Prince Charles Martin’s pathetic defense of his “heavyweight” title has to rank right up there with Bruce Seldon’s quitting in defense of his title against Mike Tyson. I started thinking just how bad is Martin? I just wrote a top ten champions in heavyweight history article, why not write a top ten worst heavyweight champions in history article? I will not include guys like Seldon or Martin; I only include real heavyweight champions, so following is my list of the ten worst champions in heavyweight boxing history.
10) Tyson Fury – Sure Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko but we have to take into consideration that it may have been the worst Lineal Heavyweight Championship fight in history. Then Fury pissed the title away because of pure stupidity. Sure he could recover and regain the title and get off this list but I doubt it. Actually, he has a better chance of becoming a famous singer!
9) Ingemar Johansson – Actually beat some good fighters, but had a poor chin and questionable stamina.
8) Buster Douglas – Beat a prime Tyson, but that’s it. He lacked the motivation to be a great champion.
7) Marvin Hart – He did beat a prime Jack Johnson, but overall was not very successful.
6) Max Baer – His greatest victory was over Max Schmeling but was a crude, limited fighter.
5) Jim Braddock – Was an excellent light heavy. He had his one moment in the sun by beating Max Baer.
4) Jess Willard – Had one great fight against an old Jack Johnson, but was slow and plodding.
3) Leon Spinks – He won an Olympic Gold Medal and upset Muhammad Ali, but after the Ali win it was all down hill.
2) Primo Carnera – Had some decent skills but a china chin, and a lot of his fights were questionable, because of the men who ran his career.
1) Jack Sharkey – Was KO’d by Primo Carnera. A loss to Carnera would make you number one even if it were fixed.