Great Boxersby johndavies007 | created - 31 Jan 2018 | updated - 13 Oct 2018 | Public
The top 6 clear of the rest. Hard to put in order of merit across different weights, pound for pound. I can't find Harry Greb, Salvador Sanchez, Eder Jofre
1. Muhammad Ali
Actor | The Greatest
Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...
Actor | Candy
Born Walker Smith, Jr., he borrowed the name of a fighter named Ray Robinson to box as an amateur so his mother wouldn't find out. Undefeated as an amateur boxer, 85-0, with 69 knockouts, 42 of them in the first round. Turned pro in 1940 and won his first 40 fights. Lost his first fight by decision...
3. Joe Louis
Actor | This Is the Army
Joe Louis is considered by many fistic experts and fans as the greatest Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the sport's history. Born into a poor family, Joe Louis's mother felt the only way her son could escape poverty was through music. She bought him a violin and sent him off daily to lessons. On his...
Actor | Keep Punching
Henry Armstrong was born on December 12, 1912 in Columbus, Mississippi, USA as Henry Jackson. He was an actor, known for Keep Punching (1939), Joe Palooka, Champ (1946) and The Pittsburgh Kid (1941). He was married to Willie Mae. He died on October 24, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
5. Willie Pep
Actor | Requiem for a Heavyweight
September 19, 1922- November 23, 2006 was an Italian-American boxer who was better known as Willie Pep. Pep boxed a total of 1956 rounds in the 241 bouts during his 26 year career,Won 229 a considerable number of rounds and fights even for a fighter of his era. His final record was 229-11-1 with 65...
Producer | The Boy
Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer. Widely considered the greatest boxer of his era, undefeated as a professional, and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four...
Actor | The Fighter
Considered one of the best fighters of all time, Ray Leonard burst onto the international scene by winning the light-welterweight gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He turned professional with a lawyer, Mike Trainer, handling the business side of his career whilst hiring the ...
Actor | The Final Table
Julio Cesar Chavez is a five-times world champion: WBC super featherweight, WBA Lightweight, WBC Lightweight, WBC Super Lightweight, and IBF junior welterweight.
His victories includes Edwin Rosario, Jose Luis Ramírez, Rocky Lockridge, Meldrick Taylor, Roger Mayweather, Sammy Fuentes, Héctor "Macho"...
13. Rocky Marciano
Actor | College Confidential
Rocky Marciano was the only undefeated boxing champion in any weight division (until Joe Calzaghe retired 46-0 in 2009). At the end of his career he was 49-0, with 43 of his victories coming by knockouts. Rocky made his boxing debut in 1947 at the age of 24 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, by knocking ...
Actor | Indio
Marvelous Marvin Hagler was born on May 23, 1954 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Marvin Hagler. He is an actor, known for Indio (1989), Indio 2 - La rivolta (1991) and Cyberflic (1997). He has been married to Kay Guarrera since May 2000. He was previously married to Bertha.
16. Jack Johnson
Actor | The Black Thunderbolt
Jack Johnson, one of the greatest professional boxers in history and the first African American to wear the world's heavyweight championship belt, is one of the seminal figures in sports and American social history as he was both a mirror on and lightning rod for racism. Many white Americans could ...
17. Carlos Monzón
Actor | Il conto è chiuso
Argentina's Carlos Monzon was one, if not the, greatest middleweight boxing champions in fistic history. Born in poverty, he was discovered in the famed Luna Park Gym by trainer Amilicar Brussa, who molded the "skinniest" 6 feet 2 incher in the world into a lethal fighting machine. Monzon developed...
19. George Foreman
Actor | The Fighter
George Foreman was boxing's most feared fighter from 1973-1974. Undefeated in 40 straight fights, 37 by knockout, he was on a 24 consecutive knockout run when he faced Muhammad Ali on October 30, 1974 in defense of his world heavyweight title in Zaire, Africa. A product of a poor family, Foreman ...
21. Manny Pacquiao
Actor | Anak ng Kumander
Manny Pacquiao serves as a Senator of the Philippines.
