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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1,177 403
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

2
1,065 312
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

3
607 361
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 53 (1942-1995)

4
432 258
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 32 (1894-1926)

5
600 336
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
ChrisWard1 added age 62

6
545 303
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
DanielRichman added age 49

7
688 382
Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
MarcusJermaineKennedy added age 36

8
429 246
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 97

9
334 161
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

10
355 180
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

11
540 312
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

12
271 170
Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

13
192 119
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1901-1981)

14
370 220
Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 46

15
200 121
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 84 (1913-1997)

16
209 127
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
170 112
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 87

18
166 117
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

19
152 104
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 33 (1916-1949)

20
146 63
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

21
244 163
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 50

22
189 115
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

23
161 102
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 42 (1929-1971)

24
201 118
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

25
139 81
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Died at 75 (1938-2013)