Top Ten Greatest Boxers of all Time
These are the top ten greatest boxers of all time, agreed on by almost everyone. Notice that nearly the entire list is made up of boxers of African descent, which says something about our sports prowess
Guide: (W = Wins, L= Losses, KO = Knockouts, D = Draws)
10. George Foreman; 76 W, 5 L, 68 KO
Rated at Heavy Weight
Born January 05, 1949.
George Edward Foreman (nicknamed "Big George") is an American two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained Baptist minister, author and successful entrepreneur.
He is credited as being one of the hardest hitters in boxing history. His most notable fights in his early career were his knockout (TKO-2) against Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 22, 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali (KO by 8) in "The Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974.
Foreman is ranked #9 on Ring magazine's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time".
9. Sugar Ray Leonard; 36 W, 3 L, 1 D, 25 KO
Rated at Welterweight, Junior Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight
Born May 17, 1956 Sugar Ray Leonard is an American retired professional boxer and occasional actor.
Leonard was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, and he is widely considered to be one of the best boxers of all time, winning world titles in five weight divisions. Leonard was named "Boxer of the Decade" for the 1980s.
He is an epitome of a scientific fighter and a genius on top of the ring. He could get into the minds of his opponent to inflict the most serious jabs to bring them to submission. One of the most memorable of all is the infamous “no mas” episode with Roberto Duran.
8. Marvin Hagler; 62 W, 3 L, 2 D, 52 KO
Rated at Middleweight
Born in Newark, New Jersey, May 23, 1954.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler), is a former professional boxer who was undisputed world middleweight champion between 1980 and 1987.
Hagler holds the distinction of having the highest KO percentage of all middleweight champions at 78%. In 1982, upset that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname of "Marvelous", Hagler legally changed his name from "Marvin Nathaniel Hagler" to "Marvelous Marvin Hagler".
7. Archie Moore; 181 W, 24 L, 9 D, 1 NC, 145 KO
Rated at Heavyweight
December 13, 1913 – December 9, 1998.
Archie Moore, born Archibald Lee Wright (December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998), was light heavyweight world boxing champion (1952–1959 and 1961) who had one of the longest professional careers in the history of that sport.
Nicknamed "The Old Mongoose", Moore holds the record for the most career knockouts (131). He ranks #4 on The Ring's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time", and is rated by prominent boxing website BoxRec as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time.
If only for his impressive and superhuman career record, the Old mongoose could well have been the greatest. His fighting career spanned all four decades and has knocked out more fighters than any of the other great fighters in this top ten list.
6. Roy Jones; 49 W, 3 L, 38 KO
Rated at Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight, Super Middleweight, Middleweight
Born January 16, 1969.
Roy Jones, Jr. is an American boxer. As a professional he has captured numerous championships in the Middleweight, Super middleweight, Light heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a junior middleweight, and go on to win a heavyweight title.
He is also noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF, and IBA light heavyweight championships; a record seven belts at the same time. Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA heavyweight title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years.
Jones was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
5. Joe Louis; 68 W, 3 L, 54 KO
Rated at Heavyweight
Joseph Louis Barrow born May 13, 1914–April 12, 1981.
Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.
He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, he is considered to be one of the greatest in boxing history. Among his numerous victories Louis coined two of boxing’s most famous quotes: “He can run, but he can’t hide” and “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.”
In 2005, Louis was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring's list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time.
4. Julio Cesar Chavez; 104 W, 5 L, 2 D, 80 KO
Rated at Light Middleweight, Welterweight, Light welterweight, Lightweight, Super Featherweight
Julio Cesar Chavez was born on July 12, 1962 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.
Julio César Chávez is a retired Mexican professional boxer. He is a six-time world champion in three weight divisions, and for several years he was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
He is the ultimate Mexican champion of all time. He began boxing as an amateur at the age of sixteen and had demolished practically all the top fighters during his time. He went on to fight for 13 years with a unblemished record.
3. Henry Armstrong; 150 W, 21 L, 101 KO
Rated at Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight
Henry Jackson Jr., born December 12, 1912.
He is universally regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time by many boxing critics and fellow professionals. He was the only boxer to hold three world championships at the same time.
These titles included the Featherweight, Lightweight, and Welterweight crowns. He also defended the Welterweight championship more times than any other fighter. In 2007, The Ring ranked Armstrong as the 2nd greatest fighter of the last 80 years.
2. Muhhamed Ali; 56 W, 5 L, 37 KO
Rated at Heavyweight
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. He had an unorthodox style for a heavyweight boxer relying on foot speed and quickness to avoid punches and carried his hands low. Ali would go on-to become the first and only, three-time Lineal World Heavyweight Champion.
Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the Ali Shuffle and the rope-a-dope. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC Muhammad will come down in boxing history as one of the greatest human being that has fought in the square canvas.
1. Sugar Ray Robinson; 179 W, 19 L, 6 D, 2 NC, 109 KO
Rated at Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
Born Walker Smith Jr., May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989
Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr) was a professional boxer.
Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, he made his professional debut on October 4, 1940. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Robinson was a fluid boxer who possessed power in both hands and a fast jab. Muhammad Ali, who repeatedly called himself "The Greatest" throughout his career, ranked Robinson as the greatest boxer of all time.
Sugar Ray Robinson is admittedly the hands down choice of top boxer of all time and to this date; no one comes close of surpassing or even equaling his achievement as a boxer.