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The Best Boxers of the 1990s 

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List Rules Vote 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. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

Age: 50

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#13 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #21 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #14 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

2
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

Age: 57

Birthplace: Atmore, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#254 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #942 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #19 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time

3
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Heavyweight

Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#26 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #332 of 489 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

4
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Heavyweight

Age: 54

Birthplace: West Ham

Nationality: United Kingdom, Canada

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

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#1,672 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #16 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

5
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

Age: 55

Birthplace: Virginia

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#36 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #6 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #53 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

6
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

Age: 46

Birthplace: East Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#34 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #9 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #19 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

7
Julio César Ch&aa... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

Age: 57

Birthplace: Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

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

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#10 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #8 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #34 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

8
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Heavyweight

Age: 70

Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#131 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #125 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time

9
Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Heavyweight

Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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#68 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #103 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #35 of 100 The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

10
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
darren-bell added Heavyweight

Age: 48

Birthplace: Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan

Nationality: Ukraine

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#1,069 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #37 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #109 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

11
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight

Age: 46

Birthplace: Fajardo

Nationality: Puerto Rico

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#43 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #10 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #57 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

12
Naseem Hamed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
darren-bell added Featherweight

Age: 45

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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#48 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #95 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #35 of 67 The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

13
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

Age: 42

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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14
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Apollo Lewis added Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

Age: 41

Birthplace: Kibawe, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

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#1,785 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1,379 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time

15
Nigel Benn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Super middleweight, Middleweight

Age: 55

Birthplace: Ilford, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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#90 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #104 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #37 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

16
Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
darren-bell added Kostya Tszyu Light middleweight, Light welterweight

Age: 50

Birthplace: Serov, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Australia

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#70 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #130 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #27 of 81 The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

17
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

Age: 51

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids

Nationality: United States of America

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#62 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #48 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #95 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

18
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

Age: 54

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

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#509 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #30 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #52 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

19
Tommy Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
darren-bell added Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 44 (1969-2013)

Birthplace: Gravette, USA, Arkansas

Nationality: United States of America

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#162 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #175 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #101 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

20
Héctor Camacho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

Age: Dec. at 50 (1962-2012)

Birthplace: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Nationality: United States of America

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#47 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #66 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #85 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

21
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Heavyweight

Age: 70

Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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#268 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #42 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #18 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

22
Chris Eubank is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Super middleweight, Middleweight

Age: 53

Birthplace: Dulwich, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#87 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #113 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #36 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

23
Marco Antonio Barrera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Featherweight, Bantamweight, Super featherweight

Age: 45

Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City

Nationality: Mexico

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

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#45 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #45 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #17 of 67 The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

24
Johnny Tapia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
darren-bell added Featherweight, Super flyweight, Bantamweight

Age: Dec. at 45 (1967-2012)

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nationality: United States of America

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#79 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #17 of 48 The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

25
Julian Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1990s
Light middleweight, Middleweight

Age: 59

Birthplace: Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

Nationality: United States of America

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#83 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time #31 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time