Best Boxers of All Time From Georgia
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Ezzard Charles (Lawrenceville, Georgia)
Ezzard Charles is considered by most to be the best light heavyweight boxer of all time and he is also the former heavyweight champion of the world. Charles retired sporting a record of 93-25-1 with 52 knockouts. Charles was a power puncher as a 175 pounder and a skilled boxer as a heavyweight. Charles had a serious understanding of the sport and on his best night could beat any boxer in history.
Charles had victories over many great boxers including Jersey Joe Walcott, Joey Maxim, Joe Louis and Archie Moore.
Ezzard Charles vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
Ike Williams (Former Lightweight Champion)
Ike Williams (Brunswick, Georgia)
Ike Williams is the former lightweight world champion. He left a mark of 127-24-4 with 61 knockouts. Williams took on all comers and he had great ring generalship. He possessed a deadly right hand and a solid beard as well. Williams also had a lot of stamina and never seemed to fade in any of his bouts.
Williams top wins came from beating Beau Jack, Vic Cardell, Joe Miceli and Bob Montgomery.
Ike Williams Top Wins
Jimmy Bivins (Dry Branch, Georgia)
Jimmy Bivins is a former top ranked light heavyweight and heavyweight prizefighter who retired with a resume of 86-25-1 with 31 knockouts to his credit. He is one of the best boxers to have never won a world title. Bivins had a stiff, accurate jab and a menacing straight right hand which he launched often.
Bivins fought and beat many top boxers including Pat Valentino, Archie Moore, Loyd Marshall and Lee Q. Murray.
Jimmy Bivins Strikes a Pose
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Vernon Forrest (Augusta, Georgia)
The Viper is the former welterweight and junior middleweight champion who could box in circles or brawl with deadly force on the inside. His jab, footwork and right hand were textbook to say the least. Vernon Forrest final record reads 41-3 with 29 knockouts. He died before his time. R.I.P. Vernon.
Vernon Forrest fought and beat many quality fighters including Sugar Shane Mosley (Twice), Ike Quartey, Sergio Mora and Vince Phillips.
Vernon Forrest vs. Sugar Shane Mosley
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Bennie Briscoe (Augusta, Georgia)
Bad Bennie Briscoe was a top rated middleweight contender for a decade and he is a hall of fame puncher as far as the power goes because he could really crack skulls with his strikes. Briscoe was known for working well to the body and using constant pressure to wear down his opponent. He finished the sport with a record of 66-24-5 with 53 knockouts. Briscoe would have probably have won a belt if it had not been for the deadly duo of Carlos Monzon and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Briscoe's top wins came from topping Cyclone Hart, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Tony Mundine, Billy Douglas and Art Hernandez.
Bad Benny Briscoe vs. Lenny Harden
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Al Seeger (Savannah, Georgia)
The Quiet Storm retired with a record of 28-4 with 22 knockouts. A devastating finisher with a great offensive Seeger could box or brawl but he lacked on defense. Seeger fought all styles and never ducked any opponent. Seeger had a style in the ring that was fun to watch even if it did not always benefit him.
Seeger's best victories came from besting Cesar Figueroa, Benjamin Flores, Cesar Morales and Erik Aiken.
Robert Allen (Atlanta, Georgia)
Armed and Dangerous left the sport of boxing with a record of 39-5 with 27 knockouts. Allen was a top ranked 160 pound fighter for years and challenged Bernard Hopkins three times for the middleweight crown. Allen has power in both hands and although he was somewhat of a plodder he could use feints to throw his opponents off.
Robert Allen's best wins were against Tito Mendoza, Dwain Williams, Marlon Hayes and Ronald Weaver.
Robert Allen vs. Bernard Hopkins 1 (Video)
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Tommy Hurricane Jackson (Sparta, Georgia)
Hurricane Jackson was a top rated heavyweight contender in the 1950s who retired from the ring sporting a mark of 35-9-1 with 16 knockouts to his credit. He was a pressure fighter who had a good right hand and hook. He lacked sorely on defense however whivch cost him dearly in several of his bouts.
Tommy Jackson's best wins were against Ezzard Charles whom he beat twice in heavyweight bouts.
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Romallis Ellis (Atlanta, Georgia)
Romallis Ellis retired with a record of 24-4-1 with 17 knockouts and he was known for a devastating right hand down the middle although he was slow of foot he was descent at cutting off the ring with his winging hooks and infighting game.
Eliss's top wins have come from beating Vince Phillips, Pedro Sanchez, Marco Antonio Lizarraga and Humberto Aranda.
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Ebo Elder (Newnan, Georgia)
Ebo Elder is a former top 10 contender in the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. He retired from the squared circle sporting a record of 22-3 with 14 knockouts. The X Treme Machine has taken no shortcuts and has fought anyone who wanted to box. He is now a retired Christian minister but still he stays close to the sport he started in as a child.
Elber's best victories have come from beating the likes of Oscar Diaz, Courtney Burton, Fernando Trejo and Emmanuel Clottey.
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