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Best Boxers of All Time From Ireland

Updated on January 23, 2017

"Baby Faced Assassin"

Jimmy McLarnin is a former two-time welterweight world champion.
Jimmy McLarnin is a former two-time welterweight world champion. | Source

Jimmy McLarnin (Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland)

The "Baby Faced Assassin" is a two-time welterweight (147 pounds) champion of the world who also fought as a flyweight, bantamweight, and a featherweight. Along the way McLarnin amassed a record that stands at: 54-11-3 with 21 stoppage victories to his credit. Nearly impossible to beat in his prime because his skill set was splendid and his jab, footwork, and timing were textbook.

Mr. McLarnin's best wins came from wins over Sammy Mandell (twice), Young Corbett 3, Barney RossLou Ambers and Tony Canzoneri.

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Barry McGuigan vs Eusebio Pedroza

Eusebio Pedroza was defending the featherweight title for the 20th time until he met Barry McGuigan and lost his championship via 15 round decision.
Eusebio Pedroza was defending the featherweight title for the 20th time until he met Barry McGuigan and lost his championship via 15 round decision. | Source

Barry McGuigan (Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland)

"The Clones Cyclone" is the former world featherweight champion and he retired sporting a mark reading: 32-3 with 28 knockout victories on his docket. A slugger with K.O. power in both fists, McGuigan was also an excellent boxer with a solid jab and accurate combinations. His defense was nothing special but what he lacked on defense he more than made up for with his offensive output.

Mr. McGuigan's best wins were against the likes of Bernard Taylor, Eusebio Pedroza, Juan Laporte and Julio Cesar Miranda.

Barry McGuigan's Top Victories

Juan Laporte
Bernard Taylor
Eusebio Pedroza
Nicky Perez
Julio Cesar Miranda
Paul DeVorce
 
 
 
 
 
 
6 of Barry McGuigan's biggest career wins.

Steve Collins vs Chris Eubank

Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank for the super middleweight crown then repeated the feat in a rematch.
Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank for the super middleweight crown then repeated the feat in a rematch. | Source

Steve Collins (Cabra, Ireland)

"Celtic Warrior" is the former WBO middleweight champion (160 pounds) and the former WBO super middleweight (168 pounds) champion. Steve retired from the prize ring with a ledger that states: 36 wins, 3 losses and 21 of his wins coming by way of knockout. Collins is a good boxer but he is easily drawn into a firefight which he excels at also.

Mr. Collins had several huge wins on his resume but his best wins came from beating Nigel Benn (twice), Chris Eubank (twice), Craig Cummings and Chris Pyatt.

Steve Collins Tribute (Video)

NonPareil Jack Dempsey (Former Middleweight Champion)

Middleweight legend Nonpareil Jack Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
Middleweight legend Nonpareil Jack Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. | Source

Nonpareil Jack Dempsey (Curran, Ireland)

"Nonpareil" is the former middleweight king who retired from the squared circle with a resume consisting of 51 wins, 4 losses, 11 draws with 23 of those victories coming via K.O. Excellent footwork for his time and he was good at using his jab and feet to control and win contests.

Mr. Dempsey's most important wins came against boxers such as George LaBlanche, Jack Fogarty, Mike Donovan, and John Reagan.

R.I.P. Mr. Monaghan

"Rinty" Monaghan was the world flyweight champion and he retired while still the champ.
"Rinty" Monaghan was the world flyweight champion and he retired while still the champ. | Source

Joseph Rinty Monaghan (Belfast, Northern, Ireland)

"Rinty" is the former world flyweight champion and this 5 ft 3 in. fighter retired with a record that stands at: 52-9-8 with 19 stoppage victories to his credit. One look at his record shows he lacked power but he possessed outstanding skills and he was very hard to hit with more than one punch at a time.

Mr. Monaghan's top wins came from defeating Dado Marino, Jackie Paterson, Terry Allen and Bunty Doran.

"Sailor Tom"

Tom Sharkey briefly held the heavyweight title, winning the vacant crown by Disqualification.
Tom Sharkey briefly held the heavyweight title, winning the vacant crown by Disqualification. | Source

Tom Sharkey (Dundalk, Ireland)

"Sailor Tom" was a former heavyweight champion who actually won his title on a low blow foul. He retired with a resume reading: 37-7-6 with 34 knockouts. Average speed and a weak defense hurt this prizefighter but his iron fists was his calling card and he ended most of his bouts by stoppage.

Mr. Sharkey's most famous wins came at the expense of Kid McCoy, James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and Joe Choynski.

Wayne McCullough (Belfast, Northern, Ireland)

"Pocket Rocket" is the former WBC Bantamweight world champion and he also fought as a junior featherweight and as a featherweight. McCullough retired with a record standing at: 27-7 with 18 of his wins coming inside the scheduled distance. McCullough was full of unlimited stamina and his style was to throw and land more punches. His defense was his offense because McCullough was a constant ball of punching energy.

Mr. McCullough's best victories came from topping Johnny Bredahl, Yasuei Yakushiji, Jose Luis Bueno and Juan Polo Perez.

Wayne McCullough Highlight Reel (Video)

Mike McTigue (Former Middleweight Champion)

Mike McTigue won the light heavyweight title by beating the legend Battling Siki by 20 round decision.
Mike McTigue won the light heavyweight title by beating the legend Battling Siki by 20 round decision. | Source

Mike McTigue (County Clare, Ireland)

"Bold" Mike McTigue is the former light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion of the world. McTigue retired with a final tally reading: 108-46-13 with 52 wins coming before the final bell. McTigue was a boxer-puncher who could fight on the inside, working up and downstairs and he was more than capable of working the stick and right hand.

Mr. McTigue's best wins came from beating Battling Siki, Tommy Loughran, Mickey Walker and Tiger Flowers.

Birthplace of Mike McTigue (County Clare, Ireland)

Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz

Carl Frampton is two weight division champion. He once held the junior featherweight crown and he currently, as of 2017, holds the junior lightweight championship.
Carl Frampton is two weight division champion. He once held the junior featherweight crown and he currently, as of 2017, holds the junior lightweight championship. | Source

Carl Frampton (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

"The Jackal" is the former junior featherweight champion and the current, as of 2017, junior lightweight champion. Frampton is still in his prime but, for now, his record is: 23- 0 with 14 knockouts. Frampton has a chance to rise much higher in the ranks because he is still young. Frampton can brawl or box and he does both of them very well.

Mr. Frampton's top victories have been from winning ring battles over Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez (twice), Scott Quigg, and Chris Avalos.

Carl Frampton Highlights (Video)

Johnny Caldwell (Former Bantamweight Champion)

Johnny Caldwell won a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics and he also won the bantamweight crown as a professional boxer.
Johnny Caldwell won a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics and he also won the bantamweight crown as a professional boxer. | Source

Johnny Caldwell (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Johnny Caldwell won a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics fighting in the flyweight division. As a professional boxer, Caldwell won the world bantamweight crown and he retired from the sport with a mark reading: 29-5-1 with 14 stoppage victories.

Mr. Caldwell's biggest wins came from defeating Alphonse Halimi, George Bowes, Juan Cardenas, and Young Martin.

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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