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Lennox Lewis

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Lennox Lewis

Lennox Claudius Lewis CM, CBE (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed title. Holding dual British and Canadian citizenship,[1] Lewis represented Canada as an amateur at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division after defeating Riddick Bowe in the final. In his first three years as a professional, Lewis won several regional heavyweight championships, including the European, British, and Commonwealth titles. After winning his first 21 fights, he defeated Donovan Ruddock in 1992 to take over the number one position in the WBC rankings. He was declared WBC heavyweight champion later that year after Riddick Bowe gave up the title to avoid defending it against Lewis. He defended the title three times before an upset knockout loss to Oliver McCall in 1994. Lewis avenged the loss in a 1997 rematch to w

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Sonny Liston

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Sonny Liston

Charles L. "Sonny" Liston (c. 1930 – c. December 30, 1970) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1953 to 1970. A dominant contender of his era, he became the world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, repeating the knockout the following year in defense of the title; in the latter fight he also became the inaugural WBC heavyweight champion. Liston was particularly known for his toughness, formidable punching power, long reach, and intimidating appearance. Although Liston was widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the title in 1964 to Muhammad Ali, who entered as a 7–1 underdog. Liston retired in his corner due to an inflamed shoulder. Controversy followed with claims that Liston had been drinking heavily the night before the fight and had entered the bout with a lame shoulder. In his 1965 rematch with Ali, Liston suffered an unexpected first-round knockout that led to unresolved suspicions of a fix. He was still a world-ranked boxer when he died u

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Rafael Márquez (boxer)

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Rafael Márquez (boxer)

Rafael Márquez Méndez (born 25 March 1975) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2013. He is a two-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF bantamweight title from 2003 to 2007; and the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal super bantamweight titles in 2007. He also held the IBO bantamweight title from 2005 to 2007, and challenged once for WBO featherweight title in 2011. Márquez was known for his formidable knockout power and relentless pressure fighting style. His older brother Juan Manuel Márquez is also a professional boxer and multiple-time world champion. Professional career Márquez began his professional boxing career with an eighth-round knockout loss to former WBC Bantamweight champion Victor Rabanales.[1] He gained recognition by defeating two division world champion and future hall of fame member Mark Johnson (40-1-0) by a split decision. In a rematch, Márquez knocked out Johnson in the eighth round in an IBF bantamweight title eliminator bout. Bantamwe

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Sergio Martínez (boxer)

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Sergio Martínez (boxer)

Sergio Gabriel Martínez (born 21 February 1975) is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2014. He held the WBC super welterweight title from 2009 to 2010, and the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles between 2010 and 2014. With six successful defenses of the Ring and lineal middleweight titles, Martínez's 50-month reign as champion ranks as one of the longest in the history of that weight class.[1]He also held the IBO super welterweight title from 2003 to 2004. In 2011, Martínez reached a career high ranking as the world's third best active boxer, pound for pound, behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, as voted by most sporting news and boxing publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and The Ring.[2] In 2010 he received Fighter of the Year awards by both The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America, as well as The Ring's Knockout of the Year for his rematch victory against Paul Williams. The WBC named him their Bo

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (né Sinclair; born February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed from 1996 to 2007, 2009 to 2010, 2011 to 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career, he held multiple world titles in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record. As an amateur, Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S. national championship at featherweight. Mayweather is a two-time winner of The Ring magazine's Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014).[1][2] In 2016, Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, p

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Ricardo Mayorga

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Ricardo Mayorga

Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez (born October 3, 1973) is a Nicaraguan professional boxer and former mixed martial artist. In boxing he is a former two-weight world champion, having held the unified WBA (Super), WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal welterweight titles in 2003, and the WBC super welterweight title from 2005 to 2006. Mayorga first became well known to boxing fans upon being featured on the cover of The Ring's December 2003 issue, entitled "The craziest man in the sport: Mayorga lights up boxing." He has since maintained this infamous reputation with his relentless trash-talk in the build-up to most of his fights, as well as his smoking and drinking habits outside the ring. Professional boxing career Mayorga vs. Mosley II Mayorga decided to make a comeback as a boxer and won two fights in 2014, after over three-and-a-half years since losing to Miguel Cotto. He was then scheduled to rematch Shane Mosley in a fight on pay-per-view at The Forum located in Inglewood, California on August 29, 2015.[1] Mosl

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Walter McGowan

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Walter McGowan

Walter McGowan, MBE (13 October 1942 – 15 February 2016), was a Scottish boxer born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. He was known for having been the world flyweight champion (Lineal champion. Recognized by European Boxing Union, British Boxing Board of Control and The Ring). He was the son of Thomas McGowan, who had boxed under the name of "Joe Gans". He was a skilful boxer, who showed brilliant footwork and knew how to use the ring. However, he suffered throughout his career with cuts, often having fights stopped despite being ahead on points. Without this failing, he would have had an even more successful career. Amateur career McGowan was the 1961 ABA Flyweight Champion. He suffered only two defeats in 124 amateur bouts. Fought amateur David Ferguson for 3 rounds and only won on point decision. Professional career He had his first professional fight in August 1961 when he fought George McDade at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, winning by a technical knockout in the third round. He lost his third fight t

