Top 10 Great Boxers of All Time
Today’s boxing fans, always talking about Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio, But have we thought about the past and real all time boxing greats? Their boxing records will surely convince you.
10. Willie Pep: 229–11–1 (65 KOs)
Guglielmo Papaleo (19 September1922–23 November 23) was an American proboxer, otherwise called Willie Pep who held the World Featherweight title twice between the long stretches of 1942 and 1950.
Energy boxed a sum of 1,956 adjusts in the 241 sessions during his 26-year profession, an extensive number of rounds and sessions in any event, for a contender of his time. His last record was 229–11–1 with 65 knockouts.
Energy, known for his speed, artfulness and subtlety, is viewed as probably the best contender of the twentieth century; after his 199th success, Kid Campeche depicted his experience by saying, “Battling Willie Pep resembles attempting to get rid of a grass fire.”Pep was accepted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Enthusiasm has cast a ballot as the 1 featherweight of the twentieth century by the Associated Press and positioned the 1 featherweight ever by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2005.
9. Sam Langford: 180–29–39 (128 KOs)
Samuel Edgar Langford (4 March 1883–12 January 1956), known as the Boston Tar Baby, Boston Terror, and Boston Bonecrusher, was a Black Canadian boxing champion of the early piece of the twentieth century.
Called the Best Fighter Nobody Knows, by ESPN, many boxing students of history consider Langford to be perhaps the best contender ever.
He battled from lightweight to heavyweight and vanquished numerous titleholders and legends of the time in each weight class. Considered an overwhelming puncher even at heavyweight, Langford was appraised 2 by The Ring on their rundown of “100 biggest punchers ever”. One boxing student of history portrayed Langford as “experienced as a heavyweight James Toney with the punching intensity of Mike Tyson”.
Langford was the World Colored Heavyweight Champion, a title abandoned, by Johnson, after he won the World Championship, a record multiple times. Nearby this, Langford additionally viewed as probably the best fighter ever, in a non-title session. Many boxing devotees consider Langford to be the best fighter not to win a world title. BoxRec positions him as the third most prominent heavyweight fighter ever, ninth most noteworthy pound-for-pound fighter ever and the best Canadian fighter ever.
8. Jack Johnson: 77–13–14 (48 KOs)
John Arthur “Jack” Johnson (31 March 1878–10 June 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was an American fighter who, at the stature of the Jim Crow period, turned into the main African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915).
Among the period’s most prevailing bosses, Johnson stays a boxing legend, with his 1910 battle against James J. Jeffries named the “battle of the century”. As indicated by producer Ken Burns, “for over thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most popular and the most famous African-American on Earth”. Rising above boxing, he turned out to be a piece of the way of life and the historical backdrop of bigotry in America
Johnson made his introduction as an expert fighter on November 1, 1898, in Galveston, Texas, charged as The Texas State Middleweight Title.
Johnson validated that his achievement in boxing originated from the training he got from Choynski.The maturing Choynski saw characteristic ability and assurance in Johnson and showed him the subtleties of safeguard, expressing “A man who can move like you ought to never need to take a punch”.
All through his vocation, Johnson fabricated a novel battling style of his own, which was not standard to boxing during this time.
7. Benny Leonard: 89–6–1–4 (70 KOs)
Benny Leonard (brought into the world 7 April 1896–18 April 1947) was a Jewish American expert fighter who held the world lightweight title for a long time from 1917–25.
Broadly thought to be one of the unsurpassed greats, he was positioned eighth on The Ring magazine’s rundown of the “80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years” and put seventh in ESPN’s “50 Greatest Boxers of All-Time”. In 2005, the International Boxing Research Organization positioned Leonard as the #1 lightweight, and #8 best pound-for-pound warrior ever.
BoxRec rates Leonard as the second-best lightweight ever, while The Ring Magazine organizer Nat Fleischer set him at #2. Boxing history specialist Bert Sugar put him sixth in his Top 100 Fighters inventory.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard: 36–3–1 (25 KOs)
Sugar Ray Leonard
Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as “Sugar” Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from 1977 to 1997.
He won the world titles in five weight divisions; the lineal titlein three weight divisions; just as the undisputed welterweight title. Leonard was a piece of The Fabulous Four, a gathering of fighters who all fought each other all through the 1980s, comprising of himself, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
Leonard was additionally the primary fighter to gain more than $100 million in satchels and was named Fighter of the Decade during the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981. In 2002, Leonard was cast a ballot by The Ring as the ninth most prominent contender of the most recent 80 years; BoxRec positions him as the fourteenth most noteworthy fighter ever, pound for pound.
5. Roberto Duran: 103–16 (70 KOs)
Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 2001.
He held world championships in four weight classes: lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight, just as rules as the undisputed and lineal lightweight hero, and the lineal welterweight champion. I remember, there was a time when Manny Pacquiao was comparing to Duran’s weight class achievements. He is additionally the subsequent boxer to have contended over a range of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson. Durán was known as an adaptable, specialized brawler and weight warrior, which earned him the moniker of Manos de Piedra(Hands of Stone) for his impressive punching power and great resistance.
In 2002, Durán was cast a ballot by The Ring magazine as the fifth most prominent contender of the most recent 80 years, while boxing history specialist Bert Sugar appraised him as the eighth most noteworthy warrior ever. The Associated Press cast a ballot him as the best lightweight of the twentieth century, with many thinking of him as the best lightweight ever.
4. Henry Armstrong: 151–21–9 (101 KOs)
Henry Jackson Jr. (12 December1912–24 October1988) was an American professional boxer and a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong.
Henry Armstrong was easily one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport. Impressively, the boxer held those three titles when there were only eight recognized divisions at the time. Armstrong faced 17 world champions throughout his career, and he defeated 15 of them.
The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1937. The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1940. In 2007, The Ring ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of the last 80 years. Historian Bert Sugar also ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of all time. ESPN ranked Armstrong as number 3 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.
Armstrong was one of the few fighters to win in three or more different divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. After he won the World Welterweight Championship in 1938, Armstrong defended his title a record 18 times before eventually dropping it in 1940. Most publications have Armstrong ranked in the top-five greatest boxers of all-time, and many of them have him ranked as one of the top two or three.
3. Joe Louis: 66–3 (52 KOs)
Joseph Louis Barrow (13 May 1914–12 April 1981), known professionally as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951.
He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis’ championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights. He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses.
In 2005, Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring magazine’s list of the “100 greatest punchers of all time”.
In addition to his boxing prowess, Louis is known as one of the first people of African-American descent to become a nationwide hero within the United States. He had a major impact in integrating the game of golf, becoming the first African-American to play a PGA Tour event. He was one of the most popular champions of all-time.
2. Muhammad Ali: 56–5 (37 KOs)
Muhammad Ali (born 17 January 1942–3 June 2016) was an American pro boxer, lobbyist, and altruist.
Nicknamed, The Greatest, he is generally viewed as one of the hugest and praised sports figures of the twentieth century and as perhaps the best fighter ever.
At the age of 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He won the world heavyweight title at age 22 out of 1964. Ali was a main heavyweight fighter of the twentieth century, and he remains the main three-time lineal hero of that division. His joint records of beating 21 fighters for the world heavyweight title and winning 14 brought together title sessions represented 35 years. Ali is the main fighter to be named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year multiple times. He has been positioned the best heavyweight fighter ever, and as the best competitor of the twentieth century by Sports Illustrated, the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, and the third most noteworthy competitor of the twentieth century by ESPN Sports Century. He was engaged with a few memorable bouts and fights.
The Rumble in the Jungle which has been designated “seemingly the best game of the twentieth century” and was viewed by a record assessed TV crowd of 1 billion watchers around the world, turning into the world’s most-observed live transmission at that point.
The boxer was not only one of the best in his sport, but he was unmatched when it came to putting on a performance for fans. To many, he’s the definition of a champion.
Sugar Ray Robinson:173–19–6–2 (108 KOs)
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson (3 May 1921–12 April 1989) was an American professional boxer who contended from 1940 to 1965.
Robinson’s exhibitions in the welterweight and middleweight divisions provoked sportswriters to make “pound for pound” rankings, where they looked at warriors paying little heed to weight.The best pound-for-pound fighter in history, Sugar Ray Robinson won 126 straight fights to begin his career.
He was seemingly unstoppable, defeating legends such as Jake LaMotta, Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Randy Turpin, Carl “Bobo” Olson, Henry Armstrong, Rocky Graziano, and Kid Gavilan. Robinson became the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times and was named fighter of the year in 1942 and 1951.
He was enlisted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. He is broadly viewed as the best fighter ever, and in 2002, Robinson was positioned number one on The Ring magazine’s rundown of 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.
By 1951 had an expert record of 128–1–2 with 84 knockouts. From 1943 to 1951 Robinson went on a 91-battle unbeaten streak, the third-longest in proficient boxing history. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951 and also won the world middleweight title. Robinson was named contender of the year twice: first for his exhibitions in 1942, at that point nine years and more than 90 battles later, for his endeavors. Eminent for his flashy way of life outside the ring, Robinson is credited with being the originator of the cutting-edge sports’ escort. After his boxing profession finished, Robinson endeavored a vocation as a performer, yet it was not fruitful. He battled monetarily until his passing in 1989.
Robinson was the most complete fighter to ever take the ring, dominating the competition throughout his career. In fact, three of his six total titles came after a two-and-a-half-year retirement. There will never be another fighter like Sugar Ray Robinson.