The 10 greatest light-heavyweights of all time

Tony Connolly, with his weekly column, on the the very best light-heavies in the eyes of Mike Lockley

10. Maxie Rosenbloom

If you’re watching a 1940s boxing movie, Slapsie Maxie is probably in it. His cauliflower ears and pug features, made him a Hollywood favourite. He also played number of comic roles.

Maxie couldn’t break an egg with his feeble punch, but was a defensive wizard.

In a 274-fight career, Maxie faced them all. He took the title in 1930 with a points win over Jimmy Slattery and faced the best of his era, including Mickey Walker, Harry Greb, Ted Kid Lewis, Johnny Wilson and Tiger Flowers.

Maxie, from Connecticut, boxed from 1923 to 1939.

Maxie Rosenbloom


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