11 Best African Boxers Based on an Updated Ranking

The world of boxing is a very competitive one. There are so many talented boxers out there that it can be hard to stand out and be recognized as the best. However, over the years, some African boxers have managed to do just that.

Compared to soccer, boxing provides a level playing ground for Africans and their Western counterparts. For instance, in 1974, Muhammad Ali won the World’s Heavyweight Championship for the second time by beating George Foreman. The ‘Rumble in The Jungle‘ match was held in Kinshasa, Zaire.

The top 4 best African boxers based on their wins, knockouts, losses, and draws are:

  1. Anthony Joshua
  2. Hassan Mwakinyo
  3. Badou Jack
  4. Moruti Mthalane
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Anthony Joshua. Source: Marca

Boxing and Wrestling

Many people confuse boxing and wrestling. There is a distinct difference between the two you should note. Boxing is a combat sport in which two people fight with endurance by throwing punches against each other. On the other hand, wrestling is a type of combat sport in which the fighters lock, throw, and takedowns on each other. You can check out the current highest-paid WWE wrestlers in the world.

Boxing is undertaken in rounds of one-to-three-minute intervals overseen by a referee. However, boxing is different from other games in that a winner can be declared before the completion of the rounds. This can happen in three instances:

  • The referee deems an opponent incapable of continuing
  • The opponent is disqualified
  • The opponent resigns

The table below presents the top 11 best African boxers based on an updated ranking by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

1Anthony JoshuaNigeria242201
2Hassan MwakinyoTanzania191302
3Badou JackThe Gambia231333
4Moruti MthalaneSouth Africa392602
5Demetrius AndradeCape Verde291800
6Ilunga MakabuDRC282502
7Lawrence OkolieNigeria161300
8Nordine OubaaliMorocco171200
9Ryad MerhyIvory Coast292401
10Andrew TabitiNigeria171301
11Isaac DogboeGhana211502
11 Best African Boxers

Divisions in Boxing

Boxers are classified according to their weights and this leads to divisions in boxing. Before the 19th century, there were 8 recognized boxing heavyweight classes. However, after the 19th century, weight divisions were formed to eliminate the handicap of smaller contestants’ conceding excessive weight to their opponents. As a result, there are 17 recognized boxing weight divisions as follows:

  1. Minimumweight, 105 pounds (48 kg)
  2. Light flyweight, 108 pounds (49 kg)
  3. Flyweight, 112 pounds (51 kg)
  4. Super flyweight, 115 pounds (52 kg)
  5. Bantamweight, 118 pounds (53.5 kg)
  6. Super bantamweight, 122 pounds (55 kg)
  7. Featherweight, 126 pounds (57 kg)
  8. Super featherweight, 130 pounds (59 kg)
  9. Lightweight, 135 pounds (61 kg)
  10. Super lightweight, 140 pounds (63.5 kg)
  11. Welterweight, 147 pounds (67 kg)
  12. Super welterweight, 154 pounds (70 kg)
  13. Middleweight, 160 pounds (72.5 kg)
  14. Super middleweight, 168 pounds (76 kg)
  15. Light heavyweight, 175 pounds (79 kg)
  16. Cruiserweight, 200 pounds (91 kg)
  17. Heavyweight, unlimited

Final Thoughts

Boxing is a very tough sport, but over the years some African boxers have managed to stand out and be recognized as best. As a result of high competition in this sport, dedication and hard work are needed for a boxer to rank among the top 10. Therefore, the 10 listed African boxers are the best based on their exemplary performances. This is evidenced through their wins, knockouts, losses, and draws.