St. Ives in Cambridgeshire

The ancient town of Slepe in the old county of Huntingdonshire

Pictures of the Heavyweight Boxing Champions
of the World

 

These images are from the personal collection of the late Jim Jacobs and are displayed here in his memory for all to enjoy.....

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John L. Sullivan

The First World Heavyweight Champion

1882-1892

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James Corbett

The Second World Heavyweight Champion 

1892-1897

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Corbett and Courtney

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Bob Fitzsimmons

The Third Heavyweight World Champion

1897-1899

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James J. Jeffries

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1899 - 1905

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Marvin Hart

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1905 - 1906

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Tommy Burns

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1906 - 1908

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Tommy Burns, at 5ft 7in the shortest

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1906-1908

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Jack Johnson

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1908-1915

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Jack Johnson

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Jess Willard

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1915 - 1919

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Jack Dempsey knocks out Jess Willard in the 3rd round at Toledo USA on July 4th 1919

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Jack Dempsey

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

 1919-1926

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Jack Dempsey (top)

Douglas Fairbanks Snr (middle)

Charlie Chaplin (bottom)

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Gene Tunney

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1926 - 1929 (Retired)

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Max Scheming

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1930 - 1932

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Jack Sharkey

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1932 - 1933

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Primo Carnera

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1933 - 1934

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Max Bear drops Max Schmeling to the canvas in the 10th round on 8th June 1933

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Max Baer

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1934 - 1935

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James J. Braddock

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1935 - 1937

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Joe Louis

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1937 - 1948 (Retired)

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Ezzard Charles

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1949 - 1951

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Joe Walcott

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1951 - 1952

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Rocky Marciarno

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1952-1955 (Retired)

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Floyd Patterson

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1956 - 1959

1960 - 1962

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Ingemar Johnasson

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1959 - 1960

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Sonny Liston

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1962 - 1964

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Muhammad Ali

 

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1964 -1967

1975

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Muhammad Ali's straight left to bobbing champion Sonny Liston....

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 ....but not for long, Sonny Liston goes down in the first round on 25th May 1965

"I SAID GET DOWN"

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Joe Frazier

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1967 - 1973

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Joe Frazier batters Jerry Quarry to the ropes

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George Foreman knocks out Luis Pires in the 4th round on 29th October 1971

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George Foreman

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1973 - 1974

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"THE RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE"

Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman to regain the World Heavyweight Championship in Zaire in 29th October 1974

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"MOVE LIKE A BUTTER-FLY,

AND STING LIKE A BEE"

George's "out for the count" as Muhammad Ali waits!

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Ali v Norton