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Best Boxers of All Time From California

Updated on April 13, 2017

Manuel Ortiz

Manuel Ortiz is the former Bantamweight champion of the world. Ortiz had solid skills and could fight or box at any given time.
Manuel Ortiz is the former Bantamweight champion of the world. Ortiz had solid skills and could fight or box at any given time. | Source

Manuel Ortiz (Corona, California)

Manny Ortiz is a two time Bantamweight champion who made 20 defenses of his crown over the course of two title reigns. Ortiz retired from the ring sporting a record of 100-28-3 with 54 wins coming by way of knockout. Solid speed and power but it was really his ability to some of everything that made him a moster. Ortiz could bang to the body with hooks on the inside or win bouts from a distance with his jab against top flight boxers.

Manuel Ortiz's best career victories came from defeating: Harold Dade, Dado Marino, Jackie Jurich and Benny Goldberg.

Manuel Ortiz's Biggest Victories

Dado Marino
Harold Dade
Jackie Jurich
Memo Valero
Tirso Del Rosario
Benny Goldberg
 
Luis Castillo
 
 
 
 
Seven of the top wins of Manuel Ortiz's ring career.

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Oscar De La Hoya (East L.A., California)

The Golden Boy won a Gold Medal in the 1992 Olympics and championships from Junior Lightweight to Middleweight as a professional compiling a resume of 39-6 with 30 knockouts along the way. De La Hoya had a devastating left hook and a powerful and accurate jab to compliment his ring skills. He fought them all including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Bernard Hopkins and Manny Pacquiao! This six division champ now successfully runs and owns Golden Boy Promotions.

Oscar De La Hoya's biggest wins came from beating: Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey and Hector Camacho.

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Fernando Vargas

Oscar De La Hoya knocked Fernando Vargas out in their Jr. Middleweight showdown. The two boxers had bad blood and it showed in their clash in Vegas.
Oscar De La Hoya knocked Fernando Vargas out in their Jr. Middleweight showdown. The two boxers had bad blood and it showed in their clash in Vegas. | Source

James J. Corbett (San Francisco, California)

Gentleman Jim is the former heavyweight champion of the world who retired from prizefighting with a mark of 11-4-3 with 5 knockouts. Corbett was the first gloved heavyweight champion after besating the last bare knuckle heavyweight champion Mr. John L. Sullivan. Corbett helped usher in scientific boxing using jabs, feints and footwork to baffle his opponents.

James J. Corbett's best wins came from besting: Jake Kilrain, John L. Sullivan, Charlie Mitchell and Charles Kid McCoy.

James J. Corbett

James J. Corbett is the former world heavyweight champion. Corbett was one of the first masters of the sweet science using skills rather than just power to win bouts.
James J. Corbett is the former world heavyweight champion. Corbett was one of the first masters of the sweet science using skills rather than just power to win bouts. | Source

Sugar Shane Mosley (Pomona, California)

Sugar Shane Mosley is the former lightweight, welterweight and two time junior middleweight world champion who is known for having speed, reflexes, power and a great beard. Mosley has a resume reading 47-9-1 with 39 knockouts. He took on all comers and never shied from a challenge. As a 135 pound champion Mosley beat Phillip Holiday for the lightweight title and defended it 8 times before vacating to become a welterweight.

Shane Mosley's best victories came from topping Oscar De La Hoya, Jesse James Leija, Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga.

Sugar Shane Mosley vs. Oscar De La Hoya

Shane Mosley moved up from lightweight to welterweight in 2000 and beat Oscar De La Hoya for his crown.
Shane Mosley moved up from lightweight to welterweight in 2000 and beat Oscar De La Hoya for his crown. | Source

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Fred Apostoli (San Francisco, California)

The Boxing Bellhop is the former middleweight champion of the world and his final tally stands at 61-10-1 with 31 knockouts to his credit. Apostoli was not great at any one thing but he was very good at all aspects of the game. Apostoli would have been a champion or a top contender in any 160 pound division in the sports history.

Fred Apostoli accomplished a great deal in his career including beating Georgie Abrams, Melio Bettina, Young Corbett 3 and Freddie Steele.

Fred Apostoli vs. Freddie Steele

Fred Apostoli gave his all in a losing effort to champion Freddie Steele. In the rematch Aostoli gained revenge with his victory.
Fred Apostoli gave his all in a losing effort to champion Freddie Steele. In the rematch Aostoli gained revenge with his victory. | Source

Abe Attell (San Francisco, California)

The Little Hebrew was the featherweight king for over six years and his final ring record reads 72-9-16 with 39 knockouts to his credit. Attell had a stiff jab and he was accurate with his punches. Attell was good at feinting, using footwork and setting traps for his opponents.

Abe Attell's biggest wins in the squared circle came from taking on: George KO Chaney, Frankie Conley, Johnny Kilbane and Battling Nelson.

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Nonito Donaire (L.A. California)

The Filipino Flash is still an active prizefighter as of 2015 and his current record reads 33-3 with 21 knockouts. He has won world championships as a Flyweight, Bantamweight, Jr. Featherweight and Featherweight divisions. Donaire is known for a destructive left hook and excellent boxing skills and timing.

Nonito Donaire's best ring wins have come from defeating: Vic Darchinyan, Fernando Montiel, Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr.

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Diego Corrales (Sacramento, California)

Chico Corrales won world titles as a junior lightweight and as a lightweight. He left the ring sporting a mark of 40-5 with 33 knockouts. Relatively slow of foot and lacking on defense, Corrales made up for those shortcomings with two fisted knockout power, heart and relentless aggression.

Diego Corrales beat many good boxers including Jose Luis Castillo, Joel Casamayor, Acelino Freitas and Roberto Garcia.

Diego Corrales vs. Jose Castillo 1 Knockout (Video)

Mando Ramos (Long Beach, California)

Mando Ramos won the lightweight crown two different times and his ring resume reads 37-11-1 with 23 of those wins coming by way of knockout. A masterful boxer on his best day Ramos actually preferred to duke it out on the inside banging to the head, body and arms. Ramos helped make California a huge fight state during his prime fighting in wars during the 1960s.

The top victories in the career of Mando Ramos are wins over Pedro Carrasco, Sugar Ramos, Carlos Teo Cruz and Yoshiaki Numata.

Bobby Chacon (Pacoima, California)

Schoolboy won championships as a Featherweight and as a Junior Lightweight. His final ring tally adds up to 59-7-1 with 47 K.O. wins. This all action prizefighter had an average defense and normal speed but his power was special indeed. As was his heart and determination which helped him overcome his limited abilities. This guy fought battles similar to Arturo Gatti 20 years before Gatti came along.

Bobby Chacon's top wins in the ring came against Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Rafael Limon, Ruben Olivares and Freddie Roach.

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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