Ranking the 10 Strangest Boxers in History

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Ranking the 10 Strangest Boxers in History
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I’ll admit to being intrigued by the theme to this slideshow because it may not seem clear at first what it would even constitute.

Is it even possible to make such a distinction between boxers?

But after days of meditating and hours upon hours of what I like to imagine was research—I still have no clue. 

Is it the way they act outside of the ring? The way they fight inside of it? Maybe it’s (bless their heart) just how they look? Or how they talk? 

Who knows? 

What the esteemed Bert Sugar would call a “Rashomon-like” word—strangeness—here is nothing more than an empty glass that I can fill with whatever definition I deem worthy. 

And aren’t the pieces as subjective as this really the most fun of all?

strange |strānj|


1 unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand

Here’s the definition I’ll base this slideshow off of, right off of the dictionary app installed into my laptop.

So please, take a seat—make yourself comfortable. We’re about to take a trip, rather an almost twisted carnival ride down the unusual.

This is the very back corner of boxing history, the little snippets that time forgot—the men who assemble to make up boxing’s most bizarre, most unbelievable and most extraordinary testimony.

They’ll make you laugh; they’ll make you cry. These are the 10 strangest boxers in history—providing us reason to believe truth really is stranger than fiction. 

"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." - Mark Twain

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