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Best Boxers of All Time From Illinois

Updated on February 7, 2015

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Jackie Fields (Chicago, Illinois)

Jackie Fields won a Gold Medal in the 1924 Olympics as a featherweight and a two time welterweight champion as a professional. His final ring tally reads 72-9-2 with 31 wins coming by stoppage. A skilled boxer with a solid stick and quick footwork. Although he only had average power his speed and accuracy kept his foes honest. Slightly underrated Fields could have competed in any era of professional boxing.

The best wins of Jackie Fields career came from toppling Lou Brouillard, Joe Dundee, Young Peter Jackson and Young Jack Thompson.

Jackie Fields (Two- Time Welterweight Champion)

Jackie Fields was a 2 time champion and one of the best 147 pound boxers of his era. He had superb ring generalship which he displayed many times.
Jackie Fields was a 2 time champion and one of the best 147 pound boxers of his era. He had superb ring generalship which he displayed many times. | Source

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Five of Billy Papke's best wins.

Billy Papke (Spring Valley, Illinois)

The Illinois Thunderbolt retired from the squared circle sporting a record of 37-11-5 with 31 knockouts to his credit. He is the former middleweight king having beaten the legendary Stanley Ketchel for his laurels. Papke had knockout power in both hands especially his potent right. Papke was not fast on his feet but he knew how to cut a ring off when needed.

Billy Pake's best victories came against the likes of Georges Carpentier, Jack Twin Sullivan, Stanley Ketchel and Hugo Kelly.

Billy Papke vs. Stanley Ketchell

Billy Papke and Stanley traded blows and bad blood during their series of bouts which were bruising affairs to say the least.
Billy Papke and Stanley traded blows and bad blood during their series of bouts which were bruising affairs to say the least. | Source

Gerald McClellan vs. Julian Jackson

Gerald McClellan knocked out Julian Jackson both times they met in the squared circle. Both matches was being contended for the 160 pound strap.
Gerald McClellan knocked out Julian Jackson both times they met in the squared circle. Both matches was being contended for the 160 pound strap. | Source

Gerald McClellan (Freeport, Illinois)

The G-Man retired from the sport with a great record reading 31-3 with 29 knockouts. McClellan is the former 160 pound (Middleweight) champion and he is known for his brutal knockout power and finishing power. Not very good on defense but on offense he was a whirlwind of aggression and constant punching. McClellan also had a devastating stick and his body attack could be vicious.

Gerald McClellan's best wins came from beating Julian Jackson (Twice), John Mugabi and Gilbert Baptist.

Oliver McCall (Chicago, Illinois)

The Atomic Bull is the former WBC heavyweight champion courtesy of knocking out Lennox Lewis. McCall is known for his iron chin and destructive right hand power. Somewhat slow of foot and with an average defense McCall equalized most of his bouts with his power shots. He is still active as of 2015 and his record stands at 57-14 with 37 knockouts on his docket. McCall is famous also for being Mike Tyson's go to sparring partner during his prime years.

Oliver McCall's best ring wins came from defeating Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Bruce Seldon and Francesco Damiani.

Oliver McCall vs. Lennox Lewis 1

Oliver McCall won the WBC heavyweight championship with a 2nd round knockout of England's Lennox Lewis.
Oliver McCall won the WBC heavyweight championship with a 2nd round knockout of England's Lennox Lewis. | Source

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Sammy Mandell (Rockford, Illinois)

The Rockford Flash is the former lightweight king and he retired with a terrific record of 86-22-10 with 32 knockouts. Mandell had fast hands and even faster feet which allowed him to avoid taking much punishment even when he lost. A pesky and accurate jab and long, right hands on the button were his trade marks along with side to side moving.

Sammy Mandell's best accomplishments came from besting Tony Canzoneri, Billy Petrolle, Rocky Kansas and Johnny Dundee.

Sammy Mandell

Sammy Mandell was a good lightweight who always gave his all in the ring. Mandell never ducked a challenge which is something to be admired.
Sammy Mandell was a good lightweight who always gave his all in the ring. Mandell never ducked a challenge which is something to be admired. | Source

Patrick McFarland (Chicago, Illinois)

Packey was a top contender in the lightweight and welterweight divsions. He retired from boxing with an amazing mark of 70-0-5 with 50 knockouts. Without a doubt, McFarland is one of the top boxers in history to have never won a world title. He did not own a manufactured record. Paddy beat up some very good prizefighters in his heyday.

Packey McFarland's best wins came from defeating Freddie Welsh, Jack Britton, Mike Gibbons and Young Erne.

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Montell Griffin (Chicago, Illinois)

Ice is the former light heavyweight champion and he was trained, it should be noted, by the legendary Eddie Futch. Montell Griffin left boxing with a resume that shows a record of 50-8-1 with 30 knockouts. A short boxer for the 175 pound weight class but he still had a powerful push jab and his weird boxing style enabled him to get work done on offense. During his prime Griffin only lost to the best and even then they were usually close bouts.

Montell Griffin's top victories include topping Roy Jones, Jr, James Toney (Twice) and Karl Willis.

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Birthplace of Willie Joyce (Chicago, Illinois)

Willie Joyce (Chicago, Illinois)

Willie Joyce was a contender in the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. He left with a mark of 72-21-10 with 16 knockout victories. A light puncher but a fast one, Joyce had fast hands and even faster feet. Joyce was an accurate puncher and he was great at feints.

The best wins during Willie Joyce's career came from beating Ike Williams, Chalky Wright, Henry Armstrong and Lew Jenkins.

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Harold Dade (Chicago, Illinois)

Harold Dade is the former Bantamweight king and his final record inside the ropes is 39-31-6 with 8 knockouts wins. Definitely a light puncher but a slick defensive boxer with solid counter punching technique. Dade had a distinguished amateur career by winning the Chicago Golden Gloves two times while competing as a Flyweight.

Harold Dade's best accomplishments came from toppling Jackie McCoy, Manuel Ortiz and Charley Riley.

Harold Dade

Harold Dade once held the bantamweight title as a professional pugilist.
Harold Dade once held the bantamweight title as a professional pugilist. | Source

Harry Harris (Chicago, Illinois)

The Human Scissors is a one time world Bantamweight champion who retired with a record of 38-2-7 with 15 knockouts to his credit. An elite boxer who left the sport too early. His jab was something special and could win matches with it alone.

Harry Harris had some quality wins including wins against Pedlar Palmer, Casper Leon and Torpedo Billy Murphy.

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      Gordon D Easingwood 2 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Interesting hub, some good boxing history there.