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The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

Updated April 18, 2020 29.7k votes 3.0k voters 24.1k 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!

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!
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  • Rocky Marciano1
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    Rocky Marciano

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    BirthplaceBrockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

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

  • Jack Dempsey2
    1,239
    293

    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)

  • Gene Tunney3
    1,091
    251

    Gene Tunney

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 81 (1897-1978)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

  • Max Baer4
    838
    267

    Max Baer

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 50 (1909-1959)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

  • Joe Louis5
    565
    309

    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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  • Manny Pacquiáo6
    621
    246

    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    BirthplaceKibawe, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

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

  • Joe Frazier7
    371
    197

    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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  • Archie Moore8

    219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

  • Sugar Ray Robinson9
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    324

    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)

  • George Foreman10
    374
    228

    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • Muhammad Ali11
    691
    479

    Muhammad Ali

    Heavyweight

    Age77

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • Sugar Ray Leonard12
    282
    188

    Sugar Ray Leonard

    Super middleweight, Welterweight

    Age63

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • Mike Tyson13
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    271

    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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  • Roy Jones Jr.14
    207
    140

    Roy Jones Jr.

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age50

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)

  • Evander Holyfield15
    192
    176

    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)

  • Jack Johnson16
    145
    118

    Jack Johnson

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 68 (1878-1946)

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Lennox Lewis17
    133
    121

    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,Canada

    37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

  • Larry Holmes18
    141
    141

    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 Hoya19
    124
    127

    Oscar de la Hoya

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceEast Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.20
    175
    207

    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Welterweight, Featherweight

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • John L. Sullivan21
    1,148
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    John L. Sullivan

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 60 (1858-1918)

    BirthplaceRoxbury, Boston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Harry Greb22
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    192

    Harry Greb

    Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 32 (1894-1926)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • Jake LaMotta23
    642
    169

    Jake LaMotta

    Middleweight

    Age98

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

    106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

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  • Ingemar Johansson24
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    AgeDec. at 77 (1932-2009)

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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  • Willie Pep25
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    267

    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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