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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk is not just a European and World Champion but also an Olympic gold medalist. Considered one of Ukraine’s best boxers in history, he is also the fourth male boxer to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles at the same time.
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.
Marco Antonio Barrera is a former professional boxer who held several world championships in different weight classes. He finds a place on ESPN's 50 greatest boxers of all-time list. In 2017, Barrera was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. After retiring from boxing, Marco Antonio Barrera has been working as a commentator for ESPN Deportes.
Popularly known as The Nordic Nightmare, Finnish boxer Robert Helenius was born in Sweden and moved to Finland with his parents at age 2. He was 5 when he began training in boxing and grew up to win a silver at the 2006 European Championships. He has played for both Sweden and Finland,
South African boxer Corrie Sanders, nicknamed The Sniper, was a heavyweight champion and was motivated to take up boxing by his uncle. He made headlines when he was shot in the stomach and killed in an armed robbery at a restaurant in Brits, while celebrating his nephew's 21st birthday.
Known as the father of legendary American tennis player Andre Agassi, Emmanuel Agassi was a star sportsman in his own right and a 2-time Olympian boxer from Iran. He changed his name to Mike after moving to the US, where he invented a tennis-ball machine called The Dragon, with which he trained Andre.
Famous for his numerous heavyweight titles, including the British, the Commonwealth, and the European titles, boxer Dereck Chisora is known to his fans by his nickname, Del Boy. In late 2021, he dismissed all rumors of retirement via social media after his defeat to New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker.
Oscar Valdez is a boxer who held the WBO featherweight title between 2016 and 2019. He is also the current WBC super featherweight champion and was named the world’s best active super-featherweight by BoxRec in 2021. In 2008, Valdez became the first Youth World Champion from Mexico when he won a gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
Ruben Olivares is a Mexican retired boxer best known for his multiple world championship reigns. Widely regarded as the greatest bantamweight boxer of all time, Olivares is also regarded as the greatest Mexican fighter by many. Very popular among Mexican boxing fans, Ruben Olivares remains a national hero.
John Hopoate is an Australian retired boxer and rugby league player. From 2008 to 2009, he held the Australian heavyweight boxing champion. As a rugby player, Hopoate was banned for 10 years and became known as the most suspended player in the history of the modern era. He is best known for his involvement in sport controversies and personal life.
Jerwin Ancajas is a Filipino boxer who held the IBF junior-bantamweight title between 2016 and 2022. He has also held minor titles, such as the IBF Pan Pacific junior bantamweight title, WBO Asia Pacific Youth junior bantamweight title, and Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association bantamweight title.
Emanuel Navarrete is a Mexican boxer who held the WBO junior featherweight championship title from 2018 to 2020. In 2021, he was named the best active featherweight boxer in the world by BoxRec, The Ring, and ESPN. Emanuel Navarrete is the current WBO featherweight champion, having won the title in 2020.