The Greatest HBO Fighter of All-Time Round 1: Kellerman Region

By Kieran Mulvaney

Inside HBO Boxing is crowning the greatest boxer ever to compete on the network, as determined by you, the fans. Among the countless icons and Hall of Famers who’ve battled on the HBO airwaves, we’ve selected an elite field of 32 fighters for entry in a bracket-style tournament. All matchups are previewed in depth on the HBO Boxing Podcast, and you can vote for the winners on Twitter (@HBOboxing). Who is truly the greatest? That’s for you to decide.

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Named after HBO Boxing color analyst Max Kellerman, this region features four heavyweight champions – two of whom began their championship careers at lower weights – a legend apiece from Mexico and Puerto Rico, an undefeated American crossover star who dominated the sport for years, and a hyper-talented Ukrainian who may very well be the best of a new generation.

(1) Floyd Mayweather vs (8) Vasyl Lomachenko

Two men with otherworldly skills and extraordinarily precocious professional careers; will the Old Master reign supreme or will the usurper knock him off his perch?

Floyd Mayweather
Super Featherweight/Lightweight/Super Lightweight/Welterweight/Junior Middleweight Champion
50-0 (27 KOs)
Years Fought: 1996-2017

Best Wins:
TKO 10 Diego Corrales 1-20-2001
W 12 Oscar De La Hoya 5-5-2007
W 12 Manny Pacquiao 5-2-2015

Vasyl Lomachenko
Featherweight/Super Featherweight/Lightweight Champion
11-1 (9 KOs)
Years Fought: 2013-present

Best Wins:
W 12 Gary Russell, Jr. 6-21-2014
W RTD 6 Guillermo Rigondeaux 12-9-2017
TKO 10 Jorge Linares 5-12-2018

(4) Evander Holyfield vs (5) Michael Spinks

The greatest cruiserweight of all time, and one of the greatest modern light-heavyweights, both of whom moved up to grasp the mantle of lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

Evander Holyfield
Cruiserweight/Heavyweight Champion
44-10-2 (29 KOs)
Years Fought: 1984-2011

Best Wins:
W15 Dwight Muhammad Qawi 7-12-1986
W 12 Riddick Bowe 11-6-1993
TKO 11 Mike Tyson 11-9-1996

Michael Spinks
Light Heavyweight/Heavyweight Champion
31-1 (21 KOs)
Years Fought: 1977-1988

Best Wins:
W 15 Eddie Mustafa Muhammad 7-18-1981
W 15 Larry Holmes 9-21-1985
TKO 5 Gerry Cooney 6-15-1987


(3) Larry Holmes vs (6) Marco Antonio Barrera

A meeting across eras and weight classes, as one of the most technically proficient of all heavyweight champions meets one of the most exciting lower-weight fighters of his time.

Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Champion
69-6 (44 KOs)
Years Fought: 1973-2002

Best Wins:
W 15 Ken Norton 6-9-1978
TKO 11 Earnie Shavers 9-28-1979
TKO 13 Gerry Cooney 6-11-1982

Marco Antonio Barrera
Super Bantamweight/Featherweight/Super Featherweight Champion
67-7 (44 KOs)
Years Fought: 1989-2011

Best Wins:
TKO 12 Kennedy McKinney 2-3-1996
W 12 Naseem Hamed 4-7-2001
W 12 Erik Morales 11-27-2004

(2) George Foreman vs (7) Felix Trinidad

Two of the most destructive forces of their times face off in this clash, as the heavy-hitting heavyweight preacher from Houston meets Puerto Rico’s favorite son.

George Foreman
Heavyweight Champion
76-5 (68 KOs)
Years Fought: 1969-1997

Best Wins
KO 2 Joe Frazier 1-22-1973
TKO 2 Ken Norton 3-26-1974
KO 10 Michael Moorer 11-5-1994

Felix Trinidad
Welterweight/Junior Middleweight/Middleweight Champion
42-3 (35 KOs)
Years Fought: 1990-2008

Best Wins
W 12 Pernell Whitaker 2-20-1999
TKO 12 Fernando Vargas 12-2-2000
TKO 5 William Joppy 5-12-2001