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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.

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight
2
Marvelous Marvin Hagler ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
3
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight
4
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight
5
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight
6
Julio César Ch&aa... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight
7
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light welterweight
8
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
9
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight
10
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
11
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Heavyweight
12
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight
13
Salvador Sánchez ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Salvador Sánchez Featherweight
14
Wilfred Benítez ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight
15
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight
16
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Mike McCallum Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
17
Iran Barkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
18
Azumah Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Featherweight, Super featherweight
19
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight
20
Dwight Muhammad Qawi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Cruiserweight
21
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight
22
Wilfredo Gómez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Super bantamweight, Featherweight, Super featherweight
23
Khaosai Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
jjsheets01 added Super flyweight
24
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight
25
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight