Wilder closing on longest-ever heavyweight unbeaten run and is seven wins away from legend Marciano

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DEONTAY WILDER is only seven wins away from making boxing history.

The reigning WBC heavyweight world champ is undefeated in his professional career of 42 bouts.

But that puts him only FIFTH in a list of no-loss streaks in heavyweight history – which is topped by the legendary Rocky Marciano on 49.

Tyson Fury took his own unbeaten professional boxing record to 30 bouts with his points win against Otto Wallin at the weekend.

While it might not have been done as many would have expected, it was another case of ‘job done’ for the Gypsy King.

Fury and Wilder, of course, fought to a controversial draw last December with many believing the Brit was cheated out of becoming the new WBC champ.

Here Sunsport looks at the top 10 longest winning streaks of heavyweight boxing history – one which Fury doesn’t even feature in.

Rocky Marciano – 49, 1947-55

One many might have guessed, Marciano is the only heavyweight to retire undefeated as champ.

The American secured 43 knockouts out of his 49 fights, an impressive 87.76 per cent ratio.

He is, unsurprisingly, rated as one of the greatest of all time. He died on August 31, 1969.

Rocky Marciano, left, retired undefeated as heavyweight champ and is regarded as one of the best ever boxers
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Gene Tunney – 49, 1915-22

One defeat in EIGHTY-FIVE bouts sees Tunney make this list for an undefeated run that rivals Marciano’s.

Some would argue that because some of these were by NSW – this is where the referee couldn’t decide so the assembled media awarded the fight – the run is questionable.

This will have helped him when fighting in his home city of New York no doubt. But his prowess during a 13-year career should not be questioned.

You might not have guessed that Gene Tunney is tied with Marciano at the top of the pile
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Larry Holmes – 48, 1973-85

Holmes had 20 successful world title defences, and is regarded as having one of the best left jabs in boxing history.

The “Easton Assassin” retired with a record of 69 wins, 44 by KO, with six losses and went on his undefeated spree for TWELVE YEARS.

But he may live to regret losing to Michael Spinks back in 1985 – as that would have seen him tie with Marciano and Tunney.

Larry Holmes has the scalp of the legendary Muhammad Ali on his record
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John L Sullivan – 43, 1882-92

He was arguably boxing’s first ‘superstar’ – and Sullivan is often quoted by reigning Lineal champ Tyson Fury as he was the first fighter to hold that title.

He suffered just one defeat in his 40 fights, the last of his career against James Corbett in 1892.

John L Sullivan is somewhat of a hero of Tyson Fury’s as the the first ever Lineal champ
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Deontay Wilder  – 42, 2008-present

Boxers line up to have a shot at WBC champ Wilder, and usually end up on their backside or being carried out.

Wilder is regarded as the most ferocious puncher of modern time, and the only blemish on his record is a draw against Fury – though he did floor the Gypsy King twice.

He has knocked out every single one of his opponents in his pro career – except Fury. Can he add that name to his record in February?

Deontay Wilder, unsurprisingly, won his last fight by knocking out Dominic Breazeale
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George Foreman – 40, 1969-74

Although he is now known for his ‘lean, mean grilling machine’ Foreman was no less mean in the boxing ring.

He had an incredible 81 fights, winning 76 and losing five. After winning gold at the 1968 Olympic Games he turned pro the next year and was world champ four years later.

He will foreveer be remembered for the “Rumble In The Jungle” that saw him lose for the first time to a certain Muhammad Ali in 1974.

George Foreman turned to lending his name to kitchen equipment after a stellar boxing career
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Mike Tyson  – 37, 1985-90

Tyson was the Wilder of his era – blasting opponents out in quick time at the start of his career.

He became the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight world title when he knocked out Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged just 20.

But his life was equally explosive outside the ring too – he was sentenced to six years for rape in 1992 but was out in three.

Now running a marijuana farm in the US and a big screen actor, Tyson’s life shows no signs of slowing down.

Mike Tyson struck fear into every corner of the heavyweight division in the 1980s and 90s
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Michael Moorer – 35, 1988-94

Makes the list despite the run coming at light-heavy and heavyweight, Moorer stepped up just when he needed too.

The final win of the streak came against fellow boxing legend Evander Holyfield in 1994 – Moorer sneaking it on a majority decision.

But he lost two world titles later that year to another who features in our list, George Foreman.

At least Moorer retired on a win – he KO’d Shelby Gross in February 2008.

Michael Moorer smashed it at light-heavy and heavyweight in a distinguished career
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Sam Langford – 35, 1906-1910

Undoubtedly the highlight of the list, Langford had an incredible 245 fights, winning 178, 126 by way of KO.

Even more remarkable is that he fought all the way from lightweight up to heavyweight during his career.

It’s hardly surprising Langford was known as the “Boston Terror” and the “Boston Bonecrusher”.

He is rated at No2 by The Ring on the 100 greatest punchers of all time – Joe Louis takes top spot.

Sam Langford was a devastating puncher and had a colossal amount of fights
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Riddick Bowe – 34, 1989-1993

Big Daddy Bowe became the first boxer in history to win all four governing body titles in 1995.

He also became the first boxer ever to KO the great Evander Holyfield in their trilogy of fights.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, unfortunately he will be best remembered for dodging a fight against Britain’s finest Lennox Lewis in 1992 and vacating the WBC title.

Boxing fans were desperate to see Riddick Bowe put the belt on the line against Lennox Lewis but he vacated instead
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