He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the first boxer in ...
22. Jack Dempsey
Actor | Sweet Surrender
Jack Dempsey's life story could have been a Hollywood script. Born to a dirt-poor farming family, young Dempsey took up boxing with his older brother. Turning professional under the name Kid Blackie, Dempsey fought in saloons, coal-mining towns, back allies, lumberjack camps, and numerous hick and ...
23. Gene Tunney
Actor | The Fighting Marine
Gene Tunney's parents were Mary Jean (aka Rose) Lydon and John Tunney. Both of his parents were born in Mayo, Ireland, near Kiltimagh, and moved to New York City. He won the heavyweight boxing championship from Jack Dempsey in 1926 and successfully defended his title against Dempsey in 1927. In ...
24. Archie Moore
Archie Moore was born on December 13, 1913 in Benoit, Mississippi, USA as Archibald Lee Wright. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), The Fortune Cookie (1966) and The Outfit (1973). He was married to Joan Hardy and Elizabeth A. Thorton. He died on December 9, 1998 ...
25. Thomas Hearns
Thomas Hearns is a former welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiser weight champion. He had two classic fight with Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler but lost to both of them. He was trained by Emmanuel Stewart the legendary boxing trainer. He ...
Actor | Summer of Sam
Evander Holyfield was born on October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Summer of Sam (1999), Grudge Match (2013) and Arthur (2011). He was previously married to Candi Calvana Smith, Dr. Janice Itson and Paulette Bowen.
28. Bernard Hopkins
Actor | State Property 2
Bernard Hopkins was born on January 15, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for State Property: Blood on the Streets (2005), HBO Hopkins vs. Wright Coming to Fight (2007) and Golden Boy on ESPN (2017). He has been married to Jeanette since 1993. They have one child.
30. Lennox Lewis
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
After a long amateur career that included a gold medal winning performance in the 1988 Seoul Olympics that came in the form of a KO of 'Riddick Bowe' (who also went on to win the world heavyweight crown), former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis turned professional in 1989. ...
32. Larry Holmes
Actor | The Moment After
Born the son of a Georgia sharecropper, Larry Holmes would go on to reign as boxing's Heavyweight Champion for a record breaking seven and a half years. He also successfully defended his world championship title a record setting 19 times. "The Easton Assassin," as he was known, was one of Muhammad ...
34. Barney Ross
Actor | Requiem for a Heavyweight
Barney Ross was born on December 23, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA as Beryl David Rosofsky. He was an actor and writer, known for Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), The Doctor and the Playgirl (1963) and Heavyweight Elimination Contest: Cassius Clay vs. Doug Jones (1963). He died on January ...
37. Vitali Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko was born on July 19, 1971 in Belovodskoye, Kirghiz SSR, USSR as Vitali Wladimirovich Klitschko. He is known for his work on Wonderwall (2018), HBO Boxing After Dark (1996) and Klitschko (2011). He has been married to Natalia Egorova since April 1996. They have three children.
42. Pancho Villa
He had his first fight in 1922.
44. Joe Frazier
Self | Rocky
Joe Frazier was born on January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina, USA as Joseph William Frazier. He was an actor, known for Rocky (1976), Bocce Balls (2005) and A Christmas Journey Home (1996). He was married to Florence Smith. He died on November 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
45. Alexis Arguello
Actor | Miami Vice
Alexis Arguello was born on April 19, 1952 in Managua, Nicaragua. He was an actor, known for Miami Vice (1984), Fists of Steel (1989) and Cat Chaser (1989). He was married to Loretta Martinez, Patricia Barreto and Sulvia Urbina. He died on July 1, 2009 in Managua.
47. Mike Tyson
Actor | The Hangover
One of the most frightening human beings ever to step into the boxing ring, Mike Tyson was the model of the supreme gladiator - unbeaten and unbeatable. Never before had one individual captured the attention of the wider world via sport except Muhammad Ali.
Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brooklyn,...