Who Are The 10 Best Boxers Of All Time? Endless List…

Best Boxers Of All Time

So, who are the 10 greatest boxers? Undoubtedly, this question is capable enough to start a fiery debate amongst boxing enthusiasts.

In fact, we have avoided using pound for pound criteria alone for ranking.

Moreover, we have used these criteria for ranking purposes

  • Popularity or vogue
  • Total dominance over the opponent
  • Records of achievement
  • Fighting spirit and in-ring grit

Taking these things into consideration, let’s learn about the 10 greatest boxers the world has ever seen so far.

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Sugar Ray Robinson

  • Boxing period – 1940 to 1965
  • Boxing stats – 175-19-6-2
  • Career Knockouts – 109
  • Category – Middleweight, Welterweight

In December 1946, Sugar Ray Robinson won his first world welterweight crown and fought hard defending it for another four years.

Later, in 1951, he stepped up his winning streak and won five times as middleweight champion.

However, in 1952, Joey Maxim stopped Sugar Ray Robinson from winning his light heavyweight title in the bone-breaking 14th round.

Born Walker Smith on 3rd May 1921 in Georgia, America, many boxers declare him one of the finest pounds for pound fighter.

Personally, Roy appeared a freakish talent whose exceptional dexterity, footwork, speed, and a bright solid chin won him over the masses.

In addition, he always traveled with a big entourage and was an exciting dancer and singer too.

Overall, Sugar proved to be the best in his fighting days and his prized victories include defeating Rocky Graziano, Kid Gavilan, and Jake LaMotta.


Muhammad Ali

  • Boxing period – 1960 to 1981
  • Boxing stats – 56-5
  • Career Knockouts – 37
  • Category – Heavyweight

The first boxer to take home the heavyweight championships thrice, Muhammad Ali was stopped from competitive boxing during the ugly Vietnam War.

The reason. Ali refused participation in the war and lost what was dubbed as the “Century’s greatest ring fight” when the ban was finally lifted.

However, he regained his winning status when he decimated George Foreman in the year 1974.

Later, in 1978, Ali lost his title but once again regained it from another star boxer Leon Spinks.

Furthermore, he lost two fights after making a comeback from his retirement at the age of 38.

Motivated every sportsperson unlike any other fighter, Muhammad Ali bedazzled America with his unique antics.

Overall, recognized as a loudmouth, hero, villain, he still remains for many a true definition of a wonderful champion.


Joe Louis

  • Boxing period – 1934 to 1951
  • Boxing stats – 68-3
  • Career Knockouts – 54
  • Category – Heavyweight

In short, Joe Louis won the world heavyweight title in the year 1937 and after a stellar career retired as a successful champion 15 years later.

Known for two milestone fights against the German Max Schmeling, he remained unbeaten and defeated his opponent in 1936.

In the next encounter in 1938, he did the impossible becoming hero to all Americans alike and glorified his position in boxing history.


Henry Armstrong

  • Boxing period – 1932 to 1945
  • Boxing stats – 151-21-9
  • Career Knockouts – 101
  • Category – Welterweight, lightweight, featherweight

The one and only sensational boxer, Henry Armstrong held at least three different weight titles simultaneously.

His achievements include winning the featherweight title in the year 1937 and later added another welterweight crown in 1938.

Additionally, Armstrong won the lightweight crown three months after winning the welterweight crown.

Not to mention, he successfully defended his title against Ceferino Garcia in 1940.

Called commonly as “Hurricane Hank”, Henry Armstrong remained as an unstoppable punching machine.

Finally, he fought against almost 17 world champions and massacred 15 of them in the ring.


Roberto Duran

  • Boxing period – 1968 to 2001
  • Boxing stats – 103-16
  • Career Knockouts – 70
  • Category – Welterweight, lightweight, middleweight, junior middleweight

In 1972, Duran defeated Ken Buchanan to win the lightweight title.

Unstoppable, and snarling, he controlled lightweight segment for around 7 years and also defeated Sugar Leonard.

In 1983, at the age of 32, Duran won the junior middleweight title beating Davey Moore.

Also, Duran’s fight with Hagler further enhanced his reputation.

However, Tommy Hearns defeated Duran inside two rounds in 1984.

To sum up, in 1989, in his final days, he won against Iran Barkley proving that he was still the world-beater.


Willie Pep

  • Boxing period – 1940 to 1966
  • Boxing stats – 230-11-1
  • Career Knockouts – 65
  • Category – Featherweight

Willie Pep’s defensive skills were world-renowned and this two-time world champion (featherweight) made unbelievable comebacks.

In particular, he luckily survived a disastrous plane crash in the year 1947.

Moreover, many believe that he once defeated an opponent without giving a single punch stands as a testament.

To his credit, Willie Pep won first 63 matches before finally losing to the erstwhile Sammy Angott.

Then, he went undefeated until he lost his match against Sandy Saddler.

Overall, except Saddler, nobody was able to break his boxing strategy and he won three out of four.


Jack Johnson

  • Boxing period – 1897 to 1928
  • Boxing stats – 77-13-14
  • Career Knockouts – 48
  • Category – Heavyweight

Way before Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson became the first African origin American boxing champion.

In particular, he defeated Tommy Burns in the year 1908 and retained the title until Jess Willard defeated him in 1915.

Many still consider him as the perfect precursor to the butterfly Muhammad Ali; terrific inside the ring.

Moreover, Jack Johnson was incredibly antagonizing and provocative outside the ring, instigating the Americans with his brazenness and arrogance.

Unfortunately, a master champion, Jack Johnson was pushed into exile, fighting and earning in South America and Europe.

To sum up, when on top of his game, he played at a different level altogether.


Benny Leonard

  • Boxing period – 1911 to 1932
  • Boxing stats – 85-05-1
  • Career Knockouts – 69
  • Category – Heavyweight
  • No decisions – 121

As a matter of fact, Benny Leonard was the lightweight championship from  1917 and until he retired in the year 1925.

Later,  Benny made an incredible comeback winning 18 out of 19 bouts. Especially, he even fought a mammoth 154 fights without losing even one bout.

With regard to his loss, three were from his early ring years, one was due to a foul, and the other against Jimmy McLarnin.

Overall, Benny Leonard possessed unbelievable power, accuracy, and speed in one body.

However, after retirement, he worked as a referee and unfortunately died while supervising a match in New York.


Sam Langford

  • Boxing period – 1902 to 1926
  • Boxing stats – 167-38-37-03
  • Career Knockouts – 69
  • Category – Heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight
  • No decisions – 48

A great fighter, Sam Langford rose the ladder from the lightweight to heavyweight.

Notably, he even continued fighting after losing vision in an eye and also became almost blind in another.

Fortunately,  Sam Langford played too good. In addition, his boxing career intermingled with the great champion boxer Jack Johnson.

Also, Jack blocked Sam Langford’s attempt at the title, and the sponsor’s mindset against another black champion spoiled his title attempt.

Later, he retired due to blindness and was finally discovered by Al Laney, a journalist in the year 1944.


Jack Dempsey

  • Boxing period – 1914 to 1927
  • Boxing stats – 61-06-08
  • Career Knockouts – 50
  • Category – Heavyweight
  • No decisions – 06

Firstly, Jack Dempsey retained his crown from the year 1919 – 1926, even though just six fights were declared as title defenses.

Remarkably, his two-fisted block punching style was amazingly famous with his fans.

In addition, he participated in a few of the most entertaining bouts of all time. They were against Gene Tunney and Luis Angel Firpo.

Generally speaking,  Jack Dempsey “Manassa Mauler” remained the most recognized boxer at a time when horse racing and baseball were fast becoming popular.

And, Jack’s charismatic personality and rakishly handsome trait along with his go-for-broke technique earned him more fame.

Another important point, he crushed Jess Willard’s jaws in his title-winning match.

Moreover, in 1926, his bout against Tunney saw record-breaking crowds of around 1, 20,000 viewers.

Finally, after retirement, Jack Dempsey got into service sector opening a hotel in metropolitan New York.

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