Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring. This act involves reflexes, speed, strength, endurance, and will. The game is supervised by a referee for a series of one to three-minute intervals called rounds. To decide the winner in this sport, the opponent must be deemed incapable to continue the fight by the referee. A boxer can be disqualified if he breaks a rule, or can even resign by throwing in the towel. The winner or loser in this sport is pronounced based on the judges decision at the end of the fight or contest as the case maybe. In a situation where the fight ends in a draw, that is both fighters gain the same points, the fight may be rescheduled. Boxing also has the amateur category, which is both Olympic and commonwealth sport and is fixed in most of the major international games, the game is one of the highest paying sports in the world and one of the historical and popular sports of all time as well. Ranking of the best fighters in boxing history is complicating. It can be overrated, underrated or disagreed at some point. Choosing the best can be a bit challenging, especially in an individual sport like boxing with different weight divisions, belts and many years of history to choose from. Boxing is a measure of a fighter at his peak and how he compared to and fared against the other great fighters of his era. Despite how the game is being reviewed, there is no way two people will have the same list of best boxers in the world. But that's the beauty of boxing. With that, we present our list of top boxers in the boxing history. 1 Mike Tyson Mike Tyson, an Heavyweight fighter whose carrier spanned from 1985-2005 with a record of 50-6-0-2 (44 KOs). He is regarded as one of the most powerful boxers of all time. At some point, he was said to be an unbeatable boxer who will knock out any contender that stands in front of him. In the early 90s, Tyson was considered as an unbeatable boxer who knocked out all the contenders who stood in front of him. With his intimidating demeanor and devastating two-fisted knockout power cowed many opponents into submission before the first bell. Throughout his boxing carrier, he has made 50 wins, of which 44 were knock out and he lost 6 matches. In November 1986, Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick in the second round to become youngest heavyweight champion in history. 2 Julio Cesar Chavez A Super featherweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight who fought between 1980-2005 with a record of 108-6-2 (87 KOs). He is Mexico's greatest fighter of all time known for his punching power with a chin made of rock and the relentless stalking of his opponents in the ring. Born in 1962 in the city of Sonora. He became a professional boxer at the tender age of just 17 and a Mexican legend who had a record of 10 years without even a single loss. He fought everyone put in front of him without dodging a single fight, he fought and beat boxing greats like Hector Camacho, Greg Haugen and Edwin Rosario which made him not only the best boxer out of the Mexico but one of the very best ever. Julio Cesar through his fighting career has recorded a total of 108 wins and 87 knockouts and lost in only 6 matches. He ones had an incredible fight run of 87 fights without defeat and won world championships in three different weight divisions. 3 Sugar Ray Leonard Welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight with a career span of between 1977-97 with a record of 36-3-1 (25 KOs). Leonard came into the fighting scene by winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. On November 25, 1980, he made a memorable bout by knocking out Roberto Duran in the eighth round in the famous "No Mas" bout. 4 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight, he fought between 1996 till today with a record of 48-0 (26 KOs). Mayweather is arguably one of the smartest boxers in history with a boxing IQ that would put Einstein to shame, he is an elusive and merciless opponent that has given most of today’s current crop of boxer’s nightmares. He is currently and undefeated champion with lots of titles to his name. Floyd Mayweather made a memorable bout by putting in his trademark boxing skills to defeat a determined Pacquiao, winning the fight of the century at MGM Grand. 5 Willie Pep A Featherweight fighter between 1940-1966 with a record of 229-11-1 (65 KOs) Willie Pep is the best featherweight of all time, popular for a reported fight he won a round without throwing a punch, those were skills of movement and footwork. Pep was born in 1922 in Connecticut. 6 Roberto Duran A Lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight fighter between 1968-2001 with a record of 103-16 (70 KOs). Roberto Duran moved up to welterweight to become world champion in 1980, in 1983-1984, he was world light middleweight champion. He then went up to middleweight and won a championship title at that weight in 1989. Duran won 103 fights throughout his career and knocked out 70 fighters. His memorable bout was on 20, 1980 when he won the WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard with a 15th round decision. 7 Henry Armstrong Featherweight, lightweight, welterweight fighter with a record of 151-21-9 (101 KOs) between 1932-1945. Armstrong started his career with a loss but gradually got on the winning streak with time, leading to his 27 consecutive victories, all of which were knockouts. Armstrong Faced 17 world champions during his career and defeated 15 of them thus deserving to be called one of the most dominant Boxer of his time. 8 Joe Louis Heavyweight career fighter between 1934-1951 with a record of 68-3 (54 KOs) With a ring name as the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis was born in Alabama in 1914 and had an impressive amateur career (50-4) before becoming a pro. His memorable bout was on June 22, 1938 when Joe Louis knocked out the challenger, Max Schmeling, in the first round. This fight cemented his popularity as one of the greatest champions of all time. 9 Muhammed Ali Heavyweight fighter with a record of 56-5 (37 KOs) between 1960-1981, born in 1942, in Kentucky. Ali won over 100 fights including a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome as an amateur. Ali defeated the likes of Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Floyd Patterson, Leon Spinks and Jimmy Ellis. he retain the title as the heavyweight champion in 1964 and 1967, 1974-78, and 1978-79. He is reckoned as the only heavyweight to have retain the title three times. He had a career win of 37 knockout from 56 wins and only 5 losses. His memorable bout was on October 1, 1975, were he destroyed Joe Frazier in what was dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila.” One of the all-time best fights in boxing history, both Frazier and Ali showed great courage and perseverance. 10 Sugar Ray Robinson Welterweight, middleweight fighter between 1940-1965 with a record of 173-19-6-2 (109 KOs). Born in 1940 in Detroit, he was great tactician with vast arsenal, including one of the greatest left hooks ever seen. Sugar Ray Robinson fought and defeated the greatest fighters of his generation like Randy Turpin, Gene Fullmer, Kid Gavilan and Jake LaMotta which made him the greatest of all time to step into the ring. His memorable bout was On December 20, 1946, when he won the National Boxing Association World welterweight title from Tommy Bell with a 15th round decision. Bell gave Robinson his toughest title fight at 147 pounds.
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