Can you guess who the most famous boxers in the world are?
It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.
When Rocky (played by Sylvester Stallone) says this line in Rocky VI, he is motivating his son. But, more importantly, he is also underlining the most essential element of boxing – SURVIVAL!!
Boxing showcases the basic truth of life. The survival of the fittest!! And it is this element of boxing which tests and gives the sport a universal appeal. Boxing is a popular sport which boxers who are fast, agile, strong and ruthless dominate the sport and become famous. Before taking about the most famous boxers in the world, let’s have a scroll down the categories of boxing.
There are two types of boxing- Amateur Boxing and Professional Boxing. In amateur boxing, there are a standard set of rules and the safety of players is a priority proper safety of players is ensured. On the other hand, the rules of professional boxing vary from country to country and they lay less emphasis on players’ safety.
Here is a list of the most famous boxers in the world under each category:
Most Famous Boxers – Professional Category
8. Canelo Álvarez
Mexican boxer Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán ranks eighth in the list of most famous boxers having won 55 professional fights and has lost just one. He is widely rated as the best active boxer. Moreover, he is the only non-American professional boxer on the list. Having debuted at a tender age of 15, the 29-year-old has a long road ahead.
7. George Foreman
George Edward Foreman is one of the finest in the history of pro boxing. He lost just five fights in the 71 matches he boxed in. Foreman was so good that he shifted to amateur boxing and won gold at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. With a height of 6’4″, Foreman always had a great advantage over his competitors due to a greater reach. Post-retirement, Foreman became an entrepreneur and started promoting George Foreman Grill.
6. Jack Dempsey
William Harrison Jack Dempsey is an American boxer who was voted as the greatest fighter of the last 50 years by Associated Press. Demsey lost just 6 of the 75 matches he boxed in. Dempsey also was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His fights were famous for generating a lot of funds as well as spectators. Dempsey died at the age of 87 years on May 31, 1983, in New York, USA.
5. Henry Armstrong
AmericalHenry Jackson Jr. was an who fought in pro boxing under the name ‘Henry Armstrong’. Despite his short stature, Armstong completed a total of 181 fights with 151 victories with the help of 101 knockouts. These numbers look completely astonishing and unrealistic to be believed. Armstrong died at the age of 75 years on October 24, 1988, in Los Angeles, California.
4. Manny Pacquiao
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao or Manny Pacquiao is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers by many boxing historians. The boxer has won major world titles in eight different weight classes. Furthermore, the Filipino has won a total of 12 major titles in the world. Manny has also named the fighter of the 2000 decade by Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). The 41-year-old is currently serving as a Senator.
3. Mike Tyson
May it be his famous tattoos or his flamboyant persona, you cannot miss Michael Gerard Tyson or Mike Tyson. Tyson made his debut at a very young age and became the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight title at 20 years. He won 50 fights out of the 58 contests in which he participated. Out of these 50 wins, 44 were either knockouts or stoppages.
2. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. comes in at the second spot on the list. The American boxer ended his career with an undefeated world record of 50 wins. Out of these 50 matches, 27 of them were knockouts while the rest were by decision. He also won multiple titles in his career which include world championships. Mayweather began his professional career in 1996 and continued till 2017 and now works as a promoter of this sport. He is also the richest boxer in the world with a whopping net worth of over $650 million.
1. Muhammad Ali
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. or popularly known as Muhammad Ali or ‘The Greatest’. There would be hardly any boxing fan who won’t be familiar with his name. Ali started as an amateur boxer at the age of 12. He won the gold in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The same year, Ali shifted to pro boxing. As a pro boxer, Ali was unstoppable. He won 56 of the 61 fights of which 37 were by knockouts.
He is the only boxer to be named as “The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year” 6 times. Furthermore, Ali has been named as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, the greatest athlete of the 20th century (Sports Illustrated), the Sports Personality of the Century (BBC), and the third greatest athlete of the 20th century (ESPN SportsCentury). Ali died on June 3, 2016, in the USA.
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Most Famous Boxers – Amateur Boxing
7. Rau’shee Warren
Although he is a professional boxer now, Rau’shee Warren has been one of the greatest amateur boxers ever. The American southpaw was a gold medallist at the 2007 World Championships, besides winning bronze medals at the 2005 and 2011 World Championships, all coming in the flyweight division. He held the WBA and IBO bantamweight titles between 2016 to 2017.
6. László Papp
Hungarian boxer László Papp fought in a total of 29 games in his career and won 27 fights out of them. His top performance came during the Olympic Games when he won three consecutive gold medals. These came at the 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne. After a successful amateur career, the pugilist moved to pro boxing as well. Papp died in 2003 when he was 77 years old.
5. Teófilo Stevenson
Cuba produced some of the finest boxers the world had ever seen in the 20th century, and Teófilo Stevenson Lawrence is one of them. The heavyweight boxer has three gold medals in the World Championships as well. Lawrence also has a mammoth amount of 17 gold medals in various boxing championships. His majority of medals came at the Central American Championships (6). Apart from the heavyweight category, Stevenson has a few medals in the category of the super heavyweight as well.
4. Zou Shiming
Zou Shiming is one of the rarest boxers to hail from Asia and be successfully acclaimed worldwide. He is not only China’s most successful amateur boxer but is also one of the best in all over the world. He competes in the category of Light Flyweight and has accomplished quite a few l. So far, the Chinese athlete has around seven gold medals at a professional level. Out of these seven, 2 came at the Olympics, two at Asian Games and the rest three at different world Championships.
3. Roberto Cammarelle
Roberto Cammarelle is an Italy-based amateur boxer who competes in the Super Heavyweight category. He won a total of 6 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals in his career at the highest level. Out of the six gold medals, one came at the 2008 Olympics while 2 came at the World Championships. The rest three gold medals came during the Mediterranean Games. After his great achievements in boxing, he was also rewarded with a place as a member of the Italian State Police.
2. Félix Savón
Felix Savon is arguably the most decorated pugilist in the world, having won a mammoth 27 gold medals. Out of these 27, three are from the Olympic Games and six from different editions of World Championships. In fact, the Cuban’s record of 6 World Championships medal was broken only recently by India’s MC Mary Kom, who has eight medals to her name. He has won medals in tournaments like the World Cup, Pan American Games, Jr World Cup etc. He is one of the most veteran amateur boxers in the history of this sport.
1. Vasyl Lomachenko
Ukrainian amateur boxer Vasyl Anatoliyovych Lomachenko comes in at the number one spot with an incredible record of 396 victories and only a solitary loss. This makes him the most successful amateur boxers of all time. Playing under the lightweight and featherweight categories, Vasyl has won gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.
He stood at the pole position during the 2009 Milan and 2011 Baku World Championships. The Ukranian has won many other medals as well. Besides amateur boxing, Vasyl has also competed in the pro category as well where he lost just a single fight.