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The 101 Greatest Boxers of All Time

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PRO RECORD: 173-19-6 (108 KO)
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1946 – 1951
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1951, 1951 – 1952, 1955 – 1957, 1957, 1958 – 1960
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1942 & 1951
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Walker Smith, Jr.
NICKNAME: Sugar Ray
CAREER LENGTH: 1940 – 1965
HOMETOWN: New York, NY, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 13 Jake LaMotta (2/14/1951)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only man to win the world middleweight championship five times.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Sammy Angott* (W 10, W 10, W 10), Marty Servo (W 10, W 10), Fritzie Zivic* (W 10, TKO 10), Jake LaMotta* (W 10, L 10, W 10, W 10, W 12, TKO 13), Henry Armstrong* (W 10), Tommy Bell (W 15), Georgie Abrams (W 10), Kid Gavilan* (W 10, W 15), Bobo Olson (KO 12, W 15, KO 2, KO 4), Randolph Turpin (L 15, TKO 10), Rocky Graziano (KO 3), Joey Maxim (L-TKO 13), Ralph Jones (L 10), Gene Fullmer* (L 15, KO 5, D 15, L 15), Carmen Basilio* (L 15, W 15), Paul Pender (L 15, L 15), Denny Moyer (W 10, L 10), Terry Downes (L 10), Ralph Dupas (W 10), Joey Giardello* (L 10), Joey Archer (L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 56-5 (37 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1964 – 1967,
1974 – 1978, 1978 – 1979
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1963, 1966, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Cassius Clay, Jr.
NICKNAME: The Louisville Lip / The Greatest
CAREER LENGTH: 1960 – 1981
HOMETOWN: Louisville, KY, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 8 George Foreman (10/30/1974)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only man to win the true heavyweight championship of the world three times.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Archie Moore* (TKO 4), Doug Jones (W 10), Sonny Liston (TKO 6, KO 1), Floyd Patterson (TKO 12, TKO 7), George Chuvalo (W 15, W 12), Cleveland Williams (TKO 3), Ernie Terrell (W 15), Zora Folley (KO 7), Jerry Quarry (TKO 3, TKO 7), Joe Frazier* (L 15, W 12, TKO 14), Jimmy Ellis (TKO 12), Buster Mathis (W 12), Bob Foster* (KO 8), Joe Bugner (W 12, W 15), Ken Norton (L 12, W 12, W 15), George Foreman* (KO 8), Ron Lyle (TKO 11), Earnie Shavers (W 15), Leon Spinks (L 15, W 15), Larry Holmes* (L-TKO 10), Trevor Berbicks (L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 66-3 (52 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1937 – 1949
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1936, 1938, 1941
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Joseph Barrow
NICKNAME: The Brown Bomber
CAREER LENGTH: 1934 – 1951
HOMETOWN: Detroit, MI, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 1 Max Schmeling (6/22/1938)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Longest reigning boxing champion (12 years) in any weight class.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Primo Carnera (TKO 7), Max Baer (KO 4), Max Schmeling (L-KO 12, KO 1), Jack Sharkey (KO 3), Bob Pastor (W 10, KO 11), Jim Braddock (KO 8), John Henry Lewis (KO 1), Buddy Baer (DQ 7, KO 1), Billy Conn* (KO 13, KO 8), Joe Walcott (W 15, KO 11), Ezzard Charles* (L 15), Lee Savold (KO 6), Jimmy Bivins* (W 10), Rocky Marciano* (L-TKO 8)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 150-21-10 (101 KO)
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1937 – 1938
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1938 – 1940
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1938 – 1939
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1937
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Henry Jackson
NICKNAME: Homicide Hank
CAREER LENGTH: 1931 – 1945
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Barney Ross (5/31/1938)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only man to hold the championships of three weight divisions simultaneously.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Baby Arizmendi (L 10, L 12, W 10, W 10, W 10), Midget Wolgast (W 10), Juan Zurita (KO 4, KO 2), Mike Belloise (W 10, TKO 4, KO 4), Frankie Klick (TKO 4), Benny Bass (KO 4), Petey Sarron (KO 6), Chalky Wright (KO 3), Barney Ross* (W 15), Lou Ambers (W 15, L 15), Ceferino Garcia (W 15, D 10), Al Manfredo (TKO 3, TKO 4), Davey Day (TKO 12), Pedro Montanez (TKO 4), Lew Jenkins (TKO 6, TKO 8), Fritzie Zivic* (L 15, TKO 4, W 10), Willie Joyce (L 10, W 10, L 10, W 10), Tippy Larkin (KO 2), Beau Jack (L 10), Sammy Angott* (W 10), Ray Robinson* (L 10), Al Davis (TKO 2)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 229-11-1 (65 KO)
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1942 – 1948, 1949 – 1950
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1945
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Gugliermo Papaleo
NICKNAME: Will o' the Wisp
CAREER LENGTH: 1940 – 1966
HOMETOWN: Rocky Hill, CT, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Sandy Saddler (2/11/1949)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The winning-est fighter in history.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Joey Archibald (W 10, W 10), Chalky Wright (W 15, W 15, KO 3), Sammy Angott* (L 10), Jackie Wilson (W 12), Willie Joyce (W 10), Manuel Ortiz* (W 10), Phil Terranova (W 10), Jackie Graves (TKO 8), Paddy DeMarco (W 10), Sandy Saddler* (L-KO 4, W 15, L-TKO 8, L-TKO 9), Harold Dade (W 10), Ray Famechon (W 15), Lulu Perez (L-TKO 2), Hogan Bassey (L-TKO 9)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 104-8-3 (48 KO) with 183 No-decisions
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1923 – 1926
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Edward Greb
NICKNAME: The Human Windmill
CAREER LENGTH: 1913 – 1926
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Gene Tunney (5/23/1922)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only man to beat future heavyweight champ Gene Tunney.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Billy Miske (ND 6, ND 10, ND 10), Jack Blackburn (ND 6), George Chip (ND 6, ND 10, ND 10, W 10), Tommy Gibbons (ND 10, ND 10, ND 10, W 15), Mike Gibbons (ND 6, ND 10), Zulu Kid (ND 6, ND 14, ND 6, ND 10, ND 10), Al McCoy (ND 10, W 10), Jeff Smith (ND 10, ND 10, ND 12, ND 10, W 10, D 15, ND 10), Frank Mantell (KO 1), Jack Dillon (ND 10, ND 12), Battling Levinsky (ND 10, ND 6, ND 10, ND 12, ND 6, ND 10), Mike O'Dowd (ND 10), Mike McTigue (ND 10, ND 10), Clay Turner (ND 15, ND 8, W 12, ND 10, ND 6, ND 12, ND 8), Leo Houck (W 12, ND 6, ND 10), Bill Brennan (ND 10, ND 10, W 15, ND 10), Gene Tunney* (W 15, L 15, L 15, ND 10, ND 10), Tommy Loughran* (ND 8, ND 10, W 15, L 10, W 10, D 10), Johnny Wilson (W 15, W 15, W 10), Tiger Flowers (ND 10, L 15, L 15), Jimmy Slattery (W 6), Mickey Walker* (W 15), Maxie Rosenbloom (ND 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 53-11-7 (34 KO) with 17 No-decisions
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1908 – 1915
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Galveston Giant
CAREER LENGTH: 1897 – 1931
HOMETOWN: Galveston, TX, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 15 James Jeffries (7/4/1910)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First black heavyweight champion of the world.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Joe Choynski (L-KO 3), George Gardner (W 20), Sam McVey (W 20, W 20, KO 20), Marvin Hart (L 20), Joe Jeanette (ND 3, L-DQ 2, ND 6, ND 3, W 15, ND 6), Sam Langford* (W 15), Bill Lang (TKO 9), Bob Fitzsimmons* (KO 2), Jim Flynn (KO 11, DQ 9), Tommy Burns (W 14), Jack O'Brien (ND 6), Stanley Ketchel* (KO 12), James Jeffries (TKO 15), Jess Willard (L-KO 26)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 103-16 (70 KO)
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1972 – 1979
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1980
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2007

NICKNAME: Manos de Piedra / Hands of Stone
CAREER LENGTH: 1968 – 2001
HOMETOWN: Panama City, Panama

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Ray Leonard (6/20/1980)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First man to defeat Ray Leonard, doing so in an exciting brawl that kicked off a famous rivalry.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Hiroshi Kobayashi (KO 7), Ken Buchanan (TKO 13), Esteban De Jesus (L 10, KO 11, TKO 12), Edwin Viruet (W 10, W 15), Carlos Palomino (W 10), Ray Leonard* (W 15, L-TKO 8, L 12), Wilfred Benitez* (L 15), Pipino Cuevas (TKO 4), Davey Moore (TKO 8), Marvin Hagler* (L 15), Thomas Hearns* (L-TKO 2), Iran Barkley (W 12), Vinny Pazienza (L 12, L 12), Hector Camacho (L 12, L 12), William Joppy (L-TKO 3)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 36-3-1 (25 KO)
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1979 – 1980, 1980 – 1982
WORLD JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1981 – 1982
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1987
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1979 AND 1981
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1997

NICKNAME: Sugar Ray
CAREER LENGTH: 1977 – 1997
HOMETOWN: Palmer Park, MD, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 14 Thomas Hearns (9/16/1981)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First man to win belts (though not all were undisputed) in five weight divisions.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Wilfred Benitez* (TKO 15), Dave Green (KO 4), Roberto Duran* (L 15, TKO 8, W 12), Ayub Kalule (TKO 9), Thomas Hearns* (TKO 14, D 12), Marvin Hagler* (W 12), Donny Lalonde (TKO 9), Terry Norris (L 12), Hector Camacho (L-TKO 5)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 90-6-1 (70 KO) with 118 No-decisions
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1917 – 1923
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Benjamin Lenier
NICKNAME: The Ghetto Wizard
CAREER LENGTH: 1911 – 1932
HOMETOWN: New York, NY, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 9 Freddie Welsh (5/28/1917)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Easily the most popular little man of his era, an idol to Jewish Americans; drew as many as 60,000 fans to his fights.

NOTEWORTHY OPPONENTS: Rocky Kansas (ND 10, ND 12, W 15, TKO 8), Johnny Dundee (ND 10, ND 10, ND 6, ND 8, ND 6, ND 8, ND 8), Freddie Welsh (ND 10, TKO 9), Johnny Kilbane* (TKO 3), Jack Britton* (ND 10, ND 6, L-DQ 13), Ted Lewis* (ND 8), Willie Ritchie (TKO 8), Lew Tendler (ND 12, W 15), Jimmy McLarnin* (L-TKO 6)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 49-0 (43 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1952 – 1956
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1952, 1954, 1955
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Rocco Marchegiano
NICKNAME: The Brockton Blockbuster
CAREER LENGTH: 1947 – 1956
HOMETOWN: Brockton, MA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 13 Joe Walcott (9/23/1952)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only heavyweight champion to permanently retire undefeated.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Roland LaStarza (W 10, TKO 11), Rex Layne (KO 6), Joe Louis* (TKO 8), Lee Savold (TKO 6), Harry Matthews (KO 2), Joe Walcott (KO 13, KO 1), Ezzard Charles* (W 15, KO 8), Archie Moore* (KO 9)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 134-4-2 (100 KO)
WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1916 – 1923
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Mighty Atom
CAREER LENGTH: 1910 – 1923
HOMETOWN: Tylorstown, Wales

