Famous 21st Century Boxers

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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 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Greene, New York, United States

A former professional boxer who reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion for three years, Mike Tyson is considered a colossal figure in boxing. Claiming his first heavyweight title at the young age of 20, he went on to become one of the best heavyweights of all time. Also a controversial person, he was once imprisoned on rape charges.

 3 Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

One of the most remunerative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a glorious boxing career. One of the most decorated boxers ever, Floyd is regarded as the best pound for pound boxer by many websites. During his career, he had his share of controversies and made brief appearances in shows like WWE and Dancing with the Stars.

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 4 Canelo Álvarez

Canelo Álvarez
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Named the world’s best active boxer by BoxRec and other sports organizations, Mexican welterweight Canelo Álvarez is a skilled counterpuncher. He won a silver at the Mexican National Championship at 15 and has earned the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine light middleweight titles. He is known for his knockout wins. 

 5 Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao
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Famous As: Politician, Professional Boxer
Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kibawe, Philippines

Before assuming office as a senator of the Phillippines, Manny Pacquiao was already known as a globally renowned boxer. Known to his fans as PacMan, he is the only boxer to have won world championships from the 1990s to the 2020s. BoxRec named him the world’s seventh-active boxer in 2020.

 6 Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Semey, Kazakhstan

Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.

 7 George Foreman

George Foreman
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: January 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States

Known to his fans as "Big George,” boxer George Foreman won the world heavyweight champion twice and also gas an Olympic gold medal to his credit. Multidimensional in his pursuits, the international boxing hall-of-famer has also been a Christian minister, invented a fat-reducing grill, and written several books, including cookbooks.

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 8 Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atmore, Alabama, United States

Evander Holyfield is an American retired boxer who reigned as the undisputed champion in the late 1980s under cruiserweight division and in the early 1990s under heavyweight division. The only four-time world heavyweight champion, Holyfield remains the only boxer in the history of boxing to reign as an undisputed champion in two weight classes.

 9 Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States

Former American boxer Roy Jones Jr. was born to a boxer father. Despite his defeat in the gold medal match at the 1988 Seoul Olympics due to a faulty decision by the judges, he won the Val Barker Award. He was the second light heavyweight champion to earn a heavyweight title.

 10 Lennox Lewis

Lennox Lewis
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Ham, London, England
Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also won the super heavyweight gold for Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He has won numerous accolades, including the CBE and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He has been named as the sixth-best heavyweight boxer of all time by BoxRec.

 11 Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

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.

 12 Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montebello, California, United States

Oscar De La Hoya is an American retired boxer who won 11 world titles between 1992 and 2008 in six weight classes. Dubbed the Golden Boy of Boxing, Oscar De La Hoya won a gold medal for America at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1995, he was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine.

 13 Roberto Durán

Roberto Durán
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: June 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guararé, Panama

 14 Julio Cesar Chavez

Julio Cesar Chavez
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ciudad Obregón, 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.

 15 Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wythenshawe, Manchester, England

 16 Terence Crawford

Terence Crawford
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

 17 Andre Ward

Andre Ward
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Andre Ward is an American retired boxer who held several world titles in two weight divisions. When he was the light heavyweight champion, Andre Ward was adjudged the best active boxer, pound for pound, by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Credited with winning an Olympic gold for America, Andre Ward was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2021.

 18 Larry Holmes

Larry Holmes
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States

Larry Holmes is an American retired boxer whose left jab is often ranked among the best in the history of professional boxing. Widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing, Holmes' title defense against 19 boxers is the second-most in history. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.

 19 Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Bernard Hopkins is an American retired boxer who held several world championships between 2001 to 2012 in two weight classes. Nicknamed The Executioner, Hopkins is widely regarded as one of the modern era's greatest boxers. A highly strategic boxer, Bernard Hopkins was also renowned for his speed, power, and counterpunching skills.

 20 Jake LaMotta

Jake LaMotta
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: September 19, 2017

 21 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.

 22 Ken Norton

Ken Norton
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Illinois, United States
Died: September 18, 2013

Professional boxer Ken Norton is remembered for his three highly publicized fights with Muhammad Ali, out of which he lost two. Norton was a towering figure in the boxing world and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978. He was a forward-pressing fighter notable for his unusual stance. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

 23 Shane Mosley

Shane Mosley
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States

 24 Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi, Ukraine

Vasyl Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is widely regarded as the most popular Ukrainian boxer and one of the most successful amateur boxers ever with an impressive record of 396 wins and 1 loss. Known for his exceptional accuracy, creativity, hand speed, athleticism, footwork, and defense, Lomachenko won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

 25 Ryan Garcia

Ryan Garcia
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Victorville, California

Ryan Garcia began professional boxing at age 17 and had been trained by his father in their family garage since the age of 7. Named ESPN’s 2017 prospect of the year, he also has a huge fan following on social media. He held the WBC interim lightweight title in early 2021.

 26 Michael Spinks

Michael Spinks
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 27 Amir Khan

Amir Khan
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolton, England
British boxer Amir Khan is best known for his WBA, WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight wins. His silver at the 2004 Olympics made him the youngest British Olympic medalist. An avid philanthropist, he owns a non-profit. He also co-owns the Super Fight League (MMA) and Super Boxing League.

 28 Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice
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Famous As: Mixed martial Artist
Birthdate: February 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: June 6, 2016

Kimbo Slice, dubbed The King of the Web Brawlers by Rolling Stone, gained fame for his mutual combat street fights. He dabbled in MMA, boxing, and wrestling, eventually signing with EliteXC and competing in UFC. A little over a year after signing with Bellator MMA, he died of heart failure.

 29 Charles Salvador

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

 30 Laila Ali

Laila Ali
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Famous As: Professional Boxer, TV Personality
Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, United States

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.

 31 Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Ryan O'Neal trained to be a boxer but stepped into showbiz with the role of Rodney Harrington in the soap Peyton Place. He made waves with his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated role in Love Story. He also starred in Barry Lyndon, A Bridge Too Far, and the series Bones.

 32 Joe Calzaghe

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

 33 Juan Manuel Márquez

Juan Manuel Márquez
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iztacalco, Mexico City, Mexico

 34 James Toney

James Toney
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 35 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.

 36 Adrien Broner

Adrien Broner
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Adrien Broner is an American boxer. Regarded as one of the best light-welterweight boxers of his generation, Broner has held several world championships in various weight classes, such as super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight. He is also known for his crazy antics inside and outside the ring.

 37 Mary Kom

Mary Kom
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Famous As: Boxer, Politician
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.

 38 Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

 39 Felix Trinidad

Felix Trinidad
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

 40 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. 

 41 Pernell Whitaker

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

 42 Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Quinton Jackson is a mixed martial artist and former professional wrestler turned actor. He is famous for his eccentric personality traits and aggressive style of fighting. He is credited with making MMA a popular sport worldwide. As an actor, he has appeared in a few films, including Miss March and Bad Guys. He is a controversial person. 

 43 Chris Eubank

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

 44 Tony Danza

Tony Danza
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 45 Eric Esch

Eric Esch
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 46 Billy Joe Saunders

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

 47 Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
An amateur boxer in his early days, Mickey Rourke later deviated to acting, mostly starring in action movies and thrillers. He went back to his former love, boxing, in 1991, only to retire in 1994. He then stunned his fans with his Academy Award-nominated role in The Wrestler.

 48 Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

 49 Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Danny García is an American boxer who has held several world championship titles in two weight divisions. Between 2012 and 2015, he held lineal light-welterweight titles, WBC title, and the unified WBA (Super). Between 2016 and 2017, he held the WBC welterweight title. In 2020, García was ranked the seventh-best-active welterweight in the world by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

 50 Micky Ward

Micky Ward
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Micky Ward is an American retired boxer who held the WBU light welterweight championship in 2000. Two of his three fights with Arturo Gatti, for which he is known, earned him The Ring magazine's Fight of the Year awards. Renowned for his pressure fighting style, Ward's career inspired the 2010 movie The Fighter where Ward was played by Mark Wahlberg.