Boxing The Best Boxers of the 1980s  

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Boxing in the 1980s saw the exit of Muhammad Ali, the continuing rise of Don King as the sport's most famous promoter, as well as the rise of rival promoters like Bob Arum. The decade as saw a rivalry between five world champions - Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard, all of whom would eventually find themselves among the greatest boxers of all time. The 80s also saw the rise of Mike Tyson as a dominant fighter who would be crowned World Champion in 1986.

Who is the best boxer from the 1980s? Vote below with who you think is the greatest boxer from the 1980s is below and if you see anyone missing from the list, feel free to add them so that other boxing fans and Rankers can vote on your additions!

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1
263 97
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s

2
246 88
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

3
272 107
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

4
182 60
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

5
218 79
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

6
147 55
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

7
134 59
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

8
137 68
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

9
102 43
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight

10
89 47
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light welterweight

11
74 43
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight

12
30 13
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

13
67 50
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight

14
66 51
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

15
34 23
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

16
24 12
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

17
25 20
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight

18
34 31
Iran Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

19
33 32
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight

20
18 16
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight

21
16 14
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight

22
24 28
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight

23
19 20
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Heavyweight

24
21 24
Darrin Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Super middleweight, Light middleweight - Went 39-0 until a surprise defeat by Gianfranco Rosi in 1989

25
10 15
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight

26
12 19
Herol Graham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight

27
21 30
Gerrie Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
John Smith3 added Heavyweight

28
10 18
Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight

29
6 21
Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Heavyweight