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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1,166 343
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
1,280 446
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
3
665 393
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
4
617 335
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
DanielRichman added age 50
5
472 283
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 32 (1894-1926)
6
676 376
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
ChrisWard1 added age 63
7
469 265
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 98
8
588 333
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
9
409 208
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
10
766 432
Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
MarcusJermaineKennedy added age 37
11
368 183
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 61
12
215 126
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1901-1981)
13
297 178
Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
14
221 126
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)
15
222 136
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Deemax added Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
1927
 
16
172 108
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 33 (1916-1949)
17
182 120
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 88
18
166 69
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
19
179 125
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1863-1917)
20
263 174
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 51
21
213 126
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
22
172 112
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1929-1971)
23
164 104
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 29
24
151 89
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Dec. at 75 (1938-2013)
25
97 76
Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 81