Top 12 All-Time Greatest Heavyweights

At a very leisurely pace over the last couple of years, The Fight City has offered its own idiosyncratic rankings of the all-time greatest boxers in each of the eight traditional weight classes. The order in which we presented the respective lists had no logic — we started with the middleweights, before going on to rank the bantamweights, light heavyweights, flyweights, featherweights, welterweights and, most recently, the lightweights — but naturally, we saved the big men for last.

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Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano: all-time greats.

Herewith, our ranking of boxing’s all-time best heavyweights, keeping in mind a couple of stipulations. As will be obvious, all of our lists emphasize individual accomplishment in each fighter’s time, that is to say a holistic view of a boxer’s legacy, with little concern for the unanswerable who-beats-who question. (Or, even when it can be answered, ie. we see Joe Frazier’s ring accomplishments as more impressive than George Foreman’s.) Second, since we have ranked fighters in one division only so we can spread the glory around, you will not see Gene Tunney, Ezzard Charles or Sam Langford here, as they are on our list of the all-time best light heavyweights. So, without further ado, our ranking of the best big men. Feel free to add your thoughts and comments!

12. Sonny Liston: In the late 50’s and early 60’s Liston devastated the division with knockouts over Cleveland Williams, Nino Valdes, Roy Harris, Zora Folley and Eddie Machen before taking the title from Floyd Patterson in 1962.

Sonny Liston. Painting by Damien Burton.

11. Lennox Lewis: Defeats to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman do not obscure the fact that Lewis was the dominant heavyweight of the 1990’s with solid wins over David Tua, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Tommy Morrison, Shannon Briggs, Ray Mercer and Vitali Klitschko.

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Lennox “The Lion” Lewis with Emanuel Steward.

10. James J. Jeffries: “The Boilermaker” was revered as one of the greatest ringman in the history of the sport after he scored huge wins over James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Joe Choynski and Tom Sharkey.

“The Boilermaker” in his prime.

9. George Foreman: One of the hardest punchers in boxing history is justifiably revered both for his amazing power and his truly incredible comeback which culminated in his regaining the heavyweight championship two decades after he lost it to Muhammad Ali in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle.” His terrifying demolitions of Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, plus his legendary slugfest with Ron Lyle, will never be forgotten.

Fearsome Foreman. Ink drawing by Damien Burton

8. Jack Dempsey: Fast, aggressive and powerful, “The Manassa Mauler” revolutionized boxing with his swarming, all-action style. Holds wins over Jess Willard, Georges Carpentier, Jim Flynn, Big Bill Tate, Billy Miske, Luis Firpo, Gunboat Smith and Jack Sharkey. Reviled early on in his championship reign, he eventually became enormously popular and nothing less an American icon.

Jack Dempsey

7. Larry Holmes: An awesome jab, a dangerous right hand, tremendous heart, and astonishing recuperative powers were among the attributes “The Easton Assassin” brought to the ring. And they enabled him to vanquish, among others, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Gerry CooneyTim Witherspoon, Mike Weaver and Trevor Berbick. Having held the world title for seven years, his late career comeback saw him defeat Ray Mercer and almost upset Oliver McCall.

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The Easton Assassin

6. Joe Frazier: The man they called “Smokin’ Joe” doesn’t get enough love on most ‘ATG’ lists, but overlooked are two things: 1. Frazier’s iconic and convincing victory over Muhammad Ali and 2. the fact he is second only to Ali in terms of the best boxers competing in the strongest era in division history. Dominant wins over Eddie Machen, George Chuvalo, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Doug Jones, Bob Foster, Buster Mathis, Jerry Quarry and Joe Bugner prove the point. As Joe liked to say, “‘Nuff said.”

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Smokin’ Joe

5. Rocky Marciano: With the highest knockout percentage of all heavyweight champions and boasting wins over such greats as Archie Moore, Jersey Joe Walcott, Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles, the undefeated “Brockton Blockbuster” proved himself a remarkable warrior. Power, toughness, and unsurpassed conditioning were Rocky’s calling-cards, along with a brutal relentlessness which no one in his era could withstand.

