Doug Fischer

10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years

 

5. Dick Tiger

Record: 60-19-3, 27 knockouts

Years active: 1952-1970

Title reigns: 1962-’63 (NBA/WBA); 1963; 1965-’66; two defenses

Hall of Fame induction: 1991

Style: Compact boxer-puncher

Strengths: Brute physical strength, speed, reflexes, tight technique, footwork, jab, chin (only stopped twice in 82 pro bouts).

Why is he ranked? Squat-but-powerful Nigerian engaged in multi-fight series with future hall of famers Gene Fuller and Joey Giardello while facing the best middleweights of the early 1960s.

Who did he fight? Fellow hall of famers Fullmer (W 15, D 15, TKO 7), Giardello (W 15, L 10, L 15, W 15) and Emile Griffith (L 15, L 10).

Also faced: Spider Webb (L 10, TKO 6), Yolande Pompey (W 10), Rory Calhoun (D 10, L 10), Gene Armstrong (W 10, W 10, TKO 9), Hank Casey ( W 10), Florentino Fernandez (TKO 6), Henry Hank (W 10), Joey Archer (L 10), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (W 10) and Holly Mims (W 10).

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