Via Ken Hissner: Three of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time have had “lost years” in their careers. What could it be if it didn’t happen? Compare their careers.
Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis, 66-3 with 52 saves, is best known for holding the heavyweight record with 25 successful saves.
In 1934, Louis won the National Golden Glove award and the AAU national lightweight title.
Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali, 56-5 with 37 saves, is best known for reclaiming his title three times. He had 19 successful saves.
In 1960 Ali won the Olympic Gold Medal in Rome, Italy, in the light heavyweight division. He has more than 100 wins as an amateur tennis player.
“Iron” Mike Tyson, 50-6 with 44 saves, is known as the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight belt at the age of 20. He has 9 successful saves.
In 1984, Tyson won the National Golden Glove title.
Louis fought from 1934 to 1951. He holds the record for longest holding the title, 11 years, eight months and seven days.
Louis volunteered to join the Army and served three years, but defended his title twice. Considering he defends his title an average of twice a year, his “lost years” were from 1942 to 1945. During this time he participated in numerous exhibitions, making donations. most of his money to the Army Relief Fund.
Ali fought from 1960 to 1981. In 1967, he refused to join the army and as a result, he had his boxing license revoked. During the “lost years,” he did not fight for forty-three months. That was from March 1967 until his return to the ring in October 1970. His defense was never quite the same, almost unresolvable with the style of stringing where he was. He received quite a lot of punishment even when he won.
Tyson fought from 1985 to 2005. During his “lost years” from March 1992, he served three years in prison for rape. From his match in June 1991, he did not fight again until August 1995.
The similarities between Ali and Tyson are that Ali’s last opponent Trevor Berbick in December 1981 lost the decisive match. In November 1986, Tyson defeated Berbick to win the WBC belt.
Ali’s only loss was to Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes in October 1980 after ten rounds without a match in the eleventh round. Holmes’ only goal was against Tyson in January 1988 at 2:55 in the fourth round.
Ali entered the ring the night Holmes and Tyson fought. He was seated next to the future president of the United States, Donald Trump. As Ali entered the ring, he touched Holmes’ gloves, then walked over to Tyson and whispered something in his ear. “Kick his ass?”
Louis would avenge his first loss with a knockout to Max Schmeling in June 1936 in the 12th round to score with a knockout in the first round in June 1938.
Ali lost for the first time to “Smokin” Joe Frazier in March 1971. He would win their next two meetings by decision in January 1974 and stop in October 1975. the second was Ken Norton in March 1973 by decision. He decided to win the next two meetings in September 1973 and September 1976. After losing to Leon Spinks in February 1978, he defeated Spinks in September 1978, both decisive. .
Tyson had only one rematch after one of his losses to Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, which was stopped in November 1996 and by DQ in June 1997.