Famous 20th Century Boxers

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Boxers, including Holly Holm, Wladimir Klitschko, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao

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 1 Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

 2 Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard.
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Famous As: American professional boxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rocky Mount

Sugar Ray Leonard is a former boxer and motivational speaker. Having won world titles in five different weight divisions during his boxing career, Leonard is widely considered one of the greatest boxers ever. Leonard was part of a group of boxers dubbed The Fabulous Four, which is credited with popularizing the lower weight classes in the post-Muhammad Ali era.

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 3 Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brockton
Died: August 31, 1969
Rocky Marciano, also known as the Brockton Blockbuster, was the world’s only heavyweight champion to remain undefeated till the end of his career and held the heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. The International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee held the world’s highest heavyweight knockout-to-win ratio at 85.71%.

 4 Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort
Died: November 7, 2011
Joe Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin' Joe,” was a star heavyweight champion who won the boxing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Known for his legendary 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Muhammad Ali and his defeat in the “Thrilla in Manila,” Frazier had scored 32 wins in his career.

 5 Joe Louis

Joe Louis.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambers County, Alabama, United States
Died: April 12, 1981
Boxer Joe Louis, or the Brown Bomber, was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 and was the longest-reigning (single) heavyweight champion. The International Boxing Research Organization declared him the best heavyweight boxer of all time. He was also a skilled golfer and appeared in a 1952 PGA event.

 6 Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson.
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Famous As: Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing Champion
Birthdate: May 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ailey, Georgia
Died: April 12, 1989

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American boxer. Considered one of the greatest boxers ever, Robinson held a 91-fight unbeaten streak from 1943 to 1951, the third-longest in the history of professional boxing. Also known for his flamboyant and classy lifestyle outside the ring, Sugar Ray Robinson unsuccessfully tried his hand at a career as an entertainer after retiring from boxing.

 7 Julio Cesar Chavez

Julio Cesar Chavez.
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Famous As: Mexican professional boxer
Birthdate: July 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Obregón, Sonora, Mexico

Julio Cesar Chavez is a Mexican former boxer who won several world championships in three different weight divisions. He also holds several records, such as the most successful world title defenses and most title fights. He has been named in ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time list and was made an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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 8 Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.

 9 Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Marvelous Marvin Hagler
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 14, 2021

Marvelous Marvin Hagler was an American boxer and actor who reigned as the middleweight division's undisputed champion from 1980 to 1987, during which he had 12 successful title defenses. Regarded as one of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time, Hagler was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 10 Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammersmith

 11 Floyd Patterson

Floyd Patterson
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waco, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 11, 2006

 12 Max Schmeling

Max Schmeling
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klein Luckow
Died: February 2, 2005

 13 Kostya Tszyu

Kostya Tszyu.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Serov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Kostya Tszyu is a former boxer who held multiple light-welterweight championships. Renowned for his punching power, Tszyu is considered one of the hardest-punching boxers in the history of light-welterweight boxing. He represented the Soviet Union at the 1991 World Championships, where he won a gold medal. In 2010, Tszyu was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 14 Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk

 15 Archie Moore

Archie Moore.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benoit, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 1998

 16 Laila Ali

Laila Ali.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Laila Ali is an American former professional boxer. The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali competed from 1999 to 2007, during which she remained undefeated. She is also credited with saving wrestling legend Hulk Hogan's life by calling him when he was suicidal and depressed. After retiring from professional boxing, Laila Ali became a television personality.

 17 Tommy Morrison

Tommy Morrison
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gravette, Arkansas, United States
Died: September 1, 2013

Tommy Morrison was an American boxer who was ranked among the best boxer in the world by BoxRecheld in 1992. He held the WBO heavyweight championship in 1993. In addition to his boxing career, Tommy Morrison also had an acting career; he portrayed Tommy Gunn and appeared alongside Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 sports drama movie Rocky V.

 18 Mary Kom

Mary Kom.
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Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kangathei, Manipur, India
Indian boxing legend Mary Kom, known as “Magnificent Mary,” is the only female to win the World Amateur Boxing championship six times. She has won golds at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, and an Olympic bronze, too. The Padma Vibhushan-winner is also a Rajya Sabha member.

