Combat Sports 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
341 129
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

2
322 122
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s

3
301 110
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

4
217 74
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

5
263 99
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

6
173 66
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

7
167 64
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

8
162 74
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

9
113 53
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight

10
101 57
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light welterweight

11
85 53
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight

12
42 23
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

13
39 18
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

14
78 60
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight

15
77 59
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

16
42 28
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

17
32 27
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight

18
39 37
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
37 38
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight

20
27 33
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight

21
16 17
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight

22
19 21
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight

23
17 20
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight

24
24 29
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Heavyweight

25
12 20
Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight