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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
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight
3
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
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
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
8
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight
9
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight
10
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light welterweight
11
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight
12
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight
13
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight
14
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
15
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight
16
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
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight
18
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
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight
20
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight
21
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight
22
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight
23
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight
24
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Heavyweight
25
Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight