Top 10 Best Boxers of All Time: Greatest Boxers

Top 10 Best Boxers of All Time: Greatest Boxers

Best Boxers of All Time: Determining the best boxers in the world of all time is a rather subjective thing for several reasons. Firstly, it is difficult to compare the level of a boxer in isolation from time to time. One can only guess who would have been the winner of the duel between Bernard Hopkins and Saul Alvarez at their best.

Secondly, ranking experts are often nostalgic and put boxing stars of their youth at the top of the rankings. For example, journalist Bert Sugar (born in 1937) in his book about the best boxers of all time put Sugar Ray Robinson (born in 1921) on the first line, and Mike Tyson was already in 100th place on his list! 

Top 10 Best Boxers of All Time

We will arm ourselves with ratings from the most authoritative publications that claim to be objective, and try to understand who they are – the best boxers in the world, regardless of the weight category and era of performances. 

10. Willie Pep

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 241
  • Wins: 229
  • Knockouts: 65
  • Year of birth: 1922
  • Year of death: 2006
  • First battle: July 25, 1940
  • Last fight: March 16, 1966

It would be a big mistake not to write here about the outstanding Italian-American boxer Willy Pepe. He has a huge number of victories on his account, but at the same time, defeats can be counted on his fingers. And this is for 26 years of hard work. Until 1944, Willy fought his opponents undefeated, belonging to the lightweight category, given that he began his career in 1940. And this is considered an inimitable record in the boxing world.

The defeat nevertheless overtook him in 1944 during a duel with the world champion Sammy Angott. For the next two years, he won all his fights. He is truly considered one of the best boxers in history. In 1990, he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.

9. Carlos Monson

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  • Citizenship: Argentina
  • Number of fights: 100
  • Wins: 87
  • Knockouts: 58
  • Year of birth: 1942
  • Year of death: 1995
  • First fight: February 6, 1963
  • Last fight: July 30, 1977

Argentinean Carlos Monzon was one of the greatest boxing cup champions. Born into poverty, he was discovered at the famed Luna Park Gym by Bruce’s trainer Amilcar, who shaped the world’s second 6-foot “skinning” into a deadly fighting machine.

Monson developed a shaking style, standing up straight and appearing to “push” his punches. But no matter how he looked, Monzon never lost again after losing 3 fights in the first two years of his career. He set a record with 14 successful title defenses. A record that stood for 27 years before Bernard Hopkins broke it. Monson retired as undefeated champion in 1977. His record was 87-3-9 with 58 knockouts.

8. Jack Dempsey

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 83
  • Wins: 62
  • Knockouts: 51
  • Year of birth: 1895
  • Year of death: 1983
  • First battle: August 17, 1913
  • Last fight: September 22, 1927

Jack Dempsey is one of the most aggressive American heavyweight boxers in the history of boxing, who gathered a record number of spectators at his fights. He was the clear winner in his category.

This boxer held the title of champion for seven years, not giving a single chance to his opponents until he loses it during the battle with Jin Tani. However, Jack soon defeated him in the next fierce battle. Dempsey was ranked tenth in the heavyweight list by The Ring magazine. In our ranking, he occupies the eighth place.

7. Henry Armstrong

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 181
  • Wins: 151
  • Knockouts: 101
  • Year of birth: 1912
  • Year of death: 1988
  • First fight: 1931
  • Last fight: 1945

He takes an honorable 7th line in this list of the best boxers. Henry Armstrong is an American professional boxer who was able to simultaneously hold several championship titles in 1938 – welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight, given that there were only 8 possible championship titles in the world at that time.

He has a maximum of victories and a minimum of defeats. Many colleagues and critics called him the best boxer of all time. As a welterweight, he defended his title nineteen times. In the Ring in 2007 named Armstrong the second great boxer in 80 years.

