Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Lists of all-time bests, whether by division or pound-for-pound, consist almost exclusively of those who held one or more titles.  The operative word is "almost".  There's a boxer who should be unhesitatingly considered one of the all-time top 10 pound-for-pounders, though one whom small boys never ran after calling "Hey, Champ!"  But, however unrecognized by tykes or officials, a champ is what he was.  As for who he was...bow your heads at the name of Sam Langford, often touted as the greatest fighter in history to never win a chance at a championship belt. Langford (179-30-40, 128 KOs -- almost 250 bouts) fought for nearly a quarter of a century -- from 1902 to 1926.  His opponents included Lightweight Champion of the World Joe Gans, whom Langford defeated in a non-title match.  He also took on, and for the title, the World Welterweight Champion Barbados Joe Walcott.  Unfortunately for Langford, the bout was called a draw (though most observers at the time thought Lang...
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