Boxing 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
257 94
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s

2
240 87
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

3
267 104
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

4
178 58
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

5
211 78
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

6
141 54
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

7
128 59
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

8
98 42
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight

9
131 67
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

10
87 46
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light welterweight

11
72 42
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight

12
67 47
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight

13
29 12
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

14
34 21
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

15
62 51
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

16
23 11
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

17
33 29
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
23 20
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight

19
33 30
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight

20
16 12
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight

21
24 27
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight

22
17 15
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight

23
18 18
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Heavyweight

24
21 22
Darrin Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
10 14
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight

26
21 27
Gerrie Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
John Smith3 added Heavyweight

27
12 18
Herol Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight

28
10 17
Sumbu Kalambay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Middleweight

29
6 19
Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Heavyweight