Who Are Boxing’s Biggest Winners and Losers?

By Ken Hissner: In this article, I will list boxing’s biggest winners and losers in the history of the sport. Thanks to Henry Hascup, president of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, we will start with the winners.

Leading with the most wins is Len Wickwar, with a record of 340-87-43 from Leicester, UK, boxing from 1928 to 1947, passing away in 1980.

Second is Wildcat ‘The Golden Sandstorm’ Monte, with a record of 265-66-34 from Wichita Falls, Texas, boxing from 1923 to 1937, passing away in 1961.

Third is one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all-time IBHOF inductee World Middleweight champion Harry ‘Pittsburgh Windmill’ Greb, with a record of 262-17-18 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, boxing from 1913 to 1926, passing away in 1926. Greb fought with one eye and was the only one to defeat then-light heavyweight and later heavyweight champion Gene Tunney.

Fourth is Billy Bird, with a record of 260-73-20 with 139 knockouts from Chelsea, London, UK, boxing from 1920 to 1948, passing away in 1951. Normally, former light heavyweight champion Archie ‘Old Mongoose’ Moore is listed with the most knockouts at 132, but Bird had 139.

Fifth is Young Stribling, with a record of 256-16-17 with 129 knockouts from Macon, Georgia, boxing from 1921 to 1933, passing away that year.

Sixth is Jack ‘Boxing Marvel’ Britton, with a record of 237-60-73 from Clinton, New York, boxing from 1904 to 1930, passing away in 1962.

Seventh is Ted Kid ‘The Aldgate Spinx’ Lewis, with a record of 234-46-23 from St. George’s, London, UK, boxing from 1909 to 1929, passing away in 1970.

Eighth is IBHOF inductee and one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all-time World Featherweight champion Willie ‘Will o’the Wisp’ Pep, with a record of 229-11-1 with 65 knockouts from Rocky Hill, Connecticut, boxing from 1940 to 1966 passing away in 2006.

Ninth is IBHOF inductee ‘Slapsie’ Maxie Rosenbloom, with a record of 223-44-29 from New York, New York, boxing from 1923 to 1939, passing away in 1976.

The tenth is IBHOF inductee and one of the all-time great nonworld champions in Sam ‘The Boston Bonecrusher’ Langford, 211-43-53 from Boston, Massachusettes, born in Nova Scotia, Canada, boxing from 1902 to 1926, passing away in 1956.

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Going to my personal all-time losing list, leading with the most losses is Kristian ‘Mr. Reliable’ Laight with a record of 12-279-9, losing only 5 times by stoppage, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK, boxing from 2003 to 2018.

Second is ’Ragin’ Reggie Strickland, with a record of 66-276-17, losing 26 times by stoppage, from Indianapolis, Indiana, boxing from 1987 to 2005.

Third is Peter ‘Professor’ Buckley, with a record of 32-256-12, losing ten times by stoppage, from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, boxing from 1989 to 2008.

Fourth is Kevin McCauley, with a record of 15-224-12, losing 14 times by stoppage, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK, boxing from 2008 to 2022.

Fifth is Jason Nesbitt, with a record of 10-198-4, losing 20 times by stoppage, from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, boxing from 2000 to 2016.

Sixth is ‘Smokin’ Ibrar Riyaz, with a record of 6-180-4, losing only four times by stoppage, from Reading, Berkshire, UK, boxing from 2008 to 2020.

Seventh is Tiger Bert Ison, with a record of 116-184-40, losing 48 times by stoppage, from Leicester, UK, boxing from 1928 to 1939, passing away in 1985.

Eighth is Arnold ‘Kid’ Sheppard, with a record of 98-172-39, losing 16 times by stoppage, from Ferndale, Wales, UK, boxing from 1926 to 1939, passing away in 1937.

Ninth is Simmie ‘Spider’ Black, with a record of 33-170-3, losing 99 times by stoppage, from Little Rock, Arkansas, boxing from 1971 to 1996.

The tenth is Donnie ‘The Black Cat’ Penelton, with a record of 13-167-6, losing 33 times by stoppage, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, boxing from 1990 to 1999.

Still active with the most losses is Lewis ‘Poochi’ Van Poetsch, with a record of 13-152-4 losing 11 times by stoppage, from Lydney, Gloucester, UK, boxing from 2012 to 2023.

One boxer with no wins is Bheki ‘Becks-Tiger’ Moyo, with a record of 0-73-2, losing only six times by stoppage, from Zimbabwe and Earls Court, London, UK, boxing from 2005-2015.

Still active is Genadij Kravenski, with a record of 0-59 with only 8 stoppages from Romania.