The top 50 fighters of the 21st century have been named

Ranker, alongside its readers, have developed the ultimate list of the best boxers of the 21st century.

Today, we are going to list the top 50 as ranked on February 13, 2020.

The resurgence of the heavyweight division of the 2010s is fairly represented with some timeless legends also jostling for a top-10 position.

Britons are also represented across the list with the likes of Ricky Hatton, Carl Froch and Lennox Lewis among others making the top 50.

So without further ado, here’s the top 50 of the 21st century.


50: David Lemieux (41-4)

49: Arthur Abraham (47-6)

48: Brian Viloria (38-6)

47: Kubrat Pulev (28-1)

46: Naseem Hamed (36-1)

45: Denis Lebedev (32-3, 1 NC)

44: Jermain Taylor (33-4-1)

43: Tomasz Adamek (53-6)

42: Marcos Maidana (35-5)

41: Billy Joe Saunders (29-0)

40: Kelly Pavlik (40-2)

39: Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1, 1 NC)

38: Mikkel Kessler (46-3)

37: Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1)

36: Oleksandr Usyk (17-0)

35: Danny Garcia (36-2)

34: Sergio Martinez (51-3-2)

33: Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 1 NC)

32: Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr (51-4-1, 1 NC)

31: Ricky Hatton (45-3)

50-31 Summary

Despite being at the back of this list, to be named in the top 50 boxers in the past 20 years still remains an achievement.

The likes of Billy Joe Saunders and Oleksandr Usyk, two active fighters, are the only undefeated boxers in this section of the list.

This section is very much a couple of notches below the all-time greats, with some fighters taking losses to those in the upper echelons such as Mikkel Kessler, who suffered defeats to Andre Ward, Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch.

Timothy Bradley and Ricky Hatton, both victims of Manny Pacquiao, make the list as well as Marcos Maidana, whose biggest defeat came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.


30: Carl Froch (33-2)

29: Nonito Donaire (40-6)

28: Amir Khan (34-5)

27: Roman Gonzalez (48-2)

26: Deontay Wilder (42-0-1)

25: Terence Crawford (36-0)

24: Tyson Fury (29-0-1)

23: Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 1 NC)

22: Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2)

21: Anthony Joshua (23-1)

20: Erik Morales (52-9)

19: Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7, 1 NC)

18: Vitali Klitschko (45-2)

17: Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1)

16: Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1)

15: Andre Ward (32-0)

14: Felix Trinidad (42-3)

13: Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1)

12: Saul Alvarez (53-1-2)

11: Miguel Cotto (41-6)

30-11 Summary

The contemporary heavyweight division dominates this section of the list with the top three heavyweights currently active, according to Lennox Lewis, occupying 26th, 24th and 21st respectively.

Whilst a spell on the sidelines hurt Tyson Fury, there is a period of legacy-cementing to be done and whoever can unify the heavyweight division, if it is to happen, will be considered the greatest heavyweight of this period.

The Mayor of Kyiv and Klitschko brother Vitali makes the top 20, whilst Juan Marquez Marquez, who held his own in four bouts with Manny Pacquiao pips him to 17th.

Saul Alvarez misses out on the top 10, even after his record of a win and a draw against Gennady Golovkin, his only loss coming at the gloves of Floyd Mayweather.

In this section of this list, we currently have four undefeated fighters with Andre Ward and Terence Crawford, as well as Fury and Wilder, who are locked into a rematch later on in February.


10: Joe Calzaghe (46-0)

9: Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2, 2 NC)

8: Oscar De La Hoya (39-6)

7: Lennox Lewis (41-2-1)

6: Mike Tyson (50-6, 2 NC)

5: Wladimir Klitschko (64-5)

4: Roy Jones Jnr (66-9)

3: Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1)

2: Floyd Mayweather Jnr (50-0)

1: Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2)

In the big top 10 we have two undefeated fighters with Joe Calzaghe and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, the latter fighting a perfect 50 bouts against the likes of De La Hoya (8th), Conor McGregor, Hatton and Pacquiao.

The latter tops that list, and despite being 41 and a senator in his homeland of the Philippines, he keeps going. He eventually got his marquee bout with Mayweather in 2015, perhaps too late for either man’s prime.

Record-breaking boxers litter the top 10. Wladimir Klitschko is at fifth with a record 23 wins for the world heavyweight titles. Mike Tyson pips Lennox Lewis to sixth despite the latter having his number in the famous 2002 bout.

Lewis who, of course, got the better of both Tyson and Holyfield.

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