From dancing destroyers who exude in-the-ring suave to gentle giants with strong menswear game outside the ropes, the noble art of boxing has supplied a fair few iconically cool figures over the years. But which pugilist is the (looking) flyweight champion of the world? Find out below.
THE MOST STYLISH BOXERS EVER
By Matt Glazebrook, 15 October 2016
7. Anthony Joshua
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has only been in the game a hot minute – 17 fights, all wins, most lasting only a couple of rounds – but he's already making some serious noise in the style stakes. The hard-hitting Brit favours crisp, minimal casualwear outside of the ring that subtly flatters his imposing physique, rather than drawing even more attention to it.
6. Roberto Durán
Sometimes looking ace isn’t about having a powerful wardrobe or an on-point sense of personal style. Sometimes it’s about an enigmatic, Che Guevara-esque beard and really cool nickname. Roberto 'Hands Of Stone' Durán had both – and a sweet trucker hat with his name on it to boot.
5. Jack Johnson
As the first black world heavyweight boxing champion – and frequent vanquisher of white opponents – Jack Johnson represented a serious challenge to segregation-era American sensibilities. His penchant for women, fast cars and super-sharp bespoke suits only added to his contemporary notoriety, and his lasting cool.
4. Naseem Hamed
Such was 'Prince' Naseem Hamed's showmanship, it arguably overshadowed his considerable boxing legacy. Still, what would you rather be remembered for? A 36-1 record including 31 knockouts? Or a commitment to leopard-print boxing trunks and spectacular, dancehall reggae-backed ring entrances that often lasted longer than the fights themselves?
3. Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Joe Frazier was a tough-as-nails knockout puncher in the ring. Outside of it, though, he was a gent. While his rivals trash-talked and preened, 'Smokin' Joe simply tilted his hat to one side, threw on a wide-lapelled blazer and quietly got on with it.
2. Muhammad Ali
He floated like a butterfly, stung like a bee, dressed like a boss and swaggered like a man with a whole lot to swagger about. Ali was one of the most recognisable and beloved figures of 20th century pop culture – a status attributable to his fighting skills, his outspoken eloquence and the fact he looked damn cool, always.
1. Sugar Ray Robinson
If #SquadGoals are important to you, you've got Sugar Ray Robinson to thank. The five-time middleweight champ is credited with inventing the modern concept of the entourage, jetting around the world from boxing ring to nightclub, with a whole crew of mates and hangers on. Robinson cruised in a flamingo-pink Cadillac and boasted an enviable collection of flashy tailoring, such as the ace oversized check number above. All that, plus more than 170 professional wins. The boss.