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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
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Birthdate: June 30, 1966
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.

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Canelo Álvarez
(Mexican Professional Boxer)
Canelo Álvarez
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Birthdate: July 18, 1990
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. 
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Jack Dempsey
(One of the Most Popular Boxers in American History)
Jack Dempsey
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Birthdate: June 24, 1895
Birthplace: Manassa, Colorado, United States
Died: May 31, 1983

Acknowledged by his rivals as a remarkable hitter, Jack Dempsey was an American heavyweight boxing champion who was known for his powerful punches. The record attendance at his bouts was an indication of his popularity. He was considered as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Born poor and nicknamed Kid Blackie, Jack Dempsey went on to become one of the richest athletes during his time.

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Julio Cesar Chavez
(Mexican Former Professional Boxer and Multiple-Time World Champion in Three Weight Divisions)
Julio Cesar Chavez
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Birthdate: July 4, 1962
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.

 5 
Israel Adesanya
(New Zealand Mixed Martial Artist and Kickboxer)
Israel Adesanya
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Birthdate: July 22, 1989
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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Vitali Klitschko
(Ukrainian Politician and Former Boxer)
Vitali Klitschko
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Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

Retired Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko, who is now a politician and the current mayor of Kyiv, is also known for his 6’7” frame. He was once the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title winner and earned the nickname Dr. Ironfist. He also holds a PhD from the physical science department of Kyiv University.

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Marcel Cerdan
(French Professional Boxer and World Middleweight Champion)
Marcel Cerdan
3
Birthdate: July 22, 1916
Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Died: October 28, 1949
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 8 
Mia St. John
(Boxer)
Mia St. John
3
Birthdate: June 24, 1967
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Shakur Stevenson
(American Professional Boxer Who Held the WBO Featherweight Title From 2019 to 2020)
Shakur Stevenson
5
Birthdate: June 28, 1997
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Jake LaMotta
(American Professional Boxer Who Was World Middleweight Champion Between 1949 and 1951)
Jake LaMotta
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Birthdate: July 10, 1922
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: September 19, 2017
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 11 
Azumah Nelson
(Ghanaian Former Professional Boxer)
Azumah Nelson
5
Birthdate: July 19, 1958
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 12 
Katie Taylor
(One of Only Eight Boxers in History to Hold all Four Major World Titles in Boxing Simultaneously)
Katie Taylor
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Birthdate: July 2, 1986
Birthplace: Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

A 5-time world champion and an Olympic gold medalist, Katie Taylor is one of Ireland’s best boxers. She also has 6 gold medals at the European Championship. Born amid poverty in the coastal town of Bray, to a boxer father, Katie was initially trained by him.

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Ezzard Charles
(American Professional Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Known for His Slick Defense and Precision)
Ezzard Charles
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Birthdate: July 7, 1921
Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
Died: May 28, 1975
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 14 
Rahman Ali
(Boxer)
Rahman Ali
5
Birthdate: July 18, 1944
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Michael Spinks
( The First Reigning Light Heavyweight World Champion to Win the Heavyweight Title)
Michael Spinks
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Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Steve Collins
(Irish Former Professional Boxer)
Steve Collins
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Birthdate: July 21, 1964
Birthplace: Cabra, Ireland

Regarded as the most successful boxer from Ireland, Steve Collins created history by becoming the first to beat the then-undefeated British boxer Chris Eubank. He has been both a WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion. He has also been an army boxing coach and has appeared in a film, too.

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 17 
Gene Fullmer
(Boxer)
Gene Fullmer
3
Birthdate: July 21, 1931
Birthplace: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Died: April 27, 2015
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 18 
Marcos Maidana
(Argentine Former Professional Boxer)
Marcos Maidana
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Birthdate: July 17, 1983
Birthplace: Margarita, Argentina
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Leon Spinks
(American Professional Boxer)
Leon Spinks
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Birthdate: July 11, 1953
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: February 5, 2021
 20 
Peter Quillin
(Boxer)
Peter Quillin
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Birthdate: June 22, 1983
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Carl Froch
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Carl Froch
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Birthdate: July 2, 1977
Birthplace: Nottingham, England

Sky Sports analyst and commentator and former boxer Carl Froch is known for his World Championship bronze and his double English National Championship gold wins, all in the middleweight category. Though he initially loved football, too, he eventually chose boxing as a career option. He is also publicly a flat-Earther.

