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Roy Jones, Jr. (Pensacola, Florida)
Roy Jones has won a Silver Medal in the 1988 Olympics (Should have been Gold), Middleweight championship, Super Middleweight championship, Light Heavyweight championship (3 Times), and the Heavyweight crown during his remarkable career. As of 2014 Jones is still fighting and his current record stands at 59-8 with 42 knockouts.
Superman Roy Jones had amazing speed, reflexes and power during his heyday. He beat among others: James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver and Virgil Hill. Jones is a sure fire, first ballot hall of famer.
Roy Jones K.O. 4 Virgil Hill
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Winky Wright (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Ronald Wright has a record of 65-7 in the amateur ranks but it was as a pro that he truly shined. This southpaw dominated the junior middleweight division and eventually became the undisputed champion by holding the IBF, WBC, WBO and WBA titles. Winky left the sport with a resume that reads 51-6-1 with 25 knockouts.
Wright is known for a great defense, chin and jab. Among others he beat Sugar Shane Mosley ( Twice) and Peurto Rican legend Felix Trinidad. Wright took on anyone and everyone during his career as a jr. middleweight and middleweight fighter.
Winky Wright W12 Sugar Shane Mosley
Antonio Tarver (Orlando, Florida)
Antonio Tarver won a Bronze Medal in the 1996 Olympics and the unified light heavyweight world champion having held the WBC, IBF, WBA, WBO and The Ring belt. Tarver continues to fight into his late 40's and as of 2014 he has a record of 31-6 with 22 knockouts.
'The Magic Man' is known for his devastating power and a solid southpaw jab which he used to get distance for his powerful left. Tarver beat Roy Jones Jr. (Twice), Glen Johnson, Montell Griffin and Eric Harding. Tarver is still fighting but now he is a heavyweight boxer.
Antonio Tarver W12 Clinton Woods
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Ray Mercer (Jacksonville, Florida)
Ray Mercer won a Gold Medal as a Heavyweight in the 1988 Olympics and he was also the WBO Heavyweight champion for a short stint. Merciless left boxing with a record of 36-7-1 with 26 knockouts.
"Merciless" was known for his iron chin and two fisted knockout power. The best wins of his career came against: Tommy Morrison, Bert Cooper, Tim Witherspoon and Francesco Damiani. Even some of his losses were impressive and could have been wins. Mercer lost razor thin decisions to the great Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
Ray Mercer K.O. 5 Tommy Morrison
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Randall Bailey (Opa-locka, Florida)
Randall Bailey has won the junior welterweight and welterweight championships and he is considered one of the best one hitter quitter boxers to ever grace the ring. The Knockout King is still active as of 2014 and he sports a record of 44-8 with 37 knockouts.
Bailey has been in some big matches and his top victories have come against: Mike Jones, DeMarcus Corley, Bailey is not a fast boxer and his footwork is average but his power and heart are never in question.
Randall Bailey K.O. 11 Mike Jones
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Arthur Williams (Pensacola, Florida)
King Arthur Williams is the former Cruiserweight world champion and he took on all challengers during his career. Williams retired having a mark of 47-17-1 with 30 knockouts. Williams had one punch knockout power plus his footwork was above average.
The best wins of his ring career came against Keeny Keene, Steve Little, Adolpho Washington and Imamu Mayfield.
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Nate Campbell (Jacksonville, Florida)
Nate Campbell had a short stint in the amateurs going 30-6 before entering the paid ranks. The Galaxy Warrior is also a former unified WBA, WBO and IBF Lightweight King. Campbell still boxes on as of 2014 with a record of 37-11-1 with 26 knockouts.
Campbell used power, an unusual style and aggression to win his bouts. His biggest victories came over Juan Diaz, Ali Funeka, Daniel Alicea and Wilson Alcorro. Campbell came up the hard way withouit a major promoter behind him.
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James Warring (Miami, Florida)
James Warring is the former Cruiserweight champion of the world who finished his career with a record of 18-4-1 with 11 knockouts. Warring fought as a Cruiser and as a heavyweight. He holds the record for the fastest knockout in title fight history in the cruiserweight division.
James Warring's most significant wins came from besting Johnny Nelson, James Pritchard, Donnell Wingfield and Craig Bodzianowski.
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Vince Phillips (Pensacola, Florida)
Vince Phillips is the former jr. welterweight world champion. He beat the great Kostya Tszyu for the IBF title and retired from the sport with a record of 48-12-1 with 34 knockouts to his credit.
Phillips had a fantastic jab and on his best days he had superb boxing skills. His top wins in the squared circle came from beating Kostya Tszyu, Mickey Ward, Freddie Pendleton and Pedro Saiz.
Robert Daniels (Miami, Florida)
Carl "Preacherman" Daniels is the former Cruiserweight world champion having beaten Hall of Fame boxer Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the crown. Daniels is still active and as of 2014 Daniels possesses a record of 49-9-1 with 41 knockouts.
Daniels best wins came against Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Craig Bodzianowski, and Kenny Keene.
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