The Rock: Ink drawing by Damien Burton

4. Harry Wills: For a time in the 1920’s, “The Black Panther” was the best heavyweight in the world and there was even talk of a big showdown with official heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, but it never came to be. Even so, Wills holds wins over a host of top heavyweights including Luis Firpo, “Big” Bill Tate, Kid Norfolk, Sam Langford, Billy Miske, Sam McVea, Battling Siki and the great Joe Jeannette.

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Harry Wills, aka “The Black Panther.”

3. Jack Johnson: Boxing’s first black champion of the big men was remarkably quick, very hard to hit, and dangerous with either fist. Cunning and clever, “The Galveston Giant” didn’t just defeat his opponents but often humiliated them with his skill, smarts and unceasing control of the ring. Among his vanquished foes are Sam Langford, Tommy Burns, James J. Jeffries, Stanley Ketchel, Jim Flynn, Joe Jeannette and Sam McVea.

The great Jack Johnson.

2. Joe Louis: Deadly power, astonishing timing and accuracy, and an amazing 25 defenses of the heavyweight crown make “The Brown Bomber” one of the greatest boxers, of any weight, who ever lived. Defeated such outstanding talents as Max Baer, Jack Sharkey, James Braddock, Billy Conn, John Henry Lewis, Max Schmeling, Jimmy Bivins and Jersey Joe Walcott. For many years Joe was widely regarded as the greatest of all heavyweights.

1. Muhammad Ali: Why is Ali number one? Simple: no heavyweight in history faced, let alone defeated, a trio of deadly greats like Liston, Frazier and Foreman. But that’s just for starters. Throw in Norton, Quarry, Patterson, Lyle and Bonavena too. And don’t forget Terrell, Shavers and Chuvalo. Or Williams, Ellis and Folley.

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Ali defeats Floyd Patterson in 1965.

As fate would have it, the most gifted athlete the heavyweights ever saw emerged just when the division was stacked with formidable talent like never before or since. And Ali proved himself the best of them all. Amazing speed, unsurpassed ring intelligence, plus astonishing courage, durability, and will to win, not to mention longevity, make Ali a cut above the rest, the best big man of both the 1960’s and 70’s, and in truth, as he liked to say, “The Greatest Of All-Times,” the best of all heavyweights. Ever. Case closed.

Muhammad Ali. Ink drawing by Damien Burton.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Jeannette, Jersey Joe Walcott, Max Schmeling, James J. Corbett, Max Baer, Jack Sharkey, Sam McVea, Peter Jackson, Evander Holyfield, Tom Sharkey, Floyd Patterson, Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko, George Godfrey, John L. Sullivan, Johnny Risko.

80 thoughts on “Top 12 All-Time Greatest Heavyweights

  • October 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    Crazy to think Mike Tyson was not part of that list

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    • October 19, 2018 at 6:23 am
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      Couldn’t agree more. He destroyed Holmes.

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      • November 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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        Holmes had been out of action 2 years and was 38. A prime Holmes would have battered Tyson into submission. Tyson could never deal with adversity, which is why he doesn’t belong on the list of ATGs.

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        • December 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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          & Lennox Lewis could? Give me a break. “All-Time Greatest Heavyweight Champions” is the title. Mike Tyson earn his stripes. He did what not one of the above mentioned ever did!

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          • February 1, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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            Tyson lost every fight that ever meant something. His record is no different than Tommy Morrison’s, same tomato cans, Tommy had an even higher KO %. But when it came time for Tyson to fight top prime guys, He’s 0-6 in fights that actually matter.

          • February 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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            Lewis beat Tyson if you don’t remember.

          • June 15, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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            I agree One thousand percent!

          • October 17, 2021 at 7:24 pm
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            Exactly

        • September 28, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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          Absolutely, Mr. Weiler. Holmes fought real fighters – men like Earnie Shavers. Ali. Ken Norton. Tyson gives up fast when he senses he’s losing. He has no comeback ability. Bonecrusher Smith happened WAY too early. Holyfield, for example, beat Tyson twice. Tyson ADMITS he bit EH (classy) out of frustration — not knowing what to do when he knew he’d lose). Holyfield had a trilogy with Riddick Bowe, beat Foreman, who, while old, had a serious comeback, earlier killed Frasier and Norton inside two rounds, then 5 for Frazier, beat Ron Lyle, and later beat Michael Moorer, half his age, who’d BEATEN Holyfield. The difference? Holyfield — I choose him because he’s very contemporary to MT) doesn’t talk trash.

