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Mike Tyson
(One of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time and First to Simultaneously Hold WBA, WBC & IBF Titles)
Mike Tyson
31
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.

 2 
George Foreman
(Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion)
George Foreman
27
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.

 3 
Evander Holyfield
(The Only Boxer in the History to Win the Undisputed Championship in Two Weight Classes)
Evander Holyfield
25
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.

 4 
Larry Holmes
(One of the Greatest Heavyweights of All Time)
Larry Holmes
15
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.

 5 
Deontay Wilder
(American Professional Boxer and 10-Time WBC Heavyweight Champion)
Deontay Wilder
31
Birthdate: October 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Deontay Wilder was the WBC heavyweight champion from 2015 to 2020 and the first American to hold the title in 9 years. In 2020, BoxRec ranked him the world's second-best active heavyweight. A knock-out specialist, he earned the nickname The Bronze Bomber for his bronze win at the 2008 Olympics.
 6 
Bernard Hopkins
(One of the Most Successful Professional Boxers in American History)
Bernard Hopkins
18
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.

 7 
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
(American Professional Boxer )
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
8
Birthdate: May 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 13, 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.

 8 
Andre Ward
(Former Professional Boxer)
Andre Ward
9
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.

 9 
Thomas Hearns
(American Former Professional Boxer)
Thomas Hearns
11
Birthdate: October 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Thomas Hearns is an American retired boxer who became the first boxer in the history of boxing to win world titles in five different weight classes. Nicknamed the Hitman, Thomas Hearns was named Fighter of the Year in 1980 by The Ring magazine. He was also named Fighter of the Year in 1984 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. 

 10 
Claressa Shields
(Mixed Martial Artist and the Only Boxer in History to Hold the ‘WBA’, ‘WBC’, ‘IBF’, and ‘WBO’ Titles)
Claressa Shields
4
Birthdate: March 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States

Boxer and mixed martial artist, Claressa Shields, reigned as the undisputed female middleweight champion from 2019 to 2020. She has previously held multiple WBA, WBC, and IBF female middleweight titles. She is also the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic medals. She was named the Female Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2018.

 11 
Shane Mosley
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed From 1993 to 2016)
Shane Mosley
6
Birthdate: September 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States
 12 
James Toney
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed From 1988 to 2017)
James Toney
8
Birthdate: August 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
 13 
Sugar Ray Leonard
(One of the Greatest Boxers of All Time)
Sugar Ray Leonard
10
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.

 14 
Joe Louis
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Boxers of All Time.)
Joe Louis
8
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.
 15 
Sugar Ray Robinson
(One of the Greatest Boxers of All Time)
Sugar Ray Robinson
8
Birthdate: May 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ailey, Georgia, United States
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.

 16 
Archie Moore
(American Professional Boxer Who Has Had One of the Sport’s Longest Professional Careers)
Archie Moore
6
Birthdate: December 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benoit, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 1998
 17 
Laila Ali
(One of the Greatest Female Boxers of All Time)
Laila Ali
6
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.

 18 
Jack Johnson
(One of the Most Influential Boxers of All Time)
Jack Johnson
5
Birthdate: March 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States
Died: June 10, 1946

Jack Johnson was an American boxer and one of the most dominant champions of his generation. Considered one of the most influential boxers ever, Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight championship at the peak of the Jim Crow era. He is often credited with influencing popular boxers like Muhammad Ali.

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Emile Griffith
(Boxer Who Won World Titles in Three Weight Divisions)
Emile Griffith
6
Birthdate: February 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: July 23, 2013
 20 
Lennox Lewis
(British-Canadian Former Professional Boxer and Three-Time World Heavyweight Champion)
Lennox Lewis
12
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.
 21 
Israel Adesanya
(New Zealand Mixed Martial Artist and Kickboxer)
Israel Adesanya
14
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Israel Adesanya is a Nigerian-born New Zealand kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and former boxer. Considered one of the best strikers in MMA, Adesanya has won multiple championships and is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. In 2019, Israel Adesanya was named New Zealand Sportsman of the Year at the Halberg Awards.

