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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1,131 331
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
1,239 432
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
3
638 383
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 53 (1942-1995)
4
456 275
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 32 (1894-1926)
5
648 361
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
ChrisWard1 added age 63
6
586 325
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
DanielRichman added age 50
7
745 411
Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
MarcusJermaineKennedy added age 36
8
455 260
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 98
9
566 326
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
10
354 176
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 61
11
384 201
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
12
287 175
Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
13
205 123
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1901-1981)
14
214 124
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)
15
213 134
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
177 118
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 88
17
162 106
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 33 (1916-1949)
18
158 67
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
19
172 122
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1863-1917)
20
258 170
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 51
21
208 123
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
22
165 108
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 42 (1929-1971)
23
146 85
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Dec. at 75 (1938-2013)
24
146 91
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 28
25
94 72
Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 81