Combat Sports 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.

list ordered by
1
4,165 2,414
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 77
2
3,715 1,897
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
3
2,454 1,825
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)
4
2,475 1,050
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
5
3,512 2,411
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53
6
2,231 1,800
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
7
2,195 1,582
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)
8
1,612 564
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1858-1918)
9
1,430 819
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)
10
1,329 1,928
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 70
11
1,564 2,052
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
12
1,674 1,886
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 54
13
1,064 1,382
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1878-1946)
14
1,029 1,183
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1932-1970)
15
951 636
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1914-1994)
16
1,350 1,486
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
17
867 590
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
18
975 617
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 100 (1905-2005)
19
899 538
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)
20
845 448
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1909-1959)
21
732 720
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)
22
626 370
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
23
679 641
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1943-2013)
24
926 1,051
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
25
546 398
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1875-1953)