Joe Frazier: Is he one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time?
Joe Frazier, who passed away on Nov. 7, held the title of heavyweight champion for nearly five years in the late 1960s and early 1970s. See how Joe Frazier compares with 11 of the greatest heavyweight champions over the past century (with help from the International Boxing Hall of Fame). Who do you consider the best?
John L. Sullivan
John L. Sullivan, a Boston native, is widely credited with helping to bring pro boxing from its nascent bare-knuckle days to the dawn of the modern era. He won the heavyweight championship in 1882, defeating Paddy Ryan in Mississippi. In 1889, he successfully defended his title by defeating Jake Kilrain in a fight that lasted 75 rounds. Sullivan held the title until 1892, when he lost to James J. Corbett.