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
3,499 1,678
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
3,773 2,262
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
2,357 902
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
2,273 1,717
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
3,166 2,290
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

6
2,075 1,706
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

7
2,065 1,483
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,539 473
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

9
1,367 742
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

10
1,237 1,828
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

11
1,427 1,941
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

12
1,500 1,792
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

13
1,001 1,330
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

14
936 565
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

15
917 590
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

16
835 549
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

17
867 498
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

18
964 1,130
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

19
813 403
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

20
1,227 1,423
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

21
692 684
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
641 604
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
521 365
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

24
536 342
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
858 1,001
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time