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List Rules Any boxer who competed as a heavyweight is eligible. No other weight classes

The best heavyweight boxers of all time are not just the best boxers in that weight class but also arguably many of the best boxers of all time. These men dominated their matches during their respective times, won championships and even fought each other on occasion in some of the most well known boxing matches in history.

Easily the best of all time, Muhammad Ali is undoubtedly the best heavyweight boxer to ever step in the ring. As the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion, Ali fought many of the other members on this list in many of the greatest boxing matches ever such as when he duked it out with Joe Frazier and George Foreman and lost only five matches over his career which spanned over 20 years.

Going beyond "The Greatest," many other notable heavyweight boxers have earned their place on these rankings too. Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield are all easily among the best heavyweight boxers ever. Even current boxers made the list with the current Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko from the Ukraine a modern legend.

Be them current champions or legends from yesteryear, these are surely boxers that should not be messed with. Share your thoughts on which of these men are the best in their weight class by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list of the best heavyweight boxers of all time.

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Muhammad Ali age 75

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1,025 423
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Louis Died at 67 (1914-1981)

3
1,317 519
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

4
924 408
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

5
1,413 550
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Mike Tyson age 51

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950 331
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

7
696 288
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Dempsey Died at 88 (1895-1983)

8
634 334
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Larry Holmes age 68

9
701 388
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
564 302
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Johnson Died at 68 (1878-1946)

11
596 393
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Lennox Lewis age 52

12
434 322
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Sonny Liston Died at 38 (1932-1970)

13
536 421
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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317 269
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Gene Tunney Died at 81 (1897-1978)

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335 245
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Floyd Patterson Died at 71 (1935-2006)

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381 353
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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284 245
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ken Norton Died at 70 (1943-2013)

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256 226
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jersey Joe Walcott Died at 80 (1914-1994)

19
269 222
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Schmeling Died at 100 (1905-2005)

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227 243
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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194 174
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
John L. Sullivan Died at 60 (1858-1918)

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239 222
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Archie Moore Died at 82 (1916-1998)

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220 194
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Baer Died at 50 (1909-1959)

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139 192
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
James J. Jeffries Died at 78 (1875-1953)

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160 203
James J. Corbett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added James J. Corbett Died at 67 (1866-1933)

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167 172
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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102 114
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Apollo Lewis added Sam Langford Sam Langford was "The Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows," as he was called by ESPN, and he was indeed a great fighter. He fought in five weight divisions, and experts agree that he was the best boxer never to win a world ...

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121 152
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added Riddick Bowe age 50

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114 177
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Bob Fitzsimmons Died at 54 (1863-1917)

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199 279
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 48

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128 186
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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86 117
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added Earnie Shavers age 72

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109 194
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ingemar Johansson Died at 77 (1932-2009)

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85 187
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ron Lyle Died at 70 (1941-2011)

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51 128
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Wills Died at 69 (1889-1958)

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50 122
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jess Willard Died at 87 (1881-1968)

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97 159
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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62 99
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Cooper Died at 77 (1934-2011)

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28 88
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Paddy Ryan Died at 49 (1851-1900)

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80 144
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Tommy Morrison Died at 44 (1969-2013)

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58 82
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Jack Sharkey Died at 92 (1902-1994)

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43 87
Corrie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Corrie Sanders Died at 46 (1966-2012)

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50 101
Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
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47 55
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Jerry Quarry Died at 54 (1945-1999)

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44 132
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added Gerry Cooney age 61

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51 94
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added David Tua age 45

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57 87
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added James Toney age 49

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35 116
Alexander Povetkin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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35 52
Teófilo Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Teófilo Stevenson Died at 60 (1952-2012)

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59 159
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Tyson Fury age 29