          Holyfield held his own, 15 rounds, against a young Lennox Lewis (who destroyed Tyson), and, beat (not on the scorecards) Nikolai Valuev – LATE in EV’s career. THAT’s reality, Tyson fans.

          Tyson took the title in a lackluster period after an admittedly STRONG early run but gave out fast.

          Is it the toys?
          The cartoon?
          The video game?
          Prison?
          Salesmanship?
          Look at Tyson get hammered (YOUNGER than Larry Holmes) in his last two fights against journeymen.

          Holmes went, what, 48-0. Tyson makes lists because he talked trash with alacrity and had an unbelievable EARLY (ultra early) great run. Tyson would never beat Sonny Liston or Joe Frazier or Deontay Wilder for that matter. He is like Morrison, as Stevey below says.

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          • June 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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            Deontay Wilder! Didn’t he get beaten by a fat man?

        • March 9, 2020 at 3:36 pm
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          That list is crap. Tyson would have destroyed a peak Holmes. And a peak Tyson would have obliterated a peak Lennox Lewis too. Lewis only fought guys who were at the end of their careers.

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          • March 25, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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            Amen!! Cant believe some of these comments! I remember how he destroyed Holmes! Haha… he was falling all over the place, shaking his head like the little bitch that he was!!

          • May 6, 2020 at 9:13 am
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            Maybe Tyson would beat prime Lennox Lewis, but a prime Larry Holmes? No way. There couldn’t be two more diametrically opposed fighters, in terms of surviving being hurt. Larry Holmes is the very definition of a warrior. Go back and watch the Norton fight, even just round 15 if you don’t have the time. Go to YouTube and watch his comeback wins (after nearly being stopped) vs Mike Weaver, Earnie Shavers, Renaldo Snipes. Then show me a fight where Tyson did anything similar. It may well be that the best defense is a good offense, and Tyson had been an “unstoppable force” when coming forward, but he was lost when things didn’t go his way. There was never a “Plan B,” and there’s a point in every boxer’s career when he’s going to need one.

          • May 11, 2020 at 5:01 pm
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            How do you say Tyson beats Lewis when Lewis actually beat Tyson? And they are similar in age so how can you talk about their primes? Tyson could not get past the defense of Lewis and he got knocked out.

          • August 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm
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            Yeah, Holmes lost twice to Michael Spinks, while Tyson knocked out Spinks in 90 seconds. Once boxers lose their quickness, they’re never the same. After three years in prison, Tyson’s quickness was gone. All the people who claim he never beat anyone forget that he won the title in a tournament. He beat everyone and won all the belts.

          • January 15, 2021 at 7:07 am
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            That’s true, Tyson was pretty much out of his prime. A 1987 version of Mike would have demolished him.

        • June 2, 2020 at 2:39 am
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          Yeah the same one who lost his title to a light heavy?

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        • June 28, 2021 at 4:11 am
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          Ya uhm no. Holmes was a deadbeat along with Klitschko. Both equally as boring and predictable. A jab and a right hand. Both ruined the division for a decade. Holmes destroying Tyson? Thudding around the ring? Tyson would have torn apart Holmes in any era.

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      • December 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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        Shut the hell up! Tyson better than Holmes?

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      • October 23, 2020 at 3:46 am
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        Holmes was 38 when he fought a 21-year-old, peak Tyson, same age as Ali was when he fought Holmes. A young Holmes most likely beats Tyson, but apart from that, Holmes is without a doubt in the top ten all-time, while Tyson, to the surprise of many, is not. But one needs to think in overall terms and career achievements.

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      • December 12, 2021 at 5:57 pm
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        Holmes was well old by then and took the fight with only a few weeks to train after a long lay off. Tyson never fought anyone in there prime or of any note before 1990.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 12:16 am
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      I agree with you. Tyson is in the top 5, hands down.