6. Mike Tyson

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 58
  • Wins: 50
  • Knockouts: 44
  • Year of birth: 1966
  • First fight: March 6, 1985
  • Last fight: June 11, 2005

This is the boxer whose name everyone has heard. He became famous as the most brutal puncher. In a matter of minutes of a fight or in the first round, his boxer rival is knocked out. Mike Tyson is considered the most violent man in sports. The boxer is the undisputed heavyweight champion.

Throughout his career, he twice got into the Guinness Book of Records in the nominations: “The fastest and most powerful knockouts of all time”, as well as “The youngest winner in the heavyweight division.” No one doubted that he would win in any duel, so they bet on the time it would take him to knock out his opponents.

5. Rocky Marciano

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 49
  • Wins: 49
  • Knockouts: 43
  • Year of birth: 1923
  • Year of death: 1969
  • First battle: March 17, 1947
  • Last fight: September 21, 1955

This American boxer became famous for the fact that no one defeated him in his entire career. He held the heavyweight championship six times. Many critics believe that he simply did not find a worthy opponent, so his career has not been tarnished by defeats.

Despite this, Rocky was distinguished by a cruel and aggressive approach to rivals. Soon after boxing, he became a successful businessman, but everyone will remember him as the only undefeated boxer of all time. It is for this reason that his photograph will be seen in various ratings for a long time to come. And in our ranking, he takes an honorable fifth place.

4. Joe Louis

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  • Citizenship: 
     USA
  • Number of fights: 69
  • Wins: 66
  • Knockouts: 52
  • Year of birth: 1914
  • Year of death: 1981
  • First battle: July 4, 1934
  • Last fight: October 26, 1951

Joe Louis burst onto the professional boxing scene in 1934 with a style and skill that the boxing world has rarely seen. He was distinguished by his high growth, which gave reason to rivals to think that he was invincible.

Known to many as the “Brown Bomber”, Louis emerged victorious from his first 27 fights, except for four of which he was knocked out. In the early days of his career, he destroyed heavyweight greats like Stanley Poreda, Naty Brown, and Roscoe Toles.

3. Jack Johnson

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 124
  • Wins: 82
  • Knockouts: 51
  • Year of birth: 1878
  • Year of death: 1946
  • First battle: February 1, 1894
  • Last battle: September 1, 1938

This African-American boxer deserved third place in our ranking. Jack Johnson, cited by some historians as the most important athlete in modern sports history, became the first black man to win the World Weightlifting Championship.

It wasn’t just his skin color that ruined the convention, but Johnson’s brash personality, his willingness to defy tradition and popular opinion, and the combination of strength and technique he used to defeat an entire generation of top boxers. He used his own special technique, which was very difficult for the enemy to understand. What made him a figure of incredible historical significance at the beginning of the 20th century?

2. Sugar Ray Robinson

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  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 200
  • Wins: 173
  • Knockouts: 108
  • Year of birth: 1921
  • Year of death: 1989
  • First battle: October 4, 1940
  • Last fight: November 10, 1965

Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson was born in 1921. He turned professional in 1940. During his 25-year career, Robinson won the world welterweight and middleweight championships and was dubbed “pound for pound, the best”.

By 1958, he became the first boxer to win five divisional world championships. He ended his career in 1965 with 175 wins. Robinson died in Culver City, California in 1989. Many well-known publications place it in the first line of their ratings. With us, he takes an honorable second place.

1. Muhammad Ali

  • Citizenship: USA
  • Number of fights: 61
  • Wins: 56
  • Knockouts: 37
  • Year of birth: 1942
  • Year of death: 2016
  • First fight: October 29, 1960
  • Last fight: December 11, 1981

Possibly the most famous boxer in the world, considered the best boxer of the past decade, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is also known for his public stance against the Vietnam War. Muhammad Ali became the Olympic champion in 1960 and the world boxing champion in 1964.

After refusing to serve in the military, he was stripped of all his championship titles in an attempt to humiliate him in the eyes of the world, but Ali did not give up, he again won the heavyweight title back in the 1970s, winning Famous fights against Joe Frazier and George Foreman. It is he who takes the first place, for his professionalism, perseverance, and ability not to lose heart under any life circumstances.

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