Feature | Dec 29 2016

The 25 best fighters of the last 25 years

Tris Dixon lists the best 25 boxers from the past quarter of a century
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LISTS have long been the bone of contention in boxing. To rank the top 25 fighters over the last quarter of a century is a big ask. For example, the timeframe starts at 1990 and some of the boxers here did their best work in the 1980s, but they still earned enough from later performances to warrant their inclusion. Others might have had glowing primes through the 1990s but carried on too long and their once, almost superhero-like qualities have long since been diminished and forgotten.

You can make a case for one boxer to be above another, place one several places higher or lower. I have been fortunate enough to watch or cover at least 21 of those on the list from ringside over the years. There are a select number of standouts, but the other placings are all up for grabs.

Click below to see the list.