The Greatest Boxer?

Muhammad Ali may be considered (by some) to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, but was he the best athlete ever to get into the ring? We have a discussion about the greatest boxer ever, which considers skill. In a poll of the Greatest Boxing Athlete of All Time conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012, the voting was based on the best athlete (not overall boxer) who has a combination of strength, speed, endurance, quickness, durability and the other attributes that make an athlete elite. See more about the ESPN Sport Science poll to determine the Greatest Athlete of All Time.

Nominees

Who is the greatest boxing athlete of all time?

  1. Muhammad Ali — Throughout his entire career, he only lost one fight by knockout. First ever three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Won 22 heavyweight Championship fights with 19 successful defenses. 56-5 career record with 37 knockouts.
  2. Julio Cesar Chavez — professional record of 107-6-2 with 88 knockouts.
  3. Floyd Mayweather — 43-0 professional record, with 26 knockouts.
  4. Sugar Ray Robinson — 175-19-6 record, with 109 knockouts.
  5. Mike Tyson — 44 of his 50 victories were by knockout.

greatest boxerAnd the winner is ...

Muhammad Ali

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

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