The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time Boxers

The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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List Criteria: Any boxer from any era who competed as a middleweight. No other divisions

The best middleweight boxers of all time are those greatest men ever to compete at the 160-pound weight class in the history of boxing. These all-time greatest boxers are the worldwide champions of yesteryear and the stars of today but overall, they are the top boxers to ever head into the ring for a middleweight match.

Though he saw most of his success in the welterweight class, many would argue that Sugar Ray Robinson is both the best middleweight boxer of all time and pound-for-pound among one of the best boxers of all time. The five-time middleweight champion had a long and glorious career including an 85-0 amateur record, a 91-fight unbeaten streak and the title as the only boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. In 200 total fights, he had only 19 losses and six draws.

Besides Robinson, there are many other great boxers who made a name for themselves in the history of middleweight boxing. Carlos Monzon, Harry Greb, Marvin Hagler, and Freddie Steele are among the classic middleweight boxers that are considered the best of all time while more recent stars like James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Jermain Taylor each deserve some love for their success.

How do you compare the classic middle weight boxers with those famous stars of today who are primed to make legacies of their own? What about those greatest fighters who also fought in other weight classes, perhaps better? However you rank them amongst each other, do so below by voting on, adding to or re-ranking this list of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time. When you're done, head over to rank the best lightweight boxers of all time too!
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    Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Sugar Ray Robinson Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Marvelous Marvin Hagler Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Carlos Monzón San Javier, Argentina

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    Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Harry Greb Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Bernard Hopkins Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Jake LaMotta New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Roy Jones Jr. Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

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    Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Stanley Ketchell

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    Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Gennady Golovkin Karaganda, Kazakhstan

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    Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Sugar Ray Leonard Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Tony Zale Gary, Indiana, United States of America

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    Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Thomas Hearns Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Roberto Durán Guararé, Panama

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    Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Mickey Walker Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Carmen Basilio Canastota, New York, United States of America 1927 

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    Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Joe Calzaghe Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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    Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Bob Fitzsimmons Helston, United Kingdom

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    Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Ezzard Charles Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States of America

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    Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Gene Fullmer West Jordan, Utah, United States of America

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    James Toney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    James Toney Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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    Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Marcel Cerdan Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria

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    Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Dick Tiger Nigeria

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    Joey Giardello is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Joey Giardello New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Charley Burley Bessemer, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Emile Griffith Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

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    Freddie Steele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Freddie Steele Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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    Tiger Flowers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Tiger Flowers Camilla, Georgia, United States of America

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    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Manny Pacquiáo Kibawe, Philippines

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    Tommy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Tommy Ryan Redwood, New York, United States of America

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    Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Julio César Chávez Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

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    Paul Pender is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Paul Pender Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Mike McCallum Kingston, Jamaica

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    Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Nino Benvenuti Izola, Slovenia

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    László Papp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    László Papp Budapest, Hungary

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    Kid McCoy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Kid McCoy Indiana, United States of America

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    Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Randolph Turpin Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

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    Jack Dillon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Jack Dillon Center Township, Frankfort, Indiana

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    Les Darcy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Les Darcy Woodville, Australia

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    Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Johnny Dundee Sciacca, Italy

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    Steve Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Steve Collins Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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    Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Juan Manuel Márquez Mexico City, Mexico

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    Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Lou Brouillard Québec, Canada

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    Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Young Corbett III Potenza, Italy Considered the greatest Southpaw of all time by Boxrec.

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    Philadelphia Jack O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Philadelphia Jack O'Brien Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Gustav Scholz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Gustav Scholz Berlin, Germany 88-2 with an unbeaten streak of 68 fights despite catching tuberculosis at his prime.

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    Marcel Thil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Marcel Thil Saint-Dizier, France Boxrec's greatest French fighter of all time.

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    Michael Nunn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Michael Nunn Davenport, Iowa, United States of America

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    Robert Villemain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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    Robert Villemain Montfermeil, France Defeated La Motta and Kid Gavilan

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    Micky Ward is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time


    Micky Ward Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

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