Where does one begin with the world’s best boxers? Online boxing betting fans know that with so many different factors to take into consideration (weight class, length of career, win/loss ratio, total knockouts, etc.), it’s hard to narrow it down to a top 10.
For that reason, this list will be ranked (mostly) by their status as legends of boxing. A legendary boxer’s fame peaks when they are at the height of their power, fighting in their premier division. So, let’s dive right into our picks for the world’s top 10 boxers.
10 – Rocky Marciano
Rocco Francis Marchegiano, known in the ring as Rocky Marciano, is said to be among the hardest punchers of all time. Rocky’s career spanned from 1947 to 1955, and he held the world heavyweight champion title from 1952 to 1956. Rocky finished his career with a record of 49-0-0 which means he is the only heavyweight champion to have finished his career undefeated.
He fought with relentless aggression and had unmatched stamina, so it’s no surprise that he couldn’t be beaten in the ring. Rocky was also famous for having an incredibly durable chin, which most certainly played a role in keeping him off the canvas.
9 – Henry Armstrong
Henry Jackson Jr. fought under the name Henry Armstrong from 1931 to 1946. He earned nicknames such as “Homicide Hank” and “Hammerin’ Hank” because of his sheer power and ferocity in the ring. Armstrong was ranked several times as one of the greatest fighters of all time, and boasts a record of 151-21-9, with 101 wins by knockout.
Henry is also one of the only fighters to win titles in three or more different weight divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. Armstrong would go on to defend his welterweight title 19 times.
8 – Willie Pep
In boxing, the combination of quick and durable is one that is rare and extremely difficult to fight against. Guglielmo Papaleo, more commonly known as Willie Pep, was a featherweight boxer who fought from 1940 to 1966. Willie had this exact deadly combination, and he brought every ounce of it to all 1,956 rounds (in 241 fights) of his boxing career. Between 1942 and 1950, he held the title of world featherweight champion twice and was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Pep was known for his speed and elusiveness in the ring and is still considered to be one of the best featherweight boxers of all time. With 241 fights under his belt, 229 wins, and 11 losses, Willie Pep has secured his spot at number 8.
7 – Jack Dempsey
Known as “The Manassa Mauler” in the ring, William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey comes in at number 7 on our list. Jack was one of the most popular boxers during his time as a professional boxer from 1914 to 1927. He became famous for his display of power and aggression in his fighting style.
Dempsey reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926, which he defended twice, and boasts a record of 68 wins (53 by KO) in 85 fights, and only 6 losses. Dempsey is easily one of the most legendary boxers of all time.
6 – Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson was not only a legendary boxer, but he managed to become the first-ever African American world heavyweight boxing champion and reigned from 1908 to 1915. His career as a professional boxer ran from 1897 to 1945, and he was “unbeatable” for more than 10 years.
With a record of 70-11-11 and 35 knockouts, which isn’t as impressive as some of the other fighters that are lower ranked, Johnson has made his way up the list for the role he played in the movement against racism during the Jim Crow era in the United States.
5 – Julio César Chávez
In the ring, Julio César Chávez was known by many names, including El César del Boxeo (“The Caesar of Boxing”), El León de Culiacán (“The Lion of Culiacán”), and also simply as Mr. KO, just to name a few. Julio began his boxing career in 1980 and ended it in 2005 with some of the best boxing records of all time, including titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, and light welterweight divisions.
With a total of 115 fights, of which 107 were victories and 86 of those by knockout, and only 6 losses and 2 draws, Julio’s boxing career marks him as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
4 – Mike Tyson
Iron Mike, Kid Dynamite, The Baddest Man on the Planet, whatever you decide to call him, Mike Tyson is among the most famous and legendary boxers of all time. Boasting a record of 50-6-0 and 44 wins by knockout (in a career that ran from 1985 to 2005), as well as being the first heavyweight boxer to ever simultaneously hold and unify the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles, Tyson proved that he was one of the greats.
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3 – Sugar Ray Robinson
Considered by many as the greatest ‘pound for pound’ boxer in the history of the sport, Sugar Ray Robinson comes in as the third most legendary boxer on our top 10 list. Renowned for his class and flamboyant lifestyle outside of the ring, and his devastating power in the ring, Robinson managed a career record of 173-19-6 with 109 wins by knockout.
Sugar Ray held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and later in 1951 Robinson also won the world middleweight title. From his victorious debut fight in 1940 to the Jimmy Doyle incident, and throughout the rest of his career, Sugar Ray Robinson proved himself to be one the most talented boxing stars ever to grace the ring.
2 – Muhammad Ali
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., and possibly the most famous boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali comes in at a close second on our top 10. Named “The People’s Champion” for his charisma and dedication to his fans, and “Fighter of the Year” seven times by The Ring magazine, Ali boasts a record of 56-5-0, with 37 wins by knockout.
Standing at 6ft 3in, with the movement of a dancer, the power of a heavyweight, and the technical skill and speed of a lightweight, his boxing skills are hard to compare with any other boxer. He won the heavyweight title 3 times and gladly took on anyone who opposed him. A true legend, and one that will not be forgotten.
1 – Joe Louis
Known as “The Man Who Beat Hitler” and “The Brown Bomber”, Joe Louis is considered by many to have been the perfect boxer. He is one of the greatest power punchers that ever lived and is also the longest-tenured heavyweight champion in history, holding the title from 1937 to 1949.
Whether it was the moment he made Max Schmeling cry in pain, or when he folded Billy Conn with a brown-spiced combination, it was always clear that Louis was one of the greatest boxers who ever lived. With a final record of 66-3-0, with 52 wins by knockout, Joseph Louis Barrow, ‘’The Brown Bomber’’, is undoubtedly our number 1 boxing legend.
Legends being carved today
While we remember the greatest legends of all time, we have to take a brief look at the present to see the current contenders that are carving their name in boxing history. Online sports betting fans should keep an eye out for these prizefighters.
Vasyl Lomachenko is dominant in the ring. His footwork and speed are unmatched, allowing him to create angles on his opponents that they don’t see coming. Lomachenko is an unstoppable force, and a joy to watch in the ring.
Canelo Alvarez is currently being called the face of boxing. Despite a humbling defeat to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013, he is successfully bouncing back and claiming win after win. This light-heavyweight is pound for pound the best-rated boxer currently fighting.
Terence “Bud” Crawford is the man to watch for all online sports betting fans. He is currently undefeated at 36 wins, with 27 by knockout, and it doesn’t look like the American boxer is anywhere close to done. Adept as an orthodox or southpaw fighter, Terence Crawford is a technical master of boxing.
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