Ring Magazine Rankings Totals for 1929-2011

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{Rankings are based on the rankings of Ring Magazines from 1929 through 2011}

1930-1939 Decade                              1940-1949 Decade                           1950-1959 Decade

1..Max Schmeling 84                             1. Joe Louis 115                                  1. Ezzard Charles 57

2. Joe Louis 51                                        2. Tami Mauriello 48                         2. Rocky Marciano 56

3. Max Baer 51                                       3. Jimmy Bivins 45                              3. Floyd Patterson 38

4. Primo Carnera 51                             4. Jersey Joe Walcott 38                     4. Jersey Joe Walcott 38

5. Jack Sharkey 42                                 5. Elmer Ray 30                                    5. Bob Baker 31

6. Jimmy Braddock 27                          6. Lee Savold 26                                   6. Tommy Jackson 29

7. King Levinsky 25                                7. Joe Baksi 26                                     7. Archie Moore 28

8. Tommy Loughran 22                          8. Melio Bettina 26                             8. Nino Valdes 28

9. Bob Pastor 21                                     9. Billy Conn 25                                   9. Willie Pastrano 27

10. Tommy Farr 21                                10. Lee Q. Murray 25                         10. Eddie Machen 26

1960-1969 Decade                               1970-1979 Decade                           1980-1989 Decade

1..Muhammad Ali 77                              1. Muhammad Ali 96                        1. Larry Holmes 76

2. Floyd Patterson 74                             2. George Foreman 67                       2. Mike Weaver 51

3. Sonny Liston 66                                    3. Joe Frazier 67                                3. Pinklon Thomas 50

4. Zory Folley 54                                      4. Ken Norton 61                                4. Tim Witherspoon 49

5. Ernie Terrell 40                                    5. Jerry Quarry 36                              5. Gerrie Coetzee 48

6. Eddie Machen 34                                 6. Oscar Bonavena 34                      6. Michael Dokes 44

7. I. Johansson 30                                    7. Ron Lyle 34                                     7. Greg Page 33

8. Joe Frazier 27                                         8. Larry Holmes 31                          8. Mike Tyson 32

9. George Chuvalo 26                               9. Jimmy Young 29                            9. Tervor Berbick 32

10. K. Mildenberger 25                           10. Jimmy Ellis 19                            10. Michael Spinks 31

 

1990-1999 Decade                                 2000-2009 Decade

1..Evander Holyfield 91                            1. Wladimir Klitschko 64

2. Lennox Lewis 71                                     2. Chris Byrd 52

3. Riddick Bowe 62                                    3. Lennox Lewis 49

4. Michael Moorer 53                               4. Hasin Rahman 43

5. Mike Tyson 49                                        5. John Ruiz 39

6. George Foreman 38                               6. Vitali Klitschko 36

7. Razor Ruddock 35                                  7. James Toney 31

8. Tim Witherspoon 31                             8. David Tua 30

9. Ray Mercer 25                                        9. Evander Holyfield 29

10. Oliver McCall 19                                10. Mike Tyson 27


About the Ranking:
1930s: Joe Louis was only ranked in the latter part of the decade and Schmeling gather points throughout the entire decade. Braddock is much higher rated than he should have been because he held the title for two years in which he was inactive.

1940s: Louis dominated the decade and was inactive during the war years which really threw the rating off because there was little activity during the middle part of the decade. Walcott and Charles along with Archie Moore should have been rated much higher but they were in the light heavyweight division.

1950s: Rocky Marciano had a very short career compared to many of the other heavyweight greats. He retired at his peak so he was only in the rankings for four years. Charles gathered a lot more points because he fought longer during the decade.

1960s: The thing that jumps out at you in these rankings in Patterson ranked higher than Liston but Patterson was ranked in the top ten almost the entire decade. Liston after 1965 was inactive for a long period. Johansson is really low but like Marciano he did not fight much more after he lost the title and retired a young man.

