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The Best Boxers of the 1990s

Updated June 1, 2019 17.7k votes 2.8k voters 71.2k views65 items

List RulesVote for the greatest boxers in any weight class based on their performances during the 1990s.

Boxing in the 1990s saw Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis dominate the heavyweight division. Mike Tyson was also around, although he had to take a three-year hiatus after running into trouble with the law. Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe, Pernell Whitaker, Julio Caesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Michael Watson all rose to prominence in the decade to become some of the greatest boxers of all-time.

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    Roy Jones Jr.

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age50

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    36 fights in the 1990s
    35 wins (28 KO)

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    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityCanada, United Kingdom

    30 fights in the 1990s
    28 wins (20 KO)

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    Evander Holyfield

    Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight

    Age58

    BirthplaceAtmore, Alabama, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    18 fights in the 1990s
    13 wins (4 KO)

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    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceBedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    12 fights in the 1990s
    9 wins (7 KO)

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    Oscar de la Hoya

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceEast Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    32 fights in the 1990s
    31 wins (18 KO)

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    Pernell Whitaker

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age55

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    24 fights in the 1990s
    20 wins (5 KO) 

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    #6 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time#7 of 81 The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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    Julio César Chávez

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    Age58

    BirthplaceCiudad Obregón, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    40 fights in the 1990s
    34 wins (23 KO)

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    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    15 fights in the 1990s
    12 wins (8 KO)

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    Félix Trinidad

    Welterweight, Light middleweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceFajardo

    NationalityPuerto Rico

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    Vitali Klitschko

    Heavyweight

    Age48

    BirthplaceBelovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan

    NationalityUkraine

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    Kostya Tszyu

    Light middleweight, Light welterweight

    Age50

    BirthplaceSerov, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Australia

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    Riddick Bowe

    Heavyweight

    Age52

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    BirthplaceKibawe, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

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    #1838 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#79 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

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    Bernard Hopkins

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age54

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    39 fights in the 1990s
    36 wins (26 KO)

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    James Toney

    Cruiserweight, Super middleweight

    Age51

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Nigel Benn

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age55

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    Naseem Hamed

    Featherweight

    Age45

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    #79 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century#6 of 48 The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Welterweight, Featherweight

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Larry Holmes

    Heavyweight

    Age71

    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Marco Antonio Barrera

    Featherweight, Bantamweight

    Age45

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    48 fights in the 1990s
    45 wins (30 KO)

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    Julian Jackson

    Light middleweight, Middleweight

    Age59

    BirthplaceSaint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Héctor Camacho

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    AgeDec. at 50 (1962-2012)

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    #17 of 32 The Best Hispanic Boxers of All Time#95 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    Érik Morales

    Featherweight, Bantamweight

    Age43

    BirthplaceTijuana, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

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    Johnny Tapia

    Featherweight, Super flyweight

    AgeDec. at 45 (1967-2012)

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Chris Eubank

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age53

    BirthplaceDulwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom