Who is the All Time Greatest Boxer?

Was Muhammad Ali the greatest heavyweight boxer ever? Not everyone will agree - there have been many great boxers over time. The winner of the poll of the greatest athletes from the sport of boxing will be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (all sports).



See the list below of the greatest boxers, compiled using other published lists and visitor feedback. You can now vote on who you think is the greatest of these. If you believe that there is a boxer missing from this list, please place a comment below, including any relevant details about him.

A somewhat similar poll to determine the Greatest Boxer of All Time was conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012 - the difference here was that they were looking for the greatest boxing athlete.

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Muhammad Ali is regularly quoted as being the greatest of all time, but there are many other also worthy of that title. The athletes below are listed in a rough order of popularity. Visit our boxing poll to vote for who you think is the greatest of all. There have been some great boxers in history, though many believe that Muhammad Ali is the greatest of them all - he leads the poll with about 30% of the vote.

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Muhammad Ali American professional boxer, nicknamed "the Greatest". He is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. 56-5 career record with 37 knockouts.
Manny Pacquiao Filipino professional boxer regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. In July 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at the age of 40. 62-7 career record with 39 wins by knockouts.
Sugar Ray Robinson American professional boxer, competed from 1940 to 1965. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, possibly the greatest pound-for-pound boxer ever. 175-19-6 record, with 109 knockouts.
Mike Tyson American professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He is considered one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He was the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title. Won 50 (KO 44), Lost 6 (KO 5), Draw 0.
Rocky Marciano American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. 49-0 career record with 43 wins by knockouts.
Sugar Ray Leonard American professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1997. Often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he won world titles in five weight divisions. 36-3 career record with 25 wins by knockouts.
Julio Cesar Chavez Mexican professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005. 107-6 career record with 86 wins by knockouts.
Roy Jones Jr. American professional boxer who competed in boxing from 1989 to 2018, and held multiple world championships in four weight classes. 66-9 career record with 47 wins by knockouts.
Jack Dempsey American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. He won 66 bouts (KO 51), Lost 6 (KO 1), Draw 11
Joe Frazier American professional boxer. The first boxer to beat Muhammad Ali. He reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973. 32-4 career record with 27 knockouts.
Joe Louis American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Won 66 (KO 52), Lost 3 (KO 2), Draw 0
Lennox Lewis English/Canadian professional boxer, competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion. 41-2 career record with 32 knockouts.
Salvador Sanchez Mexican boxer who was the WBC featherweight champion from 1980 to 1982, but unfortunately died prematurely in a car accident. 44-1 career record with 32 wins by knockouts.
Evander Holyfield American professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He is the only boxer to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Won 42 (KO 27), Lost 10 (KO 2), Draw 2.
Félix Trinidad (Tito) Puerto Rican professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2008. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes. 42-3 career record with 35 wins by knockouts.
Oscar De La Hoya American professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2008, winning 11 world titles in six weight classes. 39-6 career record with 30 wins by knockouts.
Jack Johnson American boxer who became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). 70-11 career record with 35 wins by knockouts.
Henry Armstrong American professional boxer and world boxing champion. 151-21 career record with 101 wins by knockouts.
Willie Pep American professional boxer who held the World Featherweight championship twice between 1942 and 1950. 229-11 career record with 65 wins by knockouts.
Ezzard Charles American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion, considered one of the greatest light heavyweight boxers of all time. 95-25 career record with 52 wins by knockouts.
Floyd Mayweather American professional boxer who competed between 1996 and 2017. During his career he won fifteen major world titles. 50-0 career record with 27 wins by knockouts.
Amir Khan British professional boxer, a former unified light-welterweight world champion. 34-5 career record with 21 wins by knockouts.


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