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      • December 12, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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        Mike Tyson was in an awfully weak era. Literally knocking over tomato cans. Don’t let that KO reel fool ya

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    • February 23, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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      Worst list I’ve ever seen
      Leave Iron Mike out

      Go Away

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  • October 7, 2018 at 6:03 pm
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    Mike Tyson Likely Deserves Mention For His Impressive Wins Over Numberous Belt Holders Including Larry Holmes Trevor Berbick Frank Bruno James Bone Crusher Smith Bruce Seldon Michael Spinks Tony Tubbs And Tony Tucker

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  • October 16, 2018 at 11:40 pm
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    Tyson should be number 2 or 3. Not to be mentioned is BS.

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      • June 19, 2020 at 9:17 am
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        Marciano never fought Joe Louis. Many cite this as a feat of Marciano. Lets set the record straight. Marciano fought and beat the Shadow of Joe Louis’ SHADOW.

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        • August 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm
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          And Archie Moore and Ezzard Charles. Not his fault if he fought and beat old men as champ. He could do no more than beat them but, perhaps wisely, he didn’t wait to face any up-and-coming boxers!

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          • October 23, 2020 at 3:52 am
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            And Jersey Joe Walcott, who made him look amateurish and dropped him at like 39 years of age. Archie Moore, Louis, Walcott are all better, and win over Rocky if younger.

    • May 6, 2020 at 8:58 am
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      No way. That’s insane. And inane. And lame.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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    Whoever made this list is a Damm fool if you don’t put Mike Tyson either 2 or 3 and to not even have Evander Holyfield on the list but Lennox Lewis have to be the dumbest people ever….I mean ever

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    • December 23, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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      You’ve got to be the dumbest. Lewis beat tyson and evander and every boxer he ever faced

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      • September 28, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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        Do people not know that Lewis beat Tyson in 8 rounds? DANNY WILLIAMS who LOST 27 fights knocked out a 38 year-old Tyson in 4 rounds. FOUR. And Kevin McBride TKO’d Tyson is SIX. These are hardly heavyweight limelights and I mention Tyson’s age 38 – because considering the legit comebacks going on, Tyson was NOT that old. Anyone know Bernard Hopkins? Tyson is a video-game. I like him more now – that he is HONEST about his career, his shortcomings.

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        • January 15, 2021 at 7:10 am
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          For your information, 38 isn’t your prime, so yeah.

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      • May 19, 2020 at 5:36 am
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        Are you joking? He fought a way past his prime Tyson, almost lost to Holyfield in their second fight, and Vitaly would have knocked him out if they hadn’t stopped it because of the cut. Go play somewhere else, child.

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    • August 22, 2021 at 12:12 pm
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      Tyson never beat anyone great and he held the title for only three years.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm
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    Where’s Tyson? Kick ass on half that page at least. Show some respect.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 6:25 am
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    Can’t make this list without Tyson and Holyfield. Sorry, if Holmes is on they should both be in the top 5.

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    • May 6, 2020 at 9:00 am
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      Holyfield should be on the list. Tyson, maybe, but I have no issue with him being left off.

      Holmes was better than either.

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  • October 19, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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    Where the hell is Iron Mike Tyson?!?!

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  • October 23, 2018 at 2:32 am
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    Really? No iron mike?? Don’t be a hater all your life!

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  • October 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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    Hahahahahaha. This is supposed to be joke right? No iron Mike on top of the list? Some sort of elaborate prank?

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    • November 5, 2018 at 10:34 pm
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      There is no way Frazier can be ranked above Foreman. What about Tyson? Very surprising.

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      • March 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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        I agree with you. Foreman demolished Frazier in both their fights, the only man that did or could. Tyson should definitely be in the top 10.

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      • May 6, 2020 at 9:27 am
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        Yes, Frazier is a better fighter than a Foreman, even though Foreman beat him up, twice. More, and better, accomplishments. Frazier is the only man to defeat Muhammad Ali when he was anywhere close to his prime. Shane Mosley couldn’t beat Vernon Forrest, but who had the “better” career? Who’s ranked an all time great? Get it?

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  • October 27, 2018 at 2:37 am
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    Tyson should be on here all right. Most athletic slugger I ever saw. More athletic and aggressive than Liston. Louis too, though I think Louis’ courage would put him over Tyson. Johnson’s defense should rank him number one. A more intelligent fighter and harder puncher than Ali.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 6:03 pm
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    Are you guys kidding me? Cant understand this fixation with Tyson, all these guys mop the floor with Tyson.

