Bottom 10: Worst Professional Boxers

(thenotsomorningshow.com)- When is enough, enough? How long would it take you to determine you were not cut out for this line of work? Ten men who made a career being bullied in the workplace.

What led to the demise of professional prize fighting, boxing, the sweet science? Waning interest due to the public’s displeasure with violence in sports can not be credited for its dwindling audience, as the UFC and MMA both have watched their popularity soar.

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There are some who feel that the promoters (Don King, Ken Arum…) milked the sport for all the cash and profit they could and left the ring in shambles. Others point to its issues with gambling, fixes, scoring, ear biting…

The reality is boxing became so popular it could no longer sustain itself. Fans wanted to see fights and fights were lined up for their viewing on fight night. When with the advent of cable television and 24 hours a day programming led to every night becoming fight night, it very quickly became more difficult to find quality opponents to face each other.

With that, here is our list of the 10 worst professional fighters of all time, men who by the numbers made a career out of… being in the ring. The combined boxing record of the group is 75-731-16, with 67 of those victories and all 16 draws shared between the boxers at numbers ten and nine. Each fighters career is documented at boxrec.com, including fight by fight results.

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#10- Simmie Black (lightweight) 1971-1996, 35-165-4, 817 rounds fought, with a 17% winning percentage for his career, he finished strong, winning his final four fights before retiring. Simmie was knocked out 98 times before that. Once he was considered the “Mendoza Line” of professional boxing, and that does not bide well for the boxers ahead of him on this list.

#9- Peter Buckley (welterweight) 1989-2008, 32-256-12, 1684 rounds fought, a 10.6% winning percentage, and was only knocked out 10 times. Buckley did make this list, though he had once stated he hoped to remain in the sport until he had been defeated 300 times. He did reach 300 professional fights, winning on average almost 11 times for each 100 bouts, his final fight was his 32nd professional victory, and snapped an 88 fight win less stretch (0-86-2). All this after he had started his career 6-1-1, kind of making him the Oakland Raiders of professional boxing,

#8 James Holly (heavyweight) 1983-2000, 5-65, 101 rounds fought, a 7% winning percentage, three of his five victories came by way of knockout, as did 55 of his 65 defeats. On a side note, his home town of Ashtabula, Ohio, seems to be a breeding ground of underachieving fighters.

#7 George Harris (heavyweight) 1991-1999, 2-37, 74 rounds fought, 5% winning percentage. Harris lost his first 33 fights before winning 2 of three by knockout. Did this indicate an upturn in his career? Hardly. Harris lost 35 of his bouts by knock out, he is also from Ashtabula, Ohio.

#6 Doug Davis (welterweight) 1991-2004, 0-25, knocked out in each fight. A career consisting of 29 rounds fought, never making it past the second round. 0% winning percentage. At 0-22 Davis fought for World Boxing Foundation title fight, where he was dispatched by knock out in the first round. Boxing math fact: each round lasts 3 minutes, but does not have to. Boxing math fact example (29 rounds x 3 minutes = 87 possible min)/(4 rounds completed – 29 rounds not completed)= total seconds in ring average per fight estimate of 115, or a career of 25 fights for under 50 minutes of ring time.

#5 Jesse Clark (heavyweight) 1973-1984, 0-30, 54 rounds fought, 0% winning percentage, knocked out 27 times. Does one get into the sport and decide, “I am giving it 30 fights, win or lose, and re evaluate my career choice at that time.”

#4 Ed Strickland (heavyweight) 1989-2003, 0-30, 47 rounds fought, 0% winning percentage. Lost all by knockout, showed some consistency, with 13 first round KO losses and 17 second round KO’s.

#3 Eric Crumble (middleweight) 1990-2003, 0-31, 0% winning percentage. Lost all by KO, 10 times he did last as long as the second round. This is a guy who might have made the list if he had won a dozen or more fights, for the entertainment value of his name alone. The fact that he really was terrible in the ring makes him the perfect third place finisher, a change of pace for those readers who by now were thinking to themselves “I bet they’re gonna have Eric Crumble at #1.” Psych!

#2 Robert Woods (featherweight) 1986-1995, 1-49, 43 by KO, 142 rounds fought, 2% winning percentage. Woods fought for the North Carolina state lightweight title with a record at the time of 0-19, and won the title with a 12th round KO! Of course he lost his title defense and 30 more fights afterwards, however in this poll, his state title victory is not only embarrassing the state of North Carolina, it cost him a shot at the number one position, as it is he is the only fighter among the bottom 6 with a victory in the ring… never know what the BCS system is going to do.

And finally at number one…

#1 Alexandru Manea (cruiserweight) 2000-2011, 0-53, 264 rounds fought, only KO’d 13 times. Forty times Manea fought an entire fight, only to be told that everyone in attendance felt he had his butt kicked. Alexandru fought more rounds than the 5 men behind him on this list combined. You can’t hold it against him that he didn’t gain enough experience to just hit the canvass. Instead we prefer to look at him as just a guy father time caught up to, before he could get his gloves up.

Mike Lips

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