Look at how many incredible fighters there were in the 80's. Every division had killers.

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  1. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

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    Look at how many incredible fighters there were in the 80's. Every division had killers. Everyone was in good shape. There were a TON of Carlos baldomirs in Floyd era.
    Were the 1980`s the best era in boxing history? Mayweather Jr`s era was far weaker.
     
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  2. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Certainly not for the heavyweights. :lol:
     
  3. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

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    Tyson and Holmes say hello.
     
  4. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Look at their competition.

    I love watching Holmes and Tyson, but their eras weren't very strong.

    An era is more than just the main guy running it. If the contenders aren't very impressive and are often slackers/underachievers then it isn't an era of "killers".
     
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  5. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Give them my best also. Ha Ha.
     
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  6. HolDat

    HolDat Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Drugs/inactivity definitely killed that HW era's potential.
     
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  7. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

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    Every other division during that decade was though aside from cruiser.
     
  8. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

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    If the contenders of every other division in the 80's were unimpressive then you just destroyed the premise of your thread Mark!
     
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  9. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I think the 80's were deeper all the way through and would have been even more brutal had the Cubans and Soviets been able to turn pro.

    Imo what made it such a special time was the amateur programs that most of those guys came from especially the US guys. Nowadays the US amateur program is in shambles but the eastern European countries are thriving as is boxing in the UK.

    The sport is healthy today but it lacks the mainstream popularity that it had in the 80's. Everyone knew who the fab four was back then but if you ask the average person who Bud Crawford is and they have no clue.
     
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  10. Boxed Ears

    Boxed Ears this my daddy's account (RIP daddy) Full Member

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    Boxing in the eighties was like Claire Forlani in the nineties. Stunning and elegant, yet hard-hitting and also sophisticated and worldly. Cultured. But often sweet.
     
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  11. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    You sure ain't wrong!

    Lets have a look, and most of this is early 80's -

    Heavyweight - Holmes/Tyson

    Holmes in the first half of the decade and Tyson in the second. Two ATG's right there.

    Cruiserweight - Evander Holyfield

    Greatest cruiser ever all the way up until Usyk you'd think.

    Light Heavyweight - Michael Spinks/Saad Muhammad/Mustafa Muhammad/Dwight Qawi

    And a host of other excellent contenders. Sensational.

    Middleweight - Marvin Hagler

    Easy top 5 middleweight both in resume and H2H. Matched it with 3 ATG's moving up.

    Junior Middleweight - Thomas Hearns/Wilfredo Benitez/Roberto Duran/SRL/Mike McCallum/Julian Jackson/Terry Norris

    Not much need be said.

    Welterweight - SRL/Roberto Duran/Thomas Hearns/Wilfred Benitez/Pipino Cuevas/Donald Curry

    No spiel necessary.

    Junior Welterweight - Aaron Pryor

    Probably the weakest but strong at the top.

    Lightweight - Alexis Arguello/Julio Cesar Chavez/Pernell Whitaker

    Loads of fabulous part players like Rosario, Ramirez, Camacho, Davis Jr and co.

    Junior Lightweight - Hector Camacho/Julio Cesar Chavez/Azumah Nelson

    Stacks of bits players as well like Lockridge, Mayweather, Limon, Boza, Chacon and more.

    Featherweight - Azumah Nelson/Sal Sanchez/Eusebio Pedroza/Wilfredo Gomez

    Plenty of solid challengers too.

    Junior Featherweight - Wilfredo Gomez/Jeff Fenech

    ATG Gomez an absolute standout and the GOAT of the division.

    Bantamweight - Jeff Chandler/Lupe Pintor/Jeff Fenech

    Solid challengers too.
     
  12. Man_Machine

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    Ahem... ...Featherweight - Azumah Nelson/Sal Sanchez/Eusebio Pedroza/Wilfredo Gomez/Barry McGuigan/Antonio Esparragoza

    :)
     
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  13. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I was actually hoping people might add to my lists as apart from Tyson/Fenech/Holyfield almost all of my guys are early 80's.

    The contender lists could be greatly expanded. There was so much to enjoy.

    Good stuff.
     
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  14. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    It certainly didn't help.
     
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  15. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    It was a great era. I loved it. The snowflake s of today wouldn't stand a chance..
     
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