Boxing, whether it be amateur or professional, is a type of combat sport in which two people, usually wearing some type of gloves, throw punches as well as defending themselves from them for a set period of time following a strict set of rules - the Queensberry Code of Rules.
The sport of boxing dates back to 1500 BC where many cultures took part in some variation of the sport either as a right of passage, punishment or for the enjoyment of the masses.
Contestants are usually matched in weight and skill set to determine who is the champion, and while many have fought, not all of them will be remembered as one of the greats. When you think about the best boxers of all time, some of the names which come to mind are George Foreman, Oscar de la Hoya, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier.
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Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer who many historians call the greatest fighter of all time, probably because he beat every single opponent that he has ever faced, including Ezzard Charles twice, and also for having one of the highest knockout-to-win percentages (87.76%) in history.
Salvador Sánchez Narváez was a Mexican professional boxer who has been called one of the greatest fighters in the mast 80 years by Ring Magazine. Many people believed that if he hadn’t died, he could have been the best Featherweight boxer of all time. He also happens to be the uncle of featherweight boxer, Salvador Sánchez Castro.
James “Gene” Tunney was an American professional boxer who held the world heavyweight title and the American light heavyweight title twice. He had fought and beaten the likes of Harry Greb, Jack Dempsey, Georges Carpentier and Tom Heeny, after which he retired.
Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta, also known as “the Raging Bull” was an American professional boxer who was best known for being a world middleweight champion. Of his 106 matches, he has won 83, drew 4 and lost 19.
Sam Langford, better known as the “Boston Bonecrusher” was a Canadian boxer who has also been called the “Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows”. He has defeated many great fighters such as Joe Gans, Stanley Ketchel and Philadelphia Jack O’Brien.
Ted “kid” Lewis was an English professional boxer who has won the World Welterweight Championship twice. He is a member of several Halls of Fame and has lost only 32 of over 300 matches that he has fought.
Joe Ganz, who was known by the nickname “Old Master”, was a professional boxer who has been called the greatest lightweight boxer of all time by Nat Fleischer, the founder of Ring Magazine. The International Boxing Hall of Famer was the first African-American to be the World Boxing Champion.
Joe Frazier, who also went by the name “Smokin’ Joe”, was an American professional boxer who reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world from 1970 to1973. He has faced and defeated fellow legends including Muhammad Ali, Geoge Chuvalo, Doug Jones and Oscar Bonavena.
Harry Greb, who was also known as “The Pittsburgh Windmill” was an American professional boxer has held both the American light heavyweight championship as well as the world middleweight championship. Many magazines and websites, including Ring magazine and BoxRec, call him one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters.
Mike Tyson, also known as “Kid Dynamite”, is an American professional boxer who during his time boxing was the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title (at the age of 20). He is one of the few men in history to have regained a heavyweight championship title after losing it, making him one of the best in the world.
Ray Charles Leonard, better known as “Sugar” Ray Leonard, is an American retired professional boxer. Often called one of the greatest boxers of all time, he has won 36 of his 40 games, most of which by knock out. These days, he can be found on the big screen as well as at seminars as a motivational speaker.
Tony Canzoneri was an American professional boxer who was best known for holding five world titles including three world championships. The International Boxing Hall of Famer’s statistics includes 137 wins, 24 losses and 10 draws.
William “Jack” Dempsey, also known as “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler”, was a professional boxer who is best known for his reign as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. His fighting style made him one of the most popular boxers in history, which made him a fixture on many if not all top fighter lists.
Larry Holmes, also known as “The Easton Assassin” is an American former professional boxer who was best known for his left jab. He held the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983, and he also had 20 title defenses, third only to Wladimir Klitschko and Joe Louis.
Jack Johnson, often called the “Galveston Giant” was an American boxer who became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion in the early 1900s. After being racially profiled and arrested, he was posthumously pardoned 105 years after his conviction by Donald Trump.
James “Jimmy” McLarnin, was an Irish-Canadian professional boxer who was ranked as the 11th best pound-for-pound fighter of all-time by BoxRec. The International Boxing Hall of Famer is a two-time welterweight world champion, winning 54 of his 68 fights.
Roberto Duràn Samaniego, also known as “Manos de Piedra” is a Panamanian retired professional boxer who spent over 30 years boxing, during that time holding four world championships, and winning 109 of 119 fights.
Thomas “Tommy” Hearns, nicknamed “Motor City Cobra” or “The Hitman” is an American retired professional boxer who was the first boxer in the world to win world titles in four and then five weight titles including welterweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight.
