Top 5 Boxers Of All Time

By on July 5, 2013

The sport of boxing has produced some of the most iconic athletes of all time. The best are not only great athletes: they are also charismatic, brash and larger than life. For our top 5 we have selected the best boxers of all time. A top 5 of the most iconic boxer of all time would produce a very different list, but this is the list of our top 5 pound-for-pound fighters.

1. Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson was an undefeated amateur who went on to fight as a professional during the 1940s and 1950s. He held both welterweight and middleweight titles during his career and ended up with a record of 173 wins in 200 fights. In 108 of those fights he beat his opponent by knocking him out. He led a flamboyant life outside of the ring, much like many of today’s boxers. But some of the things he achieved just would not happen today – things like his record of 126 straight wins.

2. Henry Armstrong

Henry Armstrong

Henry Armstrong was a boxer who competed from 1931 until 1945. He was a champion in three different divisions – featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. His nickname was Homicide Hank and he ended his career with a record of 150 wins in 181 fights, with 101 of those wins coming by knockout.

3. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is undoubtedly the most famous boxer on our list and if this top 5 was looking at the most iconic boxer of all time, he would easily top it. In this list of the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time, he comes in at number 3. Although there were some breaks in his career, Muhammad Ali was a professional boxer through the 1960s and 1970s, finally retiring in 1981. Although he was far from his best in the later years, he was incredible in his prime. He was a multiple heavyweight champion whose record was 56 wins in 61 fights with 37 by knockout.

4. Willie Pep

Willie Pep

Willie Pep was a world featherweight champion who fought professionally from 1940 to 1966. He is one of the fastest boxers to have ever stepped into a ring. He also fought an astonishing number of fights – 241. He won 229 of those but only 65 by knockout, meaning that during his career he boxed his way through 1,956 rounds.

5. Joe Louis

Joe Louis

Joe Louis was a heavyweight champion boxer known as The Bomber. He was champion for almost 12 years and defended his title 25 times. In total he fought 72 fights and won 69, 57 by knockout.

About Damien McGinley

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