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Jersey Joe Walcott
(American Professional Boxer Who Held the NYSAC, NBA, and the Ring Heavyweight Titles From 1951 to 1952)
Jersey Joe Walcott
4
Birthdate: January 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 25, 1994
 23 
Aaron Pryor
(Boxer)
Aaron Pryor
3
Birthdate: October 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died: October 9, 2016
 24 
Joe Frazier
(The First Boxer to Defeat Muhammad Ali)
Joe Frazier
9
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
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.
 25 
Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
8
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
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.
 26 
Rubin Carter
(American-Canadian Middleweight Boxer, Wrongfully Convicted and Imprisoned for Murder)
Rubin Carter
12
Birthdate: May 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, United States
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.

 27 
Ann Wolfe
(Boxer)
Ann Wolfe
4
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
 28 
Pernell Whitaker
(American Professional Boxer Who Was a Four-Weight World Champion)
Pernell Whitaker
7
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: July 14, 2019
 29 
Anthony Joshua
(British Boxer and Two-Time Former Unified World Heavyweight Champion)
Anthony Joshua
23
Birthdate: October 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Widely regarded as one of the best active boxers in the world, Anthony Joshua is the first British heavyweight to win both a major world title and an Olympic gold medal. Having avoided a life of crime, Joshua focused solely on boxing; his rags to riches story serves as an inspiration. He is one of the most influential Black Britons.

 30 
Floyd Mayweather Sr.
(Boxing Trainer & Former Boxer)
Floyd Mayweather Sr.
7
Birthdate: October 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amory, Mississippi, United States
 31 
Shannon Briggs
(Former Boxer: Two-time World Heavyweight Champion)
Shannon Briggs
10
Birthdate: December 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 32 
Andre Berto
(Two-Time Former Welterweight World Champion)
Andre Berto
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
 33 
Ken Norton
(American Professional Boxer and WBC Heavyweight Champion in 1978)
Ken Norton
10
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.

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Shawn Porter
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed From 2008 to 2021)
Shawn Porter
10
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
 35 
Roger Mayweather
(American Boxing Trainer and Former Professional Boxer)
Roger Mayweather
7
Birthdate: April 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Died: March 17, 2020
 36 
Earnie Shavers
(One of the Hardest Punchers in the History of Heavyweight Boxing )
Earnie Shavers
5
Birthdate: August 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Garland, Alabama, United States
Died: September 1, 2022
 37 
Gerald McClellan
(American Former Professional Boxer & Two-Time Middleweight World Champion)
Gerald McClellan
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, United States
 38 
Bermane Stiverne
(Haitian-Canadian Professional Boxer)
Bermane Stiverne
5
Birthdate: November 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plaine-du-Nord

Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian boxer who reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion for eight months between 2014 and 2015. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the 2003 and 2004 National Championships as well as a silver medal at the 2005 Championships. An avid fan of basketball, Stiverne supports the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

 39 
Zab Judah
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed From 1996 to 2019)
Zab Judah
5
Birthdate: October 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brownsville, New York, United States
 40 
Azumah Nelson
(Ghanaian Former Professional Boxer)
Azumah Nelson
4
Birthdate: July 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
 41 
Hasim Rahman
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed From 1994 to 2014)
Hasim Rahman
4
Birthdate: November 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 42 
Guillermo Rigondeaux
(Cuban Professional Boxer)
Guillermo Rigondeaux
4
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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Riddick Bowe
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed Between 1989 and 2008)
Riddick Bowe
6
Birthdate: August 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 44 
Dominic Breazeale
(American Professional Boxer)
Dominic Breazeale
5
Birthdate: August 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
 45 
Julian Jackson
(Boxer)
Julian Jackson
3
Birthdate: September 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
 46 
Jermell Charlo
(American Professional Boxer Who Is Undisputed Super Welterweight World Champion)
Jermell Charlo
0
Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
 47 
Michael Spinks
( The First Reigning Light Heavyweight World Champion to Win the Heavyweight Title)
Michael Spinks
9
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
 48 
Keith Thurman
(American Professional Boxer Who Was a Former Unified Welterweight World Champion)
Keith Thurman
6
Birthdate: November 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clearwater, Florida, United States
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Robert Earl Jones
6
Birthdate: February 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tate County, Mississippi, United States
Died: September 7, 2006
 50 
Luis Ortiz
(Cuban Professional Boxer)
Luis Ortiz
1
Birthdate: March 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camagüey, Cuba