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Best Boxers of All Time From Indiana

Updated on April 12, 2017

Man of Steel

Tony Zale is a two time middleweight world champion.
Tony Zale is a two time middleweight world champion. | Source

Tony Zale (Gary, Indiana)

"Man of Steel" was the middleweight champion of the world two different times and he held the title over 7 years the first time. Zale is one of the best body punchers in boxing history and he is known for his power and his ability to absorbs bombs and walk through them. Tony Zale retired from the sport with a record of 67-18-2 with 45 knockouts. This guy was exciting and always gave his all. His three fight series with Rocky Graziano is one of the most brutal trilogies in ring history. Tony Zale is a true ring immortal.

Tony Zale's best wins came from defeating: Rocky Graziano, Georgie Abrams, Al Hostak and Fred Apostoli.

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Bud Taylor

Bud Taylor is the former bantamweight world champion.
Bud Taylor is the former bantamweight world champion. | Source

Bud Taylor (Terre Haute, Indiana)

The "Blonde Terror of Terre Haute" is the former Bantamweight champion of the world and he left the squared circle with a record that reads: 71-22-8 with 37 knockouts to his credit. Taylor had good footwork, reflexes and a descent defense that was complimented by an accurate, stinging jab. Taylor usually displayed awesome stamina and seemed to get better the further the bout went. Taylor was a terrific boxer and even his losses were usually very close and sometimes debatable.

Bud Taylor's best victories came from beating: Tony Canzoneri, Abe Goldstein, Jimmy McLarnin and Tommy Ryan.

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Jr. Flyweight
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Marvin Johnson (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Mr. Johnson won a Bronze medal as an amateur in the 1972 Olympics. As a professional, Johnson won the light heavyweight championship on three different occasions. He retired with a mark of: 43-6 with 35 knockouts on his resume. Marvin Johnson was a pure puncher with both hands although he had very average hand and foot speed. If you stood in front of this guy or got caught on the ropes it may be Goodnight Irene.

Marvin Johnson's best victories came from topping the likes of Victor Galindez, Mate Parlov, Leslie Stewart and Eddie Davis.

Marvin Johnson

Marvin Johnson won a Bronze in the 1972 Olympic games in Germany.
Marvin Johnson won a Bronze in the 1972 Olympic games in Germany. | Source

Jack Dillon

Jack Dillon is the former 175 pound world champion.
Jack Dillon is the former 175 pound world champion. | Source

Jack Dillon (Frankfort, Indiana)

The "Hoosier Bearcat" is the former light heavyweight (175 pound) champion of the world and he retired from the squared circle with a record of: 94-8-15 with 66 stoppage wins. Aside from being a champion as a light heavy Dillon was also a top rated heavyweight for a spell. An accurate combination puncher who used distance and feints to set up his haymaker right hands.

Jack Dillon's most significant boxing accomplishments came from defeating Al McCoy,George Chip, Gunboat Smith and Battling Levinsky.

Lamon Brewster Highlights (Video)

Lamon Brewster (Indianapolis, Indiana)

"Relentless" is the former heavyweight champion of the world, having knocked out Vladimir Klitschko for the crown. Brewster retired with a resume reading: 35-6 with 30 knockouts on his docket. Lamon Brewster was slow of foot and he had average hand speed and his defense was even porous at times. He made up for it with a great chin, heart, stamina and destructive power in both of his fists. One thing about Brewster that you knew was that in eacg bout he will be coming forward and be gunning for the knockout the entire contest.

Lamon Brewster's best victories came from beating the likes of Vladimir Klitschko, Luan Krasniqi, Andrew Golota and Nate Jones.

Lamon Brewster vs. Vladimir Klitschko

Lamon Brewster won the heavyweight championship[ by knocking out Dr. Steelhammer.
Lamon Brewster won the heavyweight championship[ by knocking out Dr. Steelhammer. | Source

Tom Johnson (Evansville, Indiana)

"Boom Boom" is the former featherweight champion of the world and he made 10 successful defenses of his crown until finally succumbing to Prince Naseem Hamed. Johnson retired with a career mark of: 51-10-2 with 28 knockouts. Known for very good ring generalship that included nice footwork and hand speed, an accurate, quick jab and his counter punching ability was above average as well.

Tom Johnson's top victories came from besting Manuel Medina, Orlando Soto, Eddie Croft and Sugar Baby Rojas.

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Harold Brazier (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Mr. Brazier is a former world ranked title challenger in the junior welterweight division and a contender as a welterweight. Brazier retired with a record of: 105-18-1 with 64 knockout wins. One thing you can say about Brazier is he took on all the best of his era including Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor. Brazier was not great at anything but he was really good at everything including a solid jab, right hand and defense.

Harold Brazier's biggest wins came from beating Kevin Pompey, Micky Ward, Joey Ruiz and Rob Bleakley.

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Birthplace of J.B. Williamson (Indianapolis)

J.B. Williamson (Indianapolis, Indiana)

J.B. Williamson is the former WBC Light Heavyweight champion and he was also a gatekeeper heavyweight boxer. He retired with a mark of: 26-16 with 10 knockouts on his ledger. Williamson was slow and lacked top level skills but he had a big heart and when he was motivated he was a tough go for any elite fighter in the sport.

J.B. Williamson's top moments came from beating Prince Mama Mohammad, James Salerno, Murray Sutherland and Cleveland Woods.

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Chris Lytle (Indianapolis, Indiana)

"Lights Out" was a successful cage fighter competing in several leagues including the UFC. As a boxer he was never knocked off his feet and he compiled a final tally of: 13-1-1 with 7 knockouts. Lytle won the Indiana State light heavyweight crown. A solid overall boxer who could have really went far in the sport if boxing had been his sport of choice. The jab and inside fighting by this guy was superb.

Chris Lytle's best wins came from besting Omar Pittman, Jonathan Corn, Guy Solis and Verdell Smith.

Chris Lytle

Chris Lytle found success in the squared circle as a boxer and in the octagon as an MMA fighter.
Chris Lytle found success in the squared circle as a boxer and in the octagon as an MMA fighter. | Source

Ruben Galvan vs. Zab Judah

I was fortunate enough to watch this bout live in Mississippi. It was stopped after just one round because of a sever cut which was an accidental headbutt.
I was fortunate enough to watch this bout live in Mississippi. It was stopped after just one round because of a sever cut which was an accidental headbutt. | Source

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      Steve Dowell 10 months ago from East Central Indiana

      We had a contender from here in Muncie, Gary (Ice Man) Guiden, who could have had a more successful career had he had better management (in my opinion), though his record was still impressive. He was ranked in the top 5 in the jr. middleweight division for many years, through Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Marvin Hagler etc.. Unfortunately, his televised fights were his poorest showings.

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