Great Boxers Who Never Won a World Title

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

There are many boxers in all eras that never became world champions, and that were most deserving of a title.

Here is my personal list (in order) of the top thirty:

1)  Sam Langford / Heavyweight / 1902 -1926

2)  Charley Burley / Welterweight / 1936 – 1950

3)  Peter Jackson / Heavyweight / 1882 – 1899

4)  Harry Wills / Heavyweight / 1907-1932

5)  Jim Driscoll / Featherweight / 1901 – 1919

6)  Jerry Quarry / Heavyweight / 1965 – 1992

7)  Bennie Briscoe / Middleweight / 1962 – 1982

8)  Les Darcy / Middleweight / 1910 – 1916

9)  Herol Graham / Middleweight / 1978 – 1998

10)  Jimmy Bivins / Heavyweight / 1940 – 1955

11)  Cocoa Kid / Welterweight / 1929 – 1948

12)  Enrique Bolanos / Lightweight / 1941 – 1952

13)  George KO Chaney / Lightweight / 1910 – 1925

14)  Holman Williams / Middleweight / 1932 – 1948

15)  Packey McFarland / Lightweight / 1904 – 1915

16)  Owen Moran / Featherweight / 1900 – 1916

17)  Kid Norfork / Light Heavyweight / 1910 – 1926

18)  Joe Jeannette / Heavyweight /  1904 – 1922

19)  Mike Gibbons / Middleweight / 1907 – 1922

20)  Armando Muniz / Welterweight – 1970 – 1978

21)  Young Stribling / Heavyweight / 1921 – 1933

22)  Hedgemon Lewis / Welterweight / 1966 – 1976 

23)  Joe Choynski / Heavyweight / 1888 – 1904

24)  Tony Ayala Jr. / Middleweight / 1980 – 2003

25)  Sam McVey / Heavyweight / 1902 – 1921

26)  Lloyd Marshall / Middleweight / 1936 – 1951

27)  Yaqui Lopez / Light Heavyweight / 1972 – 1984

28)  Randy Shields / Welterweight / 1974 – 1990

29)  James Scott / Light Heavyweight / 1974 – 1981

30)  Jesus Pimentel / Bantamweight / 1960 – 1971

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Great Boxers Who Never Won a World Title

  1. How about Wes Ramey and Mike and Tommy Gibbons? Great list, just wondering where you would rate them.

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