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 1 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson
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Famous As: First Heavyweight Boxer to Simultaneously Hold the WBA, WBC & IBF Titles
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 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.

 3 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.

 4 Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier
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Famous As: Boxer
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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 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.
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 8 Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson
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Famous As: Boxer
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.

 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 Jack Johnson (Boxer)

Jack Johnson (Boxer)
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Famous As: Boxer
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.

 11 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.

 12 Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
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.

 13 Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder
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Famous As: WBC Heavyweight Champion (2015 – 2020)
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.

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 Shane Mosley

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

 17 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

 18 Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker
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Famous As: Boxer Who Competed from 1984 to 2001
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: July 14, 2019

 19 Michael Spinks

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

 20 James Toney

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

 21 Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
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Famous As: Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time
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.

 22 Archie Moore

Archie Moore
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Famous As: Professional boxer
Birthdate: December 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benoit, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 1998

 23 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.

 24 Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua
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Famous As: Two-time Former Unified World Heavyweight Champion
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.

 25 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.

 26 Dillian Whyte

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

Born in Jamaica, Dillian Whyte moved with his family to the UK as a 12-year-old. Initially a British kickboxing champion, he later moved on to boxing. He was banned for 2 years for consuming a banned drug. He apparently had his first child at age 13, becoming one of the world’s youngest fathers.

 27 Rubin Carter

Rubin Carter
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Famous As: Boxer
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.

 28 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. 

 29 Chris Eubank

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

British boxer Chris Eubank has been ranked the third-best super-middleweight boxer of all time in Britain. Initially raised in Jamaica, he later returned to Britain but lived amid poverty and battled drug and alcohol addiction, till he stepped into boxing, inspired by his elder brothers.

 30 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

 31 Chris Eubank Jr.

Chris Eubank Jr.
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Famous As: Professional boxer
Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hove, East Sussex, England, UK

The son of renowned British boxer Chris Eubank, Chris Eubank Jr. is a star the middleweight and super-middleweight categories. He moved to the US at age 16 and began his amateur boxing career there. He once revealed he cried the entire day when he learned of his brother Sebastian’s death.

 32 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

 33 Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Floyd Mayweather Sr.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amory, Mississippi, United States

 34 Andre Berto

Andre Berto
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Famous As: Two-time Former Welterweight World Champion
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States

 35 Buster Douglas

Buster Douglas
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Famous As: Former professional boxer who competed between 1981 and 1999
Birthdate: April 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

 36 Keith Thurman

Keith Thurman
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clearwater, Florida, United States

 37 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

 38 Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields
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Famous As: Boxer
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.

 39 Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California, United States

 40 Adonis Stevenson

Adonis Stevenson
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 41 Jermall Charlo

Jermall Charlo
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

 42 Roger Mayweather

Roger Mayweather
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Died: March 17, 2020

 43 Nigel Benn

Nigel Benn
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ilford, East London, England

Known as The Dark Destroyer, boxer Nigel Benn has been both a middleweight and a super-middleweight world champion. He had also previously been part of the British Army in West Germany and Northern Ireland. He is also known for his rivalry with fellow British boxer Chris Eubank.

 44 Shawn Porter

Shawn Porter
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Famous As: Former professional boxer who competed from 2008 to 2021
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 45 Frank Bruno

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

Former boxer Frank Bruno, known by his nickname True Brit, is best known for his 1995 WBC title win against Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium. In December 2021, he took to social media to debunk a death hoax targeting him. He has also released chartbusting cover versions and appeared on various TV shows.

 46 Riddick Bowe

Riddick Bowe
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 47 Antonio Tarver

Antonio Tarver
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

 48 Bermane Stiverne

Bermane Stiverne
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
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.

 49 Earnie Shavers

Earnie Shavers
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Famous As: Boxer Heavyweight
Birthdate: August 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Garland, Alabama, United States

 50 Carlos Takam

Carlos Takam
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon