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List Rules Any boxer who competed as a heavyweight is eligible. No other weight classes

The best heavyweight boxers of all time are not just the best boxers in that weight class but also arguably many of the best boxers of all time. These men dominated their matches during their respective times, won championships and even fought each other on occasion in some of the most well known boxing matches in history.

Easily the best of all time, Muhammad Ali is undoubtably the best heavyweight boxer to ever step in the ring. As the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion, Ali fought many of the other members on this list in many of the greatest boxing matches ever such as when he duked it out with Joe Frazier and George Foreman and lost only five matches over his career which spanned over 20 years.

Going beyond "The Greatest," many other notable heavyweight boxers have earned their place on these rankings too. Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield are all easily among the best heavyweight boxers ever. Even current boxers made the list with the current Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko from the Ukraine a modern legend.

Be them current champions or legends from yesteryear, these are surely boxers that should not be messed with. Share your thoughts on which of these men are the best in their weight class by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list of the best heavyweight boxers of all time.
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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Muhammad Ali age 75

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Louis Died at 67 (1914-1981)

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Mike Tyson age 51

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

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Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Dempsey Died at 88 (1895-1983)

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Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Larry Holmes age 68

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Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Johnson Died at 68 (1878-1946)

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Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Lennox Lewis age 52

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Sonny Liston Died at 38 (1932-1970)

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Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Gene Tunney Died at 81 (1897-1978)

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Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Floyd Patterson Died at 71 (1935-2006)

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Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Schmeling Died at 100 (1905-2005)

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Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jersey Joe Walcott Died at 80 (1914-1994)

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Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ken Norton Died at 70 (1943-2013)

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Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
John L. Sullivan Died at 60 (1858-1918)

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Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Archie Moore Died at 82 (1916-1998)

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Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Baer Died at 50 (1909-1959)

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James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
James J. Jeffries Died at 78 (1875-1953)

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James J. Corbett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
James J. Corbett Died at 67 (1866-1933)

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Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
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Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Riddick Bowe age 50

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Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Bob Fitzsimmons Died at 54 (1863-1917)

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 48

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George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ingemar Johansson Died at 77 (1932-2009)

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Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ron Lyle Died at 70 (1941-2011)

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Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jess Willard Died at 87 (1881-1968)

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Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Wills Died at 69 (1889-1958)

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Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Cooper Died at 77 (1934-2011)

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Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Paddy Ryan Died at 49 (1851-1900)

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Corrie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Corrie Sanders Died at 46 (1966-2012)

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Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jerry Quarry Died at 54 (1945-1999)

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Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Sharkey Died at 92 (1902-1994)

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Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Tommy Burns Died at 74 (1881-1955) - Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955), born Noah Brusso, is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Champion boxer. The first to travel the globe in defending his title

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Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Gerry Cooney age 61

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Alexander Povetkin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Tommy Morrison Died at 44 (1969-2013)

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David Tua is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
David Tua age 45

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James Toney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
James Toney age 49

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Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Tyson Fury age 29

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Teófilo Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Teófilo Stevenson Died at 60 (1952-2012)