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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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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
3
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)
4
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
5
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
6
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
7
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 70
8
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
9
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 57 (1952-2009)
10
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 70 (1943-2013)
11
Bob Foster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 81
12
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
13
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 75 (1938-2013)
14
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 74
15
Carlos Zárate Serna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
16
Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
age 83
17
Jerry Quarry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 54 (1945-1999)
18
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
19
Esteban de Jesús is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 38 (1951-1989)
20
Jimmy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 74 (1940-2014)
21
Jimmy Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
Dec. at 57 (1948-2005)
22
Rubén Olivares is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
23
Antonio Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
24
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1970s
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)