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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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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Muhammad Ali age 75

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Carlos Monzón Died at 53 (1942-1995)

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Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Alexis Argüello Died at 57 (1952-2009)

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

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Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Larry Holmes age 68

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20 6
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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Bob Foster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Bob Foster age 79

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24 15
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Ken Norton Died at 70 (1943-2013)

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Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Éder Jofre age 81

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

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11 4
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Ken Buchanan age 72

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Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Emile Griffith Died at 75 (1938-2013)

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José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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

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George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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16 11
Vicente Saldivar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Vicente Saldivar Died at 42 (1943-1985)

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José Cuevas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
José Cuevas age 60

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Esteban de Jesús is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Esteban de Jesús Died at 38 (1951-1989)

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9 7
Alan Minter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added Alan Minter age 66

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Bruno Arcari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added Bruno Arcari age 75

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12 8
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Jerry Quarry Died at 54 (1945-1999)

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Lupe Pintor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Lupe Pintor age 62

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Hugo Corro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added Hugo Corro Died at 54 (1953-2007)

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Teófilo Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
marti-nek added Teófilo Stevenson Died at 60 (1952-2012)

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Rodrigo Valdéz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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Antonio Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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13 11
Jimmy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Jimmy Ellis Died at 74 (1940-2014)

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Ronnie Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
darren-bell added Ronnie Harris age 67

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5 3
Jimmy Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Jimmy Young Died at 57 (1948-2005)

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Pedro Carrasco is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
calbarn added Pedro Carrasco Died at 58 (1943-2001)

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Matthew Saad Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Matthew Saad Muhammad Died at 60 (1954-2014)

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4 3
Eusebio Pedroza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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7 8
Leon Spinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Leon Spinks age 64

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4 4
Mando Ramos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Mando Ramos Died at 60 (1948-2008)

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4 4
Víctor Galíndez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Víctor Galíndez Died at 32 (1948-1980)

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6 7
Chucho Castillo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Chucho Castillo Died at 69 (1944-2013)

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4 5
Pierre Fourie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Pierre Fourie

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1 2
José Legrá is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
José Legrá age 74

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1 2
Saensak Muangsurin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Saensak Muangsurin Died at 59 (1950-2009)

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Billy Backus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Billy Backus age 74

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2 4
Ben Villaflor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Ben Villaflor age 65

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John Tate is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
John Tate Died at 43 (1955-1998)

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Arnold Taylor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Arnold Taylor Died at 36 (1945-1981)