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Best Boxers Pound for Pound of All Time

Updated on May 1, 2017

All Time Pound For Pound Best

Sugar Ray Robinson, seen here striking Gene Fullmer, was the inspiration for the word Pound For Pound.
Sugar Ray Robinson, seen here striking Gene Fullmer, was the inspiration for the word Pound For Pound. | Source
Lightweight champion Roberto Duran moved up to welterweight and defeated the then undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard.
Lightweight champion Roberto Duran moved up to welterweight and defeated the then undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard. | Source
Willie Pep regained the featherweight championship from Sandy Saddler.
Willie Pep regained the featherweight championship from Sandy Saddler. | Source

Who is The Best in History?

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Henry Armstrong's Biggest Victories

Lew Jenkins
Juan Zurita
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Barney Ross
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This is just ten of Henry Armstrong's remarkable wins that he racked up during his fabulous career.
Joe Louis avenges an early career loss by destroying Max Shmeling in one round.
Joe Louis avenges an early career loss by destroying Max Shmeling in one round. | Source
Ezzard Charles is a former heavyweight champion and he is also considered the best light heavyweight fighter every.
Ezzard Charles is a former heavyweight champion and he is also considered the best light heavyweight fighter every. | Source

Ten Best Fighters in History

1. Sugar Ray Robinson: Robinson inspired the term Pound for Pound in the 1950's. He is the best Welterweight Champion ever and a five time Middleweight Legend who took on everyone. He was 85-0 with 69 knockouts as an amateur and he retired with a pro record of 173-19-6 with 108 knockouts. By age 19 his record was 128-1-2 and he is a Former Welterweight Champion and a five time Middleweight Champion. Robinson had speed, power and a great jab. His offense was a thing of beauty and his reflexes and skill were superior to his opponents. Among his victims were Hall of Fame Boxers and Champions such as Jake La Motta (5 Times), Gene Fullmer, Kid Gavilan, Carmen Basilio, Rocky Graziano and Henry Armstrong just to name a few.

2. Henry Armstrong: Homicide Hank retired with a final tally of 150-21-10 with 101 knockouts. He is the only boxer in history to have held three championships in three different weight classes at the same time. Armstrong also holds the record for Welterweight Title Defenses with 18. He had two fisted power and he was a non-stop punching machine who rarely took a backwards step. He held Championships in the Featherweight Lightweight and Welterweight Division and he beat a who's who of Great Fighters and Champions. Among his top wins were victories over Sammy Angott, Juan Zurita, Lewis Jenkins, Barney Ross, Ceferino Garcia and Chalky Wright.

3. Muhammad Ali: Ali won a Gold Medal in the Rome Olympics in 1960 and he is also a three time Heavyweight Champion in the professional ranks. Muhammad Ali had speed, reflexes, skills and a great chin and a unbelievable heart. His footwork, jab and mind games won most of his bouts. Ali fought them all and beat them all in a career that saw him retire with a Mark of 56-5 with 37 knockouts. Ali was very charismatic and he is easily the most famous boxer in the fight game's history. He had the skills which allowed him to beat up on contenders, champions and hall of famers such as George Foreman, Joe Frazier (Twice), Sonny Liston (Twice), Leon Spinks, Ken Norton (Twice), George Chuvalo and Floyd Patterson (Twice).

4. Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber had a deadly jab and brutal knockout power in both fists. Although his footwork was slow, his combinations flowing from his hands were not. Louis holds the record for the most Heavyweight Title Defenses with an astonishing 25. He fought and beat them all including a revenge win over Max Schmeling by one round knockout. Among others he beat Schmeling, Jersey Joe Walcott, Billy Conn, Max Baer, James Braddock and Primo Carnera. Louis had a text book jab and he was very skilled at throwing short, quick and powerful combinations to the head and body. Joe Louis finished with a resume that reads 66-3 with 52 knockouts.

5. Roberto Duran: Hands of Stone is a Lightweight Legend who beat Ken Buchanan down for the 135 pound title. He defended it eight times before vacating to move up to Welterweight and giving Sugar Ray Leonard his first loss and becoming Welterweight Champion. He went on to win the Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight Championships as well. He could box or brawl but preferred the ladder. His body attack was lethal and as a Lightweight, his record was 62-1. Duran ended up with a professional boxing record of 103-16 with 70 knockouts. He beat among many others Sugar Ray Leonard, Ken Buchanan, Iran Barkley, Davey Moore, Carlos Palomino and Esteban DeJesus (Twice).

6. Willie Pep: The Will of the Wisp was a defensive specialist and possibly the best defensive boxer in history. His head movement, feints, footwork and jab were excellent to say the very least. Pep is a two time Featherweight Champion who retired with a remarkable record reading 229-11-1 with 65 knockouts. Pep beat a great group of prizefighters during his prime including Sandy Saddler, Chalky Wright, Paddy DeMarco, Sal Bartolo and Manuel Ortiz. In his prime, he was nearly impossible to beat and he rarely lost more than two or three rounds in a fifteen round bout.

7. Ezzard Charles: Ezzard Charles is widely considered the best light heavyweight in the sport's history. Charles also beat Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight crown. The Cincinnati Cobra retired with a pro mark of 93-25-1 with 52 knockouts. He beat many great boxers including Archie Moore (Three Times), Jersey Joe Walcott, Joey Maxim (3 Times), Joe Louis and Rex Layne to name just a few. Charles had very good ring science. His jab, body work, feints, timing and heart were his best traits as a prizefighter.

8. Harry Greb: The Pittsburg Windmill was the former light heavyweight and middleweight champion of the world. His official boxing record minus newspaper decisions is 104-8-3 with 48 knockouts. He was a constant punching machine who was the epitome of a pressure fighter. He was not a huge puncher but he still packed firepower and nonstop stamina and conditioning. He worked the head and body with equal intensentity and his hooks were very short and compact. Among his wins were handing the great Gene Tunney his only loss and beating Maxie Rosenbloom, Mickey Walker, Johnny Papke, Jimmy Slattery, Tommy Loughran, Mike McTigue and Battling Levensky among many others.

9. Sugar Ray Leonard: Sugar Ray won titles in the welterweight, jr. Middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Leonard has a career mark of 36-3-1 with 25 knockouts. He won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and his speed and reflexes were second to none. Leonard also had great footwork, a great jab and heart and will that were a thing of beauty. Leonard's top victories came against several hall of fame boxers such as Wilfred Benitez, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran (Twice).

10. Rocky Marciano: The Brockton Blockbuster is the only undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history finishing up with a terrific record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts. He knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott twice, Archie Moore and Joe Louis. He also beat Ezzard Charles twice one by knockout, Roland La Starza and Rex Layne twice by knockout. Marciano defended his title that he won from Jersey Joe Walcott six times with by of those wins coming inside the distance. He was relentless and had tremendous punching power and accuracy in his shots. His offense seemed a bit caveman like but their was a method to his madness and his conditioning was amazing.


Career Tribute of Roberto Duran

The Rumble in the Jungle

Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in eight rounds to become a two time heavyweight champion.
Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in eight rounds to become a two time heavyweight champion. | Source
Henry Armstrong, seen here punching Barney Ross, holds the record for the most welterweight title defenses with 18.
Henry Armstrong, seen here punching Barney Ross, holds the record for the most welterweight title defenses with 18. | Source

Definition of Pound For Pound

A Pound For Pound list is for determining who the best boxers in the entire world are regardless of weight class.

Five Great Pound For Pound Bouts

George Foreman K.O. 5 Ron Lyle

Diego Corrales K.O. 10 Jose Luis Castillo

Mickey Ward W10 Arturo Gatti

Muhammad Ali K.O. 14 Joe Frazier

Marvin Hagler K.O. 3 Tommy Hearns

Birthplace of Muhammad Ali (Louisville, Kentucky)

Joe Louis Tribute

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      Lukas 13 months ago

      The Greastes is Ali but the best is Robinson.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      Ali was a great boxer and Will Smith and Jaime Fox both were awesome in the Ali movie.

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      Marko Vucinic 3 years ago from Cuprija, Sebia

      Best boxer is definitely Muhammed Ali, and I just love the movie " Ali " with Will Smith.