From Floyd Mayweather to Muhammad Ali, Boxing Legends Who Have Made Appearance in WWE

Published 06/07/2021, 12:56 AM EDT


Wrestling and Boxing has a large crossover in terms of fans who love both sports. Over the years, a number of boxers have attempted to get into pro-wrestling.
Join us today as we take a look at well-known boxers that stepped inside the WWE ring.
BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 01: (CHINA OUT) American former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends premiere of film “Ip Man 3” directed by Wilson Yip on March 1, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

#1 Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was one of the first-ever boxers to set foot in the WWE ring. This move from Ali depicted that boxing and wrestling transcended boundaries.

He was even the referee for WrestleMania 1 in 1985. Ali is considered, by many, the greatest boxer in history. He was a global icon, not only for what he did in boxing but also for what he did outside.

#2 Floyd Mayweather

The ying and yang of combat, offense and defense, has been mastered acutely by one particular boxer in the last few decades. That one boxer is, of course, Floyd Mayweather.
He showed off his amazing versatility when he crossed the border from boxing and stepped into the WWE ring. Back in 2008, Floyd Mayweather started making appearances in WWE.
This ultimately lead him to WrestleMania 24 in a fight against The Big Show. The legit 7 feet giant tried to bully the 5″8 Mayweather physically, but in the end, the eventual winner was Mayweather.
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#3 Mike Tyson

“Iron” Mike Tyson is one of the few non-wrestlers ever to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This alone shows the popularity and impact that Tyson had in WWE.

Tyson’s initial rendezvous with the WWE happened during the summit of the Attitude era and which led to the infamous “Stone Cold” vs “The Baddest Man on The Planet” brawl. He really is an unforgettable icon in both wrestling and boxing alike.

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#4 Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury is another boxer who walked in the footsteps of previous boxers and landed a feud in WWE with ‘The Monster Among Men’ Braun Strowman.

Now, WWE does have a habit of trying to repeat its past glory by simply copying and pasting old ideas. But once in a while, the creative minds in WWE bring fresh ideas, and the fans love it.

Fury’s feud with Strowman was exactly what WWE needed at a time where the ratings were going down. The feud ended with Fury defeating Strowman at Crown Jewel.

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#5 Evander Holyfield

The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield has also made an appearance in WWE.
His stint in the company saw him compete in a boxing match with Matt Hardy on a 2007 edition of WWE Saturday Night Main Event.
To make the match even more special, the fight was introduced by the legendary ring-announcer, Michael Buffer. Before the match began, Buffer even used his trademark catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” It was a truly iconic scene.
Who was the best boxer to set foot in WWE? Give us your opinion in the comments below!

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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