Combat Sports The Best Boxers of the 20th Century  

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List Rules Vote for the greatest boxers in any weight class based on their performances during the 20th Century

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
851 118
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
632 70
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Heavyweight

3
514 96
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
617 144
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
446 97
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
343 65
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

7
451 106
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
404 96
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
286 68
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
332 87
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
255 65
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
243 86
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

13
141 41
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Welterweight

14
171 57
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

15
184 69
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

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

16
197 102
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
293 205
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
120 59
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

19
199 146
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

20
375 312
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
285 236
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
80 33
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

23
66 28
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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24
158 129
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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

25
108 72
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

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