Combat Sports The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time  

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List Rules Any boxer from any era who competed as a middleweight. No other divisions.

The best middleweight boxers of all time are those greatest men ever to compete at the 160-pound weight class in the history of boxing. These marvelous athletes are the worldwide champions of yesteryear and the stars of today but overall, they are the top boxers to ever head into the ring for a middleweight match as well as some of the greatest boxers of all time.

Though he saw most of his success in the welterweight class, many would argue that Sugar Ray Robinson is both the best middleweight boxer of all time and pound-for-pound among one of the best boxers ever. The five-time middleweight champion had a long and glorious career including an 85-0 amateur record, a 91-fight unbeaten streak and the title as the only boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. In 200 total fights, he had only 19 losses and six draws.

Besides Robinson, there are many other great boxers who made a name for themselves in the history of middleweight boxing. Carlos Monzon, Harry Greb, Marvin Hagler, and Freddie Steele are among the classic middleweight boxers that are considered the best of all time while more recent stars like James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Jermain Taylor each deserve some love for their success.

How do you compare the classic middle weight boxers with those famous stars of today who are primed to make legacies of their own? What about those greatest fighters who also fought in other weight classes, perhaps better? However you rank them amongst each other, do so below by voting on, adding to or re-ranking this list of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time. When you're done, head over to rank the best lightweight boxers of all time too!

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1,039 297
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
1,139 389
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

3
588 348
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 53 (1942-1995)

4
417 245
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 32 (1894-1926)

5
526 286
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
DanielRichman added age 49

6
579 321
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
ChrisWard1 added age 62

7
666 369
Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
MarcusJermaineKennedy added age 36

8
418 240
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 97

9
339 170
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

10
319 155
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

11
525 303
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

12
185 113
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1901-1981)

13
260 166
Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

14
358 217
Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 46

15
192 117
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 84 (1913-1997)

16
200 124
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Deemax added Died at 85 (1927-2012)
1927
 

17
162 108
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 87

18
146 100
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 33 (1916-1949)

19
159 114
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

20
136 60
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

21
179 103
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

22
194 112
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

23
153 96
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 42 (1929-1971)

24
233 158
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 50

25
130 71
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Died at 75 (1938-2013)