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
2,915 1,325
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
3,179 1,797
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
1,880 706
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
1,873 1,421
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
1,864 1,252
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

6
2,793 1,791
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

7
1,869 1,047
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,110 368
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

9
1,096 1,387
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

10
1,256 1,486
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

11
972 617
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

12
1,282 1,373
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

13
879 1,135
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

14
823 974
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

15
1,072 1,233
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
741 485
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

17
729 510
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

18
656 483
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

19
675 441
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

20
642 350
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

21
610 590
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
558 508
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
766 883
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

24
403 326
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

25
485 295
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

26
414 308
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
370 277
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

28
225 314
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
286 459
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added age 51

30
244 306
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

31
216 271
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added age 73

32
250 323
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

33
358 488
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

34
172 210
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1881-1968)

35
158 347
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1941-2011)

36
280 375
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 30

37
176 296
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

38
239 90
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
KadirAliev added age 29

39
152 192
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1934-2011)

40
104 231
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1889-1958)

41
203 315
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 44 (1969-2013)

42
136 134
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
121 151
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
108 180
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
137 210
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 46

46
120 219
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added age 62

47
64 167
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1851-1900)

48
122 180
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 50

49
118 130
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WalterConrad added age 57

50
90 171
Corrie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1966-2012)