Knocked out boxing legend Joe Louis in 1951 to earn an opportunity to fight for the title.
Won 49 straight fights in his career. Forty-three of these were knockouts.
Knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round to win the Heavyweight Championship.
Was named "Fighter of the Year" by The Ring magazine in 1952, 1954 and 1955.
Defended his title as the World Heavyweight Champion six times, five of which were knockouts.
Final career match ended with a knockout of Archie Moore.
Became the only boxing champion to retire undefeated and stay retired.