Best Boxing Countries Of All Time

There are a handful of particular countries that have become renowned for consistently producing elite boxers. For some countries, boxing is a major part of their culture and through generations of fighting, they have earned a reputation for producing elite boxers.

But who produces the best boxers in the world? Well on the surface the answer is clear and simple, it would be America. They have the most world champions, they make up 15 of the current top pound for pound fighters, and they produced arguably the best boxer of all time in Sugar Ray Robinson. However, because of things like the population, this isn’t always a fair comparison or a good indicator as to how good the country is at producing elite boxers.

There are many more factors that go into determining which country has been the most successful in boxing.

We’ve tried to break down which country produces the best boxers from a factual and statistical perspective. However, boxing isn’t a tangible sport and everything is incredibly subjective, so while we can filter through all the numbers, what really makes a country great at boxing is its reputation and the mystique it carries. But regardless, this is what we concluded from our research:

  • Out of the current top 50 pound-for-pound fighters in the world, America comes out on top with 15 fighters in the top 50
  • Thailand has the highest percentage of world champions in proffesional boxing with 14.98 percent of Thai fighters obtaining a world title.
  • America has produced the most world champions at 455
  • Mexico usually comes in second to America but it is often proportionate to the size of the population and the number of professional boxers
  • America is typically regarded as the country that has produced the best boxers
  • Mexico has arguably the most rich history of boxing and have built a repuation for producing the most fearsome boxers

Most World Champions By Country

As predicted, America comes on top again when looking at the number of world champions produced with 455 champions. However, their percentage of world champions out of all American professional boxers is quite low at 1.88 percent.

The country with the highest percentage of world champions is actually Thailand with an astonishing 14.98 percent. South Korea is a close second with 14.37 of fighters percent obtaining a world title. The reasoning behind these astonishing percentages is unclear. But we anticipate its due to different stipulations for boxing liscences in different countries.

CountryAll-Time Number of Professional Boxers Number of World Champions ProducedPercentage World Champions
United States of America24,1284551.88
United Kingdom88131011.14
Puerto Rico586488.19
South Korea 3204614.37
Argentina 1630432.63
Philippines 1608402.48
Columbia 3273611

Current Pound For Pound Boxer’s Countries

To find out which country has been producing the finest boxers in recent times, we took the top 50 pound-for-pound fighters as of March 2022 via and categorized them by their respective countries.

Saul AlvarezMexico
Oleksandr UsykUkraine
Tyson FuryUnited Kingdom
Naoya Inoue Japan
Errol SpenceUnited States of America
Roman GonzalezNicaraguan
Terence CrawfordUnited States of America
Vasyl LomachenkoUkraine
Nonito DonairePhilippines
Juan EstradaMexico
George Kambosos JrAustralian
Gervonta DavisUnited States of America
Kazuto IokaJapan
Gennadiy GolovkinKazakhstan
Jack CatterallUnited Kingdom
Jermell CharloUnited States of America
Josh TaylorUnited Kingdom
Teofimo LopezUnited States of America
Yordenis UgasCuba
Oscar ValdezMexico
Artur BeterbievRussia
Leo Santa CruzMexico
Kosei TanakaJapan
Shakur StevensonUnited States of America
Srisaket Sor RungvisaiThailand
Jose RamirezUnited States of America
Anthony JoshuaUnited Kingdom
Deontay WilderUnited States of America
Jermall CharloUnited States of America
Stephen Fulton JrUnited States of America
Emanuel Navarrete Mexico
Dmitry BivolRussia
Regis PrograisUnited States of America
Andy Ruiz JrMexico
Wanheng MenayothinThailand
Keith ThurmanUnited States of America
Demetrius AndradeUnited States of America
David BenavidezUnited States of America
Guillermo RigondeauCuba
John Riel Casimero Philippines
Miguel Berchelt Mexico
Gilberto RamirezMexico
Mairis BriedisLatvia
Murodjon AkhmadalievUzbekistan
Jerwin AncajasPhilippines
Jaime MunguiaMexico
Jesse RodriguezUnited States of America
Mark Magsayo Philippines
Hiroto KyoguchiJapan
Brian CastanoArgentina

With this form of measurement, America dominates the other countries, having 15 fighters out of the top 50. Mexico comes second with a respectable 9 fighters, while the UK, Japan, & Philippines come third with 4 fighters each. It’s no surprise that America is doing so well, firstly boxing is a popular sport in the United States but they have so many times more fighters than lots of the countries as well the latest in sports technology and research.

CountryNumber of Fighters From Current Top 50 Pound For Pound
United States of America15
Mexico 9
United Kingdom4
Nicaragua 1
Australia 1

All Time Pound For Pound Boxer’s Countries

We also gathered the data to find which countries produced the all-time best pound-for-pound boxers. We took the top 50 pound-for pounds boxers via and categorized them by their respective countries.

Ray RobinsonUnited States of America
Floyd Mayweather JrUnited States of America
Jimmy McLarninCanada
Benny LeonardUnited States of America
Muhammad AliUnited States of America
Carlos MonzonArgentina
Holman WilliamsUnited States of America
Marvin HaglerUnited States of America
Harry GrebUnited States of America
Henry ArmstrongUnited States of America
Joe LouisUnited States of America
Tony CanzoneriUnited States of America
Ray LeonardUnited States of America
Sammy MandellUnited States of America
Bernard HopkinsUnited States of America
Archie MooreUnited States of America
Lennox LewisUnited Kingdom
Andre WardUnited States of America
Emile GriffithU.S. Virgin Islands
Manny PacquiaoPhilippines
Saul Alvarez *Mexico
Young Corbett IIIUnited States of America
Charley BurleyUnited States of America
Jose NapolesCuba
Joe CalzagheUnited Kingdom
Mike GibbonsUnited States of America
Floyd PattersonUnited States of America
Barney RossUnited States of America
Roberto DuranPanama
Roy Jones JrUnited States of America
Jack BrittonUnited States of America
Duilio LoiItaly
Rocky KansasUnited States of America
Julio Cesar ChavezMexico
Ted Kid LewisUnited Kingdom
Ezzard CharlesUnited States of America
Rocky MarcianoUnited States of America
Oscar De La HoyaUnited States of America
Evander HolyfieldUnited States of America
Jake LaMottaUnited States of America
Wladimir KlitschkoUkraine
Lloyd MarshallUnited States of America
Pete LatzoUnited States of America
Harold JohnsonUnited States of America
Felix TrinidadPuerto Rio
Gene FullmerUnited States of America
Lou AmbersUnited States of America
Gene TunneyUnited States of America
Carlos OrtizPuerto Rico
Jackie FieldsUnited States of America

While boxing originated from ancient Greece and the modern itteration of boxing began in England, America has a massive proportion of the top 50 pound-for-pound fighters to ever live at 37 out of 50. This is probably because after the 1920’s when prizefighting was legalized in New York and several other states, the popularity of boxing surged. This also around the time that names and logistics started to be recorded hence producinng a database of predominantly American fighters.

Country Number of Fighters From All-Time Top 50 Pound For Pound
United States of America37
Puerto Rico 2
United Kingdom1
Italy 1
U.S. Virgin Islands1


As we mentioned earlier, facts and statistics only tell half the story. Since boxing isn’t eaxactly measurable, people’s opinion on what country produces the best boxers will vary. Many people will make a compelling arguement that Mexico produces the best fighters in the world. The front footed Mexican style of boxing is a style that must be respected for its dependence on will power. I personally can’t decide which single country produces the boxers but I would say that the USA, UK, & Mexico are among the top three.

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