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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2,359 1,010
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
2,652 1,373
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
1,441 533
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
1,529 1,099
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
1,539 942
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

6
2,410 1,368
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

7
1,529 774
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
967 977
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

9
1,074 1,080
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
1,066 971
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

11
735 272
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

12
771 882
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

13
648 531
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

14
701 786
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

15
926 993
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
552 408
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

17
544 434
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

18
499 416
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

19
480 282
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

20
513 375
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

21
521 510
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
472 430
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
654 767
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

24
396 252
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

25
313 277
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

26
323 271
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
277 241
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

28
237 349
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added age 51

29
178 272
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 ...

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157 216
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added age 73

31
304 406
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

32
178 269
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

33
169 286
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

34
126 279
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1941-2011)

35
103 178
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1881-1968)

36
90 190
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1889-1958)

37
125 158
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1934-2011)

38
99 149
Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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147 256
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

40
106 126
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 92 (1902-1994)

41
108 109
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Died at 54 (1945-1999)

42
159 267
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 44 (1969-2013)

43
60 143
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1851-1900)

44
112 178
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 46

45
172 282
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 30

46
99 196
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added age 62

47
100 161
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 50

48
82 89
Ike Ibeabuchi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Krakatau added age 45

49
123 43
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
KadirAliev added age 29

50
93 109
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WalterConrad added age 57