each are routinely in the top 10 if not the top 5 of most people’s list of all time heavyweight champs. Also don’t forget Smokin’ Joe Frazier who fought his best fights weighing 203-205lbs, dropping just a couple of pounds would be a cinch for Joe and he very well could’ve also made 195lbs, but the 190lb limit would have been hard for Joe I believe. Louis, Dempsey, Marciano, and Frazier aside, the greatest fighter to actually fight as a cruiserweight is without a doubt Evander Holyfield. Despite the crusierweight division being around for better than 30 years now, Holyfield is the only legitimate great fighter to come out of that division, but calling Holyfield a great cruiserweight is debatable. Holyfield’s only significant fights at cruiserweight were against a blown up light heavyweight Dwight Qawi, and when Qawi fought Holyfield in the rematch he was undertrained and had a problem with alcohol at the time. Holyfield like Marciano, Louis, Dempsey, Frazier, Charles, and others made his name as a heavyweight.

  2. Johnny c 12:34pm, 08/01/2012

    Six of your top twenty did not ever compete in the division. Ezzard Charles was a great light heavy, and heavyweight champ, but is it really a legit list if the division didn’t exist at the time these men competed ? I think not.

    For instance, Henry Armstrong frequently weighed around 140. Is he somehow the best ‘‘light welterweight’‘?

  3. Don from Prov 11:28am, 07/31/2012

    A tough division to do—and if Dempsey and Maricano are included?
    Boy, for me things would really be skewed—or screwed :)

  4. Drozilla 05:52pm, 07/30/2012

    James Toney and Dwight Braxton deserve better than that. Virgil Hill even.

  5. the thresher 07:48am, 07/30/2012

    Thanks Holy

  6. mikecasey 06:40am, 07/30/2012

    Yes, Ted, apart from the top places, the list was always going to look lumpy. We decided to include all the weight divisions after much deliberation, but some of the newer classes just don’t have sufficient history or pedigree once you get past the top five or ten. The Light Heavies are coming up soon, so we’ll be back on firm ground. Still, lovely little plug from Evander!

  7. Robert Ecksel 05:59am, 07/30/2012

    From @holyfield to @Boxing_com: “What an honor! Thank You!”

  8. the thresher 05:40am, 07/30/2012

    That was the easy one (at least Number One was)—now they start to get mean.

  9. mikecasey 03:20am, 07/30/2012

    Same here - and I was the guy who had to add them up.

  10. Matt McGrain 02:10am, 07/30/2012

    That is one of the…strangest lists I have ever seen.

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