Heavyweight Depth Dilution

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There are approximately 1,100 professional heavyweight boxers in the world today. 273 of these fighters have won 10 or more fights. A mere 58 of these current heavyweights with 10 or more wins is under the age of 30. Only 15 have 20 wins & are yet to see their 30th birthdays. Only 3 have won 30 or more. Of these three only Deontay Wilder is undefeated.

Muhammad Ali was 34-1 by the time he turned 30 – despite a 3.5 year banishment from professional prize fighting due to his refusal to enlist during the Vietnam War. Joe Frazier was 30-1 on his 30th birthday. Larry Holmes was 32-0. Mike Tyson – derailed by 3 years in prison – was 44-1. Frank Bruno – 32-3. Joe Bugner – 53-8-1.

The 15 current under 30 year old heavyweights with 20 or more wins are as follows:

Denis Boytsov 33-1

Ondrej Pala 33-4

Deontay Wilder 31-0

Andrzej Wawrzyk 29-1

Francesco Pianeta 29-1-1

Travis Kauffman 28-1

Manuel Charr 25-1

Arnold Gjergjaj 24-0

Andrey Fedosov 24-3

Vaitele Soi 22-0

Tyson Fury 22-0

Gilberto Matheus Domingos 22-2

Jason Bergman 22-10-2

Andy Ruiz Jr 21-0

Mike Perez 20-0-1

The 15 current under 30 year old heavyweights with 20 or more wins have beaten opponents with the following amount of wins themselves:

Denis Boytsov 457

Francesco Pianeta 430

Deontay Wilder 426

Andrzej Wawrzyk 413

Manuel Charr 385

Tyson Fury 385

Mike Perez 319

Travis Kauffman 300

Ondrej Pala 255

Jason Bergman 210

Arnold Gjergjaj 209

Andrey Fedosov 218

Andy Ruiz Jr 153

Gilberto Matheus Domingos 114

Vaitele Soi 95

By way of comparison, the following former heavyweights had beaten men with cumulative win totals as follows by their 30th birthday:

Joe Louis 2,127

Floyd Patterson 1,316

Muhammad Ali 1,149

Rocky Marciano 1,072

Jack Dempsey 983

Wladimir Klitschko 958

George Foreman 859

Zora Folley 853

Mike Tyson 805

Jim Braddock 761

Jack Johnson 702

Riddick Bowe 677

Joe Frazier 669

Sonny Liston 664

Herbie Hide 563

Lennox Lewis 557

Hasim Rahman 527

Larry Holmes 467

Lower than the highest current heavyweight 

John Ruiz 443

Andrew Golota 411

Trevor Berbick 353

Nikolay Valuev 234

Buster Mathis Jr. 232

Lou Savarese 129

Of currently active heavyweights who are already 30 or older

Dereck Chisora 344

Seth Mitchell 300

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton