Greatest Boxers of All Time
The Top Ten
If Ali were in the same weight class as Manny he would destroy him. Ali would dissect Manny's brains and make him believe he was invincible. Physically Ali had faster hands, better foot work, the best jab of all time, a diamond chin that was unbreakable and a heart that wouldn't give in. Mentally he is just too smart for Manny, He would psych Manny out and toy with him before and during the fight. He is a genius, and that can't be beaten.
Hey DUMBASS! One of your top boxers is a professional basketball player. This is click bait. - TKDavidson
Easily the Greatest of All Time, the greatest boxer, thinker, competitor, role model, and the greatest leader for loving people, competing with his all, and not thinking of his self.
Was Most fearsome boxer in the world he should be no 1
Greatest boxer of all time in my opinion is Sugar Ray Robinson. I didn't bother to read any other comments since I've been around boxing all my life and boxed as an amateur for many years before hanging up the gloves. Ali was a gifted boxer and one that we all had our issues with at one time or another. In my youth, I had a hard time warming up to the young Ali because he was all over the place however I was hoping he would pull off an upset with Liston. Needless to say, he shocked the world and continued to shock us throughout his career. As a young champion he was the epitome of boxing although he bent some of the science with his style of boxing yet his speed, reflexes, power, and instinctive boxing wherewithal enabled him to plow through the heavyweight division with ease. There were good fighters then and we all know how he handled them -- without so much as a blink. Coming back from the sanction he had lost that edge over the contenders in the division that made his work look ...more
Ali said himself and always maintained that Sugar Ray Robinson is the greatest boxer of all time.
He said of himself, he was the best heavyweight. And because he was the larger man, not the better boxer he would have beaten a Sugar.
Pound for pound Sugar was the best.
Roy Jones wouldn't win against Sugar with both men in their prime even if they fought ten times!
Mike Tyson over Sugar Ray Robinson is a joke, and the comments on Tyson's slot, trying to counter claims that he was overrated only serve to demonstrate their own ignorance and affinity for hype. (Attempting to claim Larry Holmes - also a better champion than Mike Tyson, for the record - is only known for beating a shot Muhammad Ali is all I should have to point out to demonstrate.)
As for Robinson, there's a reason anyone who's not currently a more popular name (and several that are) are ranked below him. The term "pound for pound" best was single-handedly started for Robinson. He was one of the fastest of all time, he somehow had durability and knockout power to go with it, he could fight with virtually any style, he was equally good with both hands, and he was champion in 2 different weight classes. He only lost once to his biggest rival, another all time great, against beating him 5 times. And who else beat Robinson? For his first 131 fights, nobody, and up until ...more
Ali said he was the GOAT, that's how good he was. One of the greatest pound for pound boxers ever.
Fastest, greatest, best foot work, he is the best boxer that ever put the gloves on.
I get kind of tired of people giving Tyson less credit than he deserves and its bull. Everybody complains about how Tyson just fought average fighters and not the best and when he fought the good fighters he lost. Tyson dominated for about 5 or 6 years fighting pretty much the best of his time. Yes he beat an old Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks but lets admit do you really think that those bag of bone boxers could beat one of the strongest punchers of all time by using jabs and crosses? Mike would beat them if they were in their prime the only reason why Larry ever became famous anyways was because he won against a old Muhammad Ali its funny how no one ever brings that up how Larry won against an ancient Ali but everyone brings up Tyson won against ancient Larry Holmes. Then Spinks came into the argument; you know at least Larry was able to last about 3 or 4 rounds but Spinks got knocked out in 91 seconds that's is basically domination. By the time he went to fight Buster Douglas ...more
Tyson was the most exploited boxer in terms of "myth building" by Don King's organized crime organization and the sporting press ate it up which created the most over rated fighter in history! Tyson was a wonderful combo of speed and power and given the tomato cans that his handlers put in front of him, he was destined to reach the top of the heavyweight division at some point but it was no accident that a boxer with power like Buster Douglas knocked Tyson out early on because Tyson was vulnerable to a big puncher. He was never again to face a quality opponent until the two Holyfield defeats and then the Lewis destruction. George Foreman never got the chance to fight Tyson as his promoters knew that the match up of styles would expose the five foot eleven Tyson to the knockout power of the out of shape, aging Foreman. If you want to understand the heavyweight division you should study film footage of the greats like Jack Johnson, Evander Holyfield. George Foreman, Joe Frazier and even ...more
