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Best Boxers of All Time From Hawaii
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Brian Viloria (Waipahu, Hawaii)
Brian Viloria has had an excellent amateur and pro career in boxing. As a amateur boxer, Viloria won the National Golden Gloves, he won gold at the National Junior Olympics and he is an Olympian having competed in the 2000 Olympic games.
In the professional ranks Viloria has won championships in two weight divisions which are the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions. As of 2017, Viloria has a resume that reads: 36 wins, 5 losses and 2 no contests with 22 knockouts to his credit. He can fight on the inside or the outside and he hs deceptive power.
"The Hawaiian Punch" has had some special wins including clutch victories against Omar Soto, Hernan Marquez, Giovani Segura and Ulises Solis.
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Bobo Olson (Honolulu, Hawaii)
"The Hawaiian Swede" is the former middleweight champion of the world and when he retired he amassed a record of 97-16-2 with 47 knockouts on his docket. To be honest he was rather slow and he was limited skill wise but his stamina and one punch knockout power was spectacular as well as his punching accuracy.
Bobo Olson has some celebrated victories against Joey Maxim, Kid Gavilan, Ralph Tiger Jones and Rocky Castellani.
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Takeshi Fuji (Honolulu, Hawaii)
"Hammer Punch" is the former unified (WBC, WBA) Junior Welterweight champion of the world and he compiled a final record that reads: 34-3-1 with 29 knockouts. A tad falt footed at times and he lacked head movement but he could also end a bout with a single shot from either side and to the head or body. Fuji was always looking to land the finishing blow and he was dangerous up until the final bell.
Mr. Fuji's biggest victories inside the squared circle came from defeating the likes of Sandro Lopopolo, Roberto Cruz, Willi Quatuor and Luis Molina.
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Salvador "Dado" Marino (Former Flyweight Champion)
Dado Marino (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Salvador "Dado" Marino fought as a flyweight and as a bantamweight. He won the Flyweight world championship. Marino compiled a resiume that reads 57-15-3 with 21 knockouts. A showman inside and outside the prize ring, Marino had fast feet and hands to go with accurate combination punching which served him well most of the time. Marino always held his own even in losing efforts. In fact, many of his losses are controversial.
Mr. Marino has some great wins but none better than hjis conquests over Rinty Monaghan, Mike Bernal, Hiroshi Horiguchi and Terry Allen.
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Jesus Salud (Former Jr. Featherweight Champion)
Jesus Salud (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Jesus Salud was the original "Hawaiian Punch" and he is the former junior featherweight world champion who left the sport with a mark of 63-13 with 38 knockouts. A classic underachiever because he had skills on offense and defense when he trained and fully applied himself. Plus he had good knockout power even late in matches. Salud had a descent defense but his footwork was slow and plodding and speed bothered him.
Mr. Salud's biggest accomplishments came from defeating Guty Espadas Jr, Rudy Zavala, Juan Jose Estrada and Pablo Valenzuela.
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Andy Ganingan (Lightweight Contender)
Andrew Ganigan (Waipahu, Hawaii)
Andy Ganigan fought as a lightweight and he was a number one ranked contender for the title at one point. Ganigan retired sporting a record of: 34-5 with 30 stoppage victories. A stalking power puncher with an average chin and defense. The hooks, uppercuts and round house punches this man launched ended many of his bouts with one perfectly timed shot to the chin. With this guy you never knew what was gonna happen but it was entertaining to witness.
Mr. Ganigan's most significant wins came from closing the show against Sean O' Grady, Jose Luis Lopez, Arturo Pineda and Gerardo Ferrat.
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K.J. Noons (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
"King" Noons fought as a middleweight as a pro boxer and compiled a record consisting of 11 wins and 2 losses with 5 knockouts. Noons also fought as a kick boxer and in the Octagon in MMA which may have hurt his boxing progress. As it stands, Noons showed a good jab, solid speed and power and stamina during his short boxing tenure.
Mr. Noons had a short pro boxing career but his best wins were against the likes of Enrique Gallegos, Roberto Estrada, Julio Perez and Alejandro Bogarin.
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Dennis Alexio (Honolulu. Hawaii)
"The Menace" trained himself during his short professional boxing career but did pretty well engraving a mark that reads: 7-1 with 5 knockouts to his credit. He had a solid jab and really fast hands. Alexio is best known for being a kickboxing champion who compiled a record that stands at: 68-2-1 with 63 devastating knockouts.
Mr. Alexio beat a few boxers with promise including Tony Willingham, Darrell Singleton, Philip Rosas and Tim Jones.
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Eileen Olszewski (Honolulu, Hawaii)
"The Hawaiian Mongoose" holds the record for being the oldest flyweight champion in boxing history and her record, as of 2017, stands at 10-7-3 with 1 win coming via the knockout route.
Eileen Olszewski's biggest wins came from toppling Patricia Alcivar, Anastasia Toktaulova, Elena Reid and Norriko Kariya.
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