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The Best Boxers of the 1970s 

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List Rules Vote for the greatest boxers in any weight class based on their performances during the '70s

Boxing in the 1970s was dominated by legendary champions and history-making rivalries. Ruben Olivares dominated the Bantamweights while Wilfredo Gomez ruled the Super Bantamweight division. Meanwhile, Roberto Duran ruled the Lightweights, Antonio Cervantes held the Welterweight division twice, Carlos Monzon dominated the Middleweights, and Bob Foster topped the Light-Heavyweights. The greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali ruled the Heavyweight division twice between 1974 and 1979.

Duran and Esteban De Jesus had a historic rivalry as did Monzon and Rodrigo Valdez and who could forget the trilogy of fights between Ali and Joe Frazier. There were plenty of great fighters in the 1970s but we want to know who you think are the best boxers of the 1970s.

Vote below for the boxers from the 1970s who you think were the greatest fighters of the '70s and if we missed any, feel free to add them so that other boxing fans and Rankers can vote on your addition! 

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1
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 77
2
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 70
3
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)
4
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
5
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
6
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 57 (1952-2009)
7
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 70 (1943-2013)
8
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 70
9
Bob Foster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 81
10
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 74
11
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 68
12
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 75 (1938-2013)
13
Marvelous Marvin Hagler ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
14
Carlos Zárate Ser... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
15
Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 83
16
Rubén Olivares is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Rubén Olivares Age: 72
17
Wilfred Benítez ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
18
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Jerry Quarry Dec. at 54 (1945-1999)
19
Vicente Saldivar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 42 (1943-1985)
20
José Nápol... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 79
21
Esteban de Jesús ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Esteban de Jesús Dec. at 38 (1951-1989)
22
Jimmy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 74 (1940-2014)
23
Jimmy Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 57 (1948-2005)
24
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Age: 82
25
Teófilo Stevenson... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
marti-nek added Dec. at 60 (1952-2012)