Boxing 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
3,489 1,671
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
3,763 2,257
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
2,350 897
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
2,266 1,714
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
3,163 2,284
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

6
2,073 1,701
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

7
2,062 1,479
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,534 471
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

9
1,363 739
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

10
1,235 1,822
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

11
1,425 1,935
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

12
1,497 1,788
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

13
1,000 1,326
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

14
916 587
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

15
933 565
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

16
834 547
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

17
866 496
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

18
961 1,129
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

19
812 402
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

20
1,225 1,421
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

21
691 682
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
639 603
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
520 363
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

24
534 341
James J. Corbett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Died at 67 (1866-1933)

25
857 999
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time