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The Best Boxers of the 1990s

Updated June 1, 2019 18.1k votes 2.8k voters 70.1k 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.1
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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 Lewis2
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    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,Canada

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

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  • Evander Holyfield3
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    Evander Holyfield

    Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight

    Age57

    BirthplaceAtmore, Alabama, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Mike Tyson4
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    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight

    Age53

    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 Hoya5
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    Oscar de la Hoya

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceEast Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Pernell Whitaker6
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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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  • Julio César Chávez7
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    Julio César Chávez

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    Age57

    BirthplaceCiudad Obregón, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

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

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  • George Foreman8
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    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Vitali Klitschko9
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    Vitali Klitschko

    Heavyweight

    Age48

    BirthplaceBelovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan

    NationalityUkraine

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  • Félix Trinidad10
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    Félix Trinidad

    Welterweight, Light middleweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceFajardo

    NationalityPuerto Rico

  • Riddick Bowe11
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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 Pacquiáo12
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    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    BirthplaceKibawe, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

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  • Kostya Tszyu13
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    Kostya Tszyu

    Light middleweight, Light welterweight

    Age50

    BirthplaceSerov, Russia

    NationalityRussia,Australia

  • Bernard Hopkins14
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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 Toney15
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    James Toney

    Cruiserweight, Super middleweight

    Age51

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Grand Rapids

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Naseem Hamed16
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    Naseem Hamed

    Featherweight

    Age45

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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  • Nigel Benn17
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    Nigel Benn

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age55

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • Larry Holmes18
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    Larry Holmes

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Marco Antonio Barrera19
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    Marco Antonio Barrera

    Featherweight, Bantamweight

    Age45

    BirthplaceMexico, Mexico City

    NationalityMexico

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

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.20
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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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  • Héctor Camacho21
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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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  • Érik Morales22
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    Érik Morales

    Featherweight, Bantamweight

    Age43

    BirthplaceTijuana, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

  • Julian Jackson23
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    Julian Jackson

    Light middleweight, Middleweight

    Age59

    BirthplaceSaint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Johnny Tapia24
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    Johnny Tapia

    Featherweight, Super flyweight

    AgeDec. at 45 (1967-2012)

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Chris Eubank25
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    Chris Eubank

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age53

    BirthplaceDulwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England