5 Preeminent Boxers Of The Past 30 Years

CBS Miami

Many standout fighters have showcased their brilliant abilities in the squared circle. However, the five pugilists below have been the most successful over the last three decades.

1. Sugar Ray Leonard

Leonard (36-3-1, 25 KOs), a gold medalist at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, won five world titles in five weight classes. Named the ?Boxer of the Decade? for the 1980s, Leonard trumped future International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Wilfred Bentez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

?Sugar Ray,? the first prizefighter to earn in excess of $100 million in purses, lost as a shopworn, quasi-geriatric to Terry Norris in February 1991 and Hector Camacho in March 1997. Hence, Leonard?s only valid loss came at the hands of the legendary Duran in June, 1980.

2. Bernard Hopkins

Hopkins (55-7-2-2, 32 KOs), the oldest champion in history, defended the middleweight belt a record 20 consecutive times from 1995…

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