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

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2,607 1,334
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Muhammad Ali age 76

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1,400 523
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Dempsey Died at 88 (1895-1983)

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1,503 1,070
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Louis Died at 67 (1914-1981)

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1,512 916
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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2,387 1,330
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Mike Tyson age 52

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

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

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1,064 1,042
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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

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

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

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

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916 978
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Sonny Liston Died at 38 (1932-1970)

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

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

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Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Baer Died at 50 (1909-1959)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added Earnie Shavers age 73

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
sev674475 added Tommy Burns 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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Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Corrie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Corrie Sanders Died at 46 (1966-2012)

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