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Yordenis Ugás
(Cuban Professional Boxer)
Yordenis Ugás
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Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Emanuel Steward
(Boxer)
Emanuel Steward
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Birthdate: July 7, 1944
Birthplace: Bottom Creek, West Virginia, United States
Died: October 25, 2012
 24 
Michael Hunter
(Boxer)
Michael Hunter
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Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Chad Dawson
(Boxer)
Chad Dawson
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Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Birthplace: Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Sandy Saddler
(Professional Boxer)
Sandy Saddler
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Birthdate: June 23, 1926
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 18, 2001
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Viddal Riley
(British Professional Boxer)
Viddal Riley
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Birthdate: July 7, 1997
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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John Ryder
(British Professional Boxer)
John Ryder
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Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 29 
Dmitry Pirog
(Russian Politician and Former Professional Boxer)
Dmitry Pirog
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Birthdate: June 27, 1980
Birthplace: Temryuk, Russia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Gary O'Sullivan
(Irish Professional Boxer)
Gary O'Sullivan
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Birthdate: July 14, 1984
Birthplace: Mahon, Cork, Republic of Ireland

Boxer Gary O'Sullivan is known for his multiple title wins, including the WBA and WBO championships. A middleweight boxing star, he has also appeared in movies such as Strength and Honour. He used the COVID-19 lockdown to gain new tactics and wishes to manage boxers post-retirement.

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Frank Sánchez
(Cuban Professional Boxer)
Frank Sánchez
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Birthdate: July 18, 1992
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Caleb Plant
(American Professional Boxer Who Held the IBF Super Middleweight Title from 2019 to 2021)
Caleb Plant
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Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Birthplace: Ashland City, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 33 
Jeff Mayweather
(Boxer)
Jeff Mayweather
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Birthdate: July 4, 1964
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Javier Fortuna
(Dominican Professional Boxer)
Javier Fortuna
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Birthdate: July 15, 1989
Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Steve Cunningham
(Boxer)
Steve Cunningham
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Birthdate: July 15, 1976
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jarrell Miller
(American Professional Boxer and Former Kickboxer)
Jarrell Miller
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Birthdate: July 15, 1988
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Mickey Walker
(Boxer)
Mickey Walker
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Birthdate: July 13, 1901
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 28, 1981
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Danny Williams
(British Professional Boxer Who Scored An Upset Knock Out Victory Against Mike Tyson)
Danny Williams
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Birthdate: July 13, 1973
Birthplace: Brixton, London, England

Best known for his surprise victory against boxing legend Mike Tyson in 2004, former boxer Danny Williams has won countless heavyweight titles, such as the Commonwealth and the British titles. Known to his fans as the Brixton Bomber, he retired in late 2020 owing to health concerns.

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Freddie Mills
(English Boxer and World Light Heavyweight Champion from 1948 to 1950)
Freddie Mills
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Birthdate: June 26, 1919
Birthplace: Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Died: July 25, 1965

Known as Fearless Freddie, Freddie Mills was not just a successful middleweight and light-heavyweight boxer, but also fought in the heavyweight category. Post-retirement, he ran a nightclub and appeared in movies and shows. He apparently shot himself to death later, though many believe he was murdered.

 40 
David Price
(British Former Professional Boxer)
David Price
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Birthdate: July 6, 1983
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Best known for winning a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, former boxer David Price has also been a 3-time English National champion, a Commonwealth champion, and a EU champion. He retired at age 38, announcing the news on social media, after being inactive for a couple of years.

 41 
Cleveland Williams
(Boxer)
Cleveland Williams
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Birthdate: June 30, 1933
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
Died: September 10, 1999
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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James Tillis
(Boxer)
James Tillis
3
Birthdate: July 5, 1957
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Mikaela Mayer
(Boxer)
Mikaela Mayer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Birthplace: West Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Lou Savarese
(Boxer)
Lou Savarese
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Birthdate: July 14, 1965
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Shannon Courtenay
(British Professional Boxer)
Shannon Courtenay
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Birthdate: July 3, 1993
Birthplace: Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, England

Former WBA female bantamweight title holder Shannon Courtenay had her title revoked after failing to make it to the specified weight category for her fight against Jamie Mitchell. She later blamed her menstrual cycle for her sudden weight gain of 2.5lbs. She has also been dubbed The Baby Face Assassin.

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Panama Al Brown
(The First Latin American Boxing World Champion)
Panama Al Brown
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Birthdate: July 5, 1902
Birthplace: Colón, Panama Colón, Panama
Died: April 11, 1951

Panamanian boxer Panama Al Brown is remembered as one of the most successful boxers in bantamweight history and was the first Latin American boxing world champion. A queer icon, he was openly gay and had a long-term relationship with French poet Jean Cocteau. He also experimented with tap dancing and cabaret.

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Juan Manuel López
(Former Puerto Rican Professional Boxer)
Juan Manuel López
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Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Seniesa Estrada
(Boxer)
Seniesa Estrada
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 49 
Ken Buchanan
(Scottish Professional Boxer Who Became the Undisputed World Lightweight Champion)
Ken Buchanan
1
Birthdate: June 28, 1945
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 1, 2023
 50 
Manuel Ortiz
(American Professional Boxer)
Manuel Ortiz
1
Birthdate: July 2, 1916
Birthplace: Corona, California, United States
Died: May 31, 1970
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)