Best Boxers of All Time From Arizona
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Chalky Wright (Willcox, Arizona)
Chalky Wright is the former featherweight world champion and he retired sporting a record of: 162-45-19 with 83 knockouts to his credit. Wright is known for his two fisted punching power and he had a stiff, accurate jab as well. In 1997 Wright was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Wright was a power puncher but he also had solid boxing skills although he had the misfortune of boxing in the same era as Willie Pep. Either way you spin it Weight is a legend in the featherweight ranks of professional boxing.
Chalky Wright's best wins came from defeating the likes of Joey Archibald, Sal Bartolo, Willie Joyce and Lulu Costantino.
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Michael Carbajal (Phoenix, Arizona)
"Little Hands of Stone" had an excellent amateur career culminating in him winning a Silver Medal in the 1988 Olympics. As a professional he excelled even more by becoming a four time junior flyweight king. Carbajal retired with a mark of: 49-4 with 33 knockouts on his resume. Carbajal, at his best, was an offensive boxer- puncher. His body punching and right hands were deadly but at the same time he could circle the ring and stick the jab when needed. Carbajal fought in the fight of the year in 1993 against Humberto Gonzalez and he won Fighter of the Year honors that year also.
Michael Carbajal's biggest victories came from beating Humberto Gonzalez, Melchor Cob- Castro, Jorge Arce and Domingo Sosa.
Michael Carbajal vs. Chiquita Gonzalez
John Henry Lewis (Phoenix, Arizona)
John Henry Lewis is the former light heavyweight champion of the world. His final ring tally stands at: 97-10-4 with 57 knockouts on his docket. Lewis held his crown for four years and his jab and right hand were his bread and butter. Fast, accurate and powerful punches came from this Hall of Famer boxer.
Mr. Lewis had some big wins but none bigger than topping Bob Olin (For the 175 pound Crown), Johnny Risko, Len Harvey and James Braddock.
John Henry Lewis
Louie Espinoza (Winkleman, Arizona)
"Sharpshooter" is a former junior featherweight and featherweight world champion and he retired posting a solid record reading: 52-12-2 with 44 big knockouts. Somewhat slow of foot and hand but he had solid power, steel chin and he knew how to cut off the ring and punch without getting tired. He took on all comers and even his losses were either very close or he was past his prime when they happened.
Louie Espinoza's best wins came from topping boxers such as: Maurizio Stecca, Jerome Coffee, Mike Ayala and Tommy Valoy.
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Jose Benavidez (Phoenix, Arizona)
Jose Benavidez is a top rated junior welterweight boxer who as of 2015 holds a record of: 22 wins, no losses and 15 knockouts. As an amateur boxer Benavidez is an 11 time National Champion who accumulated an awesome record of: 120-5. As a professional Benavidez has shown that he is not yet a master of anything but he is on the other hand very good at everything. He can box, brawl on the inside, go to the body or stick and move.
Jose Benavidez has some good victories including wins against Mauricio Herrera, Abraham Alvarez, Josh Sosa and Henry Auraad.
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Abel Ramos (Casa Grande, Arizona)
Abel Ramos had a distinguished career in the amateur ranks. He was on the U.S. National boxing team and he also won a bronze medal in the U.S. National Championships in 2010. As a professional Ramos has a record of 11-0-2 with 6 knockouts. This boxer's greatest qualities are his footwork and accurate counter punching ability along with his combination punching technique.
Abel Ramos has several quality wins including victories against: Carlos Villa, Rodolfo Armenta, Cassius Clay and Jeremiah Torres.
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Bobby Pacho (Yuma, Arizona)
"Kid Mexico" fought and was world ranked as a lightweight and as a welterweight boxer. He finished his ring career with a resume reading: 79-71-18 with 42 knockouts on is docket. He had solid power in his left hook and he was fast with his hands. Pacho's weakness was his porous defense.
Bobby Pacho's best wins came from toppling Al Smith, Glen Lee, Johnny Stevens and Spider Hewitt.
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Don Frye (Phoenix, Arizona)
The Predator kickboxed and boxed and his boxing record started and ended with a record of 1 win, zero losses and a knockout. As a UFC fighter he tanged with the likes of Ken Shamrock. Aside from boxing and the UFC Frye also fought in Pride and he took up wrestling in Japan.
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Jesus Gonzalez (Phoenix, Arizona)
"El Martillo" won the National boxing championship a a middleweight amateur and as a professional he competed as a middleweight and a super middleweight. He retired with a record of 27-2 with14 knockouts. A skilled boxer with a good jab, nice footwork and solid defensive skills.
Jesus Gozalez's biggest wins inside the squared circle came from defeating: Francisco Sierra, Nathan Martin, Durrell Richardson and Marcos Primera.
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Scott Walker (Mesa, Arizona)
"The Pink Cat" fought in the junior welterweight (140 pound) division and retired from the prize ring sporting a record of: 25-7-1 with 13 knockouts. Walker had limited power and average speed but his heart and fighting spirit can never been questioned.
Scott Walker's biggest accomplishments came from beating the likes of Alexis Arguello, Francisco Cuesta, Louis Ramirez and Wayne Bourdreaux.
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