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Joe Lynch (3/31/1919)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Flyweight with astonishing punching power, so much so that he was studied by scientists to figure out how he generated his power.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Joe Symonds (W 15), Tancy Lee (L-TKO 17, KO 11), Joe Lynch (W 15), Frankie Mason (ND 12), Pete Herman (L-TKO 17), Pancho Villa* (L-KO 7)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 93-25-1 (52 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1950 – 1951
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1949 AND 1950
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Cincinnati Cobra
CAREER LENGTH: 1940 – 1959
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Joe Louis (9/27/1950)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Considered the best light heavyweight though he never won the title, thanks to 3 wins over Archie Moore, as well as victories over Charley Burley, Joey Maxim, Lloyd Marshall, and Jimmy Bivins.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Ken Overlin (L 12, D 10), Teddy Yarosz (W 10), Charley Burley* (W 10, W 10), Joey Maxim (W 10, W 15, W 15, W 12), Jimmy Bivins* (L 10, W 10, KO 4, W 10, W 10), Lloyd Marshall (L-TKO 8, KO 6, W 10), Archie Moore* (W 10, W 10, KO 8), Joe Walcott (W 15, W 15, L-KO 7, L 15), Gus Lesnevich (TKO 7), Joe Louis* (W 15), Rex Layne (TKO 11, L 10, W 10), Harold Johnson (L 10), Rocky Marciano* (L 15, L-KO 8)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 185-23-10 (131 KO)
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1952 – 1962
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Archibald Wright
NICKNAME: The Old Mongoose
CAREER LENGTH: 1935 – 1963
HOMETOWN: Benoit, MS, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 11 Yvon Durelle (12/10/1958)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Ageless wonder captured the light heavyweight championship at age 36 and held it until age 45, when he permanently moved up to heavyweight.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Teddy Yarosz (L 10), Eddie Booker (D 10, D 12, L-TKO 8), Charley Burley* (L 10), Lloyd Marshall (W 10), Jimmy Bivins* (L-KO 6, TKO 8, W 10, KO 8, TKO 9), Cocoa Kid (KO 8), Holman Williams (L 10, TKO 11), Ezzard Charles* (L 10, L 10, L-KO 8), Harold Johnson (W 10, W 10, L 10, W 10, TKO 14), Joey Maxim (W 15, W 15, W 15), Bobo Olson (TKO 3), Rocky Marciano* (L-KO 9), Yolande Pompey (TKO 10), Floyd Patterson (L-KO 5), Yvon Durelle (KO 11, KO 3), Willie Pastrano (D 10), Muhammad Ali* (L-TKO 4)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 49-0 (26 KO)
WORLD JR. LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 2001 – 2002
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 2002 – 2003
WORLD WELTEREWIGHT CHAMPION 2006 – 2008, 2013 – 2015
WORLD JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 2013 - 2015
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1998 AND 2007

NICKNAME: Pretty Boy / Money
CAREER LENGTH: 1996 - 2015
HOMETOWN: Las Vegas, NV, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 12 Manny Pacquiao (5/2/2015)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: One of only two men to win legitimate championships in four weight classes.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Genaro Hernandez (TKO 8), Angel Manfredy (TKO 2), Diego Corrales (TKO 10), Carlos Hernandez (W 12), Jesus Chavez (TKO 9), Jose Luis Castillo (W 12, W 12), Phillip Ndou (TKO 7), DeMarcus Corley (W 12), Arturo Gatti (TKO 6), Sharmba Mitchell (TKO 6), Zab Judah (W 12), Carlos Baldomir (W 12), Oscar De La Hoya* (W 12), Ricky Hatton (TKO 10), Juan Manuel Marquez* (W 12), Shane Mosley* (W 12), Victor Ortiz (KO 4), Miguel Cotto (W 12), Robert Guerrero (W 12), Saul Alvarez (W 12), Marcos Maidana (W 12, W 12), Manny Pacquiao* (W 12), Andre Berto (W 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 59-7-2 (38 KO)
WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1998 – 1999
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 2003 – 2004
WORLD JR. LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 2007 – 2008
WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 2009 – 2010
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2006, 2008, 2009

NICKNAME: The Destroyer / Pac Man
CAREER LENGTH: 1995 – Present
HOMETOWN: General Santos City, Philippines

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 8 Oscar De La Hoya (12/6/2008)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: One of only two men to win legitimate world championships in four weight divisions; a world class fighter in nine, spanning 40 pounds.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Medgoen Singsurat (L-TKO 3), Lehlo Ledwaba (TKO 6), Marco Antonio Barrera* (TKO 11, W 12), Juan Manuel Marquez* (D 12, W 12, W 12, L-KO 6), Erik Morales* (L 12, TKO 10, KO 3), Oscar Larios (W 12), Jorge Solis (TKO 8), David Diaz (TKO 9), Oscar De La Hoya* (TKO 8), Ricky Hatton (KO 2), Miguel Cotto (TKO 12), Joshua Clottey (W 12), Antonio Margarito (W 12), Shane Mosley* (W 12), Timothy Bradley (L 12, W 12, W 12), Brandon Rios (W 12), Floyd Mayweather, Jr.* (L 12), Jeff Horn (L 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 72-4-3 (22 KO) with 2 No-decisions
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1933 – 1935
WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1933 – 1935
WORLD WELTEREWIGHT CHAMPION 1934, 1935 – 1938
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1934 & 1935
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Beryl Rosofsky
CAREER LENGTH: 1929 – 1938
HOMETOWN: Chicago, IL, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Jimmy McLarnin (5/28/1934)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Never stopped or knocked out in 81 professional bouts.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Battling Battalino (W 10), Billy Petrolle (W 10, W 10), Tony Canzoneri* (W 10, W 15), Frankie Klick (D 10, W 10), Jimmy McLarnin* (W 15, L 15, W 15), Ceferino Garcia (W 10, W 10, W 10, W 15), Izzy Janazzo (W 15), Al Manfredo (W 10, ND 10), Henry Armstrong* (L 15)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 40-4-1 (17 KO)
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1990 – 1991
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1993 – 1997
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1989
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2008

NICKNAME: Sweet Pea
CAREER LENGTH: 1984 – 2001
HOMETOWN: Norfolk, VA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: D 12 Julio Cesar Chavez (9/10/1993)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Nearly everyone who watched his draw with fellow great Julio Cesar Chavez agrees that Whitaker was robbed.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Roger Mayweather (W 12), Jose Luis Ramirez (L 12, W 12), Greg Haugen (W 12), Azumah Nelson (W 12), Juan Nazario (KO 1), Rafael Pineda (W 12), James McGirt (W 12, W 12), Julio Cesar Chavez* (D 12), Julio Cesar Vasquez (W 12), Wilfredo Rivera (W 12, W 12), Diosbelys Hurtado (TKO 11), Oscar De La Hoya* (L 12), Felix Trinidad (L 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 107-6-2 (86 KO)
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1988 – 1990
WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1990 – 1994, 1994 – 1996
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1990
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2011

NICKNAME: J.C. / The Lion of Culiacan
CAREER LENGTH: 1980 – 2005
HOMETOWN: Culiacan, Mexico

DEFINING FIGHT:TKO 12 Meldrick Taylor (3/17/1990)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Undefeated in his first 90 fights.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Ruben Castillo (TKO 6), Roger Mayweather (TKO 2, TKO 10), Rocky Lockridge (W 12), Juan Laporte (W 12), Edwin Rosario (TKO 11), Rodolfo Aguilar (TKO 6), Jose Luis Ramirez (W 11), Meldrick Taylor (TKO 12, TKO 8), Hector Camacho (W 12), Greg Haugen (TKO 5), Marty Jakubowski (TKO 6, TKO 4), Pernell Whitaker* (D 12), Frankie Randall (L 12, W 8, W 10), Tony Lopez (TKO 10), Oscar De La Hoya* (L-TKO 4, L-TKO 8), Joey Gamache (TKO 8), Miguel Angel Gonzalez (D 12), Kostya Tszyu* (L-TKO 6)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 61-6-9 (50 KO) with 6 No-decisions
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1919 – 1926
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: William Dempsey
NICKNAME: Kid Blackie / The Manassa Mauler
CAREER LENGTH: 1914 – 1927
HOMETOWN: Manassa, CO, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 2 Luis Firpo (9/14/1923)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Scored 25 first round knockouts, one in only 14 seconds.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Jim Flynn (L-KO 1, KO 1), Carl Morris (W 4, DQ 6, KO 1), Bill Brennan (TKO 6, KO 12), Billy Miske (ND 10, ND 6, KO 3), Fred Fulton (KO 1), Battling Levinsky (KO 3), Jess Willard (TKO 3), Georges Carpentier (KO 4), Tommy Gibbons (W 15), Luis Firpo (KO 2), Gene Tunney* (L 10, L 10), Jack Sharkey (KO 7)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 179-31-40 (129 KO) with 61 No-decision
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Boston tar Baby
CAREER LENGTH: 1902 – 1926
HOMETOWN: Boston, MA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: L 15 Jack Johnson (4/26/1906)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Scored the second most knockouts (129) in boxing history.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Joe Gans* (W 15), Jack Blackburn (D 12, ND 6, D 15, W 15, D 10, NC 1), Joe Walcott* (D 15), Joe Jeanette (L-TKO 8, W 15, D 12, D 12, ND 6, W 15, W 12, ND 10, ND 10, W 20, ND 10, L 12, KO 7, ND 12), Jack Johnson* (L 15), Jim Flynn (KO 1, ND 10, KO 8, W 10, KO 3, W 8), Dixie Kid (TKO 5, KO 3), Stanley Ketchel* (ND 6), Bill Lang (DQ 6), Sam McVey (D 20, L 20, W 20, W 20, TKO 11, KO 13, D 20, L 12, D 20, ND 10, ND 10, ND 10, ND 12, D 20, ND 10), Jack O'Brien (TKO 5), Harry Wills (ND 10, KO 14, ND 10, L 20, KO 19, ND 10, ND 8, ND 6, ND 12, ND 12, L-KO 6, L-TKO 8, ND 8, ND 10, L 15, L 15, L 10), Fred Fulton (L-TKO 7, L 4), Tiger Flowers (KO 2)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 62-3-2 (52 KO)
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1980 – 1987
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1983 AND 1985
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1993

NICKNAME: Marvelous
CAREER LENGTH: 1973 – 1987
HOMETOWN: Brockton, MA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 3 Thomas Hearns (4/15/1985)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: 11 of 12 successful championship defenses came by knockout.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Ray Seales (W 10, D 10, TKO 1), Bennie Briscoe (W 10), Vito Antuofermo (D 15, TKO 4), Alan Minter (TKO 3), Fulgencio Obelmejias (TKO 8, TKO 5), Roberto Duran* (W 15), Thomas Hearns* (TKO 3), John Mugabi (KO 11), Ray Leonard* (L 15)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 87-3-9 (59 KO), with 1 No-contest
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1970 – 1977
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: Escopeta
CAREER LENGTH: 1963 – 1977
HOMETOWN: Santa Fe, Argentina

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Rodrigo Valdes (7/3/1977)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Made more title defenses (17) of the legitimate championship than any other middleweight champ.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Jorge Fernandez (W 12, W 12), Bennie Briscoe (D 10, W 15), Nino Benvenuti* (TKO 12, TKO 3), Emile Griffith* (TKO 4, W 15), Denny Moyer (TKO 5), Jean Claude Bouttier (TKO 13, W 15), Jose Napoles* (TKO 6), Rodrigo Valdez (W 15, W 15)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 144-16-2 (103 KO)
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1948 – 1949, 1950 – 1956
WORLD JR. LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1949 – 1956
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Joseph Saddler
CAREER LENGTH: 1944 – 1956
HOMETOWN: Boston, MA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 4 Willie Pep (10/29/1948)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHENT: Possibly the hardest-hitting featherweight in history, scoring more KO's (103) than any other champ in the division.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Joe Brown* (TKO 2), Jimmy Carter (D 10), Willie Pep* (KO 4, L 15, TKO 8, TKO 9), Harold Dade (W 10), Paddy DeMarco (TKO 9, L 10, L 10), Orlando Zulueta (W 10), Lauro Salas (TKO 9, TKO 6), George Araujo (L 10), Ray Famechon (TKO 5), Lulu Perez (KO 4), Flash Elorde (L 10, TKO 13)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Abe Attell

PRO RECORD: 72-10-17 (39) with 53 No-decisions
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1903 – 1904, 1906 – 1912
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Little Hebrew
CAREER LENGTH: 1900 – 1917
HOMETOWN: San Francisco, CA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 10 Johnny Kilbane (10/24/1910)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Made 19 successful title defenses in his second title reign, the division record; made 24 successful defenses total.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: George Dixon* (D 10, D 20), Harry Forbes (L 15, D 6, D 10, KO 5, W 10, TKO 7), Tommy Murphy (ND 6, ND 10, ND 10, L 20, D 20), Battling Nelson (ND 6, D 15), Jimmy Walsh (W 15, TKO 9, W 10, D 12, ND 10), Owen Moran (D 25, D 23, ND 10, ND 10, ND 6), Freddie Welsh (L 15), Jim Driscoll (D 10), Johnny Kilbane* (W 10, L 20)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Tony Canzoneri

PRO RECORD: 137-24-10 (44 KO)
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1928
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1930 – 1933, 1935 – 1936
WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1931 – 1932, 1933
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1934
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

CAREER LENGTH: 1925 – 1939
HOMETOWN: New York, NY, USA

DEFINING FIGHTS: W 15 Lou Ambers (5/10/1935)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Engaged in 28 bouts against world champions or Hall of Famers.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Andre Routis (W 12, L 15, W 10), Bud Taylor (D 10, L 10, W 10), Benny Bass (W 15, W 10), Al Singer (D 10, KO 1), Sammy Mandell (L 10), Jack Berg (L 10, KO 3, W 15), Joe Glick (W 10), Billy Petrolle (L 10, W 15), Kid Chocolate (W 15, KO 2), Johnny Jadick (L 10, L 10, W 10), Barney Ross* (L 10, L 15), Frankie Klick (W 10, TKO 9, W 12, W 10), Lou Ambers (W 15, L 15), Jimmy McLarnin* (W 10), Al Davis (L-TKO 3)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 65-1-1 (48 KO) with 18 No-decisions
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1926 – 1928
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1928
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: James Tunney
NICKNAME: The Fighting Marine
CAREER LENGTH: 1915 – 1928
HOMETOWN: Greenwich, CT, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 10 Jack Dempsey (9/22/1927)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First of only three men to permanently retire as heavyweight champion.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Battling Levinsky (W 12), Harry Greb* (L 15, W 15, W 15, ND 10, ND 10), Tommy Loughran* (ND 8), Jimmy Delaney (ND 10), Georges Carpentier (TKO 15), Jeff Smith (ND 15), Tommy Gibbons (KO 12), Johnny Risko (ND 12), Jack Dempsey* (W 10, W 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 55-8-2 (32 KO) with 1 No-contest
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 2001 – 2005
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 2006 – 2008, 2011 – 2012
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2001

CAREER LENGTH: 1988 - 2017
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 12 Felix Trinidad (9/29/2001)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: At age 46, the oldest man to win a boxing championship, beating a 28 year old to do so.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Roy Jones Jr.* (L 10, W 12), Glen Johnson (TKO 11), Keith Holmes (W 12), Felix Trinidad (TKO 12), William Joppy (W 12), Oscar De La Hoya* (KO 9), Howard Eastman (W 12), Jermain Taylor (L 12, L 12), Antonio Tarver (W 12), Ronald Wright (W 12), Joe Calzaghe* (L 12), Kelly Pavlik (W 12), Jean Pascal (D 12, W 12), Chad Dawson (NC 2, L 12), Tavoris Cloud (W 12), Sergey Kovalev (L 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Ike Williams

PRO RECORD: 127-24-4 (61 KO)
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1945 – 1951
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1948
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

CAREER LENGTH: 1940 – 1955
HOMETOWN: Trenton, NJ, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 6 Bob Montgomery (8/4/1947)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Engaged in 16 bouts against world champions or Hall of Famers.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Bob Montgomery (L-KO 12, TKO 6), Sammy Angott* (W 10, W 10, L-TKO 6), Willie Joyce (L 10, W 12, L 12, L 10), Juan Zurita (TKO 2), Johnny Bratton (W 10, W 10, TKO 8), Tippy Larkin (TKO 4), Kid Gavilan* (W 10, L 10, L 10), Beau Jack (TKO 6, W 10, D 10, TKO 8), Jimmy Carter (L-TKO 14), Gil Turner (L-TKO 10), Chuck Davey (L-TKO 5), Carmen Basilio* (L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Billy Conn

PRO RECORD: 64-11-1 (15 KO)
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1939 – 1941
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1940
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Pittsburgh Kid
CAREER LENGTH: 1934 – 1948
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: L (KO) 13 Joe Louis (6/18/1941)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Was ahead on points against the much bigger Joe Louis in heavyweight title bid before he was knocked out.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Fritzie Zivic* (W 10), Babe Risko (W 10), Vince Dundee (W 10), Teddy Yarosz (W 12, W 15), Young Corbett III (L 10, W 10), Fred Apostoli (W 10, W 15), Melio Bettina (W 15, W 15), Gus Lesnevich (W 15, W 15), Bob Pastor (KO 13), Joe Louis* (L-KO 13, L-KO 8), Tony Zale* (W 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 69-6 (44 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1980 – 1985
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1982
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2008

NICKNAME: The Easton Assassin
CAREER LENGTH: 1973 – 2002
HOMETOWN: Easton, PA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 12 Ken Norton (6/9/1978)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Made 12 consecutive defenses of the lineal heavyweight championship, second most in division history.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Earnie Shavers (W 12, TKO 11), Ken Norton (W 15), Mike Weaver (TKO 12, TKO 6), Muhammad Ali* (TKO 10), Trevor Berbick (W 15), Leon Spinks (TKO 3), Gerry Cooney (TKO 13), Tim Witherspoon (W 12), James Smith (TKO 12, TKO 8), Michael Spinks* (L 15, L 15), Mike Tyson* (L-TKO 4), Ray Mercer (W 12), Evander Holyfield* (L 12), Oliver McCall (L 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 51-4-4 (48 KO) with 4 NDs
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1908, 1908 – 1910
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Stanislaus Kiecal
NICKNAME: The Michigan Assassin
CAREER LENGTH: 1903 – 1910
HOMETOWN: Grand Rapids, MI, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: L (KO) 12 Jack Johnson (10/16/1909)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Possibly the hardest-hitting middleweight champion ever, even knocking down defensive master Jack Johnson in a heavyweight title bid.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Mike Sullivan (KO 1), Jack Sullivan (KO 20), Billy Papke (W 10, L-TKO 12, KO 11, W 20), Hugo Kelly (KO 3), Jack O'Brien (ND 10, TKO 3), Jack Johnson* (L-KO 12), Frank Klaus (ND 6), Sam Langford* (ND 6)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 72-2-4 (50 KO)
WORLD BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION 1961 – 1965
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1973 – 1974
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1992

NICKNAME: The Golden Bantam
CAREER LENGTH: 1957 – 1976
HOMETOWN: Soa Paolo, Brazil

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 4 Vincente Saldivar (10/21/1973)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Returned to the ring three years after retirement to go undefeated in 25 fights, winning a second world championship in the process.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Johnny Caldwell (TKO 10), Masahiko Harada* (L 15, L 15), Jose Legra (W 15), Vincente Saldivar (KO 4)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Mickey Walker

PRO RECORD: 94-18-4 (60 KO) with 45 NDs
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1922 – 1926
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1926 – 1929
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Edward Walker
NICKNAME: The Toy Bulldog
CAREER LENGTH: 1919 – 1935
HOMETOWN: Elizabeth, NJ, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: D 15 Jack Sharkey (7/22/1931)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The only welterweight champion to become a legitimate contender for the heavyweight championship.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Jack Britton* (ND 12, W 15), Dave Shade (TKO 8, ND 12, W 15), Pete Latzo (ND 12, L 10), Lew Tendler (W 10), Mike McTigue (ND 12, TKO 1), Harry Greb* (L 15), Joe Dundee (L-TKO 8), Tiger Flowers (W 10), Paul Berlenbach (W 10), Tommy Loughran* (L 10), Johnny Risko (W 10, W 10, L 12), Jack Sharkey (D 15), Max Schmeling (L-TKO 8), Maxie Rosenbloom (L 15, W 10), Young Corbett III (L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 44-1-1 (32 KO)
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1980 – 1982
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1981
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1991

NICKNAME: Chava
CAREER LENGTH: 1975 – 1982
HOMETOWN: Tianguistanco, Mexico

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 8 Wilfredo Gomez (8/21/1981)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Lost just once in 46 professional bouts.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Danny Lopez (TKO 13, TKO 14), Ruben Castillo (W 15), Juan LaPorte (W 15), Wilfredo Gomez* (TKO 8), Azumah Nelson (TKO 15)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 76-5 (68 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1973 – 1974,
1994 – 1997
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1973 AND 1976
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2003

NICKNAME: Big George
CAREER LENGTH: 1969 – 1997
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 2 Joe Frazier (1/22/1973)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: At 45, became the oldest man to win the heavyweight championship with knockout of undefeated Michael Moorer.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Gregorio Peralta (W 10, TKO 10), George Chuvalo (TKO 3), Joe Frazier* (TKO 2, TKO 5), Ken Norton (TKO 2), Muhammad Ali* (L-KO 8), Ron Lyle (KO 5), Dwight Qawi (TKO 7), Gerry Cooney (TKO 2), Evander Holyfield* (L 12), Tommy Morrison (L 12), Michael Moorer (KO 10), Shannon Briggs (L 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 77-8 (62 KO)
WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1975 – 1976
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1981 – 1982
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1992

BORN NAME: Andres Bohorquez
NICKNAME: El Flaco Explosivo
CAREER LENGTH: 1968 – 1995
HOMETOWN: Mangua, Nicaragua

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 13 Ruben Olivares (11/23/1974)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Fought at a world class level through four weight divisions (featherweight through junior welterweight).

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Ruben Olivares* (KO 13), Royal Kobayashi (KO 5), Alfredo Escalera (TKO 13, TKO 13), Bobby Chacon (TKO 7), Ruben Castillo (TKO 11), Cornelius Boza-Edwards (TKO 8), Jose Luis Ramirez (W 10), Ray Mancini (TKO 14), Aaron Pryor* (L-TKO 14, L-KO 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Kid Gavilan

PRO RECORD: 108-30-5 (28 KO)
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1951 – 1954
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Gerardo Gonzalez
NICKNAME: The Cuban Hawk
CAREER LENGTH: 1943 – 1958
HOMETOWN: Havana, Cuba

DEFINING FIGHT: L 10 Ray Robinson (9/23/1948)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Thanks to aggression, speed, and flashiness, he was one of the first true stars of televised boxing.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Ike Williams* (L 10, W 10, W 10), Tommy Bell (W 10), Ray Robinson* (L 10, L 15), Beau Jack (W 10), Laurent Dauthuille (W 10), Billy Graham (L 10, W 10, W 15, W 15), Johnny Bratton (W 15, D 10, W 15), Robert Villemain (L 10), Tony Janiro (W 10, TKO 4), Gil Turner (TKO 11), Chuck Davey (TKO 10), Ralph Jones (W 10, L 10, W 10), Carmen Basilio* (W 15), Bobo Olson (L 15), Johnny Saxton (L 15), Tony DeMarco (L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Ruben Olivares

PRO RECORD: 88-13-3 (77 KO)
WORLD BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION 1969 – 1970,
1971 – 1972
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1991

NICKNAME: El Puas
CAREER LENGTH: 1965 – 1988
HOMETOWN: Mexico City, Mexico

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 5 Lionel Rose

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Undefeated in his first 62 fights.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Salvatore Burruni (TKO 3), Lionel Rose (KO 5), Chucho Castillo (W 15, L-TKO 14, W 15), Efren Torres (TKO 4), Rafael Herrera (L-KO 8, L 10), Bobby Chacon (TKO 9, TKO 2, L 10), Alexis Arguello* (L-KO 13), Danny Lopez (L-KO 7), Eusebio Pedroza* (L-TKO 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Tommy Loughran

PRO RECORD: 89-25-10 (14 KO) with 43 No-decisions
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1927 – 1929
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1929 AND 1931
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1991

NICKNAME: The Phantom of Philly
CAREER LENGTH: 1919 – 1937
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: L 15 Primo Carnera (3/1/1934)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Dominant light heavyweight champion who never lost the belt in the ring, but moved up to challenge for the heavyweight laurels.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Mike McTigue (ND 10, ND 8, ND 12, W 15), Harry Greb* (ND 8, ND 10, L 15, W 10, L 10, D 10), Gene Tunney* (ND 8), Jimmy Delaney (D 12, W 6), Jack Delaney (L 10, D 10), Young Stribling (L 6, W 10), Georges Carpentier (W 10), Johnny Risko (W 10, W 10, L 10, L 10), Jimmy Slattery (W 15), Leo Lomski (W 15), Mickey Walker* (W 10), Jim Braddock (W 15), Jack Sharkey (L-TKO 3, W 15), Max Baer (W 10), Primo Carnera (L 15), Walter Neusel (L 10), Arturo Godoy (D 12, W 12, L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Tommy Ryan

PRO RECORD: 85-4-11 (71 KO) with 7 No-decisions and 1 No-contest
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1894 – 1898
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1898 – 1907
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1995

BORN NAME: Joseph Youngs
CAREER LENGTH: 1887 – 1911
HOMETOWN: Van Nuys, CA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 14 Tommy West (2/25/1898)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First welterweight champ to move up and win the middleweight laurels.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Danny Needham (TKO 76), Billy Smith (D 6, D 6, W 20, D 18, DQ 9), Jack Dempsey *(TKO 3), Charles McCoy (L-KO 15, D 5, D 6), Jack Bonner (W 20, ND 6), Jack Root (D 6, NC 4), Jack O'Brien (ND 6), Hugo Kelly (D 6)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Jimmy McLarnin

PRO RECORD: 54-11-3 (21 KO)
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1933 – 1934
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1991

NICKNAME: The Belfast Spider / Baby Face
CAREER LENGTH: 1923 – 1936
HOMETOWN: Belfast, Ireland

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Barney Ross (9/17/1934)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Participated in one of the most talented eras for the lightweight and welterweight divisions, engaging in 26 fights against world champions or Hall of Famers.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Fidel LaBarba (W 10), Bud Taylor (L 10, DQ 2, L 10), Pancho Villa* (W 10), Jackie Fields (KO 2), Joe Glick (W 10, W 10, KO 2), Louis Kaplan (KO 8), Sammy Mandell (L 15, W 10, W 10), Al Singer (KO 3), Billy Petrolle (L 10, W 10, W 10), Lou Brouillard (L 10), Benny Leonard* (TKO 6), Young Corbett III (TKO 1), Barney Ross* (L 15, W 15, L 15), Tony Canzoneri* (L 15, W 10), Lou Ambers (W 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 66-8-4 (59 KO) with 101 No-decisions
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1891 – 1897
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1897 – 1899
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1903 – 1905

RECORD VS. WORLD CHAMPS & HALL OF FAMERS: 6-5 (5 KO)
NICKNAME: The Fighting Blacksmith / Ruby Robert
CAREER LENGTH: 1885 – 1914
HOMETOWN: Timaru, New Zealand