When it comes to the two best of all time it's no doubt Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. When it comes to Ali vs Tyson I pick Tyson every time. Tyson won against tomato cans as you say but he also had some a lot of good wins and if Tyson and Holyfield would have fought in 1991 I bet the fight would have been a different outcome. You say Tyson never won against anybody to good and lost to the best competition. Not completely true Tyson is the youngest man on earth to have ever to capture all three heavyweight belts and it a two time world champion. Tyson was in a time of newer and improved fighters while Ali was in a class of people that were not in his league. Ali is good no doubt but could Ali deal with what Tyson dealt with? Ali beat Sonny Liston wasn't Liston just the regular brawler? Floyd Patterson was really no different than Liston he didn't move very well and was very slow. Anyone see how George Foreman fights? As Ali said he fights like a mummy and that you can out run a mummy. ...more
Unbeatable for six years and only greed through management and some personals he would be untouchable
DEFINITELY NO ONE CAN MATCH HIS RECORD HE MAKE A HISTORY NOT ONLY IN BOXING BUT ALL CHAMPION IN THE WORLD HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH 8 CHAMPIONSHIP BELT, AT THIS TIME NO ONE CAN BEAT HIM, MAYWEATHER HAVE SO MANY EXCUSES HE AFRAID TO FIGHT MANNY CAUSE HE KNEW HE WILL LOST
Pound for pound BEST IN THE WORLD!... I'm glad he's number one... I mean its not like he has to prove anything.
Spell Manny Pacquiao in English, "THE BEST"
you know why? because he is the best.
Only boxer to win eight-division world champion;only boxer who have won ten world titles, only boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year", winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009
"number one" pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, BoxRec.Com, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, Sporting Life and About.Com.
Pacquiao = G.O.A.T.
Rocky Marciano should be number 1, he beat Ali in the Super Fight Animation! He is still undefeated even though he is dead (RIP), went to 49-0, had one of the hardest punches in fighting history, NOT JUST BOXING! He beat Joe Louis and also MANNY PACQUIAO NUMBER 1!? That's very bad, it is between Ali and Marciano.
I doubt anyone will ever beat his record of 49-0. I don't know much about boxing but what I DO know is that you can't just go and complete this man's record - Unnamed Google User Remade
marciano is the best... he has begun his career while he was a soldier that is why I appriciate him... besides he just super, best ever
Rocky was a man carved out of stone the toughest and roughest and most relentless boxer in history
This man is simply the greatest, watching him fight in his prime...no-one ever stood a chance. His only legitimate loss was against Max Schmeling and Joe knocked him out round 1 of their rematch. The precision he had, he was able to land one in right on the chin every time as opposed to throwing random hard punches until his opponent was done. I find watching this man far more spectacular than any other boxer as every knockout of his was some perfect direct hit that looked like he was planning from the very beginning. Ali prepares moments like this, but Joe just waited and prepared for the moment to land his perfect 1 hit KO punch.
What makes an athlete great is not only how much they excel at a sport but how they standardize the sport and how they inspire people (black and white, rich and poor alike). We, unfortunately live in a time where athletes are nothing more than athletes. No one stands up for anything anymore or inspires us to be great at what ever we do like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, or Rocky Marciano. Joe Louis has my vote for #1 place. He has an outstanding record and title defenses and well as longevity. Joe Louis #1.
A real peoples champ, he was undefeated for 12 years! and was champion for that long as well!
In my opinion, He’s the most fundamentally flawless boxer in heavyweight history.
This guy doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the top twenty his whole carrer he's been ducking fighters he just fights boxers he knows he can beat he is in it more for the money than the glory so if you want to even be mentioned with the greats you fight all comers even if you know there is a chance he will wipe the floor with you.
This guy have been hated on nearly his whole career. Everyone they put in front of him, they say he would lose to, he beat. Let's not forget early in his career, he was the one being ducked by the top fighters before his hands broke down on him. Even with that, he became one of the best defensive fighters of all time. He had over 20 title fights and never been knocked down. Over half of his fights been against champions and former champions. He have the highest percentage of punches landed. He also considered the best of his era in any weight class. Pacquiao had delayed the fight against Mayweather because he said he didn't like needles while he was training and before the fight. Mayweather personally called him and offer to wire him 50 million of his own money to take the fight. Of course Mayweather got the blame for it not happening sooner, but ultimately he beat Pacquiao and other excuses came about. Hands down Mayweather Jr. should be easily in the top 3
You just insulted boxing bad saying he should be in the top 3. Floyd made more excuses then Manny. - Sabbath
He asked for De La Hoya and Mosley way back in the early 2000s. He told Pacman to take the blood test in 2009 so that they'd be on equal playing fields. He defeated an undefeated Ricky Hatton and in 2001, Diego Corrales. He beat Shane Mosley after quite possibly Shane's most impressive win of his career. He defeated De La Hoya when Oscar was the A-side fighter. He has the best hit to not hit ratio in the history of boxing. He has defeated more world champions than anyone in the history of the sport. He's undefeated. He has never been knocked down once in his entire career. He makes the best boxers in the world look like amateurs with his brilliant defense. He took out every single fighter that people wanted him to face, and when they said they'd give him his credit if he won, they proceed to make excuses for the loser, and ultimately try to diminish what is another day in the office for Floyd. Anyone that had a close fight with him, he rematched instantly and completely outboxed them. ...more
Mayweather has delayed fighting Pacquiao for years and hasn't really faced the best before. Mayweather is a solid defensive fighter but may not be able to stand up to the offensive agility and quickness of the world's greatest southpaw. If Pacquiao doesn't knock him out in the first few rounds, he will wear him out in later rounds. Pacquiao needs to be hungry and throw the combinations because if he doesn't, Mayweather could sting him. Sadly, it's a US based fight and Mayweather is American so if it comes down to points, Pacquio is finished because the odds makers need a Mayweather victory in order not to lose millions!
Does not get respect. Beat Duran in their first fight and flat footed, if he had been on his toes would have been like the second fight. Duran got away with so many low blows, elbows. He was the biggest dirtbag in boxing history. Not even in his book did he give any credit to Leonard, coming up with the lame excuse he didn’t train and ate like a pig. Never gave credit to any of the fighters that beat him, not even Hearns who knocked this dirtbag flat on his face. Benitez kicked Duran’s butt too but stupid ESPN list Duran in the top ten. What a joke.
Sugar ray is one of the greatest boxers of all time. Leonard was 1 of the most versatile boxers the game has ever seen, from he speed, his ring generalship&toughness. You fools have him ranked at 20 goes to show that you guys don't know nothig about boxing. Lets end on a reel note Aryon Pryor were is he rankm on your list. The Greatest jr welterweight of all time. Up grade your boxing knowledge.
If there is any truth that there is one boxer greater or the best of all other boxers leonard would be my choice he won all the great boxers to be great you have to beat great boxers he did that
I would rank him maybe seventh best of all time. If his defense was much better, he would easily be in the top five.
Held the 125, 135 147 titles at the same time and just missed winning the 160 crown by points! Most fighters today sleep in their dressing rooms till it's time to fight. Hammering hank would shadow box 15 three minute rounds to warm up, then go fight 15 three minute rounds in the fight! Other than the larger heavyweight fighters of today, the lower weights would get their asses handed to them by the old timers! Including Jones, Mayweather and Pacquiao.
No one in that history of boxing has accomplished what Hammering Henry was able to...buff said!.
Hard to compare hank with anyone under ranked here
#6 all time
really impressing und stunning - untouchable.
combining lightning speed and reflexes with ko-power - he had the complete package.
He was so fast, this enabled him to do what he wanted to, although it surely wouldn't work out for anybody else.
Should have fought more in his prime and easily beat everybody - he had no opponents.
Should have end his career after his heavyeight-title-fight.
Poor and sad career-ending.
I had wrote this previously on a different page: Special. In his prime, Roy Jones Jr was something extraordinary. Ultimately, its difficult to sum up what made him so great in so few words, but he left a lasting impression. With the sheer hand speed, fleet of foot and reflexes that made him impossible to hit, Roy was able to get away with incredible showboating, and dazzling punch combinations. Realistically, Jones was faster than anyone in history pound-for-pound, even the great Sugar Ray Leonard at 147 would have trouble beating a 168 Roy to the punch. The hand speed will never really be matched, and the more I consider it, although other great fighters will come and go, Roy Jones Jr, wasn't just special. Roy was as close to Superman as any being will ever get. Watch the highlights and mull it over, because as Max Kellerman once said " We're never gonna see that again."
I feel like everyone over looks Roy. In his prime I don't think anyone could have beaten him. So much speed and power. He threw those punches from the side that looked like nothing yet yielded devastating knock out power. His dancing and taunting with hands behind his back only to counter with knock outs. He was a fighter who evolved past boxing. The was very little fundamental to his style. GOAT!
Pound-4-pound, he possessed the best combination of reflexes, punching power along with hand and foot speed in boxing history. Probably the most dynamic puncher as well, considering the speed and power he possessed in both hands.. Consistently embarrassed world class opponents through out his career, in his prime NOT only did he remain unbeaten but it was rare for him to even lose a round.. Legacy is hurt due to staying in the game to long and being unwilling to take risks in the ring... In my opinion he would have outclassed Robinson!
The greatest! He just needs a true challenge to prove himself! He still is the best no matter what! He is what you think Ivan Drago from Rocky IV was like, that is who he is based upon, except the steroids which he doesn't take!
He is the greatest world heavyweight of today and is tonnes better than Mike Tyson! Anyone can tell you that!
He is best because he is look like heavyweight tall strong he can ko any one only by his left hand he is the best for me.
This is madness! He's in the top 10 heavyweights for sure. Lennox Lewis would be beaten if he didn't make a cut and Vitali never lost without an injury or a stupid cut. He never lost a game on scorecard while fought a lot of games. Incredibly underrated, which is a shame!
Just The Greatest. He was far better than Ray Leonard, who admitted he was the hardest puncher he ever faced and that he was also the hardest boxer to hit cleanly. In fact Leonard said you couldn't hit him with a handful of rice. I don't think Roberto gets the credit he deserves as possibly second only to Sugar Ray Robinson in the all time greats list. And I mean no disrespect to any other boxer. They are all heroes for stepping into the ring. No matter where we place them in lists, all are great in their own unique way. Thank you for allowing me to comment. Harry.
Why is number 1 at no 28? A natural lightweight who won titles in 4 divisions and dominated the best over four decades. He is incomparable! Was at his best in the early 70's when he was angry and hungry - he later fought out of shape and with little passion but still won! I saw him fight in the early 1970's and after winning he went after the opponents corner men! Scary!
Held the lightweight title forever chased Ray leonard (moved up to welterwight) in the first fight he showed it was man against boy. Was forced to take a rematch in one of the shortest time spans (allegedly after Leonard scouts reported he was partying and had balloned to over 200lbs and had about 45 days of training. Demanded money for second fight be deposited before the fight ( no mas fight was result of horrible conditioning. Don King cut him loose after loss to nobody Kirkland Lang later went on to win more titles I consider that a victory over one of the most corrupt promoters in boxing history. How many times has that been done? Laugh out loud His win loss record amazing. A brutal inside fighter and counter puncher.
Duran, if handled by superior American management and Media savvy marketing team would and should have ranked among the top 5 boxers in any weight in history. With his Killer instinct and his genius for cutting off the ring, and forcing his fight, he was unbeatable. Ray Leonard won the 2nd match by his own genius and forcing his fight which frustrated Duran beyond his emotional limit. Now the question is HOW Ray did that compared with the way Duran forced his fight. Ray di it through clownsmanship in my opinion and Duran used physical skill and sheer determination. So you be the judge of which those is more admirable for a boxer. As for "fighters", Duran was better than Leonard and that's what the world really wants to see - a real Fight.
Foreman was the most feared fighter of his day and retired for ten years during his absolute prime. He returned to the ring in poor shape (for only the money) during the reign of Tyson. Don King knew that the match up of styles would not be in the best interest of Tyson and the myth they had fabricated around Tyson and would not make the dream fight happen. An interviewer asked Foreman if he thought he could beat Tyson as Tyson had dismissed the prospective match as a "piece of cake! " The interviewer said to Foreman "you must admit, he's a pretty tough cookie" Forman replied "yah but that tough cookie is afraid of this piece of cake! " Foreman's power, longevity, jab, chin, and second career success ranks him among the top five fighters ever. The other four in any order are Jack Johnson; Roberto Duran; Teofilo Stevenson; S Ray Robinson.
GOAT of his era and absolute legend derseves a top 7, he knocked out ALI for petes sake
Foreman was outsmarted in Zaire plain and simple. Ali didn't beat Foreman, Foreman beat himself. Foreman was "punched out" with little left in the tank. If you look at the tape, It was an arm punch that put him down, Ali wasn't planted when he threw it. A rematch would have had a different outcome which I suspect is the reason there wasn't one. He wouldn't have been fooled the second time. Foreman "could" have been the greatest of all time.
