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This list of famous male professional boxers, features bios and photos, when available. This male professional boxers list contains the most prominent and top men in the professional boxing world. Boxing fans will also enjoy these rare pictures of young Mike Tyson and famous people who died while boxing. These male professional boxers of note are listed by their level of prominence, and can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousands of men working as pro boxers in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

Among the famous boxer names below are, of course, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson - two of the most famous boxers of all time. The thing Ali and Tyson had in common through their colorful, iconic careers? Both were heavyweight champions of the world. Featuring former boxers, black boxers, and more, this list has them all! 

While this isn't a list of all male professional boxers, it does feature over 1,100 best pro fighters, with pictures of boxers as well. Who are the most famous male professional boxers in the world? Who are the best male professional boxers? The most notable male professional boxers in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading male professional boxers.

Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Professional Boxers
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Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. Born Cassius Clay, he began training at 12 years old and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from ...more

Age: 76

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Professional Boxer, Philanthropist, Social activist

Credits: When We Were Kings, Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee, A.k.a. Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story

Also Ranked

#3 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#15 on Who Is The Most Famous Celebrity From Your State?

#1 on The Best Boxers of All Time

#90 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Professional Boxers
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Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson is an American retired professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them. In 1988, Tyson became the ...more

Age: 51

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Athlete, Professional Boxer

Credits: Tyson, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Rocky Balboa

Also Ranked

#51 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#59 on Celebrities with the Weirdest Middle Names

#5 on The Best Boxers of All Time

#3 on The Best Boxers of the 1990s

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Professional Boxers
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Oscar De La Hoya is a retired Mexican American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Golden Boy," De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School. De La Hoya was born in East Los Angeles, California, and comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was The Ring's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997 & 1998. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009. De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and has won ten ...more

Age: 45

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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Author, Professional Boxer

Credits: The Mexican-American War, The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Also Ranked

#22 on The Best Boxers of All Time

#6 on The Best Boxers of the 1990s

#34 on The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

#40 on The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Professional Boxers
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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer. He is currently undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion, having won ten world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. Mayweather is a two-time Ring magazine Fighter of the Year; he also won the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award in 2007 and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Mayweather is the WBC, WBA and Ring welterweight champion, and the WBC Super, WBA, and Ring junior middle weight champion. He is also rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many sporting news and boxing websites, including Ring, ...more

Age: 41

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Actor, Athlete, Professional Boxer

Credits: More Than Famous, he World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, WrestleMania XXIV, Think Like a Man Too

Also Ranked

#19 on The Best Boxers of All Time

#18 on The Best Boxers of the 1990s

#60 on The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

#42 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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