Although this list has some of the famous boxers of all time, Boxing itself may not be an appealing sport to everyone because of its violent nature. But it goes without saying that it is one of the most entertaining sports there is. Many people may think that the sport of boxing is just about throwing punches but it is not so. In fact boxing involves a great amount of technical prowess and an even greater degree of training on the part of the boxers who take to the ring. Although in recent times it has lost most of its old glory, the sport still continues to live on. Great fighters have always lit up arenas with their skills in the ring. So let us now look at some of the famous boxers of all time to have been inside the squared arena.
10. George Foreman:
George Edward Foreman was a two time heavyweight champion of the world and also an Olympic gold medallist. He is most well known to have defeated some great boxers in his prime and then also for his comeback to professional boxing at the age of 45 when he made a comeback to win the world title again. He is still the oldest man to have held the heavyweight title and his career record was 76-5 which included 68 knockouts.
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9. Mike Tyson:
One of the most controversial and charismatic figures in boxing, Michael Gerard Mike Tyson is an American retired professional boxer. He holds the record for being one of the youngest men to have held all titles in heavyweight boxing. Besides that he was also the first man to unify all the boxing federation titles. His ferocity in the ring was unmatched and he is still acknowledged as one of the best of all time. His career was shrouded by controversy as he was jailed for rape in 1992.
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8. Willie Pep:
Willie Pep has perhaps the most impressive record in among the famous boxers of all time. Guglielmo Papaleo was born September 1922 and passed away in 2006. In his 26-year-long career he took part in more than 200 fights and has an impressive record. He is ranked as the best featherweight fighter of all time and was also inducted into the boxing hall of fame in 1990. His first fight was in 1937 as an amateur.
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7. Julio Cesar Chavez:
Julio is a retired Mexican professional boxer and is often considered as the best fighter ever to emerge from Mexico. He held six titles in three different weight divisions and is often considered the best pound-for-pound fighter of his era. He was best known for being relentless and for his punching power which was matched by very few in his entire career. He held titles as a featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight. He was also inducted into the boxing hall of fame in 2011.
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6. Jack Johnson:
Jack Johnson was one of the most dominant men in the ring in the pre-Muhammad Ali era. He was often known as the most notorious African American on the planet. Born in 1878, he made his boxing debut in 1897 and since then he took part in 114 fights out of which he won around 80 fights. Things were different at the turn of the 20th century as the fights lasted for 20 rounds and boxers would gruellingly battle it out. He was one of the most feared men in boxing during and even after his time.
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5. Sugar Ray Robinson:
Sugar Ray Robinson was born in 1921 and passed away in 1989. He was one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time. As a middleweight and a welterweight he managed to instil fear in his opponents’ hearts with his unrelenting style. As an amateur fighter he had a most impressive record of 85-0 and in his professional career he won 173 out of around 200 fights. He was praised by his peers as one of the most famous boxers of all time. He had skills that a very few can even fathom, let alone match in the ring.
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4. Joe Frazier:
Joe Frazier also known as ‘Smokin Joe’ was an American boxer. He passed away in November 2011 and fought between the years 1965 to 1976. He held the world title and was also an Olympic gold medallist. His rivalries with the most famous boxers of all time are still talked about and he is also a member of the boxing hall of fame. He was one of the best in the sport and will be remembered for his epic fights against the greatest of his time and perhaps the greatest of all time.
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3. Rocky Marciano:
Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer who lived between the years 1923 and 1969. He was the only world champion and perhaps the only boxer in history to have never lost or tied a single fight. He began as an amateur and had lost several fights too but when he rose up to his professional career then he became a force to be reckoned with. His undefeated record stills stands as one of the most astounding records in boxing history even today.
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2. Joe Louis:
Considered by many as the most famous boxer of all time, Joseph Louis Barrow was an American boxer who lived from 1914 to 1981. He was one of the sport’s best and his career record easily verifies that. He was a dominant fighter who seemed to have an unlimited amount of stamina. He was also an icon for African Americans as he was among the first to become a nationwide hero because of his exploits in the ring. He is known as the greatest puncher there ever was in the sport of boxing.
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1. Muhammad Ali:
When someone says “boxing”, the related name that immediately comes to anyone’s mind is that of the great Muhammad Ali. He was easily the most well known sporting figure of his time and was also a cultural and youth icon. He is known to have great skills in the ring and he backed it up with a cocky confidence that was rarely seen in the sport. His unorthodox fighting style was graceful and dangerous at the same time and what he brought to the sport is still unparalleled.
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