Boxing is one of the most paying sports among others. It’s a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of speed, reflexes, strength and endurance. Punching, defecting, hands speeding all are the art of this game. A boxing match typically consists of a determined number of three-minute rounds, a total of up to 9 to 12 rounds. Though, the standard three-minute round sounds like a short duration, but many of the longest moments of boxers’ life have occurred during those three minutes while boxing.
Boxing is one of the most historical and famous sports of all times. Meeting with the Best Boxers is the dream of every boxing loving person. Here we going to give you brief review on Top 10 greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
- Top 10 Best Boxers of all time
- 10. Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 – June 3rd 2016)
- 9. Sugar Ray Robinson (May 3rd, 1921 – April 12th, 1989)
- 8. Joe Louis (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981)
- 7. Henry Armstrong (December 12th, 1912 – October 24th, 1988)
- 6. Willie Pep (September 19th, 1922 – November 23rd, 2006)
- 5. Mike Tyson (June 30th, 1966)
- 4. Benny Leonard (April 7th, 1896 – April 18th, 1947)
- 3. Rocky Marciano (September 1st, 1923 – August 31st, 1969)
- 2. Jack Dempsey (June 24th, 1895 – May 31st, 1983)
- 1. Sugar Ray Leonard (May 17th, 1956)
Top 10 Best Boxers of all time
10. Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 – June 3rd 2016)
Muhammad Ali was an American former professional boxer. He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights and one of the best boxers in the history of the sport. Mohammad Ali had his boxing era from 1960 to 1981, and in every aspect of boxing, he was excellent. Ali became an Olympic gold medalist in 1960 and the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964. He had a record of total 56 wins out which 37 were knock out wins. He had only 5 losses in career. He was also a boxing promoter rather than just a boxer.
Undoubtedly, boxing’s most celebrated athlete, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was also known for his public stance against the Vietnam War and his longtime battle with Parkinson’s disease.
9. Sugar Ray Robinson (May 3rd, 1921 – April 12th, 1989)
Sugar Ray Robinson was an American professional boxer. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. He had a record of 173 wins out of which 109 were knockout wins 6 were draws and 2 match were no contest matches. He was also the best boxing talent that the world ever witnessed. He had an amazing power in his punch to knock the opponent out.
8. Joe Louis (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981)
Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis and nicknamed as the “Brown Bomber”, was an African-American, who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as world heavyweight champion from 1937 until 1949, and is regarded as one of his sport’s all-time greats. He has a record of wining 66 matches; losing 3 and 52 knock out winnings. He was a shining star for sure with a great record. He was a national hero for the people of America and also a symbol of pride. During the world war he was more than just a boxer and his fights had social, political and international significance.
7. Henry Armstrong (December 12th, 1912 – October 24th, 1988)
Henry Jackson Jr. was an American professional and a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong. He has a boxing era from 1931 to 1945 and he had 151 wins out which 101 were KO and he lost 21 matches. He was the only boxer to have the titles of 3 world championship divisions: featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. His career started on the losing end but he gradually went on the winning streaks. He has also had 27 consecutive victories and all of these were in knockouts, this reflects his greatness in boxing arena.
6. Willie Pep (September 19th, 1922 – November 23rd, 2006)
Guglielmo Papaleo was an American professional, better known as Willie Pep who held the World Featherweight championship twice between the years of 1947 and 1950. One of the Best Boxer, Pep boxed a total of 1,956 rounds in the 241 bouts during his 26-year career. He had a boxing era from 1940 to 1966 and has a record of 229 wins out of which 65 were knockout wins. He lost 11 matches in his career. He was the first featherweight champion in the world and has been the best boxer in his time.
5. Mike Tyson (June 30th, 1966)
One of the most powerful boxer, Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson is an American who competed from 1985 to 2005. Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1986, at age 20. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
In the early 90s Tyson was considered as an unbeatable boxer who knocked out all his fellow contenders. He has a record of 50 wins out of which 44 were knock out wins and he lost only 6 matches in his entire career. He has been amongst the best boxers of all the time.
4. Benny Leonard (April 7th, 1896 – April 18th, 1947)
Benny Leonard was a professional the longest reigning lightweight champion of all time. Leonard was born out of a Jewish Manhattan slum and began fighting on the street. Leonard became lightweight champion in 1917 and retired as champion in 1925. Having lost almost his entire fortune to the 1929 stock market crash, Leonard was forced into making a return to the ring seven years after his retirement. Following his return, he won 18 of his 19 bouts, losing his last fight to Jimmy McLarnin. Leonard is remembered as one of the finest all-round boxers of all-time, who had quick feet, a solid defense and explosive power in his punches.
3. Rocky Marciano (September 1st, 1923 – August 31st, 1969)
Rocco Francis Marchegiano, best known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer, who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world title from 1952 to 1956. He went undefeated in his career and defended the title six times, against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell, and Archie Moore. He was also known for his relentless fighting style, stamina, and an iron chin. Marciano has been ranked by many boxing historians as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. His knockout-to-win percentage of 87.75 remains one of the highest in heavyweight boxing history. He ended his career with a record of 49 fights, 49 wins and 43 Kos (Knockouts).
2. Jack Dempsey (June 24th, 1895 – May 31st, 1983)
William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey, nicknamed “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler”, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey’s aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Dempsey is ranked as tenth on The Ring magazine’s list of all-time heavyweights and seventh among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers, while in 1950 the Associated Press voted him as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and was inducted into The Ring’s Boxing Hall of Fame in 1951.
1. Sugar Ray Leonard (May 17th, 1956)
Ray Charles Leonard, best known as “Sugar” Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one of the greatest and best boxers of all time. He competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions; the lineal championship in three weight divisions; as well as the undisputed welterweight title. He won Gold at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and was the first boxer to make $100 million from purses. Sugar Ray had a career total of 40 fights, 36 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw.
The system by which we can compare all the boxers is– heavyweights to flyweights and everything in between – is by the pound-for-pound ranking system, an idea that was introduced in the 1940’s, largely because of Sugar Ray Robinson. Boxing has such a long and incredible history and so many great names which have blessed the sport. Few of these names are mentioned above with their achievements in the field of boxing.
There’s been a long time since this debate is going on for the selection of best boxers in the world. Obviously everything matters like number of titles won, defense techniques, Knockouts, number of fights, but here we’ve provided the list of best boxers keeping in mind their achievements and the contribution towards sports & society.