5 unbreakable boxing records
Records are made to be broken, there’s a good chance we’ll never see anyone come close to these bulletproof achievements in boxing.
Some of these records are incredible, while others are dubious, but all are set to stand the test of time.
Boxing’s youngest champion: Wifred Benitez (17 years old)
"El Radar" is one of the most revered counter punchers of the modern era, and paramount to his legend was the fact that he won his first world title at the age of 17, in a thrilling contest against Antonio Cervantes. Benitez also holds the distinction as the youngest fighter to win titles in three weight classes, which he did by the age of 22.
Most knockdowns in a fight: Danny O’Sullivan (14)
In 1949, Danny O’Sullivan absorbed a historical beating at the hands of Vic Toweel in a time when the three knockdown rule, and presumably any sense of mercy, existed.
O’Sullivan was decked to the canvas 14 times, and he was allowed to continue, even though the fight was well out of reach. O’Sullivan had to stop the fight in his own corner in the 10th.
The longest gap between title reigns: George Foreman (20 years)
Foreman’s greatness was already established when he walked away from the sport in 1977, but his place as one of the greatest heavyweights was solidified two decades later.
“Big” George never got a second crack at a world title, after he lost it to Muhammad Ali in 1974, a regret he sought to address when he launched the greatest comeback in boxing history in 1987. At the age of 45, he hit pay dirt when he knocked out undefeated champ Michael Moorer and took back the heavyweight title, two decades after he lost it to Ali.
The longest losing streak: Robin Deakin (51)
Robin Deakin was a professional boxer who seriously needed to reconsider his day job. After he won his pro debut in 2006, Deakin compiled a 51-fight losing streak that lasted close to a decade.
Even though the UK boxing commission revoked his license because of his futility in the ring, Deakin would not be deterred. He finally stepped away from the sport in February.
The fastest knockout in a title fight: Zolani Tete vs. Siboniso Gonya (11 seconds)
First-round knockouts aren’t uncommon, but history was made when then WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete stopped Siboniso Gonya in the amount of time it takes to light a cigarette.
Tete landed a right hand that sent Gonya down. Referee Phil Edwards immediately called a halt to the action after 11 seconds. This one-punch KO is the fastest in a world-title fight, and it’s likely to never be bested.