Boxing 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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228 71
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 76

2
139 51
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

3
129 49
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 67 (1944-2011)

4
99 33
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

5
146 59
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

6
97 30
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

7
67 23
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 53 (1942-1995)

8
80 33
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 69

9
55 19
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 57 (1952-2009)

10
66 30
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 70 (1943-2013)

11
36 12
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

12
35 16
Bob Foster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 80

13
31 13
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 75 (1938-2013)

14
21 12
Carlos Zárate Serna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

15
23 15
Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 82

16
30 22
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 73

17
20 13
Esteban de Jesús is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 38 (1951-1989)

18
23 16
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

19
32 25
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

20
20 15
Teófilo Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
marti-nek added Died at 60 (1952-2012)

21
26 20
Rubén Olivares is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s

22
31 21
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 54 (1945-1999)

23
19 11
Jimmy Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 57 (1948-2005)

24
25 17
Jimmy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 74 (1940-2014)

25
20 17
Vicente Saldivar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Died at 42 (1943-1985)