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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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1
330 127
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

2
292 106
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

3
313 120
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s

4
210 72
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight

5
257 97
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

6
169 64
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

7
162 63
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

8
157 73
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Heavyweight

9
111 51
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight, Lightweight, Super featherweight

10
99 54
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light welterweight

11
81 51
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Featherweight

12
39 20
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Welterweight, Light middleweight, Light welterweight

13
36 17
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Middleweight

14
73 58
Michael Spinks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

15
73 59
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
Lightweight

16
40 26
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
29 26
Vinny Paz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Lightweight, Light middleweight

18
37 35
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
35 36
John Mugabi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
marti-nek added Light middleweight

20
18 18
Chang Jung-Koo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light flyweight

21
17 17
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
calbarn added Super featherweight

22
23 25
Frank Bruno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
paulyb added Heavyweight

23
24 32
Gianfranco Rosi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
darren-bell added Light middleweight

24
12 17
Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1980s
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Middleweight

25
22 28
Darrin Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 25 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