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The Best Boxers Of All Time

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    #2 on the original list Died at 68 (1921-1989) As a Welterweight he was probably the closest we have yet seen to the perfect fighting machine.

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    #1 on the original list age 73 He may not necessarily have been a greater boxer than some of the names below, but he was, for me, the greatest Heavyweight of all-time and he just transcended the sport like nobody before or since.

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    #12 on the original list age 64 Is best known for being one of the 'Fabulous Four' with Hagler, Hearns and Leonard, but he was naturally lighter than those guys and was at his best in the mid 70's as a Lightweight where he was like

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    #24 on the original list Died at 76 (1912-1988) Held the Featherweight, Lightweight and Welterweight world titles AT THE SAME TIME!  Later drew in his attempt to add the Middleweight crown to his collection.

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    #4 on the original list Died at 67 (1914-1981) His length of reign (11 yrs 252 days) and number of successful defences (25) both remain records for all weight divisions to the present day - and bear in mind this was in the days of one undisputed

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    #9 on the original list age 61 Like punching a brick wall. Unbelievable chin and a better boxing stylist than many give him credit for.

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    #14 on the original list age 46 Probably the fastest power puncher of all-time with maybe only Robinson as a Welterweight to compare. Annoyed many with his arrogance but he spent a decade being almost untouchable.

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    #28 on the original list age 51 Surely the 'slipperiest' fighter ever. At his peak it would have been easier to pick up a soapy eel with oil covered boxing gloves than land a solid blow on him!

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    #27 on the original list age 38 Exceptionally gifted but stop playing games and fight Manny!

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    #33 on the original list Died at 23 (1959-1982) At 21 he beat the highly regarded 10-defence champion Danny 'Little Red' Lopez to win the title and stopped him again in a rematch. He then stopped the awesome Wilfredo Gomez and became the only man

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    #16 on the original list Died at 68 (1878-1946)

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    #6 on the original list age 37 Titles in a ridiculous spread of divisions and some great names on his record, but has spent so much time flitting about from one category to the next that he has never hung around long enough to

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    #7 on the original list age 59 Dazzlingly skilful, but a combination of eye-trouble (detached retina) and clever career management meant that he never stayed around long enough to be utterly dominant in any division.

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    #21 on the original list Died at 84 (1922-2006)

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    #59 on the original list Died at 36 (1874-1910)

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    #42 on the original list age 59 Won 18 of 18 World title fights at Super-Bantamweight (Junior Featherweight) and all 18 by KO as well. Had a run of 32 straight KO victories which is the most managed by any world champion at any

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    #19 on the original list age 42 Excellent fighter over a number of weights, but he definitely studied at the Sugar Ray Leonard School of how to pick opponents at the right time!

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    #37 on the original list Died at 32 (1894-1926)

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    #76 on the original list age 64 His left hook to the body used to almost cut people in half! Incredible knockout percentage for a Bantamweight

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    #20 on the original list Died at 82 (1916-1998)

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    #3 on the original list age 49 Looked like he could be right up at number one until he was made to look slow and cumbersome by Buster Douglas. His performance may have been affected by his private life and a lack of training, but

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    #61 on the original list Died at 77 (1892-1969)

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    #60 on the original list Died at 58 (1909-1967)

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    #43 on the original list age 60 Completely wild. Of all the fighters on the list he was probably the most fun to watch!

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    #67 on the original list age 59 His wins over Larry Holmes were controversial and he was subsequently annihilated by Tyson, but just to be the first Light-Heavyweight to win the Heavyweight Crown was an achievement. His ability as a

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    #15 on the original list age 53 A very good Heavyweight Champion but an absolutely awesome Cruiserweight one.

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    #96 on the original list Died at 54 (1916-1970)

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    #58 on the original list age 49 Based on his record he probably deserves to be top 20, but I am biased against Minimumweight fighters purely on the basis that there are far fewer men in the world with whom to compete at that size.

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