When compared to sports like soccer and tennis boxing may seem like a sport which is not followed globally. However, some of the top boxing champions of all time are revered throughout the world and are individuals of their own right. These individuals have achieved fame and fortune and are household names in many countries. Despite the popularity of boxing the top boxing champions of all time are small in number and can be counted on your fingertips. This does not mean they do not exist but just goes on to show the sport hasn’t managed to draw attention like the other sports mentioned in this article.
Today we are speaking about some of the top boxing champions of all time who were masters of their art. During their prime, these individuals made every effort possible to bring fame to the sport of boxing and some of the names mentioned continue to do so even to this day. Who are the top boxing champions of all time?
That’s the most beautiful thing that I like about boxing: you can take a punch. The biggest thing about taking a punch is your ego reacts and there’s no better spiritual lesson than trying to not pay attention to your ego’s reaction. That’s what takes people out of the fight half the time. ~ David O. Russell
Schmeling was a German boxer in the heavyweight category and a champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. He had a couple of fights with Joe Louis in 1936 and 1938 which took international prominence because of the national associations during that time.
Tunney was the world heavyweight champion from 1926 to 1928. He was acknowledged as a thinking fighter who moved cleverly and better than the sluggers who were prominent during those days. Tunney defeated Jack Dempsey twice in 1926 and 1927 and his most successful title defense against Dempsey is remembered as one of the most famous bouts in the history of boxing and has been classified as the long count fight. Tunney retired as the undefeated heavyweight champion after defeating Tom Heeney in 1928.
Sonny Liston was never acknowledged as a boxing genius and was rather known for his toughness for taking punches along with his own punching power which was menacing. Liston became famous because he was beaten by Muhammad Ali but he was one of the most dangerous and intimidating heavyweight champions of history.
Jack Dempsey was not just one of the top boxing champions of all time but was also the most popular in boxing history and was the word heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. He was the first boxer to have a million-dollar gate and many of his fans were excited by his style which was aggressive along with his power which was brutal to attract massive attendance.
The Brown Bomber reigned supreme from 1937 to 1948 and was the world champion for 11 years and 10 months. These records still exist in the heavyweight division of boxing and his 25 consecutive title defenses make Louis one of the top boxing champions of all time. He was known to have said everyone can box until they’ve been hit.
Muhammad Ali was just the greatest boxer ever to have graced the rings of boxing. His career lasted for over 20 years and an outpouring of grief during his death demonstrated the kind of respect he had gained for himself. Joe Louis may receive the accolades as the greatest but no one will ever come close to Muhammad Ali because he was the only one who could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee and this reason makes him one of the top boxing champions of all time.
Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons. ~ Muhammad Ali
Joe Frazier had a unique style that was always looking to wear down his opponents to break them down. He is known for having the most ferocious hooks in the heavyweight boxing division and the three bouts he had with Muhammad Ali the last of which was one of the most brutal in the history of boxing.
The names listed in this article can be considered as the top boxing champions of all time and despite the sport still continuing, no boxer from the world has ever managed to come close to any of these names to display the kind of talent these individuals had.