**** Its no coincidence that the golden age of jazz - 1935 through 1965 - was also the golden age of boxing. ****Just as there were the most recognized and dominate pugilists during that period the same hold true for jazz wouldn't you agree?
You know the jazz greats who performed during that 30 year period frogman so I'll just name a few boxers as this is a jazz forum and though I would love to talk boxing for hours I have other avenues for that.
Archie Moore called the mongoose, was the greatest Light Heavyweight of all time had his first professional fight in 1935 and his last in 1963
Moore fought in 4 different decades compiling a record of and retired with 186 wins - 132 by knockout with just 23 losses. Archie loved jazz and was very good friends with Lucky Thompson who used to play his sax while Archie trained.
Joe Louis, arguably the greatest heavyweight of all time fought from 1934 - 1951 Louis is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential boxers of all time. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 until his temporary retirement in 1949. He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses, a record for all weight classes. Louis had the longest single reign as champion of any boxer in history.
Sugar Ray Robinson fought from 1940 - 1965. Ray had 174 wins - 109 by knockout with only 19 losses. Ray turned professional in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional record of 128–1–2 with 84 knockouts. From 1943 to 1951 Robinson went on a 91-fight unbeaten streak, the third-longest in professional boxing history. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the world middleweight title in the latter year. Ray was great friends with Miles Davis and it was at Ray's urging that Davis kicked his heroin habit in 1953.
Rocky Marciano also fought during these years. Marciano became the Heavyweight Champion in 1952 and defended his belt until 1956 when he retired undefeated at 49 - 0 with 43 knockouts.