Joseph Louis Barrow, simply known by Joe Louis or the “Brown Bomber”, was an American professional boxer who reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. Considered one of the greatest boxers in history, he was also ranked the greatest puncher of all time by The Ring magazine.
Barney Ross was an American professional boxer who is best known for being a world champion in three weight divisions, making him a triple champion. The former World War II veteran who was ranked #21 on Ring Magazine’ s list of 80 best fighters died of throat cancer in 1967.
Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and philanthropist who was known as one of the best sports figures not only in boxing but of his time – winning 56 of his 61 total fights, 37 by knockout. A few years after retiring, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome, which many people attribute to his boxing career.
William “Billy” Conn, who was given the nickname “The Pittsburgh Kid,” was an Irish American professional boxer who is best known for his fights against fellow boxing legend Joe Louis. The Light Heavyweight Champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer won 64 of his 77 matches.
Stanley Ketchel, also called “The Michigan Assassin” was a Polish American professional boxer who was known as one of the best World Middleweight Champions in the history of the sport. Before being murdered at the age of 24, he defeated World Welterweight champions, twins Mike and Jack Sullivan.
Henry Jackson Jr. who fought under the name Henry Armstrong, was an American professional boxer who won three divisional titles including featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. Of his total 181 fights, he won 101 by knockout alone.
George Foreman, nicknamed “Big George” is an American retired professional boxer whose career standouts include winning a gold medal in the heavyweight division of the Olympics and being a two-time world heavyweight champion. Out of the ring, he is best known for creating the George Foreman grill.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American retired professional boxer who is best remembered for being the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987. The International Boxing and World Boxing Hall of Famer holds the highest knockout percentage (78%) of all middleweight champions.
Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer who currently serves as a senator in the Philippines. He is the only person to be an eight-division world champion in the history of the sport, and he is also a world title holder in four weight classes and the first boxer to be the lineal champion in five different weight classes.
Julio César Chávez is a Mexican retired professional boxer who has been called the greatest Mexican boxer of all time. Apart from winning several world championships, he currently holds the record for the most total successful defenses, most title fights and most title wins & beaten opponents.
Oscar De La Hoya, better known as “the Golden Boy of boxing”, is an American retired professional boxer. Throughout his career, he has won multiple world titles in as many as six weight classes. In 2002, he founded a combat sports professional firm, and in 2018, he also began to promote MMA matches.
José Ángel Nápoles, who was also called “mantequilla” (butter), is a Cuban-Mexican professional boxer who shares the record for most wins in unified championship bouts in the history of the sport with Muhammad Ali. He has been inducted into both The Ring Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Edward “Mickey” Walker, nicknamed the “toy bulldog”, was an American professional boxer who is best remembered for holding both the World welterweight and World Middleweight championships during his career. Of the 163 matches that he fought, he won 131, and he has been listed on every greatest boxer list.
Roy Jones Jr. also called “Superman” or “Captain Hook” is an American retired professional boxer who is a multiple time world champion in several weight classes and an Olympic silver medalist. He has also been on the acting scene, and he can be found in films like "Southpaw" and "The Matrix Reloaded."
Benny Leonard, whose nicknames include the “Ghetto Wizard” and “Benny the Great”, was a Jewish American professional boxer who held the World Lightweight championship for eight years. The Ring magazine, ESPN and BoxRec all list him as one of the greatest.
Joseph “Sandy” Saddler was an American professional boxer, who throughout his 12-year career, was the Featherweight World Champion twice as well as holding the super featherweight title. His record consists of 144 wins, 1-3 of which were by knockout, 2 draws and 16 losses.
William “Jimmy” Wilde, who earned the nicknames “The Mighty Atom” and ”The Tylorstown Terror” was a Welsh professional boxer who was the first official World Flyweight champion. He also holds the record for the longest unbeaten streak in boxing history of 104-0.
Christopher “Chris” Byrd is an American retired professional boxer who during his 16-year run in the sport was the World Heavyweight champion twice, one being against the undefeated Vitali Klitschko. Of his 47 matches, he won 41, drawing once and losing 5.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is also called “Pretty Boy”, is an American former professional boxer who has had multiple world titles and championships in several weight classes and has never lost a fight.
Archie Moore, often called “The Old Mongoose”, was an American professional boxer who holds the record for the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight champion, lasting almost 10 years. After retiring, he trained the likes of George Foreman, James Tillis and Muhammad Ali.
Wladimir Klitschko, who is sometimes called “Dr. Steelhammer”, is a Ukrainian retired professional boxer who won the world heavyweight championship twice and also won an Olympic Gold medal. Often referred to as the most celebrated European boxer of all time, he won 64 of his total 69 fights.