Boxing The Best Boxers of the 20th Century  

Ranker Sports
Originally by
8.8k votes 1.1k voters 11.2k views 95 items

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!

Now it's your turn to vote on who you think are the greatest boxers of the 20th century from the list below. See a great boxer from the 20th century missing from the list? Add them so that other boxing fans and Rankers can vote on your addition!
list ordered by

1
389 84
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
202 33
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Heavyweight

3
205 112
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

4
123 59
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

5
128 60
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

6
152 78
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Featherweight

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

7
118 59
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

8
70 26
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

9
141 73
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

10
102 50
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

11
90 42
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight

12
215 136
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

13
292 202
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

14
129 80
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

15
111 66
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
80 41
Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Flyweight

141 fights: 132 wins (99 KO)

17
222 158
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

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

18
70 33
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

19
88 48
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

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

20
48 21
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Welterweight

21
89 62
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

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

22
64 36
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

23
81 52
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

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

24
133 97
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

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

25
84 59
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)

26
123 97
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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

27
92 63
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

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

28
134 105
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

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

29
160 133
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

30
69 48
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

75 fights: 69 wins (44 KO)

31
32 13
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

32
111 84
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

33
60 42
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

34
60 41
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

35
48 35
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

36
62 49
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

54 fights: 50 wins (39 KO)

37
34 22
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

38
31 23
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

39
63 58
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

40
31 21
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

41
64 58
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

42
30 23
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

43
20 16
Marco Antonio Barrera is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
peter-skov added Featherweight, Bantamweight, Super featherweight

44
28 22
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

45
27 21
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

46
69 70
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

47
18 15
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added

48
26 22
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Light welterweight

49
35 32
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

50
14 12
Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added