Top 11 Undefeated Streaks In Boxing History
Boxer's take a huge amount of pride in their unbeaten records and how long they can remain unconquered in the ring.
The mystique of seeming invincible gives a fighter something that those who have been beaten cannot have.
There are great fighters today who are yet to be beaten :
- Andre Ward
- Gennady Golovkin
- Terence Crawford
to name a few - but they are well behind these guys in terms of undefeated runs. Here are the longest unbeaten streaks in boxing history.
Jimmy Wilde - 93-0-1
The Welshman made his debut on New Year’s Day 1911, knocking out Ted Roberts in three rounds and this was to be the start of a truly incredible career. Wilde would fight 28 times in 1911, finishing the year with a record of 27-0-1, by the end of 1914 he had recorded the longest unbeaten record in boxing history of 93-0-1 – a record which still stands to this day.
The 5’ 2” sensation was the first flyweight world champion and owner of two of the best nicknames in the sport’s history – ‘The Mighty Atom’ and ‘The Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand’ due to his freakish power for a tiny man. He finished his career with a ridiculous record of 132-3-1, frustratingly notching up 99 knockouts rather than the round ton.
Julio Cesar Chavez - 89-0-1
The greatest Mexican fighter of all time and for many years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s the greatest fighter on the planet – Julio Cesar Chavez was a force of nature from super featherweight up to super lightweight. By 1993 Chavez was 87-0, a world champion at three weight divisions and the undisputed pound-for-pound king.
He just overreached at that point when he took on Pernell Whitaker at welterweight and scraped a draw, three fights later he suffered his first defeat to Frankie Randall, ending his unbeaten run at 90 fights. Incredibly, El León de Culiacán was still fighting in 2005 when he finished his career with a record of 107-6-2.
Packey McFarland - 70-0-5
Incredibly, McFarland’s 70-0-5 record is how his career finished and yet he never got a shot at a world title in his 11-year professional career. The Chicago native was devastating at lightweight and welterweight from 1904 until his final fight in 1915 but never got the shot he deserved.
He defeated future world champions Freddie Welsh and Jack Britton but his own crack at world honours remained elusive. As mentioned, Newspaper Decisions are not coming into this, but if they were, Packey finished with a stellar record of 105-1-6.
Willie Pep - 62-0
Willie Pep was a very busy man. Less than a year after making his pro debut in July 1940 he had amassed a record of 24-0 and he didn’t slow down from there. By March 1943 Will o’ the Wisp had stacked up 62 wins without so much as a draw against his name. His output was incredible as he travelled the States racking up wins.
In January 1943 alone he scored three victories over 10 rounds, one in New Orleans, one in New York and the other in Connecticut. Pep lost to Sammy Angott in 1943 but he went on to win the world featherweight title twice and end his career on an incredible score of 229-11-1.
Jimmy Barry - 59-0-10
‘The Little Tiger’ made his way back in 1891 so records are not the most reliable but it appears that Barry went for 60 fights without losing a single one and also claimed world titles at ‘100lbs’ and bantamweight. Standing 5’2” from Chicago, Barry knocked out his first 11 opponents, all of whom were making their debuts.
It wasn’t until his 26th fight that he boxed a man who had ever won which seems ridiculous these days. It was a funny career which ended with eight straight draws which were probably fairly generous to keep the legendary fighter’s undefeated streak going.