Great Boxers

by 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 ...

2. Sugar Ray Robinson

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...

4. Henry Armstrong

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...

6. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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...

7. Sam Langford

Actor | The Brute

Sam Langford was born on March 4, 1883 in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada as Samuel E. Langford. He was an actor, known for The Brute (1920) and Langford-Flynn Pictures (1910). He died on January 12, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

8. Roberto Duran

Actor | Rocky II

Roberto Duran was born on June 16, 1951 in Guararé, Panama. He is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Harlem Nights (1989) and Hands of Stone (2016).

9. Sugar Ray Leonard

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 ...

10. Jimmy Wilde

Actor | A Pit-boy's Romance

Jimmy Wilde was born on May 15, 1892 in Tylorstown, Glamorganshire, Wales. He was an actor, known for A Pit-boy's Romance (1917) and Excuse My Glove (1936). He died on March 10, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales.

11. Benny Leonard

Actor | Flying Fists

Benny Leonard was born on April 7, 1896 in New York City, New York, USA as Benjamin Leiner. He was an actor and writer, known for Flying Fists (1924), The Evil Eye (1920) and The Come-Back (1925). He died on April 18, 1947 in New York City.

12. Julio Cesar Chavez

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 ...

14. Roy Jones Jr.

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

Roy Jones Jr. was born on January 16, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Little Fockers (2010) and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012).

15. Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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...

18. Joe Gans

Self | The Joe Gans-Battling Nelson Fight

Joe Gans was born on November 25, 1874 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Joseph Gaines. He died on August 10, 1910 in Baltimore.

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 ...

20. Ezzard Charles

Self | The Knockout Parade

Ezzard Charles was born on July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA. He was married to Gladys. He died on May 27, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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

Actor | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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

Actor | Devil's Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge

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 ...

26. Evander Holyfield

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.

27. Joe Calzaghe

Actor | Solitary

Joe Calzaghe was born on February 23, 1972 in Hammersmith, London, England as Joseph William Calzaghe. He is an actor, known for Solitary (2015), Faith (2016) and Mr Calzaghe (2015). He was previously married to Mandy M. Davies.

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.

29. Pernell Whitaker

Self | ABC's Wide World of Sports

Pernell Whitaker was born on January 2, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He was married to Rovanda Anthony. He died on July 14, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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. ...

31. Stanley Ketchel

Self | The Johnson-Ketchel Fight

Stanley Ketchel died on October 15, 1910 in Missouri, USA.

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 ...

33. Tony Canzoneri

Actor | Ringside

Tony Canzoneri was born on November 6, 1908 in Slidell, Louisiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Ringside (1949), Mr. Broadway (1933) and Kraft Theatre (1947). He died on December 9, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA.

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 ...

36. Mickey Walker

Actor | Paper Lion

Mickey Walker was born on July 13, 1903 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as Edward Patrick Walker. He was an actor, known for Paper Lion (1968), The City of Stars (1924) and Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore (1955). He died on April 28, 1981 in Marlboro, New Jersey.

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.

38. Wladimir Klitschko

Actor | Pain & Gain

Wladimir Klitschko was born on March 25, 1976 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR, USSR as Wladimir Wladimirovich Klitschko. He is an actor, known for Pain & Gain (2013), Ocean's Eleven (2001) and Devotion.

39. José Mantequilla Nápoles

Actor | La venganza de la llorona

José Mantequilla Nápoles was born on April 13, 1940 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba as José Ángel Nápoles. He was an actor, known for Vengeance of the Crying Woman (1974). He died on August 16, 2019 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

40. Andre Ward

Actor | Creed

Andre Ward was born on February 23, 1984 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Creed (2015), Creed II (2018) and 24/7 (2012). He has been married to Tiffany since 2009. They have four children.

41. Marcel Cerdan

Actor | Al diavolo la celebrità

Marcel Cerdan was born on July 22, 1916 in Sidi-bel-Abbès, Oran, France. He was an actor, known for Fame and the Devil (1949), L'homme aux mains d'argile (1949) and We, the People (1948). He died on October 27, 1949 in São Miguel, Açores, Portugal.

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.

46. Aaron Pryor

Self | HBO Boxing After Dark

Aaron Pryor was born on October 20, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Aaron Tonelle Pryor. He was married to Frankie Banks. He died on October 9, 2016 in Cincinnati.

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,...

48. Michael Spinks

Actor | Speed Zone

Michael Spinks was born on July 13, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor, known for Cannonball Fever (1989), The Jeffersons (1975) and The White Girl (1990).

49. Saúl Álvarez

Self | El Boxeo

Saúl Álvarez was born on July 18, 1990 in Juanacatlan, Jalisco, Mexico as Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán.

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