80s The Best Boxers of the 1980s  

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Boxing in the 1980s saw the exit of Muhammad Ali, the continuing rise of Don King as the sport's most famous promoter, as well as the rise of rival promoters like Bob Arum. The decade as saw a rivalry between five world champions - Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard. The 80s also saw the rise of Mike Tyson as a dominant fighter who would be crowned World Champion in 1986.

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Sugar Ray Leonard Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Mike Tyson Heavyweight

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Roberto Durán Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Thomas Hearns Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

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Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Evander Holyfield Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

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Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Larry Holmes Heavyweight

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Julio César Chávez Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

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Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Alexis Argüello Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight

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Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Aaron Pryor Light welterweight

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Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Salvador Sánchez Featherweight

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Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Michael Spinks Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

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Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Ray Mancini Lightweight

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Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Mike McCallum Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

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Iran Barkley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Iran Barkley Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

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Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Gianfranco Rosi Light middleweight

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Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Chang Jung-Koo Light flyweight

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John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
John Mugabi Light middleweight

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Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Vinny Paz Lightweight, Light middleweight

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Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Brian Mitchell Super featherweight

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Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Wilfred Benítez Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

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James Toney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
James Toney Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

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Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Sumbu Kalambay Middleweight

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Darrin Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Darrin Van Horn Super middleweight, Light middleweight - Went 39-0 until a surprise defeat by Gianfranco Rosi in 1989

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Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Frank Bruno Heavyweight

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Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Francesco Damiani Heavyweight

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Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Vito Antuofermo Middleweight

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Herol Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Herol Graham Middleweight