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Best Boxers of All Time From New Jersey

Updated on October 20, 2016

Jersey Joe's Best Wins

Ezzard Charles
Harold Johnson
Joey Maxim
Elmer Ray
Jimmy Bivins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Five boxers who tasted defeat at the hands of Jersey Joe Walcott.

Jersey Joe Walcott (Merchantville, NJ)

Jersey Joe is a Hall of Fame boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world. He retired with a compiled tally of 51-18-2 with 32 K.O. wins. Known for having ultra slick, old school moves. He would shift this way and that and smack you with clean lead rights. Walcott never fought the same and always presented something new to his foes. Even some of his losses were debatable such as when he clearly outpointed Joe Louis but still lost the decision.

Joe Walcott's best wins came over Ezzard Charles, Harold Johnson, Joey Maxim and Jimmy Bivins.

Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Ezzard Charles

Jersey Joe Walcott beat Ezzard Charles by knockout to become the heavyweightchampion of the world.
Jersey Joe Walcott beat Ezzard Charles by knockout to become the heavyweightchampion of the world. | Source

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Dwight Muhammad Qawi (Camden, NJ)

The Camden Buzzsaw won world titles in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight weight classes and retired with a mark of 41-11-1 with 25 knockouts to his credit. Qawi was short for his weight divisions but he still possessed excellent skills and he could bob & weave to get up close like Joe Frazier. As a light Heavy Qawi possessed power and flattened most of his opponents. Besides Light heavy and heavyweight Qawi fought as a heavyweight during the twilight of his career.

Dwight Muhammad Qawi's best accomplishments came from conquering Lee Roy Murphy, Leon Spinks, Mathew Saad Muhammad and Mike Rossman.

Dwight Muhammad Qawi vs. Evander Holyfield

Dwight Muhammad Qawi was a champion as a light heavyweight and as a cruiserweight. In this photo he is fighting Evander Holyfield.
Dwight Muhammad Qawi was a champion as a light heavyweight and as a cruiserweight. In this photo he is fighting Evander Holyfield. | Source

Joe Jeanette (Union City, NJ)

Joe Jeanette was a world ranked heavyweight who was never given a title shot. Most feel he would have been champion if given a chance. His final tally in the ring reads 83-10-9 with 70 knockouts. Jeanette had one hitter quitters in both hands and a smooth, defensive style that allowed him to take very little punishment. It is unfair that he never got a title shot because he could school many a boxer with his moves on defense.

Joe Jeanette's best wins came from beating Jack Johnson, Sam Langford, Sam McVea and Young Peter Jackson.

Joe Jeanette

Joe Jeanette is one of the best boxers that never won a world title. He took on any and everyone willing to face him.
Joe Jeanette is one of the best boxers that never won a world title. He took on any and everyone willing to face him. | Source

Al McCoy (Woodbine, NJ)

Al McCoy is the former middleweight champion of the world and he left the sport with a mark of 31-13-6 with 27 knockout victories. The first ever left handed (Southpaw) boxing champion could use his southpaw jab to tenderize his opponents before unleashing his vaunted left hand. Some prizefighters refused to face him because of the fact that he was left handed.

Al McCoy's biggest victories happened from accumulating wins against Italian Joe Gans, Soldier Bartfield and Terry Mitchell.

Al McCoy

Former middleweight champion Al McCoy shows off the scars of battle inside the squared circle. You win some and you lose some.
Former middleweight champion Al McCoy shows off the scars of battle inside the squared circle. You win some and you lose some. | Source

Gus Lesnevich vs. Freddie Mills Clips (Video)

Gus Lesnevich (Cliffside, NJ)

Gus Lesnevich is the former light heavyweight champion of the world and his final ring record is a reported 60-14-5 with 23 knockouts. Not known for his power even though he had enough pop to keep an opponent honest. A solid all around boxer-puncher in the prize ring who could take a punch and always showed heart and will while performing inside the squared circle.

The most memorable victories of Mr. Lesnevich's career were against Tami Mauriello, Freddie Mills, Carmen Barth and Dave Clark.

Gus Lesnevich

Former Light Heavyweight champion Gus Lesnevich is seen here working out on the speed bag.
Former Light Heavyweight champion Gus Lesnevich is seen here working out on the speed bag. | Source

Kendall Holt (Paterson, NJ)

Rated R is a former Junior Welterweight Champion and as of 2015 he is still an active boxer. His current record stands at 28-6 with 16 knockouts. Kendall Holt is rangy and good with keeping an adversary at distance. Holt is a strong puncher who can put combinations together well. He is a warrior and always was willing to trade shots but that backfired on him occasionally.

Kendall Holt's most famous wins came over Julio Diaz, Ricardo Torres, Demetrius Hopkins and David Diaz.

Kendall Holt vs. Ricardo Torres (Video)

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Fireman Jim Flynn (Hoboken, NJ)

A world rated Heavyweight who took on all comers and never backing down, Flynn left the sport with a resume reading 64-45-18 with 51 knockouts. He was a power puncher with accurate shots but he was extremely slow of foot. What he lacked in skills he more than made up for in determination.

Jim Flynn's biggest wins came from toppling Tiger Flowers, Jack Dempsey, Morgan Williams and Tony Caponi.

Birthplace of Jim Flynn (Hoboken, NJ)

Tippy Larkin (Garfield, NJ)

The Garfield Gunner was a former contender in the 147 pound (Welterweight division). His ring record reads 137-15-1 with 60 of those wins coming by way of knockout. A good boxer with a stiff, accurate jab and counter punching skills Larkin is one of those boxers that was skilled enough to win a belt but just fell short. On his best days this talented boxer was very hard to conquer.

Tippy Larkin's best victories came from defeating Willie Beltram, Billy Graham, Willie Joyce and Freddie Archer.

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Patrick McGuigan (Newark, NJ)

The Blacksmith Lightweight retired with an overall record of 0-2-5 with zero knockouts for or against him. He was a pioneer of the sport of boxing having came along when bare knuckle fights were still happening. After the ring career ended he actually became a successful boxing promoter along with several other business ventures.

Always show respect for those who came before us and paved the way for the rest of us.

Glenwood Brown (Plainfield, NJ)

The Real Beast was a contender during the 90's in the Welterweight division and he left the ring with a final mark of 48-12 with 29 knockouts. In 1986 Brown won the N.Y. Golden Gloves as an amateur. He fought in an era of great welterweights and was still top competition for them all. Brown had all the basics down and he had above average speed and reflexes.

Glenwood Brown's best ring wins came against Luis Santana, Tony Marshall, Saoul Mamby and Juan Rondon.

Glenwood Brown Strikes a Fighting Pose

Glenwood Brown is seen here on a Ringlords boxing card.
Glenwood Brown is seen here on a Ringlords boxing card. | Source

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      Mark Tulin 2 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Great hub and pictures. Since I lived in Philly, a boxing mecca, much of my life, I remember some of those iconic boxers like Jersey Joe and Qawi. It brings back some good memories of an age in boxing that is long gone. Thanks.

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