10 Best Modern era boxers..

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by RollTide, Nov 27, 2007.

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  1. RollTide

    RollTide All-Pro

    By modern era i mean the late 70s to the present. The post ali era. Ali's last great fight was in 75 against frazier in manila but he wasn't that good after that and when sugar ray leonard won his first title in 79 it ushered in a new era when lighter weight fighters not just heavyweights got their due.

    The best fighter up to 1930 was probably jack johnson though willie pep gives him a run for the money. From 1930 to the 1960 it's probably sugar ray robinson but joe jouis, marciano, henry armstrong all deserve mention. Ali for the next 17-18 years.

    In the last 30 years there have been dozens of great fighters holding titles for a long time or winning multiple titles in several weight classes. It's not an easy call. How complete a fighter is and his ability to adapt to different styles was a factor and of course his record against other top fighters.

    I list 10 with 15 fighters in the honorable mention category. I'm sure someone will tell me how i'm wrong. We can also debate how certain fighters might have fared against each other. Whitaker vs duran, leonard vs trinidad etc. I have an idea how those fights would have turned out do you? It is how i decided on my list..
  2. RollTide

    RollTide All-Pro

    10 best fighters of the modern era..

    1. Roberto Duran(Lightweight to middleweight)
    2. Ray Leonard(Welterwight to middleweight)
    3. Pernell whitaker(Lightweight to welterweight)
    4. Salvador Sanchez(Featherweight)
    5. Floyd Mayweather jr.(Super feather-junior middle)
    6. Roy jones jr.(Middle-heavyweight)
    7. Alexis Arguello(featherweight-lightweight)
    8. Marvin Hagler(middle)
    9. Julio chesar Chavez(junior lightweight-junior welter)
    10.Bernard Hopkins(middle)

    Honorable mention

    *Manny Pacquiao
    Oscar de la hoya
    Meldrick taylor
    Felix trinidad
    Larry Holmes
    Micheal Spinks
    Marcus antonio Barerra
    Erik Morales
    Wilfredo Gomez
    Evander Holyfield
    Mike Tyson
    Tony Ayala jr.
    Aaron Pryor
    Tommy Hearns
    Wilfredo benitez
    Lennox lewis
    Shane Mosley
    Kostya Tszyu

    Who have i left out? Who in the honorable mention list belongs in the top 10? Notice that no heavyweight made the top 10. 4 made the HM list. All 4 are tainted just enough in some way or another to not be worthy of the top 10. I put the asterisk next to pacquiao because he is still fighting at the top of his game and may force himself into that top 10. He is 3-1 collectively against morales and barerra 2 fighters on the HM list. Notice how i wimped out and put 16 fighters on the HM list. Couldn't decide.

    Edit: Added a 17th HM fighter in shane mosley..
  3. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne #CoachKegstand

    Good list rolltide.
  4. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

  5. RollTide

    RollTide All-Pro

    Kostya Tszyu?

    He's close but never had to beat a real top fighter. Beat chavez when he was way past his prime. Livingstone bramble, shamba mitchell, vince phillips. I'll put him on the HM list because he had so many title defenses but he should have moved up and tried to fight a de la hoya or trinidad. Around the time tszyu had his 10th title defense shane mosley was still a lightweight, de la hoya and trinidad were just one weight class above him.

    Roberto duran was the same height and body type as tszyu and fought most of his career in the weight class just below tszyu but had the balls to move up 12 pounds to welter and fight leonard twice, fought hearns and benitez 7 pounds heavier at 154 and even held his own against hagler one of the all time middleweights at 160! Duran fighting hagler was like tszyu fighting hopkins! He should have made the move and took some of those guys on.. Would have made lots of money doing it..
  6. VolnTitan

    VolnTitan Starter

    No Tex Cobb? Gerry Cooney? ;)

    Most overrated boxer = Mike Tyson
  7. RollTide

    RollTide All-Pro

    Move over sugar ray tex cobb is taking over your place pal.:ha:

    Danny little red lopez..

    His career ended on the cusp of the beginning of this modern era. Still i'm tempted to put him on the HM list. He won his first 21 fights by knockout and 39 of his 42 victories were by knockout. He fought 2 epic wars with the late great salvador sanchez and was knocked out late and called it quits after that. That was in 1980. Sanchez would die in a car crash in Mexico in 1982.
  8. Childress79

    Childress79 Loungefly ®

    Joe Calzaghe
  9. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

  10. rcarie

    rcarie Tac Head

    I won't even pretend to know as much about boxing as some of you... I follow it a little... So, feel free rip me apart on my list...

    1. Roy Jones Jr
    2. "Sugar" Ray Leonard
    3. Mike Tyson (i know, i know... You got admit though.. at his prime he was remarkable.....)
    4. Lennox lewis
    5. Roberto Duran
    6. Floyd Mayweather jr.
    7. Larry Holmes
    8. Oscar de la hoya
    9. Pernell whitaker
    10. Marvin Hagler

    If you don't like my list... Your probably right... ha
    I seriously miss good boxing.. Unfortunately, boxing doesn't really get it's props until there are some heavy weights causing the hype. Guys like Don King have corrupted the system so badly that it's almost impossible to follow who's got what belt here or there... They need one belt for each weight class. I still like the big fights though.
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