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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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1
792 113
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

2
579 64
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Heavyweight

3
462 91
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

4
560 140
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

5
402 92
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

6
300 58
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

7
408 101
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Featherweight

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

8
359 94
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

9
251 66
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight

10
298 86
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

11
224 64
Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Flyweight

141 fights: 132 wins (99 KO)

12
216 85
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

13
128 40
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Welterweight

14
172 67
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

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

15
157 57
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

16
184 99
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

17
280 202
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

18
189 139
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

19
110 57
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

20
365 302
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

21
273 230
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

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

22
69 33
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

23
149 123
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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

24
54 27
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

25
106 81
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)