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The Best Boxers of the 1990s

Updated June 1, 2019 18.1k votes 2.7k voters 66.6k views65 items

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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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  • 1
    Roy Jones Jr.
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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)

  • 2
    Lennox Lewis
    677
    280

    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Canada

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

  • 3
    Evander Holyfield
    655
    300

    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)

  • 4
    Mike Tyson
    839
    398

    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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  • 5
    Pernell Whitaker
    408
    176

    Pernell Whitaker

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age55

    BirthplaceVirginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 6
    Oscar de la Hoya
    419
    222

    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)

  • 7
    Julio César Chávez
    390
    245

    Julio César Chávez

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    Age57

    BirthplaceCiudad Obregón, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

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

  • 8
    George Foreman
    338
    204

    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 9
    Vitali Klitschko
    232
    162

    Vitali Klitschko

    Heavyweight

    Age48

    BirthplaceBelovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan

    NationalityUkraine

  • 10
    Félix Trinidad
    309
    151

    Félix Trinidad

    Welterweight, Light middleweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceFajardo

    NationalityPuerto Rico

  • 11
    Riddick Bowe
    274
    212

    Riddick Bowe

    Heavyweight

    Age52

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 12
    Manny Pacquiáo
    426
    194

    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    BirthplaceKibawe, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

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  • 13
    Bernard Hopkins
    339
    119

    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)

  • 14
    Kostya Tszyu
    159
    105

    Kostya Tszyu

    Light middleweight, Light welterweight

    Age50

    BirthplaceSerov, Russia

    NationalityRussia,Australia

  • 15
    James Toney
    230
    163

    James Toney

    Cruiserweight, Super middleweight

    Age51

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Grand Rapids

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 16
    Nigel Benn
    170
    140

    Nigel Benn

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age55

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • 17
    Naseem Hamed
    277
    241

    Naseem Hamed

    Featherweight

    Age45

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • 18
    Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    329
    282

    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Welterweight, Featherweight

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 19
    Larry Holmes
    183
    132

    Larry Holmes

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 20
    Marco Antonio Barrera
    170
    89

    Marco Antonio Barrera

    Featherweight, Bantamweight

    Age45

    BirthplaceMexico, Mexico City

    NationalityMexico

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

  • 21
    Héctor Camacho
    143
    113

    Héctor Camacho

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    AgeDec. at 50 (1962-2012)

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 22
    Julian Jackson
    122
    80

    Julian Jackson

    Light middleweight, Middleweight

    Age59

    BirthplaceSaint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 23
    Érik Morales
    155
    101

    Érik Morales

    Featherweight, Bantamweight

    Age43

    BirthplaceTijuana, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

  • 24
    Chris Eubank
    154
    147

    Chris Eubank

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age53

    BirthplaceDulwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

  • 25
    Johnny Tapia
    109
    86

    Johnny Tapia

    Featherweight, Super flyweight

    AgeDec. at 45 (1967-2012)

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America