While records are expected to be broken to allow new ones, some boxing records have proven to be difficult to break. Many boxing records are similar to baseball records. The sports have changed a lot, certain milestones are now untouchable
Breaking some records may be possible, but it seems impossible. With the above in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top records in boxing that have shown that it is difficult to match by fighters.
These are 12 boxing records that may not be possible, or at least very difficult, to surpass:
12. Youngest world Champion: Wilfred Benitez
He was six months from the age of 18. He had his high school classmates sitting in the front row, when he won WBC welterweight in march 1976. I can imagine this record being broken, but it will probably involve a flyweight or lower from a country in the Asia-Pacific region or Latin America. Still, it is impossible.
In Benitez’s case, he won his belt in a historically competitive weight facing an all time great in the division. Cervantes held this championship for almost a decade. Benitez later went on to claim the welterweight title, which he lost to Ray Leonard.
Until this record is broken, it will always get a mention when top records in boxing are considered.
11. Wilfredo Gomez longest KO streak
There have been KO streaks longer than Wilfredo Gomez’s, but none of those world fighters were world champions, compiling the body of their work at the top levels of the sport. For four years he was a WBC super bantamweight champion.
After taking his record to 32-0-1 with 32 KOs, Gomez jumped to featherweight to challenge Mexican legend Salvador Sanchez. In one of the largest Puerto Rican-Mexico matchups of all time, Gomez took his first loss of his career by TKO. After that loss, Gomez gained eight more in a row by stoppage. He then rose to featherweight and won the first unanimous decision of his career with Juan Laporte to take the belt.
Before retiring, he could have won a third world title at super featherweight. By my estimation, Gomez is the largest Puerto Rican star in history. Deontay Wilder is currently the farthest from the record, with 32 straight KOs. But he is yet to fight a true contender, not to mention winning a championship, while Gomez recorded the last 13 KOs in a streak of world championships.
10. Longest Two KO Streaks: Carlos Zarate
Only a handful of boxing stars recorded knockout streaks of over 20 fights. Bantamweight Carlos Zarate is the only person with two such streaks. Zarate has won his first 23 battles by stoppage. After recording a victory he knocked out his next 28 opponents. In his second streak, he collected the WBC bantamweight title and also knocked Alfonso Zamora, who was also in the top 20 of KO streak.
Zarate’s streak ended in appropriate fashion, against fellow knockout artist Wilfredo Gomez, as Zarate climbed to the super bantamweight to try out for the belt. Between the two of them, Gomez and Zarate entered the fight with a combined record of 73-0-1 and 72 KOs. Gomez won, stopping Zarate in five.
9. Manny Pacquiao’s record as the seven world Champion.
The famous Philippine boxer known as “Pacman” is a familiar name not only for boxing fans but also for anyone who loves sports in the world. One of his many uses came as a record holder as the first boxer to win world titles in eight different categories. In other words, this feat is officially named as the Octuple champion.
Manny Pacquaio began his flyweight career in 1998. He continued to making weight for higher divisions and continued to crush the opponents thrown at him. In 2010, fighting as a Super Welterweight fighter against Antonio Margarito, many were concerned about the size difference of the fighters. However, Manny pulled it off, thus becoming the only Octuple champion in boxing history.
8. Most Times as an Undisputed Heavyweight Champion: Muhammad Ali
An unbreakable record is the three-time reign of Muhammad Ali as a heavyweight champion. It’s hard enough to be an undisputed champion in this modern alphabet soup shenanigans.
Many boxers have reached the goal of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion. However, not one of them has been able to do that three different times like Muhammad Ali.
To do so, Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston in 1964. Ten years later, he shocked the world by beating George Foreman to become the second man (after Floyd Patterson) to reclaim the heavyweight title. After losing the belt to Leon Spinks in 1978, Ali reclaimed the title in a rematch.
7. Longest Unbeaten Streak: Jimmy Wilde
If we talk about the boxer with the longest record ever in a row without considering the fighters caliber, then Jimmy is the man. A native of the United Kingdom, Named “The Might Atom,” Welshman Jimmy Wilde is regarded as one of the greatest flyweights and one of the best boxers in the United Kingdom ever produced crushed every opponent presented before him in his division. Between his professional debut in 1910 and his first loss in 1915, Wilde amassed an unbeaten run of 103 fights.
While many still argue that this record is flawed because he did not fight outside the UK, we still think it is a very impressive record, one that may seem difficult to beat.
After his first defeat by Jake LaMotta in 1943, Robinson was not defeated until 1951. During that time he collected welterweight and middle weight titles while undefeated in 91 straight fights.
6. Many Bouts and winnings in a career: Len Wickwar
This record is the most difficult to determine with precise accuracy. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, boxing was an outlaw sport. It was banned directly in some areas and had to be presented as an exhibition in others. So, determining the complete records for figures like George Dixon or Joe Gans is completely impossible.
But researchers working with Boxrec were not tired of combining through newspaper archives, and they represented a very accurate data base. Between 1928 and 1947, Wickwar set a record of 339-86-42, of 467 total fights.
5. Archie Moore most knockouts
In a career that spanned three decades, Archie Moore was a great champion from middleweight to heavyweight and won 183 professional fights, 131 by stoppage.
Moore was a crafty veteran who wielded his power with him as he gained weight. He is apparently the greatest heavyweight that has ever lived and held the title there for a decade of his career, while campaigning at the top of the heavyweight division during his free time. Moore is also the only fighter ever to face Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano.
4. Most boxing titles held simultaneously in different weight classes: Henry Armstrong
If you don’t consider Sugar Ray Robinson as the greatest pound-pound fighter who ever lived, there’s only one method that really works: Henry Armstrong. Hurricane Hank has done something no other striker has ever done or will ever do again.
During 1938, Armstrong reigned as the undisputed world champion in featherweight, lightweight and middleweight, all at the same time. At a time when there was only one champion per division, Armstrong was the unquestioned king from 126 to 147 pounds.
To put that in context, in modern times of alphabet soup titles and half-weight classes, there are about 20 “world champions” at any given time, covering the same weight span.
Surprisingly, in 1940 Armstrong battled to a disputed draw with middleweight champion Cerefino Garcia. The victory would have made him a world champion in four categories at a time when there were only eight. Until this record is broken, it will always get a mention when top records in boxing are considered.
3. World’s Oldest champion: Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins is a WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion at age 49. Hopkins is not only the oldest champion in boxing history, he is the oldest athlete who can compete at such a high level. Most professional boxers are done in their mid-30s.
Hopkins’ longevity is a sign of his training and good training over the years, as well as his cagey style, which has minimized the damage he has taken. But he has recently started claiming that he is an alien”, and maybe there’s something to that.
Hopkins faces WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in November. That is a dangerous battle for anyone, let alone a 49-year-old man. But if it were possible for an older man to compete with a monster like Kovalev, Hopkins could be the one.
2. Eric Crumble’s Thirtyone Straight Losses By KO
Have you heard of the saying “we live by the dictates of our name”? That is exactly what Eric Crumble did as a boxer. He did nothing in the ring except the crumbling.
However, unlike many garbage boxers who try their best to cherry-pick mediocre boxers to record a win in their resume, Crumble could not withstand Donnie Penelton.
Eric Crumble made a humiliating record of 32 fights and lost 31 knockouts, and his last fight was won as a no contest. I am not sure if this is a record one would like to break at any time in the future.
George Foreman Two Decades Between World Title Reigns
George Forman is the biggest name in boxing history. He is famous for completely eliminating Joe Frazier to win the WBA and the World Heavyweight Championship in 1973. However, the following year, to the surprise of millions of viewers around the world, George Forman was defeated by Muhammad Ali in what could best be described as the upset of the era.
In 1997, ‘Big George’ retired after being beaten by the unknown Jimmy Young. Notwithstanding his long absence from the ring, George Foreman made a shocking return to the ring in 1987. He fought against top rivals like Evander Holyfield and Tommy Morrison. In 1994, George won himself a title shot against IBF, WBA, and Lineal Heavyweight champion Michael Moorer.
As he was 45 years old at the time, the odds were very much against Foreman. But in what has given him so many goosebumps, Foreman pulled off a show and KO’d Moorer, thus becoming a world champion 21 years after his first reign.
There’s our list of unbreakable boxing records. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.