The lists of “the best of all time”, whether of movies, athletes or artists, cause some controversy. But the world would be a boring place if everyone had the same opinion, right? Centuries have passed since boxing gained recognition as a sport and it has had excellent figures that have made it great. Today we bring you a list of those that we consider some of the best boxers in history.
The ever-present pressure, the always bustling boxing arena, the hustle and bustle of the crowd, and the thud of gloves ending the final countdown make this discipline a very popular sport, a world-class piece, and an attraction.
Many of these boxers were acclaimed by generations and considered as performers on the ring when they were in their prime.. They marked a milestone that will definitely go down in history and will never happen for sports lovers.
Titles: World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight (4), World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight (2).
The legendary Muhammad Ali was known for his versatility that made him the best and one of the most famous boxers. So far no fighter has been able to cause the social, cultural and political impact of the globally lauded superstar. It’s no wonder why he was nicknamed “The Greatest.”
Muhammad Ali’s career often inspires rookies, being considered the best boxer in history, one of the most famous and significant sports figures not only in the United States, but also on the entire face of the Earth. His career, achievements, fame, distinction and experience in this combat discipline assured him his position in the ranking of the unsurpassed boxers in history.
His career is marked between 1960 and 1981, showing resistance, enthusiasm and desire to be excellent from the beginning to the end of his career. Muhammad Ali secured a total of 56 wins, 37 wins by knockout, and surprisingly only five losses during the period in which he was gloved.
Championships: Five titles in four weight divisions (WBA / WBC Lightweight, WBC Welterweight, WBA Junior Middleweight, WBC Middleweight).
Roberto Duran is the second boxer to have achieved a career spanning five decades. His powerful defense and menacing blows earned him the nickname “Hand of Stone”, rated as the greatest lightweight of the twentieth century and one of the most outstanding of all time.
“Hand of stone” was in his prime an aggressive fighter who fought and defeated many of the most significant of his time and subsequent ones. This lightweight boxer held world titles in four weight classes. Durán’s epic career spanned five decades and achieved more than 100 victories, the most notable of which was the defeat of Sugar Ray Leonard.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Championships: Seven championships in five weight divisions (WBC Welterweight (2X), WBA Welterweight, WBA Junior Middleweight, WBC Middleweight, WBC Super Middleweight, WBC Light Heavyweight).
Ray Charles Leonard, better known as Sugar Ray Leonard, was one of the four fabulous who maintained a constant combat during the eighties, along with Roberto Durán, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.
Leonard is mentioned among the famous boxers of all time, with a career of approximately two decades that allowed him to lift five world titles in five divisions, the linear championship in three weight divisions and the undisputed welterweight title, also named as the boxer from the 1980s.
Sugar Ray Leonard faced the most admired of his time and beat each of them, many in the Hall of Fame and the greatest of all time. Fighters like Wilfred Benítez, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Durán, were his opponents.
Titles: World Heavyweight Championship.
Rocco Francis Marchegiano, known as Rocky Marciano, in the sports world, was born on September 1, 1923, in Massachusetts, United States. He was a typical kid with a predilection for baseball and soccer, hoping to excel in one of those sports.
He began boxing after 1943, when he was drafted into the US Army and chose to practice it to avoid helping cooks or doing other unpleasant activities. However, he displayed natural ability and continued to practice, after his discharge, in 1946.
He is the only heavyweight champion in boxing history to retire with a 49-0 record with 43 knockouts. Marciano defeats Joe Louis, who fell in what was his final fight, also achieved two victories over Jersey Joe Wolcott and in his last fight, Marciano also registered a victory over the legendary Archie Moore, in 1955.
Rocky Marciano is one of the few fighters who leaves the sport without losing, in fact, he is the only heavyweight champion in history to achieve this feat. A regular on the best lists of all time, he has a knockout percentage to win of 87.76%, one of the highest records in the sport, Heavyweight category. Marciano considered a comeback in 1959, but never did.
This boxer was rough, with fierce blows and powerful legs, but described by those who knew him as cool and sociable outside the ring. He became a ruthless and talented fighter whose appetite for victory managed to attract audiences packed with stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, and General Douglas MacArthur.
Titles: Recognized for having won 10 world championships in eight divisions: Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Junior Welterweight, Welterweight, Junior Middleweight.
The Asian Manny Pacquiao is the first man in boxing history to be crowned the world’s leading figure in eight different weight divisions, transcending by starting his career at 108 pounds and reaching an elite level in the categories of higher weight, against other top-level athletes.
He was chosen as the Fighter of the Decade in 2000 by the BWAA and his fights have generated an estimated income of 1.25 billion dollars. The fight against Floyd Mayweather, in 2015, continues to be the best-selling fight in the history of this sport. Added to this, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives (2010) and the Senate (2016) in his native Philippines.
