Greatest Boxers of the 1970s

The Top Ten
Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

No doubt about it the greatest in the 1960s had did it again in the 1970s. How he did it is the stuff of legend. After his successful defense against Joe Frazier in The Thrilla In Manila, his boxing skills began to fade. It made it hard to keep the title against his hand pick boxers like Jimmy Young and Alfredo Evangelista, and it soon would catch up to him as he lost his heavy weight title against Leon Spinks on February 15, 1978. But Ali went back to training harder than he had in 5 years and though his skills was fast fading, he made one last great moment in the ring when in front of 63,350 at New Orleans Superdome on September 15, 1978. Ali beat Spinks by Unanimous decision to become boxing's first 3 time heavyweight champion and a pure place in boxing history.
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Joe Frazier Joseph William Frazier, nicknamed "Smokin' Joe", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973, and as an amateur won a gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Yes Joey, it was true but how he set up that epic victory was truly important. On February 16, 1970 he faced Jimmy Ellis for the undisputed Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden. In round 4, after 3 action packed rounds Frazier knocked down Ellis twice including the second one as the bell rang, Ellis got up but Ellis' trainer Angelo Dundee want no more punishment. Frazier's decisive win over Ellis was a frightening display of power and tenacity.
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He cemented his place as a legend by beating Muhammad Ali in 1971 to become the true undisputed heavyweight champion.
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George Foreman George Edward Foreman is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997. Nicknamed "Big George", he is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist.

Boxing's ultimate killer in the 1970s, here's some parts of his Hall of Fame plaque from 2003. He turned pro in 1969 and wasted little time meeting and defeating top opposition including George Chuvalo and Gregorio Peralta. The hard-punching Foreman meet Haevayweight king Joe Frazier on January 22, 1973 and dispatched the champion in two rounds. He defended his title successfully twice against Jose "King" Ramon (KO1) and Ken Norton (TKO2).
Foreman kept piling up the ways all the way into the 1990s. Truly Big George.
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Roberto Duran

Hands of stone

Marvin Hagler Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns, was a world middleweight championship boxing match between undisputed champion Marvin Hagler and challenger Thomas Hearns, the then reigning world's junior middleweight champion, who had gone up in weight for the bout.

Before Hagler made an name for himself in the 1980s as a dominant Middleweight champion. He was a no fear Middleweight and according to his 1993 Boxing Hall of Fame Plaque, it said: some of his memorable pre-title competition came in Philadelphia. there he met fighters like Bobby Watts, Willie "The Worm" Monroe, Cyclone Hart and Bennie Briscoe. Hagler was finally given a title shot by champion Vito Antuofermo in 1979, but the two combatants fought to a draw. I watched that match and in my book Hagler won.
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Sugar Ray Leonard Ray Charles Leonard, best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor.
Larry Holmes

The Easton Assasin began his pro boxing career in 1973 and worked his way up the heavyweight ladder. Holmes was a great powerful fighter who kept piling up the ways from everywhere, including beating Tom Prater onboard the USS Lexington on January 16, 1977. In 1978, he fought Earnie Shavers in a 12-round bout and won by Unanimous Decision as Holmes get ready for his first shot at Ken Norton's WBC Heavyweight Crown. On June 9, 1978 before a worldwide television audience. Both boxers fought a tough, competitive fight. In Round 15, it was a war as Holmes would win that round that turned out to be a difference as Holmes won the WBC Heavyweight Championship and the start of the legend of Larry Holmes.
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Carlos Monzon
Alexis Arguello
Ken Norton

Norton was a fast rising heavyweight in 1973, but boxing fans still didn't know who he was, not even Muhammad Ali. the 2 would meet in San Diego on March 31, 1973 on ABC's Wide World of Sports. At the time of this fight, Norton was a number 6 contender for George Foreman's Heavyweight crown while Ali was a 5-1 favorite to beat Norton. What happened though was one of boxing's greatest Upsets of the 1970s, and in my book the upset of 1973, as Norton broke Ali's Jaw in round 11 of a 12-round bout. when the decision was made it was Norton over Ali by split decision.
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The Contenders
Bob Foster
José Nápoles
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