 19 Naseem Hamed

Naseem Hamed
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield

 20 Rubin Carter

Rubin Carter.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey
Died: April 20, 2014

Rubin Carter was an American-Canadian boxer whose boxing career was overshadowed by his murder conviction; after serving almost 20 years of prison term, it was revealed that he was wrongfully convicted of murder. His autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, which he had written during his time in prison, inspired the 1999 film, The Hurricane, where Denzel Washington played Rubin Carter.

 21 Chris Eubank

Chris Eubank
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dulwich

 22 Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hertfordshire

 23 Emile Griffith

Emile Griffith
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: July 23, 2013

 24 Charles Salvador

Charles Salvador
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Famous As: Poet, Autobiographer, Boxer
Birthdate: December 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton

 25 Érik Morales

Érik Morales
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tijuana

 26 Eddie Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Eddie Alvarez is an American MMA fighter who fights for ONE Championship. A former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter, Alvarez has held the UFC Lightweight Championship as well as the Bellator Lightweight World Championship. He is credited with being Bellator MMA's first Lightweight champion. He is also the first person to have won championships in both UFC and Bellator MMA. 

 27 Jersey Joe Walcott

Jersey Joe Walcott
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 25, 1994

 28 Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kursk, Russia

Alexander Povetkin is a Russian professional boxer who won an Olympic gold medal for his country in 2004. The current WBC interim heavyweight champion, Povetkin was ranked the fourth-best active heavyweight in the world by The Ring magazine in 2020. Alexander Povetkin is also regarded as one of the best active boxers, pound for pound.

 29 Ezzard Charles

Ezzard Charles
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 7, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
Died: May 28, 1975

 30 Buster Douglas

Buster Douglas
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus

 31 Badr Hari

Badr Hari.
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Famous As: kickboxer
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer Badr Hari, also known as Bad Boy and The Golden Boy, has won the K-1 Heavyweight and Showtime Heavyweight championships. He represented the Netherlands until his loss to Stefan Leko, after which he began playing for Morocco, due to aggressive criticism from his Dutch fans.

 32 Richard Boone

Richard Boone
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Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: January 10, 1981

 33 Floyd Mayweather Sr.

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York

 34 Leon Spinks

Leon Spinks.
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Famous As: Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Birthdate: July 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 35 James J. Braddock

James J. Braddock
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 7, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 29, 1974

 36 Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast

Carl Frampton is a British former professional boxer who won the silver medal at the Men's 2007 European Union Amateur Boxing Championships where he represented Ireland. He held the IBF super-bantamweight and WBA (Unified) titles between 2014 and 2016. From 2016 to 2017, he held the WBA (Super) featherweight title.

 37 Nikolai Valuev

Nikolai Valuev.
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Famous As: Boxer, Actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev has been the WBA heavyweight champion twice, and at 149 kg and 7 ft., is the heaviest and tallest champion ever. Severe health issues caused him to retire from boxing, following which he appeared in films such as Stonehead and became a State Duma member.

 38 Daniel Jacobs

Daniel Jacobs
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Famous As: boxer
Birthdate: February 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

 39 Frank Bruno

Frank Bruno
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

 40 Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: August 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cathedral City

 41 Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 42 Dicky Eklund

Dicky Eklund.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

 43 Marcos Maidana

Marcos Maidana
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Fe

 44 Lenny McLean

Lenny McLean
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Famous As: Boxer, Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 28, 1998

 45 Shannon Briggs

Shannon Briggs
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Famous As: Boxer, Actor, Kickboxer
Birthdate: December 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 46 Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh.
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Famous As: Indian Professional Boxer
Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaluwas, Rewari, Haryana, India

 47 Callum Smith

Callum Smith
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liverpool

 48 Sidney Luft

Sidney Luft.
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Famous As: Show Business Figure
Birthdate: November 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: September 15, 2005
Producer Sidney Luft is remembered for his marriages to Hollywood stars, such as Judy Garland and Lynn Bari. He produced many notable films, such as the 1954 movie A Star is Born, featuring Garland. He had also been a boxer and a Canadian Air Force pilot in the past.

 49 Marcel Cerdan

Marcel Cerdan
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Died: October 28, 1949

 50 Julio César Chávez, Jr.

Julio César Chávez, Jr.
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Birthdate: February 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Culiacán