Sports

The Best Boxers of the 1980s  

Ranker Sports
Originally by
5.3k votes 1.2k voters 41.6k views 23 items

List Rules Vote for the greatest boxers based on their performances during the 1980s

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!

list ordered by
1
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
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight
4
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight
5
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight
6
Julio César Chávez 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
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight
9
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
10
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
11
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight
12
Iran Barkley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
13
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight
14
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight
15
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight
16
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight
17
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight
18
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Heavyweight
19
Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight
20
Darrin Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Herol Graham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight
22
Gerrie Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
John Smith3 added Heavyweight
23
Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Heavyweight