Oldest Active Heavyweights Out There

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent


Here is a current list of the 40 and over heavyweight club. Those worth of mention are noted, regardless of their recent performances. Others have received honorable mention.


Guillermo Jones-The rarely seen top ten heavyweight and former world cruiserweight champion will turn 45 years old in May 2017. His last bout was in July of 2016.


Amir Mansour-At age 44-Won the USBA and regained the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight titles by 12 round decision over Travis Kauffman.


Wladimir Klitschko-At 41 on March 25, 2017, will face Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight title on April 29, 2017, at Wembley Stadium in London.

Tony Thompson-The 45 year old southpaw has lost five of his last 10 pro bouts.


Fres Oquendo and Shannon Briggs-The Big O turns 44 on April 1, 2017, will face Shannon Briggs, age 45, for the WBA version of the world heavyweight title on June 3, 2017, after nearly three years inactivity.


Marcelles Brown-At age 48, has won seven of eight comeback bouts.


Ray Austin-The Rainman, at age 46, has lost four of his last five bouts.


Antonio Tarver-At 47, has won only four of his last eight bouts.


Owen Beck-at 40, the former number one heavyweight contender from Nashville, Tennessee, who fought Nicolai Valuev for the WBA world title, has now lost 10 straight bouts.


Danny Williams-At 42, London’s Brixton Bomber who once knocked out Iron Mike Tyson, has lost 20 of 28 pro bouts in the last nine years. He is still available as an opponent.


Steve USS Cunningham-A winner of one of his past four fights in the past two and a half years, the former world cruiserweight champion won his most recent bout at heavyweight at age 40. Cunningham is still ranked eighth in the world on BoxRec at cruiserweight.


Andreas Sidon-At age 54, the Giessen, Germany fighter will go for his tenth consecutive win over limited opposition at Autohaus Duerkop in Kassel on June 24, 2017.


Franklin Lawrence-The 41 year old Indianapolis heavyweight won nine straight before losing a 10 round decision to Andy Ruiz Jr. for the NABF Heavyweight title in July 2016


Solomon Haumono-The 41 year old Australian heavyweight was stopped by future world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in the fourth round in a bid to win the OPBF and WBO Oriental regional heavyweight titles.


Yagup Saglam-The 40 year old Turkish German heavyweight has won seven of his last eight bouts, losing only a WBO Oriental and PABA Heavyweight title bout to future world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in June 2015.


Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams-The durable Florida heavyweight, age 44, knocked out an opponent in the first round in Denmark in December 2016.


Gonzalo Omar Basile-The 80 bout veteran, age 42, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, won five straight, before Robert Helenius stopped him in the first round in December 2016.


Roman Horvath-The 43 year old Czech southpaw, incredibly, is 0-24. He is consistent.


Dominic Guinn-The 41 year old former heavyweight contender from Houston, Texas, has lost four of his last six bouts, the most recent being a 10 round loss to Hughie Fury in Wembley Arena in London in March of 2016.


George Arias-The Brazilian Heavyweight champion of 72 bouts has lost four of his last five bouts at age 42.


Jonathan Haggler-The 25-4 North Carolina Southpaw, age 44, has won seven of his last eight bouts.


Juan Pedro Guglielmetti-The Argentinian heavyweight turns 44 on March 28, 2017, and has won his last three bouts.


Michael Sprott-The former British and European Heavyweight champion, age 42, has lost his last six pro bouts.


Willie Palms-Mr. P, the Jersey City, New Jersey heavyweight, has lost 10 straight bouts.


Dennis McKinney-At age 44, the Columbia, South Carolina heavyweight has lost 21 of his last 23 bouts going back 12 years.


Peter Graham-The 42 year old heavyweight from Sydney, Australia, was inactive for 10 years, then won five comeback bouts, before Zhilei Zhang knocked him out in the first round in a vacant WBO Oriental title bout in January 2017 in China.


Bronco Billy Wright-Last fought at age 51 in January 2016, scoring his eighth consecutive first round knockout over limited opposition. Not beyond reach of another ‘comeback’.


Ike Ibeabuchi-Turned 44 years old on February 2, 2017. ‘Mr. President’ has continued to make comeback noises after his release from prison. Was rearrested for violating the terms of his supposed lifetime probation in Arizona in April 2016 in Gilbert, Arizona. Current status is unknown. He is known to be in Arizona, but he apparently remains unable and / or unwilling to leave the state due to his bizarre legal status. Unknown whether Ibeabuchi obtained green card status of American citizenship, which were in progress after his release from a USCIS immigration holding center in 2015. His former country, Nigeria, refused to issue him travel papers to go home after his initial prison discharge, leaving Ibeabuchi marooned in the United States. According to Ibeabuchi, his conviction in the Nevada State Courts was vacated twice, but has not yet been recognized, leaving him to continue on in a sort of legal limbo.


Honorable mention (partial list) to: Terrance Marbra, Mike Sheppard, Carl Davis Drummond, Josh Gormley, Scott Conner, Kenny Lemos, Santiago De Paula, Yuberti Suarez Diaz, Gustavo Javier Kapuzi, Ty Cobb, Carlos Migroni, Justin Whitehead, Roger Izonritei, Willis Lockett, Emmanuel Nwodo, John Szigeti, Raymond Ochieng, John Theriault, Adolfo Washington, Jesse Oltmanns, Colin Wilson, Stacey Frazier, Peter Erdos, Nestor Insurralde, Laszlo Toth, Ivica Perkovic, Dean Storey, Sylvester Barron, Sandy Pembroke

Danny Phippen, Engin Solmaz, Adam Collins, John Turlington, Ambar Loboa, Hassan Lee, Henadzi Daniliuk, Jacek Piatek, Branden Lee Hinkle, Eberson Martinez, Clayton Soriano de Lyra, Nihad Askalani, Marvin Hunt, Silvio Palavecino, Brian Durham, Dieuly Aristilde, Randy McCarty, Epifanio Mendoza, Junior Maletino Lakopo, Markus Fuker, Junior Pati, Jens Tietze, Rosendo Mercado, Kurtis Higgins, Roberto White, Bekim Pergega, Geronimo Berraza, Robert Burgess, Noe Zamora, Solomon Maye, Mauricio Guaji, Gary Lavender, Alberto Pinheiro, Valeri Semiskur, Jean Francois Traore, Arthur Saribekian, Rubin Williams, Attila Huszka, Roberto Felix, Bryan Dailey, Martin Stensky, Gianluca Sirci,  Laszlo Czene, Mohamed Abouelfetouh, Ronald Garr, Matthias Eichler, Craig Hudson, Todd Bradley, John Moxley, and Sergio Ferreyros.




Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.