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
2,502 1,083
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
2,784 1,476
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
1,555 577
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
1,629 1,170
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
1,626 1,006
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

6
2,514 1,466
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

7
1,626 818
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,006 1,070
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

9
1,123 1,178
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
1,122 1,069
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

11
828 299
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

12
813 968
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

13
710 551
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

14
762 808
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

15
965 1,058
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
605 448
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

17
611 427
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

18
562 386
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

19
544 430
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

20
524 300
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

21
556 525
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
502 444
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
688 799
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

24
342 293
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

25
424 271
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

26
349 287
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
304 255
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

28
258 375
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added age 51

29
199 285
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 29 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.

30
180 223
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added age 73

31
328 423
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

32
188 282
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

33
181 296
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

34
140 290
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1941-2011)

35
113 192
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1881-1968)

36
94 208
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1889-1958)

37
158 268
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

38
133 170
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1934-2011)

39
173 279
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 44 (1969-2013)

40
104 163
Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
116 118
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
thebigE added Died at 54 (1945-1999)

42
110 138
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 92 (1902-1994)

43
123 187
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 46

44
195 302
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 30

45
61 157
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1851-1900)

46
114 167
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 50

47
153 56
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
KadirAliev added age 29

48
105 206
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added age 62

49
105 113
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WalterConrad added age 57

50
88 99
Ike Ibeabuchi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Krakatau added age 45