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    • November 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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      You’re the only one with sense. When was Tyson ever able to overcome anyone who fought back? Tyson had little heart but plenty quit in him. The biggest myth ever. No substance.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 6:16 am
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    I would have Tyson at #12, Frazier at #11, Dempsey #10, Holmes #9, W Klitschko #8, Liston #7, Marciano #6, Holyfield #5, Foreman #4, Johnson #3, Louis #2 and Ali #1. Holmes or V Klitschko never unified the title to become undisputed like the others. Foreman’s last 10 opponents were unbeaten or just had 1 loss.

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    • November 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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      I must say I like your list. Tyson at 12 is good. When the going got tough, Tyson had problems. Everyone, maybe save Sonny Liston and Vladimir Klitschko, overcame tough situations in a fight and found a way to win. Accurate list!

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      • January 2, 2022 at 5:18 pm
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        Liston was nearly knocked out by Cleveland Williams, and also had trouble from Amos Lincoln, but he beat both of them.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 11:02 am
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    No Mike Tyson is a shame!! Was the baddest man on the planet!!!! None of the fighters listed knocked out opponents the way Tyson did with speed and fury!!!!

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    • August 22, 2021 at 12:16 pm
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      Tyson is completely overrated. A one-dimensional fighter.

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  • November 25, 2018 at 5:36 am
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    Lennox has to be top five easy! The record speaks for itself. Only 2 losses, and he came back and rectified them. Also, both loses clearly because he didn’t take the fights as seriously as he should have, but when he did, he made quick work of both.

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  • December 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Lennox Lewis made the cut and Iron Mike didn’t..laughable. Another boxing’s greatest robberies. The boy from Catsville New York is the second greatest. He is not the greatest because he wasn’t a role model. Remove altitude and behavior, he is the greatest…

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  • December 8, 2018 at 1:49 am
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    Frazier at #6 ABOVE Foreman? Hard to justify given what Foreman did to Frazier twice, but of course, styles make fights and Foreman was the worst possible match for Frazier. But even if you take into account their overall careers, I’d still give the edge to Foreman because of his comeback years. Kudos on not putting Tyson in the top 12. Great fighter but mentally and emotionally not in the same class with the ones you listed.

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  • December 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm
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    Not a bad list, but a few observations:
    – Frazier above Foreman? Huh? Foreman destroyed Frazier on two occasions.
    – No Holyfield? A four time heavyweight champion (not to mention cruiserweight champion), The Real Deal never ducked anyone and fought through adversity too many times to count.
    – Applause for not ranking Tyson. A fearsome puncher no doubt, but see Holyfield above. Tyson never once rose from the canvas or “walked through fire” to win a fight. He was a bully and a quitter.

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  • December 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm
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    Mike Tyson should be in the top 12! How can you leave him off.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm
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    No Tyson in the list? Biggest joke of the year .
    Mike tyson in his prime was unstoppable. Holyfield was only person fought well with tyson in his prime. Doughlas got lucky and Lewis no match to him .

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  • January 27, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Vitali destroys this whole list

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  • May 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    Ohh the “Tysonites” who think boxing was invented in 1984 are out in full force. He is where he belongs: Honorable Mention, with a lot of other very good but not great heavyweights.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    Tyson in his prime was unstoppable. Before he went to jail, everyone ducked him. He spent five years of his prime in jail and then people fought him. Before he went to jail and before Cus D’Amato died, he couldn’t be touched.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Another thing: Joe Frazier and Rocky Marciano would be light heavyweights today. They were both under six feet and 200 pounds. Ali and George Foreman were much bigger. If you don’t think that has anything to do with it you are crazy.

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  • November 22, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    Evander Holyfield should be top ten. Three time champ and he was the king of the 90’s, which was a very good generation for heavyweights.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    My gripe is not fully with the omissions of Tyson, and Holyfield, as much as it is that those two were put in the same so called, “Honorable” pool as one of the god damn Klitschko brothers. Instead, Lennox Lewis represents their era as an all time great, and the 11th best ever? Can’t get upset by your list, since I can’t even take you seriously..

