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Jermain Taylor (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Bad Intentions is still an active boxer as of 2015 and his ring record stands at 33-4-1 with 20 knockouts. Taylor won a Bronze Medal in the Olympics and he is a two time middleweight world champion. Taylor had a great jab, excellent timing and he was willing to take on any and all boxers. Taylor could control top boxers from a distance with his boxing skills and many times did just that. Taylor can be completely unpredictable because one minute he looks like a superstar and the nest he seems vulnerable.
The top wins of Jermain Taylor's career came from beating Bernard Hopkins (Twice), Sam Soliman, Jeff Lacy and Cory Spinks.
Jermain Taylor vs. Bernard Hopkins
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Leotis Martin (Helena, Arkansas)
Otis Lee was a world ranked heavyweight who famously knocked former champion Sonny Liston out cold. He retired sporting a record of 31-5 with 19 knockouts to his credit. Martin had solid skills but his one punch power was his best asset. Martin was an underachiever who could have won a championship with just a little more push. Martin fought in the golden era of heavyweights and in any other era he would have held a world championship. If Leo Martin landed a solid shot the majority of the heavyweights fell like a chopped tree.
Leotis Martin's best ring victories came from defeating Sonny Liston, Al Blue Lewis, Thad Spencer and Karl Mildenberger.
Leotis Martin vs Sonny Liston
John Tate (Marion, Arkansas)
Big John Tate won a Bronze Medal in the Olympics and he is also the former WBA heavyweight champion. He left the sport with a mark of 34-3 with 23 knockouts. Tate had a soft chin but good punching power. Tate used his punch to bail him out many a time but his chin and willingness to trade also backfired on him a few times. Tate showed he was a talented big man as an Olymian but as a rofessional boxer he seemed to lack discipline and focus at times.
John Tate's top wins came from winning against Donnie Long, Gerrie Coetzee, Duane Bobick and Kallie Knoetze.
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Dominick Guinn (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
The Southern Disaster is an outstanding amateur boxer who twice captured the National Golden Gloves as a Super Heavy. He compiled a record as an amateur of 290-26. As a professional heavyweight Guinn retired with a resume that reads 34-9-1 with 23 knockouts on his ledger. Known for a good chin, solid punches and stamina. Guinn seemed a little small for the weight class and if he were a cruiserweight he probably would still be that divisions champion. His chin was iron, his heart was there and he had will. The skills were not at the elite level and that along with his small frame hurt him as a pro boxer.
Dominick Guinn's top wins came from besting Otis Tisdale, Zuri Lawrence, Audley Harrison and Phil Jackson.
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Pete Mead (Trumann, Arkansas)
Pete Mead was a Middleweight boxer who retired with a resume of 42-16-1 with 13 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He hadno power but he had descent defense, footwork and a pesky jab. Mead could not beat the elite boxers but he did top some good contenders. Mead showed heart in all his bouts and he was entertaining too! Although he never won a world title he was one of the best boxers that have never done so.
Tbest wins on his docket came from winning against Joey DeJohn, William Poli, Cocoa Kid and Herbie Kronowitz.
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Alvin Manley (Widener, Arkansas)
Alvin Manley was a great amateur having collected the National Golden Gloves two times as a Super Heavyweight. In the professional ranks Manley's record ended up at a modest 11-1-2 with 3 stoppage victories. Relatively light on his feet for a big man with a stiff, accurate jab. Had Manley kept shooting for the stars in his career in the squared circle I firmly believe he could have achieved true success.
The best accomplishments of Manley's career was beating Joe Stofle, Billy Willis and Domonic Jenkins.
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Buddy Holderfield (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Holderfield was the first ever National Golden Gloves winner from Arkansas and he also fought as a professional fighter with limited success. His final pro mark was 27-20-1 with 5 knockouts on his ledger. Not known for his power or defense, Holderfield was a constant puncher who fired pesky one. two's constantly.
The best victories of Buddy Holderfield's ring career came from topping Kid Azteca, Johnny Breitenbruck and Tony Falco.
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Billy Bock (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)
Billy Bock was an average professional fighter who left the sport with a record of 3-3-1 with 2 knockouts. As an amateur boxer Bock had lots of success winning several titles including the Golden Gloves title 5 times and the Mid South Championship four different times.
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