Tyson would have started the fight whipping Foreman's butt, laughing to himself at how easily he was beating the old man. After a few rounds of watching Foreman stumble around the ring Tyson would start to tire and wonder why this old man was still standing. Finally, he would find himself laying on the floor wondering how the hell a tree trunk was able to come swinging through the ring and pummel his poor fragile body into mush and why the referee was holding Foreman's hand up to the cheer of the crowd.
Watch a Willie Pep highlight then tell me he is not the slickest boxer of all time
Has to be in the top 3 best fighters ever just look at his record 229-11-1
242 fights, lost 10 or 11, eat that! He would have smoked all of the boxers of today in the featherweight division. Also he, not Roy Jones Jr. was the first fighter to win a round not only by not getting hit but not throwing a single punch! He made opponents look like clowns in the ring.
The best fighter ever, anybody that know real boxing and boxing history... KNOWS
No one at any weight could take Johnson in his prime. His defense was an art form that no one else could master. Who could last 20 to 40 rounds? He carried fights to sell film footage for financial gain but had the power to end a fight in round one. Watch Ken Burns documentary "Unforgivable Blackness" to see film of this super human from the early 20th century!
He was the first African American Heavy Weight Champion of the World...at a time when the Race Line was in full force. To achieve what he did during an Era of Tremendous Racism he attained and retained the crown for 8 years...He never had the chance to become a "2 Time Heavy Weight Champion" either...Totally underrated and deserves to be ranked higher...Long Before Joe Louis or Sugar Ray Robinson or Ali...There was Jack...and He is my #1 Boxer of All Time...32 years and a record of 77-13! Yeah that says it all...
He should be ranked much higher. Probably in the top 5 of all time. If you watched the many bouts that he fought in way back in the day, most heavy weights today would've struggled to beat him. They were out there fighting 20 rounds in the hot elements of 90 degrees temperatures in a lot of his fights. That's unreal when you think about it. A true beast of a fighter who was shockingly good on defense and smart!
This list is awful in the way its done. The biggest crime is no Benny lynch, one of the greatest small men of all time
He was one of the bravest fighters to ever grace a ring. He won a gold medal with a broken thumb, He was legally blind in his left eye, he never backed down from a fight even in the ring he always was the aggressor. He may be underrated by everyone else but in my opinion what makes Joe Frazier the best in my book is knowing he walked into the thrilla in Manila riddled with arteritis in his back and hands, blind in one eye and past his prime, and despite all I said went toe to toe with Ali. In the 7th round of the fight Ali whispered in his ear "Joe I heard you was washed up" and Joe looks him in the face and says "they lied". He continued fighting another 7 rounds blind, fighting on instinct taking hits left and right but giving way more than he got beating Ali so bad that in the exact words of Muhammad ali "it was the closest thing to dying I have ever felt" and through all that Muhammad Ali finally admitted to the whole world "Joe Frazier is the greatest boxer ever next to me" you ...more
Remember, he knocked Ali's ass to the ground and won the first fight between them.
What makes a real Champion? Real Champions do not duck anybody. Joe fought the best! Joe beat the best! Joe lost too. He can rest in peace because he was a fighter in the truest sense. Fearless sportsman through and through. Boxers must challenge themselves or else they lose before the bell rings. Joe was a winner because he fought the top contenders. Fearless.
"strong body with strong upper cut and was a real champ"
Feel sorry about his untimely death... Bye bye joe
One of the greatest middleweights of all time mayweather wouldn't stand a chance
With a cat like spring he could close the gap on an opponent in an instant delivering a stunning blow with either hand, Yet he never lost his balance whilst switching stance or even when airborne. Truly the greatest middleweight ever.
Marvin Hagler was the best boxer in the world! He is too good for words! He had quick combinations and wonderful hand movement
I understand this discussion is purely subjective, but I had to laugh at some of the fighters ranked ahead of him.
Seriously underrated, look at his record. It speaks for itself. He is absolutely legendary. Beat Tyson, convincingly. Definitely top ten. In my opinion, one of the best ever
The greatest UK boxer of all time! He beat Tua, Tyson and Holyfield! He can beat anyone if he tries his best!
Great boxer... But never got the respect he deserve... Heavyweight class was weak during his era... Even weaker now!
He beat legends like, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and even David Tua! He can battle with anyone if beat all of those three!
Went at least 88-0 (13 Years)longest in over 75 years, held titles in three different weight divisions, most successful title defenses (27), most title fights (37), at least 10 year as champ. First pound for pound title. Best fighter ever.
Was undefeated and was able to go to 88-0 now that's really saying something, about how good he is!
He got the record and longevity as champion that nobody in history is going to much ever, especially now on days where champions last only a couple of years and choose and pick who they want to fight so they can be sure they going to win. Just look at mayweather he refuses to fight manny to ge won't tarnish his record but was a undefeated record when you fought no top contenders and that's why Julio cesar Chavez is the best because he fought the best there was.
julio represents what a mexican boxer is, all the way to the end...
Best fighter ever
He know how to punch
The best, he beat Tyson and had a lot of good fights and beat a lot of people. He just beat somebody a few months ago at the age of 49!
A great fighter! Even better than most of these boxers and has obviously still got it! World Champ and beat TYSON a few times!
He beat Tyson a few times and he just recently won a fight over somebody, at the age of 49! He is an amazing boxer!
His stamina was amazing. Most part of this list would be defeated by him.
Jack Dempsey is a very amazing boxer he even created a very amazing and surprising technique that let him create an amazing knockout "Dempsey Roll" but the only problem he didn't get very famous
The name to be remembered, the hard hitting boxer and savage of the ring, I like his style, the way he moved and punished his opponents.
He should be in the top ten. I heard his name all the time when I was a little boy, and he had not played in 45 years!
Very strong man with his special move called dempsey roll
Simply the best
Top 10 for sure. Beat people way younger than him and his career is incredible. Wins over oscar and Trinidad etc.
hopkins can adapt to any style and may win by late hnockout or decision
Your my ideal
It's self explanatory the executioner had the most title defenses and won almost every weight division Ko Del La Hoya and Trinidad
If his current spot makes it look like he was just an above average boxer with a small fan following, read up. Harry Greb is considered possibly the greatest middleweight of all time, maybe even over Sugar Ray Robinson. He once won 45 fights in a row, enough for an entire career, in one year alone. (That's almost 1 fight per week.) He was also the light heavyweight champ, took out enough top contenders to be one of the best heavyweights in the world, and was the ONLY fighter to beat Gene Tunney, who would go on to beat the one and only Jack Dempsey twice.
So yes, Greb's placement here is 100% a popularity thing, not helped by the fact that no footage of his fights is known to exist. (The fact that he beat, sometimes crushed, fighters who showed legendary skill on tape has boxing fans watering at the mouth to see even one recording.) To hardcore boxing aficionados, he is one of four boxers standing in a league apart from everyone, pound for pound, the other three being Sugar Ray ...more
Pound for pound, the "Pittsburgh Windmill" should be under the top 10. Who the hell made up this list?
Harry greb should be in the top 10
Greb has to be in the top 10. He won 261 fight, 45 against HOF! And he fought half his career blind in one eye
The greatest uncrowned boxe of all time. In 1915 Sam Langford went against the greatest boxer at that time Jack Johnson Johnson won but Langford put a cut the size of a hotdog on Johnsons left cheek
He fought 58 fights against hall of fame boxers (more than leonard, lewis, holyfield, frazier, liston, jefferies, mayweather, marciano or tyson ever faught. all currently ranked above him) though I can see a case made for fighters with more than 100 fights ( like robinson, pep, greb, moore, charles and armstrong) being ranked above him no boxer with so few fights can be ranked above a man who faught so many fight against such good opposition and that's not counting the fact that he also faced so many more great boxers or the fact that he did all that across 6 original weight classes while being only 5 foot 7 and facing giant heavyweights (such as bill tate at 6 foot 6) and not mentioning all the boxers that ducked him including greb, johnson, flowers, burns and dempsey to mention just a few. in conclusion he is a top 3 boxer of all time and does not deserve such a low rating, truely underrated.
Sam Langford "The Boston Bonecrusher" was an unusual yet incredible combination of James Toney and Mike Tyson. Standing at 5 7 he competed in light heavyweight and heavyweight bouts (despite his short stature) this man took on Joe Johnson and a lot of great fighters of his era. People can argue that he lost against Joe Johnson but it was a decision (they fought for the coloured heavyweight championship) and when Johnson became the official world champ, he never accepted any offers from Langford's camp for the rematch citing that he would make less money from fighting black fighters. Ironically when he did accept an offer from a black boxer, it wasn't Langford. Racism was casual in these days and hence Sam and other talented black boxers never got the recognition that they deserved. He had a reputable record of 180W 29L 39D. He only ever really lost to Harry Wills(a ferocious fighter who was scheduled to fight Dempsey for the title, but as expected the fight never happened; which is ...more