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Best Boxers of All Time From Colorado

Updated on September 2, 2015

Jack Dempsey's Top Victories

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Seven of Jack Sharkey's top wins.

Jack Dempsey (Manassa, Colorado

"The Manassa Mauler" is the former heavyweight champion of the world and he reigned supreme from 1919 until 1926. Jack Dempsey retired from the squared circle with a mark of: 54-6-9 with 44 knockouts to his credit. Dempsey had a weak defense but it did not matter because his offense was his defense. He is one of the hardest punchers in boxing history which he showed many times. Jack Dempsey went for broke with nearly every blow and his left hook and right hand were equally deadly.

Jack Dempsey;s biggest victories came against: Luis Angel Firpo, Tommy Gibbons, Jack Sharkey and Georges Carpentier.

Jack Dempsey (Former Heavyweight Champion)

Jack Dempsey was a brutal champion with knockout power in both of his hands.
Jack Dempsey was a brutal champion with knockout power in both of his hands. | Source

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Young Corbett 2 (Denver, Colorado)

Young Corbett 2 is te former Featherweight world champion and he left the sport with a resume that reads: 59-13-12 with 48 knockouts on his docket. As evidenced by his record Corbett was a brutal knockout puncher and he had pop n both fists and a ferocious body attack as well. Corbett flattened Terry McGovern for the title and repeated the feat in the rematch.

Young Corbett's top victories came from beating the likes of Young Ernie, Terry McGovern, George Dixon and Jimmy Briggs.

Young Corbett 2 Strikes a Fighting Pose

Young Corbett 2 took his namesake from the great heavyweight champion "James J. Corbett".
Young Corbett 2 took his namesake from the great heavyweight champion "James J. Corbett". | Source

Ron Lyle (Denver, Colorado)

Ron Lyle was a top rated heavyweight, power punching contender. He retired with a mark of: 43-7-1 with 31 knockouts. Lyle is best known for trading bombs and several knockdowns with George Foreman in a losing effort that gained Fight of the Year awards. Somewhat slow of foot but he had destructive power in both of his hands and a huge heart. Lyle took on all comers including Muhammad Ali and he had a go for broke style which focused on coming forward launching nothing but haymakers.

Mr. Lyles biggest accomplishments came from topping Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Joe Bugner and Earnie Shavers.

George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle

Ron Lyle and George Foreman traded several knockdowns in their heavyweight slugfest.
Ron Lyle and George Foreman traded several knockdowns in their heavyweight slugfest. | Source

Stevie Johnston (Denver, Colorado)

Lil' But Bad had a fantastic amateur career that led to him composing record of: 260-13. As a professional Stevie Johnston won the lightweight championship twice and compiled a ring record of: 42-6-1 with 18 stoppage wins to his credit. A short boxer with a short reach, Johnston overcame that in the ring with sped, footwork, a solid defense and excellent guile inside the squared circle.

Stevie Johnston's top wins came from toppling Sharmba Mitchell, Jean-Baptiste Mendy, Angel Manfredy and Cesar Bazan.

Angel Manfredy vs. Stevie Johnston

Stevie Johnston is a two time lightweight (135 pound) world champion.
Stevie Johnston is a two time lightweight (135 pound) world champion. | Source

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Mike Alvarado (Denver, Colorado)

"Mile High" is the former junior welterweight champion and as of 2015 he holds a current record of: 34 wins and 4 losses with 23 of those victories coming by way of knockout. Alvarado has descent hand speed and power and above average boxing ability when he chooses to use it. But his heart and will is what has made him a fan favorite. He works well off the jab and his bouts with Bam Bam Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez were classics.

Mike Alvarado's most important wins came against Brandon Rios, Breidis Prescott, Emmanuel Clottey and Mauricio Herrera.

Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon Rios

Mike Alvarado lost to Brandon Rios in their first bout but he won the rematch.
Mike Alvarado lost to Brandon Rios in their first bout but he won the rematch. | Source

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Irish Bob Murphy (Flagler, Colorado)

"Irish" fought out of the light heavyweight division during the 1940's and 50's and he was a top rate contender in the 175 pound weight class. Bob Murphy left the ring with a tally of: 65-11-2 with 56 crushing knockouts. Bob Murphy was somewhat slow of foot and his boxing skills were average but his power is legendary as evidenced by his knockouts. Murphy fought for the title one time, losing a shutout decision to Joey Maxim.

Bob Murphy's best rig wins came against boxers such as Jake LaMotta, Joe Rindone, Danny Nardico and Lloyd Marshall.

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DaVarryl Williamson (Aurora, Colorado)

"Touch of Sleep" is a former top ten ranked heavyweight contender and s of 2015 his record stands at: 27-8 with 23 knockouts. Williamson is heavy handed to say the least and his jab and combination punching could be a thing of beauty. His downfall is having a below average chin in the heavyweight division. Williamson has always showed tremendous fight ending power and perfect conditioning.

DeVarryl Williamson's most meaningful victories came against Oliver McCall, Derrick Jefferson, T- Rex Sanders and Eliecer Castillo.

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Terron Millet (Denver, Colorado)

"The Tramp" has a solid amateur background winning the National Golden Gloves championship as a junior welterweight. As a professional Millett won the junior welterweight crown and defended it once before being stripped of it. He challenged for it again, losing it to Zab Judah. Millett retired sporting a mark of: 27-5-1 with 19 wins coming inside the distance. A good boxer with accurate shots Millet had problems taking a big shot but he always gave his all win or lose in each outing.

Terron Millett's best wins came from defeating Vince Phillips, Freddie Pendleton, Virgil McClendon and Bernard Harris.

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Lonnie Smith

"Lightning" Lonnie Smith is the former WBC Jr. Welterweight (140 pounds) champion.
"Lightning" Lonnie Smith is the former WBC Jr. Welterweight (140 pounds) champion. | Source

Lonnie Smith (Denver, Colorado)

"Lightning" is the former junior welterweight champion of the world and his final ring resume reads: 45-6-2 with 27 knockouts on his docket. Lonnie Smith was a solid boxer on offense and defense. On his best days he could counter punch or box on his toes to secure victory. Smith lost to the great Julio Cesar Chavez in an attempt to become a two time champion. Smith's best assets were his speed and footwork without a doubt.

Lonnie Smith's best wins came from topping Billy Costello, Miguel Gonzalez, Juan Soberanes and Henry Anaya, Jr.

Eddie Eagan

Eddie Eagan won a Gold medal in the 1920 Olympics as a light heavyweight pugilist.
Eddie Eagan won a Gold medal in the 1920 Olympics as a light heavyweight pugilist. | Source

Eddie Eagan (Denver, Colorado)

Eddie Eagan is a two time Olympian in boxing and he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight in the 1920 Olympics. He fought as a heavyweight in the 1924 Olympics. Earlier in his amateur career Eagan won the National AAU Title. Known for good footwork, accurate combination punching, Ed Eagan never fought as a pro but one has to wonder how he would have fared if he had competed.

Mr. Eagan was the chairman f the New York Athletic Commission for a while after he left prizefighting behind.


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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you so much for the compliment.

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      JamesCage 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I always enjoy your boxing hubs.