The bell rings as two men circle around each other in the ring, each of them engaged with only one task. Knocking out the other person before being knocked out themselves. It’s raw, it’s primal, it’s boxing.
The sport of boxing has been around for years and drawn interest from many groups. Everything from cultural significance and inspiration floods out of the champion when they land that final blow. But out of the man boxers that have graced the ring over the years, ten of them really stand out as the top 10 best boxers of all time.
10 – Willie Pep – Record of 229 Wins (65 KOs), 11 Losses, and only one Draw.
Willie Pep was a force to behold. Willie had 26 years in the ring which is quite a long time for many boxers to achieve. One thing that stands Willie Pep out from most other boxers, is that he really brought light and attention to the Featherweight Boxing class when he became the Featherweight Champion after winning with an impressive score of 61 to 0. He later went on to win 73 matches in a row which to this day has remained one of the most impressive records Boxing has to offer.
9 – Henry Armstrong Jr – 150 Wins (100 KOs), 21 Losses, and 9 Draws line Henry Armstrong Jr’s records.
While Armstrong is well known for his knockout win streaks, perhaps his most impressive feat is holding a whopping 3 world championship division titles at the same time. He has been the only boxer to ever achieve this wonderful milestone, and earns his place on the top 10 best boxers of all time list with great ease.
8 – Rocky Marciano – With 49 Wins (43 KOs)
Rocky went as the only undefeated heavyweight champion ever. What he lacked in grace he made up for in force, knocking all but six of his fellow boxers out in the matches he was in. While there is some dispute about his greatness, no one can deny him his spot on the this list.
7 – Julio Cesar Chavez – 107 Wins (80 KOs), 6 Losses, 2 Draws.
Chavez was the Mexican boxing champion that went over ten solid years without a single loss. Chavez has earned the undisputed title of Mexico’s Greatest Fighter and is also a 6 time division champion.
6 – Jack Dempsey – 66 Wins (51 KOs), 6 Losses (1 KO), 9 Draws.
Jack Dempsey is an American boxing legend and his name can be heard around the country any time the word boxing is mentioned. Dempsey attracted record breaking attendance numbers for his fight, and was the first million dollar fighter ever. Dempsey was brutal in the ring, and his records show it.
5 – Mike Tyson – 50 Wins (44 KOs), 6 Losses.
‘Iron’ Mike Tyson was a juggernaut that really drove his opposition into the ground without remorse. Sadly, as he was the center of great controversy for his personal antics and career, he is often forgotten by most boxing fans these days. But he was the youngest to hold many titles.
4 – Jack Johnson – 73 Wins (40 KOs), 13 Losses, 9 Draws.
Jack Johnson was the first African American Heavyweight Champion. A fast trash talker that would humiliate his knocked out opponents after a match and went undefeated for 10 years, Johnson was one of the greatest boxers of all time.
3 – Sugar Ray Robinson – 173 Wins (109 KOs), 19 Losses, 6 Draws.
Robinson was perhaps the best combination of boxing ability in one man that the world has ever seen. His footwork was outstanding, his power was intense, and yet his speed was fantastic as well. Robinson also had the ability to take just about any punch to the chin and shrug it off, coming back swinging harder than ever before.
2 – Muhammad Ali – 56 Wins (37 KOs), 5 Losses
. There isn’t a person on this planet that knows the word boxing and doesn’t know the name of Muhammad Ali. Ali was not only an amazing boxer, but he would taunt his opponents in the ring, often faking punches to throw them off their game. Sadly, due to his religious views, Ali was stripped of his titles and imprisoned in Vietnam.
1 – Joe Louis – 66 Wins (52 KOs), 3 losses.
Joe Louis is the undisputed king of boxing. With his historical one round KO of Max Schmeling, Louis secured his throne as a boxing champion and American Hero. But Louis was larger than the sport itself, as many of his matches came at a time when America needed to see the spirit. Joe Louis easily tops the top 10 best boxers of all time list.