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Who are the best boxers of the 20th century? This list of the best boxers of the 20th century contains some of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport. From legends like Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Louis to late-century stars like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield, this list of the greatest boxers of the 20th century will surely include some of your favorite fighters of all time!

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Sugar Ray Robinson Welterweight, Middleweight

200 fights from 1940-1965
173 wins (108 KO)

2
178 77
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Muhammad Ali Heavyweight

61 fights from 1960-1981
56 wins (37 KO)

3
110 45
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Joe Louis Heavyweight

69 fights from 1934-1951
66 wins (52 KO)

4
108 55
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Rocky Marciano Heavyweight

49 fights from 1947-1955
49 wins (43 KO)

5
96 57
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Sugar Ray Leonard Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

40 fights from 1977-1997
36 wins (25 KO)

6
92 53
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Manny Pacquiáo Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

29 fights from 1995-2000
27 wins (20 KO)

7
81 43
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Marvelous Marvin Hagler Middleweight

67 fights from 1973-1987
62 wins (52 KO)

8
116 74
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Mike Tyson Heavyweight

48 fights from 1985-2000
46 wins (40 KO) 

9
99 58
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Roberto Durán Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

116 fights from 1968-2000
100 wins (68 KO)

10
69 38
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Julio César Chávez Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

109 fights from 1980-2000
103 wins (84 KO)

11
60 31
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Willie Pep Featherweight

241 fights from 1940-1966
229 wins (65 KO)

12
74 46
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Jack Dempsey Heavyweight

75 fights from 1914-1927
54 wins (44 KO)

The Best Boxers of All Time

13
66 40
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Evander Holyfield Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

41 fights from 1984-2000
35 wins (22 KO)

14
53 27
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Harry Greb Middleweight

298 fights from 1913-1926
261 wins (48 KO)

15
61 34
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Henry Armstrong Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

181 fights from 1931-1945
151 wins (101 KO)

16
67 42
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Joe Frazier Heavyweight

37 fights from 1965-1981
32 wins (27 KO)

17
69 44
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
George Foreman Heavyweight

81 fights from 1969-1997
76 wins (68 KO)

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30 12
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Gene Tunney Heavyweight

85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

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45 25
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Archie Moore

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

20
41 20
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Jake LaMotta Middleweight

106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

21
60 40
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Roy Jones Jr. Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)

22
47 27
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Carlos Monzón Middleweight

100 fights from 1963-1977
87 wins (59 KO)

The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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16 2
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Thomas Hearns Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

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53 37
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Jack Johnson Heavyweight

101 fights from 1900-1938
71 wins (38 KO)

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25 12
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Floyd Patterson Heavyweight

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39 23
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Billy Conn

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

27
40 24
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Benny Leonard Lightweight

96 fights from 1912-1932
89 wins (70 KO)

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28
50 33
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Sonny Liston Heavyweight

54 fights: 50 wins (39 KO)

29
19 7
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Tony Canzoneri Featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight

30
34 19
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Mickey Walker Welterweight, Middleweight

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43 29
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Oscar de la Hoya Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

32
24 12
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Max Schmeling Heavyweight

The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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47 34
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Larry Holmes Heavyweight

75 fights: 69 wins (44 KO)

34
23 12
Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Jimmy Wilde Flyweight

141 fights: 132 wins (99 KO)

35
24 13
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Max Baer Heavyweight

81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

36
34 21
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Ezzard Charles Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

37
49 39
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lennox Lewis Heavyweight

37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

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19 10
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Jimmy McLarnin Welterweight

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14 6
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Ingemar Johansson Heavyweight

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22 13
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Carmen Basilio Welterweight, Middleweight

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12 5
Rinty Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Rinty Monaghan Flyweight

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22 14
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Marcel Cerdan Middleweight

The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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23 15
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Jersey Joe Walcott Heavyweight

44
26 18
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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11 5
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Randolph Turpin Middleweight, Light heavyweight

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21 14
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Tony Zale Middleweight

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12 7
Benny Lynch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Benny Lynch Flyweight

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9 4
Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Packey McFarland

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15 11
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Ken Norton Heavyweight

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12 8
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Henry Cooper