70s The Best Boxers of the 1970s  

Ranker Sports
Originally by
1.9k votes 532 voters 13.4k views 47 items

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! 

list ordered by

1
152 60
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 76

2
93 29
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

3
109 40
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

4
96 35
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

5
65 19
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

6
65 23
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

7
64 25
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 69

8
50 18
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 53 (1942-1995)

9
43 15
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 57 (1952-2009)

10
51 23
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

11
26 8
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

12
27 13
Bob Foster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 80

13
18 9
Carlos Zárate Serna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

14
22 12
Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 82

15
28 19
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 73

16
17 10
Teófilo Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
marti-nek added Died at 60 (1952-2012)

17
17 9
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 75 (1938-2013)

18
17 10
Esteban de Jesús is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 38 (1951-1989)

19
24 18
Rubén Olivares is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

20
19 14
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

21
19 16
Vicente Saldivar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 42 (1943-1985)

22
23 20
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

23
13 8
Rodrigo Valdéz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

24
13 8
Antonio Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

25
11 6
José Cuevas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 61

26
14 9
Jimmy Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 57 (1948-2005)

27
12 9
Matthew Saad Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 60 (1954-2014)

28
19 17
Jimmy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 74 (1940-2014)

29
9 7
Lupe Pintor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 63

30
7 5
Eusebio Pedroza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

31
5 6
Pedro Carrasco is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
calbarn added Died at 58 (1943-2001)

32
20 20
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 54 (1945-1999)

33
7 10
Bruno Arcari is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added age 76

34
6 9
Hugo Corro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added Died at 54 (1953-2007)

35
11 15
Alan Minter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added age 67

36
5 7
Ronnie Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added age 67

37
16 20
Leon Spinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 65

38
5 6
Mando Ramos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 60 (1948-2008)

39
5 6
Víctor Galíndez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 32 (1948-1980)

40
6 8
Pierre Fourie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Pierre Fourie

41
6 9
Billy Backus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 75

42
2 5
José Legrá is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 75

43
6 10
Chucho Castillo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 69 (1944-2013)

44
4 8
John Tate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 43 (1955-1998)

45
2 7
Arnold Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 36 (1945-1981)

46
2 7
Ben Villaflor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 66

47
1 6
Saensak Muangsurin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 59 (1950-2009)