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5 famous boxers who have fought inside a pro wrestling ring

Aviral Shukla
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Antonio Inoki kicking the heck out of Ali's leg!
Antonio Inoki kicking the heck out of Ali's leg!

For as long as the sports of pro wrestling and boxing have co-existed, there have been big name crossovers from the fisticuffs to wrestling. The fanbase has plenty of shared ground; love from the dramatic and the bombastic, as well as high-octane action.

Right from the pioneering days of both sports and featuring literally the biggest stars ever to have graced the game, there is a colored history of rivalry and combat.

Below we take a look at some of the more infamous moments in the history of battles between wrestlers and boxers.


#5 Mike Tyson

Tyson and Austin got in an altercation back in 1998!
Tyson and Austin got in an altercation back in 1998!

“Iron” Mike Tyson is one of the most feared and revered boxers of all time. At the peak of his prowess, he was ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world. After his ear-biting controversy in the second loss to Evander Holyfield, he was out of action for the whole of 1998.

In that time though he featured as an enforcer in the Shawn Micheals vs. Steve Austin bout at WrestleMania XIV, and ultimately turned on Michaels and popped him in the nose. Since then Tyson has returned at Monday Night Raw on January 11, 2010. Tyson teamed with Chris Jericho against Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

During this episode of RAW, he made things right with D-X when he knocked out his tag team partner, which allowed D-X to win the match, making up with Michaels and returning to good terms with D-Generation X. There was the talk of a continued comeback that never quite materialized, but he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.


#4 Joe Louis

JLouis training
Joe Louis training
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The longest reigning heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, entered professional wrestling after his boxing career had ended, mostly due to money problems.

Louis was a legend in his own sport and culturally broke down many boundaries, so his crossover helped the audiences to merge. Louis started out wrestling, but a heart problem caused him to retire from action, though he stayed in a refereeing capacity for over 16 years after his wrestling debut.

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