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September 18, 2015

There is not a single person who could claim they had a better boxing career than Muhammad Ali. Ali began his career as Cassius Clay Jr. and began 19-0. He went in as a 7-1 underdog against reigning champ Lenny Liston. He bested Liston and became the world champ. He was only 22 and was the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning champ at that time.

Ali went on to fight in epic battles against rivals such as Joe Frazier and the fight with George Foreman that restored titles that Ali had been stripped of.

When all was said and done, Ali finished with a 56-5 record. However, it is his actions that helped fuel racial equality movements that makes him the greatest.

No other boxer fought for the inalienable human rights the way Ali did. Ali famously changed his named from Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam because “Cassius Clay is my slave name.”

He also refused entry into the Vietnam war draft because “no Vietcong ever called me a [expletive].” Ali’s actions inside the ring and outside the ring are what make him the greatest.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

Floyd Mayweather is argued to be the best boxer ever, but I’m not one of those people. Even with his 49-0, record he has not impressed enough people to be considered the greatest of all-time.

With his self-absorbed attitude outside the ring, he has had trouble gaining fansto rally behind him because of his attitude outside the ring. Fans also did not appreciate when he proclaimed “I’m the greatest boxer of ever”

Anther topic of discussion is Mayweathers style of boxing. Mayweather plays a very defensive match and this leads to a rather boring match. Another reason for fans to dislike him! Mayweather hardly gets hit and will live a healthy life after his career but he will end his career without people liking him.

The big question to ask right now is, will Mayweather stay retired? He recently fought his “last” match of his career and many people are wondering, is this really the end?

Luke Long
Contributing Writer

With his record of 50-6 and intimidating presence, it can be argued that Mike Tyson is the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. He took the heavy weight championship at the 20, making him the youngest ever.

Before his 3 year jail stint, Tyson had a record of 41-1, with his first 19 wins being knockouts. This differentiates a great amount from fighters like Floyd Mayweather. Tyson was much more of an aggressive force.

He is also famous for biting the ear of Evander Holyfield in a fight. This proved how ruthless he was willing to be to get the victory.

His boxing prowess is more famous for the creation of the Mike Tyson’s Punch Out which was a huge deal in the early Nintendo games.

All and all, his intimidating presence and brute force in the ring is reason for Tyson to take the thrown as the greatest boxer of all time.

Kyle Ward
Contributing Writer

Every week, we debate a sports topic. This week, the writers state their case for who is/is not the greatest boxer of all time!

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