“Pound for pound” rankings were established by boxing writers during the era of Sugar Ray Robinson to rank the world’s best fighters irrespective of their weight category. Any list of the greatest fighters in boxing history is arbitrary. It is likely to surpass, damage, and contest all kinds.
It is a difficult and inevitably arbitrary job to compare boxers. Nobody would have the same list of people in my book that is part of the adventure.
Boxing is perhaps the most difficult sport in which to calculate grandeur, with certain rules and their complexities shifting from age to age. One of the traditional methods is where all boxers are considered to be the same size and measured on this basis. However, we agree it underestimates the use of heavy combatants.
We also analyzed films and recordings of over 250 battles, ancient records in boxing, historical stories, and other “greatest ever” lists like those collected by Ring magazine, ESPN, and Bert Sugar in the creation of this article. No list will solve the big controversy, but it is a decent point of departure and the culmination of hundreds of hours of study and review.
In this respect, in our view, we have chosen the ten best pound-for-pound boxers who have always laid their gloves.
- Mike Tyson
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the “Baddest Guy on the Planet” was a powerhouse in the heavyweight division. He was adequate to scare several individuals and many combatants were lost before they had walked into the arena.
Mike Tyson has often won his 37 first battles and was the youngest ever heavyweight champion until he was upset by James “Buster” Douglas in 1990. He was accused of rape in 1992 and was jailed for three years. After his return, he won two titles but came down to Evander Holyfield and lost the contest. He also lost a championship match to Lennox Lewis. Tyson has been one of the most successful boxers ever.
So what we have is a surprisingly skilled and thrilling battlefield man, who never was able to harbor his demons. But bad decisions and conditions allowed him to be a great, but never always excellent combatant. Tyson could’ve been one of the best.
Years Active: 1985-2005
Division: Heavyweight (200+)
Record: 50-6, 2 NC, 44 KO
Championships: Undisputed Heavyweight Championship, IBF Heavyweight, WBC/WBA Heavyweight (2X each)
- Benny Leonard
Benny Leonard was an incredibly fast, stylish boxer, one of the lightweight fighters of any age. He is still one of the cleverest boxers in the ring ever.
Leonard also had immense punching strength amid his technical abilities and pace and recorded 70 knockouts in 90 official victories. He earned the World Lightweight Title but did not make a difference as he disqualified himself from hitting Jack Britton the Champion.
However, in the 1929 stock market crash he lost much of his money and went back to boxing in 1931. While characterized as sluggish and puddy, he eventually won 16 of his 17 struggles after losing Jimmy McLarnin before withdrawing. Leonard died in the ring of a heart attack following an enjoyed run as a ref. Leonard is known to be one of the world’s top two lightweights.
Official Record: 90-6-1, 70 KO
Newspaper Decisions: 93-18-7
Years Active: 1911-1932
Championships: World Lightweight
- Joe Louis
Joe Louis is legendary as a heavyweight fighter, “The Brown Bomber.” He retained the title for 140 months and defended it 25 times successfully.
Joe Louis was 140 straight months heavyweight champion, with 25 strong defenses – both division records. His career ended with a 65-3 record of 51 KOs.
He’s known for his punching strength, which has always been as high in all-time lists as before, and for being the first African-American ever to gain mass stardom in the discriminatory United States. The first defeat of Louis came by German Max Schmeling. But classically, he avenged his failure.
Louis was a perfect symbol of America’s social, cultural, and sporting dominance during the late 1930s and early 1940s, in the Nazi period. His victory over Max Schmeling in 1938 was probably one of Boxing’s cultural moments.
Three times until his trainer tossed Schmeling into the towel after 2:04 in the first round, Louis knocking him down. The emblem of Nazi Germany Schmelling just threw two stitches.
Louis is well-known for defeating Max Schmeling in 1936 in his Fight of the Year and prevailing over James J. Braddock, Billy Conn, Joe Walcott, and Schmeling’s earlier triumph in the First Round.
Division: Heavyweight (175+)
Years Active: 1934-1951
Championships: World Heavyweight
- Jack Johnson
Johnson was the first black man to claim the title, and one of the most significant athletes in this world. Johnson (77-13-14) easily sent Champion Tommy Burns for years refused a shot at the buckle. He then defeated Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Jeffries, previous champions who had declined the Johnson fight in the 1900s.
Johnson was not allowed to fight against Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries, despite being one of the world’s best weight heavyweights and having captured the World Cold Heavyweight Championship. The title was not limited to black combatants
He was retired in 1910 and was declared the “White Race,” but he was one of his most critical fights ever, when “The Battle of the Century” (pictured above) beat him. In 1915 Johnson eventually lost his title to Jess Willard by the 26th round of KO, which was motivated by his quest for a “Great White Hope.”
He beat numerous famous men, including Stanley Ketchel and Jeffries, who just came out from retirement in the battle of the century to be dominated by Johnson.
Division: Heavyweight (175+)
Record: 55-12-7 (68-12-10 including newspaper decisions)
Years Active: 1887-1932
Championships: World Colored Heavyweight, World Heavyweight
- Rocky Marciano
One of the last fighters to leave without dying, Rocky Marciano. He is the only heavy champion in history to achieve this achievement.
Including 43 knockouts, he ended with a record of 49-0. In what was Louis’ last defeat, Joe Louis lost to Marciano.
Two victories over Jersey Joe Wolcott were hit by the Rock, and Marciano even captured the iconic Archie Moore in 1955 in his final fight. In 1959 Marciano considered his return, but never did so.
In 1952, in The Ring’s Battle of the Year, Marciano won the Jersey title Joe Walcott. He’d defend it six times, including victories over Walcott, Charles Ezzard (twice), and Moore Archie.
Four years before retirement, Marciano was the world’s three-time ring magazine Fighter of the Year. He knocked 88% of his adversaries.
However, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky’s partial motivation went astonishingly well and knew when it was to end. He was not the best ever but has a wonderful place in history, for he was wounded in an iron body, unconventional manner, with tremendous heart with strength.
Record: 49-0, 43 KO
Years Active: 1948-1955
Championships: World Heavyweight
Division: Heavyweight (200+)
- Muhammad Ali
The best heavyweight of all time is “The Strongest.” Ali tried to make you either love or dislike him with a theme and a flamboyance. Nobody will dispute his role in the history of boxing or as a cultural symbol, regardless of where you come from. Ali then captured his first heavyweight championship at the age of 22 against Sonny Liston with his nickname Cassius Clay. Later, he converted to Muslim status and became a polite figure when he declined to fight in the Vietnam War. He was suffered for 4 years and Ali was stripped of his Heavyweight Crown. At the 1960 Olympic Games, he captured the gold medal and was the first boxer three times to capture the heavyweight title. Ali has concluded his career with a record of 56-5 at 37 KO. His best-known struggles include a series against George Foreman with Joe Frazier, including “The Thrill of Manila” and “Rumble in the Jungle.” At the 8th round, Foreman punched out and opened the door to a mystical Ali flurry, which dropped the young champion.
Record: 56-5, 37 KO
Years Active: 1960-1981
Championships: WBA Heavyweight (4X), WBC Heavyweight (2X)
Division: Heavyweight (175+)
- Wladimir Klitschko
Following his successful amateur race, Klitschko won the Gold Medal as a Super Heavyweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta for his first worldwide recognition. The same year, he became a specialist.
He may be split into two different times as World Champion in heavyweight and boxing. In October 2000, Klitschko defeated Chris Byrd for his first major title (WBO). The Ukraine native primarily had a control look at this stage in his career. In 2003, he began working with Emmanuel Steward, whose offensive personality was transformed from behind his jab into a more defensive. Klitschko was legendary for his footwork and agility, while he was 6 feet and 6 inches tall. Rumors spread in 2019 that Klitschko was withdrawing to rejoin Anthony Joshua, who in 2017 beat the strong Ukrainian.
Competed: from 1996 to 2017
Weight classes: Heavyweight
Record: 64 Wins / 5 Losses / 0 Draws (53 KO)
Height: 6 ft 6 (198 cm)
Reach: 81 in (206 cm)
Championships: WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal titles—all at Heavyweight
- Willie Pep
It is claimed that Willie Pep is among the fastest and longest-lasting boxing champions in history. His battles are immense, particularly given the time he was fighting in. Pep was the dominant featherweight boxer of his and indeed of any age, and retained the title until he lost his second struggle against Sandy Saddler in 1948. In retrogression, Pep will avenge the failure and reclaim its identity.
Firstly, he’s won 229 the most official boxer ever won. Secondly, he is known for winning a round without hitting. With a high quality of living, Pep managed however to remain in condition and probably the most outstanding record in boxing. He had just 65 KOs in his career never a good knockout pointer. He battled an impressive 1,956 rounds of professionals for this reason. In the background of its opening 1990 class, Pep, the 1945 boxer of the year of Ring Magazine, was welcomed into the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Record: 229-11-1, 65 KO
Years Active: 1940-1966
Championships: World Featherweight
Division: Featherweight (126)
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It will never again be a fighter with Floyd Mayweather Jr’s sheer talent. He is an advocate of a boxing IQ that can never compare. While not generally the most famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the most effective fighters ever. Mayweather currently holds the highest record by a world boxing champion at 50-0.
Many people claim that Mayweather never really met a contemporary leader when the two were in their cousins. Their demolition of Diego Corrales in 2001 must-have skipped.
Indeed, nearly all of the top fighters he defeated were considered off their top, save for Alvarez, who would leave his modified record of a less impressive 1-0 to the top.
In the ring, too, Mayweather proved that the first defensive defense style was predominantly successful, but that many other boxers did not inspire fans. His difficulties, which were just over half a won (27), were earned only because his rivals such as Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. displayed considerably higher knockout rates in their careers. No matter whether you love or dislike him, his place in all-time people is not challenged.
Record: 43-0, 26 KO
Years Active: 1996-Present
Championships: Eight in five weight divisions (WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, WBC Junior Welterweight, IBF Welterweight, WBC Welterweight (2X), WBC Junior Middleweight, WBA Junior Middleweight)
- Sugar Ray Robinson
The trigger for the creation of the mythical pound for pound rankings is connected with Sugar Ray Robinson, which presently dominates so much of the controversy and conversation in the boxing community.
Robinson was perhaps the first Afro-American celebrity to build an aftermarket out of athletics, handsome, charismatic, artistic, and showy.
The run of Robinson is very exceptional. As an amateur boxer, he was unbeaten and won all 85 of his fights, but was defeated until in his 41st pro battle he was met with Jake LaMotta. It’s 126 consecutive successes and today’s victories will be unheard of.
The entire kit was Robinson. His pace, his technique, and his originality were strong. He was able to strike with both his hands fairly well and was often advised to invent new hits on site — throwing from all directions efficiently.
The world heavyweight championship was won by Robinson in 1946 and held until he switched to the middleweight, taking the LaMotta championship there, vengeance for the earlier deficit.
Divisions: Lightweight (135) to Middleweight (160)
Years Active: 1940-1960
Championships: World Welterweight, World Middleweight (5X)
This comparison article could be one of the many, where many boxing lovers have chosen their champion of the champions. But as difficult as it looks, it is more than that. We are no one but fans, who can only assume the best. But they have fought, not only in the ring with their fellow opponents but also in life with every struggle and difficulty. They are the real heroes.