Boxing is a highly recognized sport all across the world. To succeed at the greatest level, the game demands a high degree of stamina and physical power. There have been many great boxers throughout history, and we shall discuss them today.
This article is about the greatest boxers of all time, but we’re not going to rank them as it’s hard to say this lightweight boxer is better than the best heavyweight boxers of all time. So, instead of determining who we think is the best, we’ve made a list of the 10 best boxers of all time.
Muhammad Ali was a professional boxer from the United States. “The Greatest” was his nickname. People consider him to be the best heavyweight fighter of all time. His boxing has a unique flair and charm that has never been seen before.
Others have equaled his ultimate record of 56 victories and 5 defeats with 37 knockouts. But the caliber of his rivals and the way he triumphed during his peak elevated him to the ranks of boxing’s immortals. Speed, great footwork, and the capacity to take a blow were Ali’s most tangible ring assets.
Muhammad Ali’s effect on the sport as a boxer will not be replicated anytime soon. Ali’s accomplishments during his career are sufficient to crown him as the best boxer ever to dominate the sport.
Mike Tyson is a former USA professional boxer who competed from 1985 until 2005. He was nicknamed “Iron Mike” or “The Baddest Man on the Planet”.
Tyson is widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight fighters of all time. From 1987 through 1990, he was the undefeated world heavyweight champion.
Tyson’s performance demonstrates his supremacy in the ring. His record stands at 50 wins and 6 losses with 44 of the wins via knockout.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Floyd Mayweather Jr competed from 1996 through 2015, with a one-fight return in 2017. Floyd is most likely one of the list’s most offensive boxers.
BoxRec ranks him as the greatest boxer ever, pound for pound, as of May 2021.
Mayweather is unbeaten in his career. He has faced 50 competitors and has easily defeated all of them. In the class of 2021, Mayweather was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard is a former professional boxer from the United States. He competed between 1977 and 1997, earning world titles in 5 weight classes, the lineal championship in 3 weight divisions, and the undisputed welterweight belt.
He was an incredibly flexible fighter. The boxer had one of the fastest hands in boxing. He also held the titles of Super Welterweight, World Welterweight, and Middleweight.
Out of his total 40 fights, Sugar Ray Leonard won 36 of them with 25 by way of knockout. He was also famous for his use of the bolo punch, a swinging circular motion punch that takes its name from the machete that Filipino farmworkers used in fields. You can see a video of him teasing Robert Duran with one if you follow that link.
In the late 1960s, Joseph William Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin’ Joe,” was a fearsome force in boxing and reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973. Muhammad Ali famously defeated Frazier in 1975, in his final championship challenge and probably the greatest battle in heavyweight history — the “Thrilla in Manila.” Ali won when Frazier quit before the fifteenth round; he withdrew from boxing the following year.
His record stands at 32 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw. 27 of the wins came via knockout.
Rocky Marciano was a professional boxer from the United States. He fought from 1947 to 1955 and also held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956.
Rocky Marciano was a pioneer heavyweight who left his mark in the sport of boxing. Even though he was the underdog in every bout, he won every one of them.
Marciano finished his fighting career unblemished, and he is the only confirmed heavyweight to never lose a fight. He is well-known for his unwavering battling spirit, powerful explosiveness, and stamina.
Joe Louis was a professional boxer from the United States who fought from 1934 until 1951. He was dubbed the “Brown Bomber.” Louis is widely regarded as one of the finest and most well-known boxers.
From 1937 until his brief retirement in 1949, he was the world heavyweight champion. He won 25 straight championship defenses, a record in all weight divisions.
It’s hard to talk about the best boxers without discussing Joe Louis. Joe fought 69 total fights and won 66 of them with 52 coming by way of knockout
‘Big’ George, 71, won the world heavyweight championship repeatedly. He was known for his deadly hitting power throughout his famous boxing career. George Foreman has eclipsed boxing icon, Mike Tyson, as the all-time toughest heavyweight.
He fought a total of 81 fights with 76 stunning wins. He won 68 via knockout and only had 5 losses under his belt. His impact on the boxing world will not be forgotten.
Julio César Chávez
Julio Cesar Chavez, a Mexican who competed professionally from 1980 to 2005, was a multiple world champion in 3 weight classes. He holds the world record for the most continuous world championship defenses, with an unbroken run of 87 victories before his first professional defeat against Frankie Randall back in 1994.
His victory over Greg Haugen in 1993 set a new record for the highest turnout for a boxing bout at the time, with 132,274 in attendance. His stunning record stands at 103 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws. 87 of these wins came via knockout.
After defeating the incumbent world champion, Canadian Tommy Burns, at Sydney Stadium in Australia in 1908, Jack Johnson, a.k.a. the Galveston Giant, would become the first Black world heavyweight boxing champion. Johnson battled James J. Jeffries in what has been hailed as the bout of the century two years later.
His impressive record stands at 71 wins with 11 losses and 11 draws.
This list could have been much longer, but we decided to keep it to the top 10 best boxers. We might decide to extend this in the future and reshape this list. I mean, we didn’t include greats like one of the best southpaw boxers Manny Pacquiao, Lennox Lewis, and even the more recent Tyson Fury.