Combat Sports 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.

list ordered by
1
4,257 2,467
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 77
2
3,804 1,939
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
3
2,511 1,874
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)
4
2,534 1,096
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
5
3,619 2,470
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53
6
2,301 1,836
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
7
2,253 1,621
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)
8
1,649 590
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1858-1918)
9
1,453 847
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)
10
1,369 1,966
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 70
11
1,603 2,100
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
12
1,734 1,932
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 54
13
1,092 1,394
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1878-1946)
14
1,049 1,199
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1932-1970)
15
1,386 1,502
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
16
961 649
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1914-1994)
17
879 601
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
18
983 629
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 100 (1905-2005)
19
911 552
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)
20
855 461
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1909-1959)
21
748 733
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)
22
635 382
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
23
694 652
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1943-2013)
24
949 1,065
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
25
554 405
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1875-1953)