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Famous Boxers from the United States

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List of the most popular, renowned or famous boxers from the United States. List includes the most notable boxers from the United States, along with photos when available. This list of American boxers is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column and answers the question "what famous boxers are from the United States?" You can click on the names of the famous boxers of the United States in order to get more information about each one. This list below has a variety of boxers, like {X} and {Y}, in it. You can use this factual list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (934 items)
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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 70

Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997. Nicknamed "Big George", he is a two-time ...more

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)

Birthplace: La Fayette, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known as Joe Louis was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from ...more

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 46

Birthplace: East Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight, Super featherweight, + more

Oscar De La Hoya (; born February 4, 1973) is a Mexican-American former professional boxer who, in 2002, also became a boxing promoter and, in 2018, a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter. As a ...more

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Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 57

Birthplace: Atmore, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at ...more

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)

Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano (), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world ...more

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)

Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Joseph William Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), nicknamed "Smokin' Joe", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He reigned as the undisputed ...more

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 77

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he is ...more

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as ...more

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Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 70

Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Larry Holmes (born November 3, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 2002. He grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, which gave birth to his boxing nickname of ...more

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Middleweight

Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.; May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. Robinson's performances in the welterweight and ...more

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Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

Birthplace: Manassa, Colorado, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed ...more

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 50

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual American and Russian citizenship. He ...more

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1878-1946)

Birthplace: Galveston, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was an American boxer who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the first African American world ...more

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 38 (1932-1970)

Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Charles L. "Sonny" Liston (c. 1930 – c. December 30, 1970) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1953 to 1970. A dominant contender of his era, he became the world ...more

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 42

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight, Super featherweight, + more

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (né Sinclair; born February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed from 1996 to 2007, 2009 to 2010, 2011 ...more

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Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)

Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

Henry Jackson Jr. (December 12, 1912 – October 24, 1988) was an American professional boxer and a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong. Armstrong was one of the few ...more

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Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, ...more

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Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)

Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

Ezzard Mack Charles, known as the Cincinnati Cobra (July 7, 1921 – May 28, 1975) was an American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion. Known for his slick defense and precision, he ...more

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Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 50 (1909-1959)

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Maximilian Adelbert Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer who was the World Heavyweight Champion from June 14, 1934 to June 13, 1935. His fights were twice (1933 win ...more

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Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)

Birthplace: Waco, North Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Floyd Patterson (January 4, 1935 – May 11, 2006) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1952 to 1972, and twice reigned as the world heavyweight champion between 1956 and 1962. At ...more

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 63

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight

Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one ...more

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Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 48

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

Shane Andre Mosley (born September 7, 1971), often known by his nickname "Sugar" Shane Mosley, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2016. He held multiple ...more

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 65

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Middleweight

Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) also known as Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as the ...more

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Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 55

Birthplace: Virginia

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

Pernell Whitaker, Sr. (January 2, 1964 – July 14, 2019) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2001, and subsequently worked as a boxing trainer. He was a four-weight world ...more

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from the United States
Age: 61

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight, + more

Thomas "Tommy" Hearns (born October 18, 1958) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 2006. Nicknamed the "Motor City Cobra", and more famously ...more

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