Top 10 heavyweight boxers of all time
Heavyweight boxing has bought fans some of the most exciting fights and memorable moments ever, but above all, it has introduced us to some of the most amazing athletes that the world has ever seen.
Though many people say that with fighters like Tyson Fury, Oleksander Usyk, Deontey WIlder, and Anthony Joshua, we have a reignited heavyweight division, they don’t hold a candle to the golden era of boxing, which bought us some of the most incredible heavyweight champions of all time.
So, here is an attempt to rank these legendary boxers, read on to learn more about them.
10. Jack Dempsey:
Birth Place: Manassa, Colorado, U.S.
- Jack Dempsey Vs Jess Willard
- Jack Dempsey Vs Fireman Jim Flynn (no video)
- Jack Dempsey Vs Gunboat Smith (no video)
- Jack Dempsey Vs Gene Tunney
Jack Dempsey was the undisputed king of the heavyweights in the 1920s. Dempsey has an incredible story. He left home at the age of 16, with nothing to his name, lived on the streets, and eventually went on to become the most successful boxer and biggest boxing star of his time.
He held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926 and became the first boxer in history to attract gate receipts over a million dollars. Many experts regard him as the first boxing superstar in the world.
Jack Dempsey is one of the inaugural members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and is ranked number 10 by the Ring Magazine among the greatest heavyweights of all time.
Birth Place: New York City, U.S
Record: 50 wins, 6 losses, 2 no contests.
- Mike Tyson Vs Trevor Berbick
- Mike Tyson Vs Frank Bruno
- Mike Tyson Vs Bruce Seldon
- Mike Tyson Vs Larry Holms
- Mike Tyson Vs Michael Spinks
- Mike Tyson Vs Evander Holyfield I & II
- Mike Tyson Vs Lennox Lewis
Mike Tyson, was the youngest heavyweight champion of the world, and to this date is one of the most feared and powerful boxers ever.
The two-time world heavyweight champion, and unified WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring heavyweight champion had a long career stretching two decades. Tyson even made a comeback last year at the age of 54 and looked incredible in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Junior.
Iron Mike was also named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year twice, in 1986 and 1988. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame with the class of 2011.
Tyson was an exhilarating boxer, known for his fast movement and devastating power. He was ferocious and had a fierce personality. Unfortunately, his accomplishments as a boxer will always be overshadowed by his actions outside the ring, like his prison sentence in the early 90s, and biting off Holyfield’s ear.
Atmore, Alabama, U.S.
44 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws, 1 no contest.
Holyfield Vs Dwight Muhammad Qawi I
Holyfield Vs Buster Douglas
Holyfield Vs George Foreman
Holyfield Vs Larry Holmes
Holyfield Vs Mike Tyson I & II
Holyfield Vs Lennox Lewis I & II
Holyfield is one of the greatest heavyweight champions in the sport
and overall a great person both inside and outside the ring.
started his career at cruiserweight, where he reigned as the unified
WBA, WBC, and IBF cruiserweight champion. After moving up to
heavyweight, he won his first world title after knocking out Buster
Douglas in 1990.
was a 2x unified world champion at heavyweight, holding the WBA, WBC,
and IBF heavyweight titles as well. His most memorable fight is
probably the second fight against Mike Tyson.
also made a comeback earlier this year and fought the former MMA
champion, Vitor Belfort, in a heavyweight exhibition match.
South Carolina, U.S.
32 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw
Fraizer Vs Jerry Quarry
Fraizer Vs Jimmy Ellis
Fraizer Vs Muhammad Ali I, II, & III
Fraizer Vs George Foreman I & II
out of the city of brotherly love, Fraizer was one of the toughest
fighters ever, and he had a prolific and impressive boxing career.
was active during arguably the best generation of heavyweight boxers.
He won his first world title after defeating Jimmy Ellis. He won the
WBA and the Vacant WBC heavyweight title, which was vacant after
Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title because he refused to be
one defense, Frazier fought Ali in his comeback fight, and won via
Unanimous Decision, becoming the first man to defeat him after a 31
fight undefeated streak. The fight was also labeled as the “Fight
of the century”. Fraizer fought Ali two more times, and the third
fight is regarded by many experts as the greatest heavyweight fight
of all time.
is a 3x Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year and was inducted into the
International Boxing Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 1990.
Frazier passed away in 2011, at the age of 67.
76 wins, 5 losses
Foreman Vs Joe Frazier
Foreman Vs Muhammad Ali
Foreman Vs Ron Lyle
Foreman Vs Evander Holyfield
Foreman Vs Michael Moorer
the kids might only know his name from the Goerge Foreman grill,
before his incredible success as an entrepreneur, “Big Goerge”
was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.
his incredible 28 years long career, he has had many achievements. He
defeated Joe Fraizer to become the Unified WBA, WBC, and The Ring
heavyweight champion, and defended the titles twice before losing
them to Muhammad Ali, in one of the biggest fights of his career.
opposed to Mike Tyson, Goerge Foreman holds the record for becoming
the oldest heavyweight champion in the world, which I believe is even
more impressive. Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to become the
unified WBA and IBF heavyweight champion at the age of 45.
is also an incredible businessman, amassing a net worth of around
$300 million, and becoming one of the richest boxers in the world.
69 wins, 6 losses
Holmes Vs Ken Norton
Holmes Vs Muhammad Ali
Holmes Vs Gerry Cooney
Holmes Vs Mike Tyson
Holmes Vs Evander Holyfield
Holmes has had one of the longest and most impressive careers in the
history of the sport that stems almost 30 years.
won his first title after defeating Ken Norton in a grueling 15 round
war. He won the WBC heavyweight title and defended it 8 times before
fighting Muhammad Ali as he came out of retirement. Ali’s corner
stopped the fight as he took a massive beating and Holmes added the
Ring heavyweight title to his resume as well. Holmes also won the IBF
heavyweight championship and over the course of his career has an
incredible 20 title defenses.
Holmes has one of the most decorated careers in the history of the
sport, and many recognize him as one of the best pound-for-pound
fighters in the history of the sport.
49 wins, 0 losses
Marciano Vs Jersey Joe Walcott
Marciano Vs Ezzard Charles
Marciano Vs Roland La Starza
Marciano competed as a heavyweight from 1947 to 1955 and was one of
the most exciting boxers of his time. He holds one of the longest
undefeated records with 49 wins and no losses.
the course of his career, he became the unified NBA, NYSAC, The
Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion, defending the titles a total
of six times before retiring as the champion. Marciano also has one
of the highest Knockout rates in boxing history, with 43 of his 49
wins coming by way of knockout.
Marciano died in 1969 at the age of 45 and was inducted into the
International Boxing hall of fame with the inaugural class of 1990.
Ham, London, England
41 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw
Lewis Vs Frank Bruno
Lewis Vs Evander Holyfield
Lewis Vs Mike Tyson
Lewis Vs Vitali Klitschko
list of the best heavyweight of the world, or boxers in general for
that matter, is incomplete without mentioning Lenox Lewis. Along with
Tyson and Holyfield, he reignited the heavyweight division in the
is a 3x heavyweight world champion, 2x lineal champion, and at the
height of his career, also reigned as the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF,
and IBO heavyweight champion. To this day, he is the last boxer to
become the undisputed heavyweight champion. He also won the Ring
magazine title after defeating Mike Tyson and retired as the unified
WBC, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion of the world.
was named “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association
of America in 1999 and was inducted into the International Boxing
Hall Of Fame in 2009.
66 wins, 3 losses
Louis Vs James J. Braddock
Louis Vs Max Schmeling
Louis Vs Billy Conn I & II
Louis Vs Rocky Marciano
Louis, also known as the “Brown bomber”, was one of the most
popular and talented boxers of his time. His career spanned about 17
years, out of which, he remained the unified world heavyweight
champion for over 12.
this day, Louis holds the record for the longest title reign in the
heavyweight division. In 1937, he won the unifier NBA, NYSAC, and The
Ring heavyweight championship, and defended his titles a total of 25
times before losing, also making a record for most consecutive title
Louis is a 4x Ring Magazine Fighter of the year. He was awarded the
congressional gold medal in 1981 and was inducted into the
International Boxing Hall of Fame with the Inaugural class of 1990.
Joe Louis passed away in 1981 at the age of 66.
56 wins, 5 losses
Ali Vs Joe Frazier I, II, & III
Ali Vs Goerge Foreman I & II
Ali Vs Sonny Liston
Ali Vs Ken Norton
Ali Vs Jerry Quarry
Ali Vs Larry Holmes
number one, we have the one and only, Muhammad Ali. Ali had an
amazing personality, charisma, and amazing confidence, to the point
that it seemed like he already knew how the fight would end, maybe
that is why he accurately predicted that he was “The Greatest ”.
was a superstar, both because of his exceptional fighting abilities
and his charismatic conduct outside the ring. He was the person who
perfected showmanship in sports, he talked a big game, and always
backed it up.
was an Olympic gold medalist as an amateur, and as a professional, he
became a 3x heavyweight world champion. To this day, he remains the
only 3x lineal heavyweight champion of the world.
is a 6x Ring Magazine “Fighter of the year”, and was among the
inaugural International Boxing Hall Of Fame inductees of 1990. Ali
passed away in 2016, at the age of 74, and to this day remains The
Greatest of All Time.