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
2,919 1,331
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
3,192 1,801
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
1,883 707
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
1,875 1,426
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
1,868 1,257
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

6
2,799 1,796
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

7
1,873 1,052
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,113 370
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

9
1,098 1,393
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

10
1,258 1,491
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

11
975 619
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

12
1,284 1,378
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

13
881 1,140
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

14
825 979
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

15
1,075 1,238
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
746 486
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

17
732 512
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

18
659 484
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

19
678 442
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

20
645 351
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

21
612 593
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
560 510
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
767 887
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

24
406 327
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

25
487 297
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

26
416 309
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
372 277
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

28
226 315
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 28 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.

29
286 460
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added age 51

30
246 307
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

31
218 272
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added age 73

32
253 323
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

33
359 492
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

34
175 210
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1881-1968)

35
160 349
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1941-2011)

36
280 380
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 30

37
154 192
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1934-2011)

38
176 298
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

39
239 91
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
KadirAliev added age 29

40
104 232
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1889-1958)

41
203 317
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 44 (1969-2013)

42
136 135
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Died at 54 (1945-1999)

43
122 151
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 92 (1902-1994)

44
109 180
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
137 211
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 46

46
121 219
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added age 62

47
65 167
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1851-1900)

48
123 181
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 50

49
118 131
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WalterConrad added age 57

50
90 172
Corrie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1966-2012)