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Alan Minter

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Alan Minter

Alan Minter (born 17 August 1951) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1972 to 1981. He held the undisputed middleweight title in 1980, having previously held the British middleweight from 1975 to 1976, and the European middleweight title twice between 1977 and 1979. As an amateur, Minter won a bronze medal in the light-middleweight division at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1] Amateur career Minter was the 1971 Amateur Boxing Association of England Middleweight Champion. He won a bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the light middleweight classification. Minter's loss in the semifinals was to Dieter Kottysch of West Germany. The West German boxer won the decision by a 3-2 margin that was hotly disputed. Kottysch was the eventual gold medalist. Minter left the amateur boxing ranks shortly thereafter. Minter began his professional career in London on 31 October 1972 by knocking out Maurice Thomas in six rounds. 1972 Olympic results Below is the record of Alan Minter, a British li

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Donnie Nietes

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Donnie Nietes

Donnie Liboon Nietes (born May 12, 1982) is a Filipino professional boxer.[1] He is a world champion in four weight-classes,[2] having previously held the WBO mini-flyweight title from 2007 to 2011; the WBO and The Ring magazine junior-flyweight titles between 2011 and 2016; IBF flyweight title from 2017 to 2018; and the WBO junior-bantamweight title from 2018 to 2019.[3] He is the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, surpassing in 2014 the record set in 1967 by Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Gabriel "Flash" Elorde.[4][5] He was one of the first three Asian fighters with world titles in at least four weight classes alongside fellow Filipinos Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire. As of October 2019, Nietes is ranked as the world's third best active junior-bantamweight by The Ring[6] and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[7] and fourth by BoxRec.[8] Nickname Regarding how Nietes got his nickname "Ahas" which is Tagalog for "snake," Tony Aldeguer states: Donnie got his nickname 'ahas' when he was

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Shane Mosley

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Shane Mosley

Shane Andre Mosley (born September 7, 1971),[1][2] often known by his nickname "Sugar" Shane Mosley, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2016.[3] He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the IBF lightweight title; the WBA (Super) and WBC welterweight titles; and the WBA (Super), WBC, and Ring magazine light middleweight titles. He is also a former lineal champion at welterweight (twice) and light middleweight.[4] In 1998, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Mosley as their Fighter of the Year.[5] He was also given the same honor by the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2000 and 2001 he was named the world's best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring [6] Early years Mosley was born in Lynwood, California and raised in Pomona, California. He has two older sisters, Venus and Cerena.[7] Mosley became interested in boxing after watching his father, Jack, box in street fights.[2] Mosley has been trained and managed by his

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Jean-Marc Mormeck

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Jean-Marc Mormeck

Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck (born 3 June 1972) is a French former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2014. He is a two-time cruiserweight world champion, having held the WBA title twice, from 2002 to 2007; the WBC and Ring magazine titles twice, from 2005 to 2007; and the lineal title in 2007. Mormeck also challenged for the unified world heavyweight title in 2012. Early life Mormeck was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe as an only child to Fulbert and Sonia Mormeck. When he was 6, he and his family moved to Paris, France where he still lives. Mormeck engaged himself in football and Muay Thai as an amateur. After watching some boxing matches on television, he became inspired to excel in it.[1] Professional career 1990–1998: early career He fought as an amateur in 1990 and turned professional in 1995. Early in his career, Mormeck lost 2 minor four-round bouts on points but kept winning for years afterwards. On 10 November 1998, Mormeck won the French light heavyweight title with a unanimous decisi

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Yoshiaki Numata

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Yoshiaki Numata

Yoshiaki Numata (沼田 義明, Numata Yoshiaki, born April 19, 1945 in Hokkaidō, Japan) is a former world Junior Lightweight boxing champion. Numata turned professional in 1962 and won the Lineal, WBC and WBA super featherweight world titles by defeating Flash Elorde by decision in 1967, although Numata was knocked down in the 3rd round.[1] He lost the title in his first defense to Hiroshi Kobayashi by KO in the 12th. Numata was down once in the 6th and three times in the 12th round. In 1970 Numata captured the WBC super featherweight title with a decision over Rene Barrientos. He defended the title three times before losing the belt to Ricardo Arredondo in 1971. Numata retired a year later.[2] See also List of super-featherweight boxing champions List of WBA world champions List of WBC world champions List of The Ring world champions List of undisputed boxing champions List of Japanese boxing world champions Boxing in Japan References "Cyber Boxing Zone -- Yoshiaki Numata". www.cyberboxingzone.com.

