Sunday, April 14

10 Boxers With The Longest Reaches In The History Of The Sport

Highlights

  • A boxer’s reach is vital for an effective strategy and defense in the ring to maximize punch potential.
  • Legends like Hasim Rahman utilized their long reach to secure victories and take down opponents.
  • Understanding and using reach, as seen in fighters like Lennox Lewis, can make a significant difference in the outcome of a match.



A boxer’s reach is a critical attribute that can significantly influence his strategy and effectiveness in the ring. A reach is measured by putting a boxer’s arm in the perpendicular direction to his body and then measuring from one arm’s fingertip to the other.

Understanding and utilizing the reach perfectly gives a significant advantage to a boxer in the ring. The boxers with long reaches benefit significantly from it as it can maximize their defense and jab-striking potential. Many boxing legends made their careers out of using their reach and putting their opponents on the back foot every time they were in the ring.

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10 Hasim Rahman Upset Lennox Lewis

He Is A Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion

Hasim Rahman


Hasim Rahman

Statistics

Wins

50

Losses

9

Knockouts (KO)

41

Technical Knockouts (TKO)

(included in KO)

Draws

2

No Contests

1

The American heavyweight is well known for his brutal punches and jabs to opponents. His incredible reach of 82 inches (208cm) allowed him to easily approach his opponents. The long reach maximized the chances of hitting hard punches on the opponent’s face. His famous victory over more prominent boxer Lennox Lewis was a perfect example of getting the benefit of the long reach. He pulled 41 knockout finishes with his outstanding technique of using his reach to the maximum potential.


9 Buster Douglas Upset Mike Tyson

Douglas Was A Good Boxer That Utilized His Reach

Buster Douglas

Buster Douglas

Statistics

Wins

38

Wins by KO

25

Losses

6

Draws

1

James ‘Buster’ Douglas had an incredible 12 inches reach advantage over Mike Tyson. Using that advantage, he beat Tyson for the undisputed heavyweight championship. It was Tyson’s first loss in three years, which got the attention of boxing fans and made Douglas a superstar. The bout is pinned as one of the biggest upsets in the boxing history. Douglas had a career record of 38-6-1 (25KO). He achieved 25 knockouts in his career using his 83 inches (211cm) reach.


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8 Sonny Liston Was The Most Feared Heavyweight

Liston Had An Incredible Reach For His At Just 6 ft 1 in

Sonny Liston

Statistics

Fights

54

Wins

50

Losses

4

Knockouts (KO)

39

Wins by Decision

11

Draws

0

Height

6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Weight

215 lbs (97.5 kg)


The storied career and the legacy of Sonny Liston has been a highlight for boxing fans in the mid 1960s. Liston is most famous for his back-to-back losses against Muhammad Ali, where he lost the heavyweight championship. However, the mysterious boxing superstar has one of the biggest reach that helped him to carry out 39 knockouts in his career. Liston had an 84 inch (213cm) reach to easily cover different areas in the ring. Sadly, the boxing fans could not watch Liston much because of his shocking death at just 38 years of age.

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7 Lennox Lewis Mastered Use Of His Reach

The Heavyweight Great Used His Jab To Keep Opponents At A Distance


Lennox Lewis

Statistics

Fights

44

Wins

41

Wins by KO

32

Losses

2

Draws

1

KO Percentage

78.05%

Height

6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

Reach

84 in (213 cm)

Known as ‘The Lion’ in the boxing world, Lennox Lewis is one of the most dominant performers in the history of boxing. His most famous moves are directly linked to his 84 inches (213 cm) reach. The development of his straight right hand along with his signature jab could not be possible without his long reach. Lewis was among the few boxers who won World Heavyweight Championships along with a Gold Medal in the Olympics. The incredible boxing legacy of Lennox Lewis will never be the same without his large reach.


6 Efe Ajagba Is An Up-And-Comer

Ajagba Has A Lot To Offer With His Long Arms

Efe Ajagba

Efe Ajagba

Statistics

Wins

19

Losses

1

Knockouts (KO)

14

Technical Knockouts (TKO)

Included in KO

Draws

0

Nickname

“The Silent Roller”

Height

6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

Weight

Heavyweight

Stance

Orthodox


Efe ‘The Silent Roller’ Ajagba is an active boxer from Nigeria with a career record of 18-1-0 with 13 big knockouts. Ajagba is a record holder for the quickest victory in boxing history, and picked up the WBC International Heavyweight Title by beating Zhan Kossobutskiy in August 2023. The incredible reach of 85 inches (216 cm) makes him one of the most untouchable young boxers in the world right now. The Nigerian Nightmare attacked his opponents with his stiff jabs, using his long reach to dominate his opponents.

5 Tyson Fury Measures Distance With His Lead Hand

‘The Gypsy King’ Is One Of The Tallest Heavyweights

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder


Tyson Fury

Statistics

Pro Boxing Record

34-0-1

Nickname

“The Gypsy King”

Height

6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)

Reach

85 in (2.16 m)

Weight

Heavyweight

Stance

Orthodox

Knockouts (KO)

24

KO Percentage

70.59%

The Gypsy King is among the modern-day greats of boxing. The undefeated English boxer is the current WBC Heavyweight Champion who has dominated all his opponents. Fury has a brilliant reach of 85 inches (216 cm). Tyson Fury became a box office draw after his famous trilogy against Deontay Wilder, where he knocked him out twice. A few boxers have since complained about Fury’s gloves, but no one can deny his range of punches and jabs with such a long reach.


4 Michael Grant Didn’t Always Utilize His Long Reach

He Never Won A Major Heavyweight Title

Michael Grant vs Tomasez Adamek

Michael Grant

Statistics

Fights

55

Wins

48

Losses

7

Draws

0

Knockouts (KO)

36

KO Percentage

75.45%

Height

6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)

Reach

86 in (2.18 m)

Nickname

“Big”

Stance

Orthodox


Michael Grant has been among the few less-recognized boxing stars with a great boxing career. During his career, Grant won many NABF, NABA, and WBF heavyweight championships. Michael Grant had an incredible reach of 86 inches (218 cm). Known simply as ‘Big,’ Michael Grant surprised the boxing world when he unsuccessfully challenged Lennox Lewis for the WBC, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles in 2000. Although he had an advantage in reach, he could not stand more than two rounds in front of Lewis.

3 Julius Long Is A Giant In The Ring

Despite His Reach And Height He Was A Journeymen


Julius Long

Statistics

Fights

47

Wins

18

Losses

27

Draws

1

Knockouts (KO)

37

KO Percentage

77.78%

Height

7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)

Reach

90 in (230 cm)

Nickname

“Towering Inferno”

Career

2001-2023


Julius Long was an American-born New Zealander boxer known as ‘Towering Inferno’ among the boxing fans. He was a journeyman who could not use his technical abilities to win boxing bouts. The heavyweight boxer could not achieve much in his boxing career and lost 24 fights out of 44. However, his 90-inch (229 cm) reach made him famous in the boxing world. Along with his boxing career, Long is also a professional chef with much recognition in the cooking field.

2 Gogea Mitu Is The Tallest Man In Boxing History

His Career Was Cut Short

Gogea Mitu

Statistics

Wins

2 (KO)

Losses

2

Draws

0

Nickname

Giant of Mârsani, Goliath of Romania

Height

7 ft 4 in (2.23 m)

Weight

330 lb (approx. 150 kg)


Gogea Mitu is listed as the tallest boxer in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records. He was famous as the ‘Goliath of Romania’ due to his enormous stature. He fought only two boxing bouts in his entire career, winning both via knockout. His opponents could not stand for one round in front of him. Mitu has a long reach of 93 inches (236 cm). Due to his abnormal anatomy, the giant boxer could not live long and passed away at just 26 years of age. Although he did not stay long, his records remained alive even after almost a century.

1 Ewart Potgieter Won Every Fight By Knockout

The South African Was A Power Puncher Thanks To His Long Arms


Ewart Potgieter

Statistics

Wins

11 (KO)

Losses

2

Draws

1

Knockouts (KO)

100%

Height

7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)

Ewart Fredrick Potgieter was a South African boxer with the world’s largest reach. Standing at 7ft and 2 Inches, Potgieter had a 94 inches (239 cm) reach. He participated in boxing from 1954 to 1957. His professional boxing record is 11-2-1 (11KO). His long reach was a catalyst behind his unbelievable knockout power. Ewart Potgieter knocked out six opponents who were also more than 6 feet tall, which is another marvelous achievement in his career.

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