Best Boxers of All Time From Alabama
The Brown Bomber (Joe Louis)
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Joe Louis was born in LaFayette, Alabama in 1914. The Brown Bomber retired with a professional record reading 66-3 with 52 knockouts. Louis holds the record for the most title defenses with 25 heavyweight title defenses.
Louis was a destructive puncher and his jab was also deadly. Besides Muhammad Ali, Louis is generally accepted as the next best heavyweight in boxing history.
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Evander Holyfield was born in Atmore, Alabama in 1962. The Real Deal is an Olympic bronze medalist, former cruiserweight champion and four time heavyweight champion of the world. Holyfield retired from the ring sporting a final tally of 44-10-2 with 29 knockouts.
Holyfield had superb boxing skills, an iron will and steel chin and great stamina. Always seen as a blown up cruiserweight Holyfield overachieved.
Earnie Shavers (Right) vs. Muhammad Ali
Earnie Shavers was born in Garland, Alabama in 1945. The Acorn is one of the top puncher's in heavyweight history and he fought them all during his time. Shavers left the sport with a resume that reads 74-14-1 with 68 huge knockouts.
Shavers fought Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and these men were in their primes. Shavers hit hard and was ducked by many boxers because of his one hitter quitters.
Deontay Wilder & Wvladimir Klitschko
Deontay Wilder was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1985. He is an Olympic Bronze Medal winner and top ranked heavyweight contender who as of 2014 sports an amazing record of 32-0 with all 32 wins coming by knockout.
Wilder will be fighting Bermane Stiverne in 2015 for the WBC Heavyweight championship. If the Bronze Bomber wins that title then he will more than likely move to number 3 on this list. He is super tall and rangy with freakish power. Wilder stands at nearly 6 feet 8 inches tall and has an 84 inch reach. Wow.
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Curt McCune was born Homewood, Alabama in 1960. McCune is now a great coach but he is also a four time Alabama Amateur champion and he was a world ranked amateur boxer. McCune retired with an amateur record of 55-3 with 25 knockouts.
McCune is registered with USA Boxing and he is an outstanding communicator who gets the most out of his boxers. Currently he trains Mike Gibbons.
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Mike Gibbons was born in Midfield, Alabama in 1978 and his ring name is "The Godfather". As an amateur boxer Gibbons is a three time Alabama Golden Gloves winner. As a pro Gibbons has shown mixed success.
The Godfather was an outstanding amateur boxer who used speed, reflexes and a southpaw style to take over his matches and in most cases he dominated his foes. Gibbons was rushed into bouts but if he was treated like a true pro he would have gone on to big things in his career.
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Orlando Paulding was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1968. He had a descent amateur and professional boxing career retired with a final professional tally of 9-7-1 with 8 knockouts. He is currently a top amateur ttrainer with his own gym in Birmingham, Alabama.
Paulding has done lots with amateur fighters and trying to keep kids off the streets and training them to box may one day become his legacy. Trained by the late great Alabama trainer Maurice Hatchey, Paulding learned a solid skill set for applying in the ring and for teaching others as well.
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Butterbean vs. Larry Holmes
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Eric "Butterbean" Esch
Eric Esch is from Jasper, Alabama and he was born on August 3, 1966. Butterbean has had professional kickboxing and MMA bouts but he was far more successful as a boxer. He was known for being an overweight heavyweight but he also had devastating knockout power in his right hand. Esch retired with a pro boxing record of 77-10-4 with 58 of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Butterbean could have went further than he did if he had got in top condition. Even though he tired usually after six rounds Butterbean was a major threat for those early rounds to any heavyweight.
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Terry "Road Warrior" Acker
Terry Acker is from West Blocton and he was a top sparring partner for championship level boxers and he also boxed and worked at a job full time too. The Road Warrior fought Terrible Terry Norris among others as a professional prizefighter. The final ring record for Acker is 13 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw.
Not successful as a professional prizefighter but he was also thrown in on a moments notice all the time and in their hometowns.
Jon Marshall was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1978. He was a skilled amateur boxer who actually taught one of the other boxers on this list (Gibbons), how to box. As an amateur he compiled a record of 9-1.
Marshall will end up with a trainer legacy as he has an uncanny ability to teach the sweet science. Besides Michael Gibbons, Jon Marshall also taught the sport to Phillip Lollar and is currently teaching his 11 year old son the nuances of the sport.
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