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Manny Pacquiao

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Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, OL GCrS PLH ( PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: ; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines since 2016. Pacquiao is regarded by many boxing historians as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time.[1] He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing,[2] having won twelve major world titles,[3] as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes.[4][5][6] Pacquiao is also the first boxer in history to win major world titles in four of the eight "glamour divisions" of boxing: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight,[7][8][9] and holds the record of being the only quadruple-decade world champion in history, having held major world titles in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).[10] He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC),

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Jean Pascal

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Jean Pascal

Jean-Thenistor Pascal (born 28 October 1982) is a Haitian Canadian professional boxer. He has held the WBA (Regular) light-heavyweight title since October 2019, previously held the WBC, IBO, The Ring and lineal light-heavyweight titles between 2009 and 2011, and challenged once for the WBC super-middleweight title in 2008. Early life and amateur career Pascal was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. When Pascal was four, his mother (a nurse) and older brother (Nicholson Poulard) had left Haiti and settled in Laval, Quebec, just outside Montreal. His father, a well-respected politician, remained in Haiti. Pascal played hockey and soccer, but after watching his older brother become the Quebec Boxing Champion in 1996, Pascal, at 13 years of age, started to visit boxing gym "Club Champions St-Michel" once or twice every week. His first trainer was Sylvain Gagnon, who considered Pascal to be very talented. According to an interview from May 2005, Pascal's idol was Roy Jones Jr..[1] He represented Canada as a middlewe

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Willie Pastrano

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Willie Pastrano

Wilfred Raleigh Pastrano (November 27, 1935 – December 6, 1997) was a professional boxer who held the world light heavyweight crown from 1963 until 1965. He is the grandfather of New Orleans rapper Mr. Pastrano. Early life Pastrano was born in New Orleans. Pastrano's best friend, Ralph Dupas started training in boxing at a local gym. Pastrano, who weighed over 250 pounds, decided to start working out with his friend. As Willie lost weight, he realized two things. First, he loved boxing. Second, he hated getting hit. So, Pastrano developed a style of boxing in which he hardly got hit, and in return, tried not to hurt his opponent as well. Pastrano was already married as a teenager, and by 1962, he and his wife Faye, had five children; John (born 1955), Donna (1957), Frank (1959), Nicholas (1960), and Angelo (1962). Pro career Pastrano began his career at the age of 16. He fought many heavyweights and outpointed heavyweight contenders Rex Layne, Brian London and Tom McNeeley. The talented Pastrano won th

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Kelly Pavlik

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Kelly Pavlik

Kelly Robert Pavlik (born April 5, 1982) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2000 to 2012. He won the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles by defeating Jermain Taylor in 2007, and made three successful defenses before losing them to Sergio Martínez in 2010. Background and early life Known as "The Ghost", Pavlik grew up on the south side of Youngstown, Ohio, in the traditional ethnic Slovak neighborhood of Lansingville.[2] He graduated from Lowellville High School and Mahoning County Joint Vocational School in 2000.[2] Pavlik has been trained by Jack Loew of Youngstown's South Side Boxing Gym for his entire career. His loyalty to his neighborhood and his unassuming, unglamorous lifestyle have earned him praise inside and outside the world of boxing.[3] Amateur highlights 1998 National Jr. PAL Amateur Champion, 147 pounds 1998 National Jr. Golden Gloves Amateur Champion, 147 pounds 1999 U.S. National Under-19 Amateur Champion, 147 pounds Professional car

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Eusebio Pedroza

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Eusebio Pedroza

Eusebio Pedroza (March 2, 1956 – March 1, 2019) was a Panamanian boxer who held the WBA and lineal featherweight championship from 1978 to 1985. His 19 successful defenses as world featherweight champion are a record for that division. His cousin, Rafael Pedroza, was a world champion also, in the junior bantamweight division, although Rafael's reign as world champion was short-lived. Eusebio Pedroza died one day before his 63rd birthday.[1] Biography Pedroza started out as a professional boxer on December 1, 1973, with a four-round knockout win over Julio Garcia. His first 15 bouts were all in Panama. He went 14-1 over that span of fights, including a win over Jacinto Fuentes, a boxer who would later draw and lose to Wilfredo Gómez. His one defeat over that period of his career came to Alfonso Pérez by a knockout in three. For fight number 16, Pedroza went to Mexicali, Mexico, in the last week of March 1976 to challenge WBA world bantamweight champion Alfonso Zamora for the world title. In his first champi

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Aaron Pryor

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Aaron Pryor

Aaron Pryor (October 20, 1955 – October 9, 2016) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1976 to 1990. He was a two-time light welterweight world champion, having held the WBA title from 1980 to 1983, and the IBF title from 1984 to 1985. Additionally, he held the Ring magazine title from 1980 to 1983, and the lineal title from 1983 to 1986. In 1982, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Pryor as their Fighter of the Year. Pryor was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 1999 was voted by the Associated Press as the world's best light welterweight of the 20th century.[1] In 2002, he was ranked as the 35th greatest boxer of the past 80 years by The Ring.[2] Amateur career Pryor, nicknamed The Hawk, had a record of 204 wins and 16 losses as an amateur. He won the National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Lightweight Championship in 1973. In 1975, Pryor again won the National AAU Lightweight Championship and a silver medal at the Pan American Games, losing in th

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Guillermo Rigondeaux

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Guillermo Rigondeaux

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 30 September 1980) is a Cuban professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) bantamweight title since February 2020 and previously, the unified WBA (Super), WBO, and Ring magazine super-bantamweight titles between 2013 and 2017. He also challenged once for the WBO super-featherweight title in 2017. As of February 2020, he is ranked as the world's best active super-bantamweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board[2] and fifth by The Ring, as well as the sixth best active bantamweight by BoxRec. Possessing one of the greatest amateur records of all time,[3] Rigondeaux won consecutive gold medals in the bantamweight division at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. He is also a seven-time Cuban national champion at bantamweight (2000–2006), finishing his amateur career with a record of nearly 475 fights with 12 losses; the last of these losses occurring in 2003. After Rigondeaux's defection in 2009, he turned pro

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Giovani Segura

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Giovani Segura

Giovani Segura Aguilar (born April 1, 1982) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a former WBA, WBO, Lineal and The Ring magazine light flyweight champion.[1] Amateur career Giovani began boxing at the age of 15 years and had an Amateur Record of 38–4.[2] Professional career Segura made his professional debut on March 28, 2003. He accumulated a record of 18–0–1, which included wins against future champion Carlos Tamara and former champion Daniel Reyes. WBA Light Flyweight Champion Giovanni challenged Colombian César Canchila for the Interim WBA Light Flyweight title. Segura lost the bout by unanimous decision, but subsequently claimed the interim title by knocking out Canchila in a rematch on March 14, 2009. He was elevated to full champion on June 5, 2009.[3][4] Segura defended his newly acquired title on July 25, 2009 by stopping Juanito Rubillar in six rounds. On November 21, 2009, he defended his title against Sonny Boy Jaro by first round knock out. On February 20, 2010, he defended his title for

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Wisaksil Wangek (Thai: วิศักดิ์ศิลป์ วังเอก; born 8 December 1986), better known as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (ศรีสะเกษ ศ.รุ่งวิสัย), is a Thai professional boxer. He has held multiple super flyweight world championships, including the WBC title twice between 2013 and 2019, and The Ring magazine and lineal titles from 2018 to 2019. As of October 2019, Sor Rungvisai is ranked as the world's second best active super flyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), BoxRec and The Ring magazine. He is also ranked as the world's tenth best active boxer, pound for pound, by the TBRB. Early life Sor Rungvisai came from a very poor family in Sisaket Province in Thailand, and he had to move into Bangkok to escape from poverty when he was only 13 years old. When he arrived in Bangkok, he had to walk more than 60 miles to apply for a job as a refuse collector at a department store. Life was so difficult for him that he sometimes ate leftovers he collected from the refuse.[2] Professional career He signed w

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Cory Spinks

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Cory Spinks

Cory Spinks (born Cory Calvin; February 20, 1978) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2013. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the undisputed welterweight title from 2003 to 2005, and the IBF junior middleweight title twice between 2006 and 2010. Additionally, he challenged once for the lineal middleweight title in 2007. Early life and amateur career Spinks is the son of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks and nephew of former world heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks. He has an amateur record of 78-3, and won the National Golden Gloves and National Police Athletic League welterweight titles in 1997.[1] Professional career Undisputed welterweight champion Spinks went 29-2 in his first 31 contests, only losing to Antonio Díaz (regarded as a controversial decision by some boxing analysts and ringside observers) and Michele Piccirillo, whom he defeated by decision in a re-match. However, Spinks rose to boxing s

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Leon Spinks

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Leon Spinks

Leon Spinks (born July 11, 1953) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1995. In only his eighth professional fight, he won the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1978 after defeating Muhammad Ali in a split decision, in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Spinks was later stripped of the WBC title for facing Ali in an unapproved rematch seven months later, which he lost by unanimous decision. Besides being heavyweight champion and his characteristic gap-toothed grin (due to losing two and later all four of his front teeth), Spinks gained notoriety for the disaster which befell his career following the loss to Ali.[1] However, he did challenge once more for the WBC heavyweight title in 1981 (losing to Larry Holmes by TKO in the third round), and the WBA cruiserweight title in 1986 (losing to Dwight Muhammad Qawi by TKO in the sixth round). As an amateur, Spinks won numerous medals in the light heavyweight division. The first was bronze at the inau

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Yoshio Shirai

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Yoshio Shirai

Yoshio Shirai (白井 義男, November 23, 1923 – December 26, 2003) was a professional boxer from Tokyo, Japan. He won the world flyweight title in 1952, becoming the first Japanese boxer to win a world title. Childhood and Early Career Shirai first boxed in elementary school, during a mock match-up against a kangaroo at a local carnival. He became interested in boxing afterwards, and made his professional debut in 1943, during World War II. He won his first eight professional fights before being drafted to join the Imperial Japanese Navy. After being released in 1945, he returned to boxing, but was almost forced into retirement because of injuries he had sustained during the war. However, he met Alvin Rober Cahn, a Jewish-American SCAP employee, who became his trainer and manager. Shirai's boxing skills improved dramatically under Cahn's guidance, and the two formed a close bond. Shirai fought with the aggressive boxing style typical of the Japanese boxers of the time, but made a change to a more technical, defe

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Michael Spinks

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Michael Spinks (born July 13, 1956)[a] is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1988. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the undisputed light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the lineal heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988. As an amateur he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Nicknamed "Jinx", which spawned the nickname of his straight right hand, "The Spinks Jinx",[5][6] Spinks is the brother of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and uncle of Cory Spinks, a former welterweight and light middleweight champion. After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion. After 10 successful title defenses, Spinks moved up to heavyweight, and as an underdog defeated long-rei

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Adonis Stevenson

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Adonis Stevenson

Stevenson Adonis (born 22 September 1977), best known as Adonis Stevenson, is a Haitian Canadian former professional boxer who competed from 2006 to 2018. He won the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal light-heavyweight titles in 2013 by defeating Chad Dawson by first round knockout, which earned him awards for Fighter of the Year and Knockout of the Year by The Ring. Known for his fast hand speed[1] and exceptional knockout power,[2] Stevenson was considered one of boxing's hardest punchers during his prime.[3][4][5] He successfully defended the WBC and lineal titles nine consecutive times until sustaining a life-threatening brain injury in his 2018 fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk.[6] Early life and amateur career Stevenson's known name is an inversion of his family name and given name.[7][8][9] Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Stevenson moved to Montreal, Quebec with his family when he was seven. By 14 years old, he was living on the streets and soon fell into a violent gang which drew him into a criminal lifest

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Antonio Tarver

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Antonio Tarver

Antonio Deon Tarver (born November 21, 1968) is an American former professional boxer and boxing commentator. In boxing he competed from 1997 to 2015, and held multiple light heavyweight world championships, including the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and Ring magazine titles, as well the IBO light heavyweight and cruiserweight titles. As an amateur, Tarver represented the United States at the 1996 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division; he eventually lost to Vassiliy Jirov from Kazakhstan, whom he had previously defeated at the 1995 World Championships to win gold. Tarver also triumphed at the 1995 Pan American Games and 1995 U.S. National Championships, winning gold in both. He remains the only boxer in history to have won gold at the Pan Am Games, World Championships and U.S. Nationals all in the same year.[2] Outside of boxing, Tarver starred as Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight champion in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. Amateur career 1993 and 1995 United States amateur Light

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Ryoichi Taguchi

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Ryoichi Taguchi

Ryoichi Taguchi (田口 良一, Taguchi Ryōichi, born 1 December 1986) is a Japanese former professional boxer. He is the former WBA, IBF and The Ring Light Flyweight champion, having lost these titles in 2018. Professional career On August 25, 2013, Taguchi defended the Japanese Light Flyweight title against Naoya Inoue, but lost by twelfth round unanimous decision.[1] On December 31, 2014, Taguchi defeated Alberto Rossel by twelfth round unanimous decision to win the WBA Light Flyweight title.[2] Professional boxing record Professional record summary 33 fights 27 wins 4 losses By knockout 12 0 By decision 14 4 By disqualification 1 0 Draws 2 Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes Loss 27–4–2 Kosei Tanaka UD 12 2019-03-16 Memorial Center, Gifu For WBO flyweight title Loss 27–3–2 Hekkie Budler UD 12 (12) 2018-05-20 Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo Lost WBA (Unified), IBF, and The Ring light flyweight titles W

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Jermain Taylor

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Jermain Taylor

Jermain Taylor (born August 11, 1978) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2014. He remains the most recent undisputed middleweight champion,[3] having won the WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, WBO, Ring magazine, and lineal titles in 2005 by beating Bernard Hopkins, and in doing so ending Hopkins' twelve-year reign as middleweight champion. This made Taylor the first, and to date, only boxer in history to claim each title from all four major boxing sanctioning organizations in a single fight. He would also later hold the IBF middleweight title for a second time. Taylor made his professional debut in 2001 and won his first 25 bouts, which included victories over former champions Raúl Márquez and William Joppy. Taylor, who began boxing officially at age 13, earned numerous accolades throughout his amateur career, starting with his achievement of the 1996 Under-19 Championship. He went on to win a pair of Police Athletic League (PAL) Championships and National Golden Gloves titles and h

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Kostya Tszyu

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Kostya Tszyu

Konstantin Borisovich "Kostya" Tszyu (Russian: Константин Борисович «Костя» Цзю, ; born 19 September 1969) is a Soviet-born Australian former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2005. He held multiple light-welterweight world championships, including the undisputed and lineal titles between 2001 and 2005. Tszyu was an exceptional all-around boxer-puncher who relied heavily on accuracy and timing, and carried formidable punching power; he is often regarded as one of the hardest-punching light-welterweights in the division's history.[1] As an amateur, Tszyu represented the Soviet Union, winning a bronze medal in the lightweight division at the 1989 World Championships, and gold in the light-welterweight division at the 1991 World Championships. He also won consecutive gold medals at the 1989 and 1991 European Championships. In 1995, Tszyu won his first of many professional world championships at light-welterweight—the IBF title—by defeating Jake Rodríguez. Five successful defences made until an upset

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Oleksandr Usyk

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Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk (OO-seek; Ukrainian: Олекса́ндр Олекса́ндрович У́сик; born 17 January 1987) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion from July 2018 until he vacated his titles in March 2019, being the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships—the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and WBO titles. As an amateur, Usyk won gold medals at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics, both in the heavyweight division. He turned professional in 2013 and won the undisputed cruiserweight championship in his 15th professional fight in 2018. Three of his titles were won during the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, in which he won the Muhammad Ali Trophy, as well as The Ring magazine and lineal cruiserweight titles. For his achievements, Usyk was named the 2018 Fighter of the Year by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Ring, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.[2][3][4] Usyk is the most recent male boxer to simultaneously hold the

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Gene Tunney

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Gene Tunney

James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, and the American light heavyweight title twice between 1922 and 1923. A highly technical boxer, Tunney had a five-fight light heavyweight rivalry with Harry Greb in which he won three, drew once, and lost once. He also knocked out Georges Carpentier and defeated Jack Dempsey twice; first in 1926 and again in 1927. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey remains one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. He retired undefeated as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928, after which Tunney was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine. Early life Mary Lydon from Culleen House, Gorthgarve, Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland, emigrated to the United States after the Great Famine. She settled in New York City, where she met John Tunney, also from Cill Aodain, Kilti

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Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson

Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title, at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old.[3] Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in the second round, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them. Tyson became the lineal champion in 1988 when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round.[4] He successfully defended his titles nine times, which included victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. In 1990, Tyson lost the titles to underdog Buster Douglas, who knocked him out in the tenth round. Attempting to

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Dick Tiger

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Dick Tiger

Dick Tiger (born Richard Ihetu; August 14, 1929 – December 14, 1971) was a Nigerian-born professional boxer who held the World Middleweight and World Light Heavyweight Championships.[1] Tiger emigrated to Liverpool, England to pursue his boxing career and later to the United States. Tiger was an ethnic Igbo and served as a Lieutenant in the Biafran army during the Nigerian Civil War, primarily training soldiers in hand to hand combat.[2] Tiger was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1962 and 1965, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1962 and 1966. In 2002, Tiger was voted by The Ring magazine as the 31st greatest fighter of the last 80 years.[3] Professional career Tiger became a two-time undisputed world middleweight champion and helped keep boxing alive during the 1950s boxing industry recession. Tiger won the world middleweight title when he beat Gene Fullmer in 1962 and the l

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Israel Vázquez

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Israel Vázquez

Israel Vázquez Castañeda (born December 25, 1977) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2010. He is a three-time super bantamweight world champion, having held the IBF title from 2004 to 2005; and the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal titles twice from 2005 to 2008. Vázquez is best known for his series of four fights against fellow Mexican Rafael Márquez. Professional career In 1995, Vázquez made his professional debut in the bantamweight division at the age of 17. He stopped his first nine opponents before suffering a knock out loss himself. Fighting mainly in the US and at junior featherweight, he beat 11 opponents, most notably Óscar Larios (20-0), before losing a split decision to Marcos Licona. Vázquez scored 12 consecutive victories, and in 2002, he met Larios in a rematch for the interim WBC Super Bantamweight Title . This time, he was outboxed and stopped in the 12th round. Vázquez rebounded with a stoppage of ex-world title holder Jorge Eliecer Julio and won the vacant IBF

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Koichi Wajima

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Koichi Wajima

Koichi Wajima (輪島 功一, born 21 April 1943) is a retired Japanese professional boxer who competed in the light middleweight (154 lb) division. He is the former Undisputed Light Middleweight Champion of the World, who won both WBC and WBA titles. Childhood and early career Wajima was born in Karafuto, (current Sakhalin) which became Soviet territory when Wajima was three years old. He and his family moved to Shibetsu, Hokkaidō, but barely managed to make a living, Wajima was put up for adoption. He lived with his stepfamily while his parents worked in Shibetsu. Wajima began to work as a fisherman with his stepfamily. He was still in middle school, but had to work from sunset all the way to daybreak. The only time he had to sleep was during class. He was a fighter from a young age, having to work tirelessly each day, and often picking fights with other kids. After graduating from middle school, he traveled to Tokyo, where he worked briefly as a truck driver before joining the Misako Boxing Gym. He made his pr

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Andre Ward

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Andre Ward

Andre Michael Ward (born February 23, 1984) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2017. He retired with an undefeated record and held multiple world titles in two weight classes, including the unified WBA (Super), WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal super middleweight titles between 2009 and 2015; and the unified WBA (Undisputed), IBF, WBO, and Ring light heavyweight titles between 2016 and 2017. During his reign as light heavyweight champion, Ward was ranked as the world's best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), as well as the world's best active boxer in the division by The Ring, the TBRB, and BoxRec. As an amateur, Ward won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics and turned professional later that year. He rose to worldwide prominence upon entering the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in 2009, where he won the WBA (Super) super middleweight title from Mikkel Kessler in the open

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Jersey Joe Walcott

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Jersey Joe Walcott

Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), best known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1930 to 1953. He held the world heavyweight title from 1951 to 1952, and broke the record for the oldest man to win the title, at the age of 37. That record would eventually be broken in 1994 by 45-year-old George Foreman. After retiring from boxing, Walcott did some acting, playing small parts in a few movies and television shows. He also refereed several boxing matches, but after the controversial ending to the second fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, Walcott was not asked to referee again. From 1971 to 1974, Walcott held the elected position of Sheriff of Camden County, New Jersey, the first African-American to do so. From 1975 to 1984, he was the chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. Early life Walcott was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey. His father was an immigrant from St. Thomas, Danish West Indies. His mother was from Jordantow

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Pernell Whitaker

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Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker Sr.[1] (January 2, 1964 – July 14, 2019)[2] was an American professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2001, and subsequently worked as a boxing trainer. He was a four-weight world champion, having won titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight; the undisputed lightweight title; and the lineal lightweight and welterweight titles.[3] In 1989, Whitaker was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. From 1993 to 1997, The Ring ranked him as the best active boxer in the world, pound for poundfor over 10 years. He currently holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign in boxing history at six title defenses. Whitaker is generally regarded as one of the greatest defensive boxers of all-time.[4] As an amateur, Whitaker won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 1982 World Championships, followed by gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Olympics. After his retirement in 2001, Whita

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Winky Wright

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Winky Wright

Ronald Lamont "Winky" Wright (born November 26, 1971) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2012. He is a two-time light middleweight world champion and remains the last to hold the undisputed title at that weight. In his later career he also challenged for a unified middleweight world title. He announced his retirement from boxing in 2012, following a loss to Peter Quillin.[1] In 2005, The Ring magazine ranked him as the world's second best active boxer, pound for pound. In 2017, it was announced that Wright had been elected as an International Boxing Hall of Fame member in the Modern Category, alongside Vitali Klitschko and Érik Morales, with the induction ceremony scheduled for June 2018. Professional career Early years After his second-round knockout of Carlos Santana on July 30, 1992, in St. Petersburg, Florida, the ring announcer called him "Winky" Wright, the name given to him by his grandmother when he was 6 months old and that had unofficially stuck with him since he w

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Akira Yaegashi

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Akira Yaegashi

Akira Yaegashi (八重樫 東, Yaegashi Akira, born February 25, 1983) is a Japanese professional boxer. He is a former three-weight world champion, having held the WBA minimumweight title from 2011 to 2012; the WBC, Ring, and lineal flyweight titles from 2013 to 2014; and the IBF light-flyweight title from 2015 to 2016. He is an alumnus of the Takushoku University.[1][2] Boxing career Yaegashi finished his amateur career with a record of 56–14 after winning the Inter-High School Championship and the National Sports Festival of Japan. His professional debut was at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in March 2005.[3] He won the vacant OPBF minimumweight title there via a fifth round technical knockout in April 2006 and defended the title once before vacating it.[1] In his first world title shot against the WBC minimumweight champion Eagle Kyowa at the Pacifico Yokohama in June 2007, Yaegashi lost for the first time by a wide points margin after suffering a broken TMJ[1] in two places due to an accidental headbutt in t

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Callum Smith

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Callum Smith

Callum Smith (born 23 April 1990) is a British professional boxer. He has held the WBA (Super) and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles since 2018, and won the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament in the same year. Previously at regional level he held the European and British super-middleweight titles between 2015 and 2017. As of October 2019, Smith is ranked as the world's best active super middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[1] BoxRec[2] and ESPN,[3] and the world's seventh best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.[4] He is the youngest of the Smith brothers—Paul, Stephen, and Liam—all of whom are professional boxers. Early life Callum grew up on an estate opposite the Rotunda ABC gym, less than a mile away from Anfield. The household was full with his parents, three brothers (Paul 1982, Stephen 1985, Liam 1988) and two sisters (Chloe 1994, Hollie 2000).Callum's early childhood was similar to many others – he spent much of his time playing football down the

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Hekkie Budler

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Hekkie Budler

Hector "Hekkie" Budler (born 18 May 1988) is a South African professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring light-flyweight titles in 2018, and the IBO and WBA minimumweight titles between 2011 and 2016. Professional career Budler won the vacant IBO minimumweight title with a unanimous decision win over Michael Landero. He then won the vacant WBA minimumweight title with a first-round knockout win over Karluis Diaz. He held the titles until March 2016 when he was defeated by Byron Rojas via unanimous decision. Professional boxing record Professional record summary 36 fights 32 wins 4 losses By knockout 10 1 By decision 22 3 No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes 36 Loss 32–4 Hiroto Kyoguchi TKO 10 (12) 31 Dec 2018 Wynn Palace, Macau, SAR Lost WBA (Super) and The Ring light-flyweight titles 35 Win 32–3 Ryoichi Taguchi UD 12 20 May 2018 Ota City General Gym

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Hiroto Kyoguchi

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Hiroto Kyoguchi

Hiroto Kyoguchi (京口 紘人, Kyōguchi Hiroto, born November 27, 1993) is a Japanese professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA and The Ring light-flyweight titles since 2018, and the IBF mini-flyweight title from 2017 to 2018. Professional career Kyoguchi won the OPBF minimumweight in his sixth fight with a victory over Armando de la Cruz. He then won the IBF title by defeating Jose Argumedo in July 2017, making him the Japanese boxer to win a world title in the shortest amount of time, at 1 year and 3 months. Professional boxing record Professional record summary 14 fights 14 wins 0 losses By knockout 9 0 By decision 5 0 No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes 14 Win 14–0 Tetsuya Hisada UD 12 Oct 1, 2019 Edion Arena, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Super) and The Ring light-flyweight titles 13 Win 13–0 Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart UD 12 Jun 19, 2019 Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan Retained WBA (Sup

