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
940 128
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
717 78
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Heavyweight

3
594 105
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
700 152
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
510 108
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
408 77
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

7
521 112
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
466 104
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
336 77
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
390 96
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
309 73
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
291 95
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

13
165 50
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Welterweight

14
200 65
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

15
226 108
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

16
202 78
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

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

17
322 211
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
102 38
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

19
220 161
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
83 35
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

21
397 332
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

22
130 72
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

23
301 248
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

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

24
171 140
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
116 78
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)