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THE MOST STYLISH BOXERS EVER

By Matt Glazebrook, 15 October 2016

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.

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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.

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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.


 

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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. 

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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?

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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.

 
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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.

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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.

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