1970s: Looking at the 1970s you have to wonder; was there a stronger decade in heavyweight division? This is by far the strongest group.

1980s: Tyson was the best fighter during the decade but was only ranked late in the decade.
1990s: Tyson is number five during the decade which is a big surprise. He was dominating during the early part of the decade but after that he went to prison and was never dominating again.

2000s: Vitali Klitschko is number six during the decade. Remember he retired in 2005 and sat out a few years before returning to the ring where Wladimir never left the ring for any lengthy period of time.


TOP 100 HEAVYWEIGHTS 1929-2011
BASED ON RING MAGAZINE’S RANKINGS

{*Heavyweight Champion}

1. Joe Louis* 176                              34. Lee Q. Murray 46                        67. Willie Pastrano 27

2. Muhammad Ali* 174                  35. Ernie Terrell 44                           68. Roland LaStarza 26

3. Evander Holyfield* 144              36. Michael Dokes 44                      69. Joey Maxim 26

4. Floyd Patterson* 122                  37. Lee Savold 43                              70. Melio Bettina 26

5. Lennox Lewis* 120                       38. Bob Pastor 42                             71. Gerry Cooney 26

6. Larry Holmes* 114                       39. John Ruiz 39                               72. Nicolay Valvev 26

7. Mike Tyson* 108                          40. Jimmy Ellis 38                            73. King Levinsky 25

8. George Foreman* 106                  41. Ruslan Chagaev 37                  74. Tony Galento 25

9. Joe Frazier* 94                               42. Henry Cooper 37                      75. Billy Conn 25

10. Wladimir Klitschko* 86            43. George Chuvalo 35                   76. Lee Q. Murray 25

11. Max Schmeling* 84                    44. Ron Lyle 34                                 77. Ray Mercer 25

12. Tim Witherspoon 80                   45. Razor Ruddock 34                    78. K.  Milderberger  25

13. Sonny Liston* 78                          46. David Tua 33                            79. Buster Douglas* 25

14. Zory Folley 78                               47. Greg Page 33                            80. Tony Tucker 25

15. Jersey Joe Walcott* 76               48. Trevor Berbick 32                     81. Oleg Maskaev 24

16. Ezzard Charles* 68                      49. Leon Spinks* 32                        82. Michael Grant 23

17. Riddick Bowe*62                         50. Archie Moore 31                      83. Andrew Golota 23

18. Chris Byrd 62                                51. Michael Spinks* 31                 84. Doug Jones 23

19. Ken Norton 61                               52. James Toney 31                       85. Carl Williams 23

20. Eddie Machen 60                          53. Bob Baker 31                           86. Tom Loughran 22

21. Rocky Marciano* 56                    54. Elmer Ray 30                            87. Oliver McCall 22

22. Vitali Klitschko* 56                      55. Joe Baksi 30                             88. Thad Spencer 21

23. Gerrie Coetzee 56                          56. Jimmy Young 29                      89. David Haye 21

24. Max Baer* 56                                 57. Tommy Jackson 29                 90. Cleveland Williams 20

25. Jack Sharkey* 53                           58. Nino Valdes 28                        91. George Godfrey 19

26. Michael Moorer* 53                    59. Alexander Povetkin 28           92. Johnny Risko 19

27. Mike Weaver 52                           60. Young Striblng 27                    93. Arturo Godoy 19

28. Jerry Quarry 51                            61. Jimmy Braddock* 27               94. Earnie Shavers 18

29. Primo Carnera* 51                      62. Tommy Farr 27                         95. Eddie Chambers 18

30. Pinklon Thomas 50                      63. Lou Nova 27                             96. Mac Foster 17

31. Oscar Bonavena 50                     64. Lee Oma 27                              97. Duane Bobick 17

32. Tami Mauriello 48                      65. Bruce Woodcock 27                98. Steve Hamas 17

33. Hasim Rahman* 46                     66. Samuel Peter 27                      99.  M. Rosenbloom 17 

100. Pat Valentino 17                        101. D. Francesco 17         

 

 

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