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
2,697 1,199
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

2
2,979 1,624
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 76

3
1,701 637
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

4
1,751 1,270
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

5
1,739 1,111
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

6
2,661 1,608
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 52

7
1,757 903
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

8
1,047 1,212
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 69

9
1,181 1,313
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
954 329
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 60 (1858-1918)

11
1,195 1,206
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 53

12
830 575
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 81 (1897-1978)

13
846 1,054
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1878-1946)

14
788 897
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

15
1,019 1,144
Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

16
659 486
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

17
665 462
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 100 (1905-2005)

18
608 412
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

19
588 459
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

20
572 330
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 50 (1909-1959)

21
575 548
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

22
522 464
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

23
728 823
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

24
363 303
James J. Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1875-1953)

25
440 284
Jim Braddock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

26
367 295
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
324 265
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

28
271 404
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
AvianceMusiq added age 51

29
210 298
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
189 236
Earnie Shavers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
gpincus added age 73

31
344 441
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

32
198 293
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

33
191 310
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

34
149 301
Ron Lyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1941-2011)

35
122 201
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1881-1968)

36
103 220
Harry Wills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1889-1958)

37
238 321
Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 30

38
142 182
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1934-2011)

39
162 284
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

40
187 302
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 44 (1969-2013)

41
124 127
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
107 172
Tommy Burns is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
196 75
Anthony Joshua is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
KadirAliev added age 29

44
116 145
Jack Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 92 (1902-1994)

45
128 201
David Tua is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 46

46
62 162
Paddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1851-1900)

47
119 174
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
MakeMineHD added age 50

48
111 214
Gerry Cooney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added age 62

49
112 119
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WalterConrad added age 57

50
99 223
Alexander Povetkin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time