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The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

Updated April 18, 2020 29.3k votes 2.9k voters 23.3k views207 items

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

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    BirthplaceBrockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 2
    Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Gene Tunney

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 81 (1897-1978)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

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

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceManassa, Colorado, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 4
    Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Max Baer

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 50 (1909-1959)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

  • 5
    Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Joe Louis

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 67 (1914-1981)

    BirthplaceLa Fayette, Alabama, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 6
    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    BirthplaceKibawe, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

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

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  • 7
    Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Joe Frazier

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 67 (1944-2011)

    BirthplaceBeaufort, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 8
    Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

    219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

  • 9
    Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Sugar Ray Robinson

    Welterweight, Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 68 (1921-1989)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 10
    George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 11
    Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Muhammad Ali

    Heavyweight

    Age77

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 12
    Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Sugar Ray Leonard

    Super middleweight, Welterweight

    Age63

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 13
    Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Roy Jones Jr.

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age50

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)

  • 14
    Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight

    Age53

    BirthplaceBedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 15
    Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Evander Holyfield

    Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight

    Age57

    BirthplaceAtmore, Alabama, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 16
    Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Canada

    37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

  • 17
    Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Jack Johnson

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 68 (1878-1946)

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 18
    Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Larry Holmes

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    75 fights: 69 wins (44 KO)

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    Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Oscar de la Hoya

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceEast Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 20
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Welterweight, Featherweight

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    John L. Sullivan

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 60 (1858-1918)

    BirthplaceRoxbury, Boston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 22
    Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Harry Greb

    Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 32 (1894-1926)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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    Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Jake LaMotta

    Middleweight

    Age98

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

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    Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    AgeDec. at 77 (1932-2009)

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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    Willie Pep

    Featherweight

    AgeDec. at 84 (1922-2006)

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Connecticut

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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    #19 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History#1 of 48 The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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