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

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129 49
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Mike Tyson Heavyweight

3
124 46
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Sugar Ray Leonard Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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88 28
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Thomas Hearns Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

5
107 43
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Roberto Durán Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

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68 29
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Evander Holyfield Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

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69 33
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Julio César Chávez Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

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70 37
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Larry Holmes Heavyweight

9
56 26
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Alexis Argüello Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight

10
52 36
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Aaron Pryor Light welterweight

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37 29
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Michael Spinks Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

12
43 33
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Salvador Sánchez Featherweight

13
35 30
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Ray Mancini Lightweight

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17 12
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Mike McCallum Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

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6 1
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Wilfred Benítez Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

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Iran Barkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Iran Barkley Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

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James Toney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
James Toney Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

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Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Gianfranco Rosi Light middleweight

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6 6
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Vinny Paz Lightweight, Light middleweight

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6 5
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Brian Mitchell Super featherweight

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17 19
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added John Mugabi Light middleweight

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10 10
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Chang Jung-Koo Light flyweight

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14 16
Darrin Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Darrin Van Horn Super middleweight, Light middleweight - Went 39-0 until a surprise defeat by Gianfranco Rosi in 1989

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5 7
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Frank Bruno Heavyweight

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3 6
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Vito Antuofermo Middleweight

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6 10
Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Sumbu Kalambay Middleweight

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3 7
Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Francesco Damiani Heavyweight

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5 11
Herol Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Herol Graham Middleweight