DEFINING FIGHT: KO 14 James Corbett (3/17/1897)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only true middleweight champ to ever with the legitimate heavyweight championship.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Jack Dempsey* (TKO 13), Peter Maher (TKO 12, KO 1), Joe Choynski (TKO 5), Dan Creedon (KO 2), Tom Sharkey (L-DQ 8, KO 2), James Corbett (KO 14), James Jeffries (L-KO 11, L-KO 8), George Gardner (W 20), Jack O'Brien (TKO 6, L-TKO 13), Jack Johnson* (L-KO 2), Bill Lang (L-KO 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 32-4-1 (27 KO)
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1970 – 1973
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1967, 1970, AND 1971
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: Smokin' Joe
CAREER LENGTH: 1965 – 1981
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Muhammad Ali (3/8/1971)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First man to beat Muhammad Ali, doing so in the first fight of a vicious trilogy, boxing's greatest rivalry.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Oscar Bonavena (W 10, W 15), Eddie Machen (TKO 10), Doug Jones (KO 6), George Chuvalo (TKO 4), Buster Mathis (TKO 11), Jerry Quarry (TKO 7, TKO 5), Jimmy Ellis (TKO 4), Bob Foster* (KO 2), Muhammad Ali* (W 15, L 12, L-TKO 14), George Foreman* (L-TKO 2, L-TKO 5), Joe Bugner (W 12)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Joe Gans

PRO RECORD: 145-10-16 (100 KO) with 19 No-decisions
WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1902 – 1908
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

BORN NAME: Joseph Gant
NICKNAME: The Old Master
CAREER LENGTH: 1893 – 1909
HOMETOWN: Baltimore, MD, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: DQ 42 Battling Nelson (9/3/1906)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First African American boxing champion of the world.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Young Griffo (D 10, D 15, TKO 8), Kid McPartland (W 25, D 6, KO 5), Frank Erne (L-TKO 12, KO 1), Terry McGovern (L-KO 2), Jack Blackburn (ND 6, W 15, ND 6), Sam Langford* (L 15), Kid Griffo (TKO 7), Joe Walcott* (D 20), Jimmy Britt (DQ 5, TKO 6), Mike Sullivan (D 15, KO 15, TKO 10), Battling Nelson (DQ 42, L-KO 17, L-KO 21), Kid Herman (KO 8)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Wilfredo Gomez

PRO RECORD: 44-3-1 (42 KO)
WORLD JR. FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1977 – 1982
WORLD JR. LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION 1985 – 1986
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1995

NICKNAME: Bazooka
CAREER LENGTH: 1974 – 1989
HOMETOWN: Las Mojas, Puerto Rico

DEFINING FIGHT: TKO 5 Carlos Zarate (10/28/1978)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: One of the hardest punching little men ever. 42 of his 44 victories came by knockout.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Dong Kyun Yum (KO 12), Royal Kobayashi (KO 3), Carlos Zarate* (TKO 5), Salvador Sanchez* (L-TKO 8), Lupe Pintor (TKO 14), Juan LaPorte (W 12), Azumah Nelson (L-KO 11), Rocky Lockridge (W 15)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Manuel Ortiz

PRO RECORD: 100-28-3 (54 KO)
WORLD BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION 1942 – 1947, 1947 – 1950
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1996

CAREER LENGTH: 1938 – 1955
HOMETOWN: El Centro, CA, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 12 Lou Salica (8/17/1942)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Went 21-2 in world championship bouts, defending the bantamweight title a total of 19 times.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Jackie Jurich (TKO 7, L 10, TKO 9), Lou Salica (W 12, TKO 11), Willie Pep* (L 10), Harold Dade (L 15, W 15, W 10), Vic Toweel (L 15), Jackie Graves (L 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 31-1 (21 KO)
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1983 – 1985
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1985 – 1988
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1994

NICKNAME: The Spinks Jinx
CAREER LENGTH: 1977 – 1988
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, MO, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Larry Holmes (9/21/1985)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Only light heavyweight champ to move up and win the legitimate heavyweight championship.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Yaqui Lopez (TKO 7), Eddie Muhammad (W 15), Dwight Qawi (W 15), Larry Holmes* (W 15, W 15), Gerry Cooney (TKO 5), Mike Tyson* (L-KO 1)

* - another fighter in the top 100
PRO RECORD: 64-9 (46 KO)
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 1999 – 2004
THE RING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 1994

NICKNAME: Junior
CAREER LENGTH: 1989 - Present
HOMETOWN: Pensacola, FL, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 12 James Toney (11/18/1994)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: First man to win both a middleweight title and a heavyweight belt in more than a century.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Bernard Hopkins* (W 12, L 12), James Toney (W 12), Vinny Pazienza (TKO 6), Mike McCallum (W 12), Montell Griffin (L-DQ 9, KO 1), Virgil Hill (KO 4), Julio Gonzalez (W 12), Clinton Woods (TKO 6), John Ruiz (W 12), Antonio Tarver (W 12, L-TKO 2, L 12), Glen Johnson (L-KO 9), Felix Trinidad (W 12), Joe Calzaghe (L 12), Jeff Lacy (TKO 10), Denis Lebedev (L-KO 10)

* - another fighter in the top 100

Carmen Basilio

PRO RECORD: 56-16-1 (27 KO)
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION 1955 – 1956, 1956 – 1958
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION 1957 – 1958
INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 1990

NICKNAME: The Upstate Onion Farmer
CAREER LENGTH: 1948 – 1961
HOMETOWN: Canastota, NY, USA

DEFINING FIGHT: W 15 Ray Robinson (3/25/1958)

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: All nine of his world championship bouts took place against world champions or Hall of Famers.

NOTABLE OPPONENTS: Lew Jenkins (W 10), Chuck Davey (D 10, L 10), Billy Graham (L 10, W 12, D 12), Ike Williams* (W 10), Kid Gavilan* (L 15), Tony DeMarco (TKO 12, TKO 12), Gil Turner (W 10), Johnny Saxton (L 15, TKO 9, TKO 2), Ray Robinson* (W 15, L 15), Gene Fullmer* (L-TKO 14, L-TKO 12), Don Jordan (W 10), Paul Pender (L 15)

* - another fighter in the top 100
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