Best Athletes The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time  

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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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1
2,725 1,222
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
3,017 1,648
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
1,725 647
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
1,777 1,293
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
1,761 1,132
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

6
2,678 1,638
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

7
1,778 925
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,052 1,237
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

9
1,190 1,339
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
977 334
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

11
1,205 1,231
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

12
852 579
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

13
851 1,066
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

14
792 911
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

15
1,030 1,159
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
615 416
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

17
671 488
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

18
678 465
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

19
601 461
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

20
584 332
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

21
576 551
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
524 466
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
735 825
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

24
363 305
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

25
440 286
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

26
368 297
James J. Corbett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Died at 67 (1866-1933)

27
326 267
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

28
276 406
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added age 51

29
210 300
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Apollo Lewis added

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 title. Langford also fought a lot of great fighters such as Joe Gans, Tiger Flowers, Stanley Ketchel, Joe Jeanettei, Jack O’ Brien and Young Peter Jackson. And he also fought no one that would have been considered a "tomato can" or a "bum." He had a very good record even though he fought Harry Wills 17 times and only won twice. He is the greatest Canadian boxer of all time, and was better than most Americans.

30
189 240
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added age 73

31
346 445
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

32
199 295
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

33
149 304
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1941-2011)

34
192 313
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

35
123 203
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1881-1968)

36
244 322
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 30

37
103 223
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1889-1958)

38
143 185
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1934-2011)

39
112 120
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WalterConrad added age 57

40
162 286
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

41
205 75
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
KadirAliev added age 29

42
188 306
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 44 (1969-2013)

43
124 128
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Died at 54 (1945-1999)

44
108 173
Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
sev674475 added Died at 74 (1881-1955) - Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955), born Noah Brusso, is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Champion boxer. The first to travel the globe in defending his title

45
117 146
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 92 (1902-1994)

46
90 108
Ike Ibeabuchi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Krakatau added age 45

47
128 203
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 46

48
62 163
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1851-1900)

49
119 175
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 50

50
111 216
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added age 62