I was inspired to put this together after reading a recent issue of Boxing Monthly that profiled the Duran Barkley fight. The comment made in the article was that the 80ís Three greatest fights would include this War, but the argument would be whether to rank it #1, 2 or 3.
Well I think it was indeed a great fight, but the 80ís were so chocked full of Great and Epic bouts that not only would I have a hard time seeing it make the top 10, it would be pushed very hard to make the top 20! That says more about the # of Great bouts in the decade than it does about how great Duran Barkley was!
So I decided to list what I felt were the greatest fights of a decade, full of Great fights.
I think the biggest debate will come with my top 2 selections as many if not most will call the 4th Chacon Limon bout the best of the decade if not the best of all time (That selection IMO goes to Saad Johnson I, which was a 70ís bout!)
I know there is actually a separate thread dedicated to that very discussion of Chacon Limon being superior to Pryor Arguello. I would never argue too hard with that call as there are legitimate arguments for that being the case. I personally donít think you can go wrong either way. I give the ever so slight edge to Pryor Arguello. But what a year for great fights eh? Gomez Pintor makes the top 10 and Sanchez Nelson rounds out the top dozen.
The 80ís. Any wonder why I love to discuss this decade so much?
Let me know your thoughts and critiques.
1-Aaron Pryor KO14 Alexis Arguello 1982
2-Bobby Chacon W15 Bazooka Limon 1982
3-Bobby Chacon W12 Cornelius Boza Edwards 1983
4-Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO3 Thomas Hearns 1985
5-Sugar Ray Leonard KO14 Thomas Hearns 1981
6-Matthew Saad Muhammad KO14 Yaqui Lopez 1980
7-Wilfredo Gomez KO14 Lupe Pintor 1982
8-Roberto Duran W15 Sugar Ray Leonard 1980
9-Marvin Johnson KO13 Jean Marie Emebe 1986
10-Marvelos Marvin Hagler KO11 John Mugabi 1986
11-Evander Holyfield W15 Dwight Muhammad Qawi 1986
12-Salvador Sanchez KO15 Azumah Nelson 1982
13-Jeff Harding KO12 Dennis Andries 1989
14-Aaron Pryor KO7 DuJuan Johnson 1981
15-Salvador Sanchez KO8 Wilfredo Gomez 1981
16-Julio Cesar Chavez W12 Juan Laporte 1986
17-Roberto Duran W12 Iran Barkley-1989
18-Simon Brown KO14 Tyrone Trice-1988
19-Evander Holyfield KO10 Micheal Dokes 1989
20-Alexis Arguello KO14 Ray Mancini 1981
21-Ray Mancini KO14 Deuk Koo Kim 1982
22-Jose Luis Ramirez KO4 Edwin Rosario 1984
23-Matthew Hilton W15 Buster Drayton 1987
24-Thomas Hearns D12 Sugar Ray Leonard 1988
25-Stevie Cruz W15 Barry McGuigan 1986
10 Honorable Mentions:
Iran Barkley KO3 Thomas Hearns 1988
Daniel Zaragoza W12 Paul Banke I 1989
Juan Kid Meza KO1 Jamie Garza 1984
Mike Weaver KO 13 Gerrie Coetzee 1980
Cornelius Boza Edwards KO 14 Bobby Chacon 1981
Livingstone Brambel KO 14 Ray Mancini 1984
Azumah Nelson KO 11 Wilfredo Gomez 1984
Thomas Hearns KO4 Juan Roldan
Tony Lopez W12 Rocky Lockridge 1988
Sugar Ray Leonard W12 Marvelous Marvin Hagler 1987