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Nino Benvenuti

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Nino Benvenuti

Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti (born 26 April 1938) is a retired Italian boxer and actor. As an amateur welterweight boxer he won the Italian title in 1956–60, the European title in 1957 and 1959, and an Olympic gold medal in 1960, receiving the Val Barker trophy for boxing style. In 1961, having an amateur record of 120-0, he turned professional and won world titles in the light-middleweight division and twice in the middleweight division.[1] Near the end of his boxing career he appeared in Sundance and the Kid (1969) and then in Mark Shoots First (1975).[2] Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1968, Benvenuti was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2011, The Ring magazine ranked him as seventh on their list of the "10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years."[3] Professional boxing career Benvenuti talks to his father Fernando at the 1960 Olympics Benvenuti with wife Giuliana Fonzari and two sons On 20 January 1961, Benvenuti made his professional b

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Claressa Shields

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Claressa Shields

Claressa Maria Shields (born March 17, 1995)[3] is an American professional boxer. She has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, having reigned as the undisputed female middleweight champion of the world since 2019; the unified WBC and WBO light middleweight titles since January 2020;[4] and previously the unified WBC, and IBF female super middleweight titles from 2017 to 2018. Shields currently holds the record for becoming a two and three-weight world champion in the fewest professional fights.[5] As of January 2020, she is ranked as the world's best active female light middleweight by BoxRec.[6] Shields is one of only seven boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO—simultaneously, along with Bernard Hopkins (2004–2005), Jermain Taylor (2005), Cecilia Brækhus (2014–), Terence Crawford (2017), Oleksandr Usyk (2018–2019), and Katie Taylor (2019–). In a decorated amateur career, Shields won gold medals in the women's middleweig

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Boxing career of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is regarded by boxing commentators and historians as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. Boxing magazine The Ring named him number one in a 1998 ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.[3] In 1999, The Associated Press voted Ali the number one heavyweight of the 20th century.[4] In 1999, Ali was named the second greatest boxer in history, pound for pound, by ESPN; behind only welterweight and middleweight legend Sugar Ray Robinson.[5] In December 2007, ESPN listed Ali second in its choice of the greatest heavyweights of all time, behind Joe Louis.[6] Early career On-site poster for Cassius Clay's fifth professional bout Clay made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. From then until the end of 1963, Clay amassed a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by knockout. He defeated boxers including Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, LaMar Clark, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper

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Juan Francisco Estrada

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Juan Francisco Estrada

Juan Francisco Estrada Romero (born April 14, 1990) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal super flyweight titles since April 2019, and previously, the WBA (Unified) and WBO flyweight titles between 2012 and 2015.[1] He also challenged once for the WBA light flyweight title in 2012. As of October 2019, Estrada is ranked as the world's seventh best active boxer, pound for pound, by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB),[2] and eighth by The Ring.[3] He is also ranked as the world’s best active super flyweight by BoxRec[4] and the TBRB.[5] Early life and amateur career Estrada lost his parents at the age of 7. He was raised by his aunt, and picked up boxing when he was 9. At the age of 15, Estrada moved from his native Puerto Peñasco to Hermosillo to focus on his boxing career. As an amateur, Estrada compiled a 94-4 record.[6] Professional career Early career Estrada made his professional debut on August 30, 2008 at the age

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Naoya Inoue

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Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥, Inoue Naoya, born 10 April 1993) is a Japanese professional boxer. He is a three-weight world champion and currently a unified bantamweight world champion, having held the IBF and The Ring magazine titles since May 2019 and the WBA (Super) title since November 2019. He previously held the WBO junior-bantamweight title from 2014 to 2018, and the WBC light-flyweight title in 2014.[3] Nicknamed "Monster", Inoue is known for his devastating punching power and brutal body attack, having a knockout-to-win ratio of 84%. As of December 2019, he is ranked as the world’s best active bantamweight by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). As well as being ranked as the world's second best active boxer, pound for pound, by the TBRB, third by The Ring and fourth ESPN. Amateur career Inoue won the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting and the Japanese Junior National Championships in 2009. In 2010, he took the bronze medal in the Asian Youth Championships in Tehran, Iran, and w

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Katie Taylor Irish: Cáit Táilliúir (born 2 July 1986)[1] is an Irish professional boxer and former footballer. She is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBO junior-welterweight title since November 2019 and previously, the unified WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and Ring magazine lightweight titles between 2017 and 2019. Following her victory over Delfine Persoon in June 2019, she became one of only seven boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO—simultaneously, along with Bernard Hopkins (2004–2005), Jermain Taylor (2005), Cecilia Brækhus (2014–), Terence Crawford (2017), Oleksandr Usyk (2018–2019), and Claressa Shields (2019–). In her successful amateur boxing career, Taylor won five consecutive gold medals at the Women's World Championships, gold six times at the European Championships, and gold five times at the European Union Championships. Hugely popular in Ireland, she is credited with raising the profile of women's boxing at home and abroad. R

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