Title: World Heavyweight Champion.
Among the top ten heavyweight boxers of all time, Joe Louis is another shining star. He is a champion born in 1914, in Alabama, United States, and was nicknamed “The Brown Bomber”, for powerful blows.
Louis was one of the first African American boxers to achieve national hero fame in America and proved his worth as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Joe Louis was known as the representation of pride and his contribution was much more than that of a simple athlete. All his fights had great international significance, from a social and political point of view. This iconic boxer developed his career from 1937 to 1949, a period in which he managed to win a total of 66 fights and 52 by knockouts.
This superstar also shined in golf, being the first African-American player to participate in a PGA Tour event. The world was deeply saddened by the passing of the boxing legend in 1981.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Titles: World Welterweight Champion, World Middleweight (5).
The title of Best Libra for Libra Boxer of all time goes without a doubt to Sugar Ray Robinson, born in Georgia, United States, in 1917. With a great career, he managed to defeat other legends such as Randy Turpin, Rocky Graziano, Jake LaMotta and Kid Gavilán.
Without a doubt, Sugar Ray Robinson was one of the most outstanding fighters in the boxing world, being the first athlete to win the divisional world championship five times. Always demonstrating his aptitude to achieve the title, he won the Fighter of the Year, on a couple of occasions, in 1942 and 1951.
Sugar Ray Robinson’s performance in Lightweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, and Heavyweight boxing was groundbreaking and highly professional. One of the best boxers in the world who developed his career from 1940 to 1965, with a total of one hundred and seventy-three victories during that time.
This boxer has one of the best records in history with a total of six draws and one hundred and nine victories by knockout. The death of the great boxer occurred in 1989.
Julio Cesar Chavez
Titles: six world championships in three weight divisions.
Julio César Chávez, one of the best boxers in the rich history of world boxing, was born in 1962, in Sonora, Mexico. His career began in 1980 and ended in 2005, holding some of the sport’s leading records.
The Mexican legend has an exceptional performance of a decade of undefeated career, that is, without losing a single fight during this period, something for which he has always been portrayed as one of the toughest and most important boxers in the UFC and exhibits the title of the Mexico’s greatest fighter, very well deserved by this fighter.
Julio César Chávez is also familiar with some popular nicknames, such as “The César of boxing,” “The great Mexican champion,” “Mr. KO, and” The lion of Culiacán. ” Chavez’s boxing career is undoubtedly one of the best, with a total of 115 bouts of which he won 107 and 86 of them by knockouts. He lost a total of six fights in his entire career and there were only two draws.
Titles: Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, IBF Heavyweight, WBC / WBA Heavyweight (2 times each).
Known as the baddest man on the planet, he was a force in the heavyweight division in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His powerful punch and personality were enough to intimidate most of the fighters who were defeated before coming up. to the ring.
Tyson is the youngest boxer to win the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship, he was just 20 years old. In addition, he is the first to achieve the WBC, IBF and WBA Top Weight titles at the same time. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.
Tyson’s career and life were not without controversy, he served a three-year prison sentence, in the 1990s, accused of the crime of rape, then returned to prison on charges of assault, in 1999, in a much shorter sentence.
In one of the most famous fights, Tyson bit the ear of his opponent Evander Holyfield, so hard, that a part of this organ fell off. Since his retirement he has been featured in pop culture, thanks to popular video games and cameos in film and television.
Titles: Featherweight, Lightweight and Middleweight World Champion.
Henry Armstrong is the only fighter to simultaneously hold world titles at three different weights, these included Featherweight, Lightweight, and Welterweight. Without a doubt, he is considered one of the greatest records in boxing, an achievement so amazing that it made them one of the best boxers in history. During that time, there were only eight recognized divisions.
This talented boxer had a difficult start, but later managed to secure 27 successive victories. With a total of 181 fights, he won 151 of them and 101 by knockouts. He only lost a total of twenty-one matches.
Henry Armstrong, born in 1912 in Columbus, Mississippi, and his full name was Henry Melody Jackson Junior, known by nicknames like “Homicide Hank” and “Hurricane Hank”, he was recognized as the Wrestler of the Year, in 1937.
His successful career and a host of notable accomplishments made him one of the greatest in-ring fighters in history. The athlete died of heart failure in 1988, after suffering from a series of illnesses.
This list does not represent everyone’s choice and preference and it goes without saying that many boxers became the face of some industries, creating global impacts. The stars are remembered over the years, from generation to generation and many boxers are remembered as the legend that grows subtly and smoothly.
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