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Best Argentinian Boxers of all Time
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1. Carlos Monzon (1963-1977): Monzon held the 160 pound crown for 7 years and defended it 14 times. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 and finished his career with a record of 87-3-9 with 59 knockouts. Monzon won the belt from Nino Benvenuti and beat the likes of Jose Napoles and Bennie Brisco in defenses of his title. He could box from long range on his toes or he could rumble on the inside. He took on all comers and his chin and heart were fantastic not to mention his boxing skills. He is one of the best, if not the best ever middleweight in history.
2. Nicolino Locche (1958-1976): Locche is one of the best defensive fighters in history. He won the Junior Welterweight title from Takeshi Fuji and defended it six times total. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003 and his career record reads: 117-4-14 with 14 knockouts. Among others, he defended his crown against Antonio Cervantes and Domingo Barrera. He lacked power but his speed, reflexes and overall talent easily made up for that problem.
3. Sergio Martinez (1997-present): Martinez is the current Middleweight Champion of the World and has a record of 50-2-2 with 28 knockouts. He also held the Junior Middleweight Championship. Martinez beat favored Kelly Pavlik the win his 160 pound strap and thus far has defended it 5 times and counting. He also avenged a close defeat to Paul Williams by scoring a crushing second round k.o. in the rematch and handed J.C. Chavez, Jr. his first loss.
4. Pascual Perez (1952-1964): Perez is the first ever boxing champion from Argentina and he held the World Flyweight title. His final record reads: 84-7-1 with 57 knockouts to his credit. He twice fought for the Flyweight belt defeating Yoshio Shirai and Pone Kingpetch in the process. He has been inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame and he is known for his impressive knockout power which at one time led to a streak of 18 straight K.O. victories.
5. Victor Galindez (1969-1980): This two time Light Heavyweight Champion was a true warrior in the ring and retired with a resume of: 55-9-4 with 34 knockouts. He knocked out Stinger Hutchins and Mike Rossman in a revenge thriller to win his two 175 pound Championships. Among his victims in his heyday were: Richie Kates, Billy Douglas, Yaqui Lopez and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Galindez was fan friendly boxer who would do whatever it took to pull out a victory.
6. Jorge` Castro (1987-2007) Castro beat Reggie Johnson for his middleweight crown and among his defenses was the famous one against John David Jackson. Castro was dominated round after round only to score a dramatic come from behind win. His record stands at: 130-11-3 with 90 knockouts. He was a plodding fighter but he knew how to slip and ride with the punches. Castro was slow of hand and feet but he knew all the little tricks of the game which made him ever dangerous.
7. Carlos Baldomir (1993-present): Although he is not known for his power he has displayed it from time to time. Baldomir is a pressure fighter who beat Zab Judah for the 147 pound belt. He also knocked out the late Arturo Gatti. His final tally reads: 49-15-6 with 15 knockouts. An overachiever who had average power and talent but he always gave everything he had. If Baldomir only had big punching power. Then he would have been a true terror.
8. Oscar Bonavena (1964-1976): Although he never won a world title this Argentinian heavyweight fought with the best and gave them tough bouts. He retired with a resume reading: 58-9-1 with 44 knockouts. Bonavena was a slugger with power and he fought Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier during their primes. Bonavena would have won a championship in some other eras but he boxed in the golden era of the big boys.
9. Lucas Matthysse (2004-Present): He has a current record of 33-2 with 31 knockouts. Both of his defeats were close and controversial. Matthysse lost close fights to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander and holds wins over Humberto Soto and DeMarcus Corley. Matthysse can possibly advance up this list in the near future if he continues to progress. His standing may go up or down on this list depending on how the rest of his ring career plays out.
10. Luis Angel Firpo (1917-1936): The Wild Bull of the Pampas gave the great Jack Dempsey a hard fight before succumbing in his Heavyweight Title fight. Among others he posted wins over: Jess Willard, Gunboat Smith and Al Reich. His ring record was: 31-4 with 26 knockouts. Firpo would launch bombs from start to finish and he did not have much use for technical boxing. If not for Dempsey, Firpo surely would have been heavyweight king.
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