Fury vs Usyk: 5 Best Undisputed Boxing Heavyweight Champions With Bout Set to Make History

Fury vs Usyk: 5 Best Undisputed Boxing Heavyweight Champions With Bout Set to Make History

Byron Pillay
updated at May 17, 2024 at 6:26 AM
  • Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury will compete to crown a new undisputed heavyweight champion
  • Britain's Lennox Lewis was the last boxer to unify all the belts in the heavyweight division in 1999
  • Joe Louis defended the undisputed titles 26 times over the course of 12 years during his career

History will be made in Saudi Arabia when Tyson Fury battles Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

The British boxer, who holds the WBC Heavyweight belt, will battle the Ukrainian, who holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, to crown an undisputed world champion.

Tyson Fury will fight Oleksandr Usyk on May 18 in Saudi Arabia.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will clash to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion of boxing on May 18, 2024. Image: Richard Pelham.
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The winner will be the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era and the first since Lennox Lewis to hold all the major titles in the division.

With Fury and Usyk looking to cement their place in the record books, Sports Brief looks at the greatest undisputed heavyweight champions in history.

5 greatest undisputed heavyweight champions

Joe Louis

Louis is not only one of the greatest undisputed champions, but also one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

The American fought 69 times in his career, winning 66 bouts and losing three times. 52 of his wins came via knockout.

He made 26 title defences over the course of 12 years and relinquished the belts when he retired.

Muhammad Ali

Another heavyweight who can claim to be one of the greatest of all time is Ali.

Formerly known as Cassius Clay, he fought 61 times, picking up 56 wins and suffering just five defeats.

Ali participated in numerous classic fights throughout his career, and his legendary catchphrases are still a source of inspiration for other boxers today.

Joe Frazier

One of Ali’s most significant rivals was Smoking Joe.

Frazier fought in 37 bout, winning 32 and losing just four. He was also involved in one draw. He successfully defended the titles four times.

While he had a legendary career, Frazier is most popular for his three fights against Ali.

The pair first met in 1971 in what was described as ‘The Fight of the Century’. Frazier won the fight by KO, but lost the rematch three years later on points. In 1975, they contested the ‘Thrilla in Manilla’, which Ali also won.

Mike Tyson

Iron Mike made his professional debut at the age of 18 in 1985, and will return to the ring once more this year at the age of 57.

Tyson was involved in 58 fights, winning 50, losing six and being involved in two no-contests.

His career included six heavyweight world title wins, and nine title defences, but his bad-boy persona had much talking.

Tyson was known as the 'baddest man on the planet' and infamously bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during a bout.

Iron Mike will return to action when he takes on Jake Paul on July 20, News24 reported.

Lennox Lewis

The last person to hold all the world heavyweight titles was Britain’s Lewis.

Over 13 years, he won 41 fights, lost only twice and was involved in one draw.

Lewis beat many big names during the course of his career, notably picking up wins against Hall of Famers Vitali Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, and Tyson.

Lewis technically never lost his undisputed champion status, as the WBA stripped him of their title for refusing to face their mandatory challenger.

Previewing Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury

Sports Brief also recently previewed the upcoming title fight between Usyk and Fury.

The duo will meet in Saudi Arabia to crown a new undisputed heavyweight champion.

The heavyweight championship bout is scheduled for 12 rounds of three minutes each.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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