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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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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Muhammad Ali age 75

2
1,214 565
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Louis Died at 67 (1914-1981)

3
1,592 678
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

4
1,156 494
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

5
1,866 741
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Mike Tyson age 51

6
1,142 405
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

7
827 364
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Dempsey Died at 88 (1895-1983)

8
780 419
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Larry Holmes age 68

9
867 506
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
838 459
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Lennox Lewis age 52

11
658 369
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Johnson Died at 68 (1878-1946)

12
715 505
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

13
531 392
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Sonny Liston Died at 38 (1932-1970)

14
371 321
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Gene Tunney Died at 81 (1897-1978)

The Best Boxers of All Time

15
517 410
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
377 306
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Floyd Patterson Died at 71 (1935-2006)

17
348 290
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ken Norton Died at 70 (1943-2013)

18
306 256
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Schmeling Died at 100 (1905-2005)

19
292 263
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jersey Joe Walcott Died at 80 (1914-1994)

20
267 273
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

21
286 250
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Archie Moore Died at 82 (1916-1998)

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231 203
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
John L. Sullivan Died at 60 (1858-1918)

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248 222
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Max Baer Died at 50 (1909-1959)

24
161 221
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
James J. Jeffries Died at 78 (1875-1953)

25
183 228
James J. Corbett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added James J. Corbett Died at 67 (1866-1933)

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204 196
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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165 180
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added Riddick Bowe age 50

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132 140
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 28 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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131 199
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Bob Fitzsimmons Died at 54 (1863-1917)

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116 143
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added Earnie Shavers age 72

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240 317
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 48

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144 215
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

33
124 218
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ingemar Johansson Died at 77 (1932-2009)

34
100 214
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Ron Lyle Died at 70 (1941-2011)

35
121 184
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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124 178
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Tommy Morrison Died at 44 (1969-2013)

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62 145
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Wills Died at 69 (1889-1958)

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68 48
Hasim Rahman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Krakatau added Hasim Rahman age 45

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84 115
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added David Tua age 45

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67 37
Ike Ibeabuchi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Krakatau added Ike Ibeabuchi age 44

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62 140
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Jess Willard Died at 87 (1881-1968)

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37 108
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Paddy Ryan Died at 49 (1851-1900)

The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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72 96
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Jack Sharkey Died at 92 (1902-1994)

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60 118
Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
76 120
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Cooper Died at 77 (1934-2011)

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76 113
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added James Toney age 49

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69 76
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Jerry Quarry Died at 54 (1945-1999)

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59 107
Corrie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Corrie Sanders Died at 46 (1966-2012)

49
77 140
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
sev674475 added Frank Bruno age 56 - Franklin Roy "Frank" Bruno MBE (born 16 November 1961)

50
103 205
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Tyson Fury age 29