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  • February 2, 2020 at 1:41 pm
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    Greatest of all time, Rocky Marciano. He was a powerful puncher and the most relentless fighter ever. Big heart, just would not be beaten. Retired undefeated. No one could take him, bigger fighters were not given the room or the time to punch. Both Louis and Ali have stated in their primes, Rocky probably would have beaten them.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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    Mike Tyson was the best fighter I ever saw. He was poorly managed and handled. If he had people around him who had cared about him he may have won every fight. Best pure puncher who ever got in a ring.

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  • March 10, 2020 at 10:53 am
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    It is a damn shame and TRAGEDY what happened to Mike. He was the mad experiment of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, boxing minds ever in Cus D’amato. No one better to learn from. A true STUDENT of the sweet science. The mold of a perfect fighter. The Youngest Heavyweight Champion ever, a record that will never be broken, is the only true accolade Mike has to his name. A gift and a curse. We saw the skill but we were ROBBED of the will, his future, and his full potential. Although he didn’t make the list, it doesn’t mean he isn’t a major problem for the legends at the top of this list. In his short prime, Tyson is a serious challenge for anyone.

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  • March 23, 2020 at 5:40 am
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    Anyone who puts Joe Frazier ahead of a serious power-puncher is ignorant. Frazier was a very carefully managed fighter who could not win against power punchers. He nearly lost twice to Ringo Bonevena and was bitch-slapped by Foreman. He ducked Shavers, Lyle and even an old Sonny Liston.

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  • April 5, 2020 at 6:27 pm
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    Tyson was a thicker, harder-hitting Joe Frazier. He peaked early, lost Cus D’Amato, then lost all focus because he was very immature. At twenty, he could’ve beaten anyone on the list EXCEPT Ali. Even I know THAT!

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  • May 23, 2020 at 8:07 pm
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    Ken Norton should get at least an honorable mention. Had three fights with Ali. He won the first one and was robbed by the judges in the third one.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 8:13 pm
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    Big George knocked the hell out of Frazier twice and Smoking Joe is ranked over Foreman?

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  • July 30, 2020 at 1:22 am
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    1. Ali 2. Louis 3. Marciano 4. Foreman 5. Frazier 6. Lewis 7. Holmes 8. Holyfield 9. Tyson 10. Norton 11. Johnson 12. Liston 13. Dempsey 14. Jeffries 15. Wills 16. Walcott

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  • January 15, 2021 at 11:44 pm
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    Lennox Lewis is too low. I agree, those two losses are crap. But they were avenged and the degree to which Rahman and McCall were supposed to stand no chance is exaggerated. He fought in one of the best heavyweight eras and was clearly the best within it for a long time.

    Jack Johnson is too high. I’ve read a couple of bios and researched that era. So I know it reasonably well. If a new fan asked me what Johnson’s best win was and why, I’d have a hard time convincing them. I’d probably say Tommy Burns, a good but small heavyweight from whom he took the crown. Langford was tiny when he fought Johnson. McVea and Jeannette were great, but were at their best several years after they last fought Johnson. He never gave any of the three rematches in their heavyweight primes. Ketchel had no business at heavyweight. The Jeffries fight was a huge event, but I didn’t think this a popularity contest and I don’t know how to explain that a 6-year retired ex-champion could be considered one of a guy’s best wins. Johnson’s story as a whole is worth learning about. But strictly off resume, he belongs closer to the bottom of this list than to the top.

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  • May 8, 2021 at 7:17 pm
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    how could you possible list frazier ahead of foreman, that is crazy, simply because foreman DESTROYED him twice.

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  • August 18, 2021 at 1:58 pm
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    If only Cus would have lived ten more years I think Tyson would be top 5. Cus was more than just his coach he was Tyson’s everything and guided him.

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  • November 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm
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    Wills – are you crazy? The Tyson of the late 80s definitely belongs there.

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  • January 3, 2022 at 6:57 pm
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    This list is absolute dooodooo. Where’s mike Tyson? And it’s hard to say that someone that has the highest knock out percentage and never lost isn’t at least top two, or more likely number one. Sorry.

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