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Best Boxers of All Time From Iowa

Updated on July 4, 2015

Michael Nunn

Michael Nunn won championships in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions during his career.
Michael Nunn won championships in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions during his career. | Source

Michael Nunn's Top Wins

Merqui Sosa
Donald Curry
Iran Barkley
Charles Oliver
John Scully
Frank Tate
Juan Roldan
Sumbu Kalambay
 
 
 
 
Eight of Michael Nunn's most significant victories.

Michael Nunn (Davenport, Iowa)

"Second to Nunn" is the former middleweight and super middleweight champion of the world and his final ring tally reads: 58-4 with 37 knockouts. This southpaw had fast hands and feet and relied on fast punching combinations and a great jab to get the job done. Nunn was not a big puncher but he was a ring general who could dance all night long. Michael Nunn possessed outstanding footwork, quick hands and he could feint and give angles confusing his opponents during bouts. Nunn lacked power but on his best day he was a splendid boxer with footwork and defense that most boxers would envy.

Michael Nunn's top accomplishments came from beating: Donald Curry, Iran Barkley, Merqui Sosa and Frank Tate.

Floyd Johnson

Floyd Johnson was a top rated heavyweight in his heyday.
Floyd Johnson was a top rated heavyweight in his heyday. | Source

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Floyd Johnson (Des Moines, Iowa)

"The Auburn Bulldog" was a top rated heavyweight contender during his prime and retired sporting a record of: 38-13-10 with 27 knockouts. Known as a flat footed and slow fighter with an average defense. Johnson had some good things gong for him as well. His punch was devastating especially the right hand. For his time Johnson was known as a pressure fighter with dynamite power. Both hands were powerful and he used a big right uppercut from the inside.

Floyd Johnson's best wins came from defeating: Kid Norfolk, Frank Farmer, Willie Meehan and Fred Fulton.

Jeremy Williams Lands a Hook

Jeremy Williams was a power punching contender in the heavyweight division during his prime.
Jeremy Williams was a power punching contender in the heavyweight division during his prime. | Source

Jeremy Williams (Fort Dodge, Iowa)

"Half Man, Half Amazing" was the light heavyweight National Golden Gloves champion twice as an amateur boxer and he also fought as an MMA fighter. Jeremy Williams fought as a heavyweight as a professional boxer and he compiled a resume of: 43-5-1 with 35 knockouts. Williams had a shaky chin but his heart and explosive one punch power was his forte. Williams also had a stiff jab and overall good offensive skills in the ring even though he was a smallish heavyweight. J. Will could have been champion of the world if e had certain connections that he did not have. His style inside the ring and heavy hands made him exciting win or lose every time out.

Jeremy Williams beat some solid contenders in his prime including: Bert Cooper, Danell Nicholson, Jesse Ferguson and Phil Jackson.


Boxing Club

Boxing gyms is where the hardest work takes place before the bout.
Boxing gyms is where the hardest work takes place before the bout. | Source

Birthplace of Marcos Ramirez (Des Moines, Iowa)

Marcos Ramirez (Des Moines, Iowa)

"Flaco" fought as a featherweight and junior lightweight as a professional boxer. Marcos Ramirez left the squared circle with a career record reading: 25-1 with 16 knockouts. Only featherweight titlist Yuri Gamboa has beaten Ramirez. Flaco had speed, reflexes and good power along with descent defense. A very good boxer who could have done even more but as it stands he was a top notch featherweight for a time. A fluid boxer -puncher inside the ring and he was always a handful for all his opponents.

Marcos Ramirez won some good bouts most notably against: Alvin Brown, Mike Juarez, Priest Smalls and Adailton De Jesus.

Michael Nunn Highlight (Video)

Virgil Frye (Estherville, Iowa)

Virgil Frye never fought in the professional ranks but he did Iowa proud by winning the Iowa State Golden Gloves championship as a middleweight. He possessed an accurate jab and was known for fast, high volume punching and he was also a master at feints. It is a shame that Frye never tossed his hat in the ring because who knows what could have been.

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Al Palzer

Al Palzer was a contender in the heavyweight division in the early 1900's.
Al Palzer was a contender in the heavyweight division in the early 1900's. | Source

Al Palzer (Decorah, Iowa

"Big Foot" was a ranked contender in the heavyweight weight class in the early 1900's. He retired with a record of: 9-4 with 6 knockouts to his credit. This guy had stamina to be sure because he has been in 20 round bouts. Palzer was a busy fighter who came forward in a whirlwind style tossing shots to the head and body. With better management and matchmaking Palzer may have fasred better but as it stands he was still a tough, hard hitting boxer.

Al Palzer's top victories came from toppling: Al Kaufman, Billy Wells, Fred Fulton and Sailor White.


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Travis Fulton (Waterloo, Iowa)

"The Ironman" has had his best success as a mixed martial arts fighter but as a heavyweight boxer in boxing he was a descent prizefighter as well. Fulton is still an active boxer as of 2015 and his record stands at: 22-39-1 with 21 knockouts. Although he could be out boxed but often Fulton could out slug a boxer who wanted to brawl with him. All of his wins except one ended in knockouts. Fulton may have been a trial horse if you will but he was a stiff test for anyone at any given time.

Travis Fulton's biggest victories were against: Preston Shane, Nick Capes, Sam Wilcox and Van Goodman.

Travis Fulton

Travis Fulton has fought as a heavyweight boxer and as a heavyweight MMA Fighter.
Travis Fulton has fought as a heavyweight boxer and as a heavyweight MMA Fighter. | Source

Brutal Boxing Knockouts (Video

LaVerne Clark (Davenport, Iowa)

"Fist of Fury" has had a successful career in mixed martial arts and he has found mixed success as a boxer. Clark's final boxing record reads: 14-18-1 with 9 knockouts on his docket. He was not highly skilled but he did everything okay. Clark showed good speed and reflexes in the ring but that was all he had for the sport. Not to knock him because he was a warrior who gave his heart and soul inside the prize ring. Boxing is a hard sport and he gave his all inside the ropes.

LaVerne Clark's top wins came from defeating the likes of: Jason Stewarson, Anibal Acevedo, Nino Cirilo and Darrin Wagner.

LaVerne Clark

LaVerne Clark is a former MMA fighter and light heavyweight professional boxer.
LaVerne Clark is a former MMA fighter and light heavyweight professional boxer. | Source

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      whonunuwho 23 months ago from United States

      All great boxers and well said my friend. Nice work and good to see the tributes so well deserved. whonu

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting Hub providing info on some good boxers. I am a fan of boxing, MMA and muay thai. I have a son who is rated Number 4 in Australia at the latter. Voted up.

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