The Ring magazine was established in 1922 and has named a Fighter of the Year since 1928, which this list covers. The award, selected by the magazine editors, is based on a boxer's performance in the ring.
Fighters of the Year by decade
Muhammad Ali, who was named 'fighter of the year' more times than any other fighter. Was not awarded the honor in 1966 due to draft controversy, but it was retroactively awarded in December 2016. Ali won the award six times in total.