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Best Boxers of All Time From Kentucky

Updated on May 25, 2017

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Joe Frazier
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Ten boxers who felt the wrath of Muhammad Ali in the squared circle.

Muhammad Ali (Louisville, Kentucky)

Muhammad Ali won the gold medal as a light heavyweight in the 1960 Olympics. As a pro he won the heavyweight championship three times. Ali had a great chin, excellent jab and footwork, superb stamina and reflexes as well as fast hands. The Greatest retired with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts. Most experts rank Ali as the best heavyweight in boxing history.

Ali's best wins came from beating Joe Frazier (Twice), George Foreman, Ken Norton (Twice) and Sonny Liston (Twice).

Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier three times and he won two of those bouts. Ali lost a close decision in the first but scored a T.K.O. win in the third of their fights.
Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier three times and he won two of those bouts. Ali lost a close decision in the first but scored a T.K.O. win in the third of their fights. | Source

Jimmy Ellis (Louisville, Kentucky)

Jimmy Ellis is the former WBA heavyweight champion who retired sporting a record of 40-12-1 with 24 knockouts. He had great ring generalship in particularly with his footwork, feints and jab. Ellis fought all the best heavyweights including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. In any other era other than the golden era of heavyweights (70's) Jimmy Ellis would have probably had a solid reign as champion.

The best wins of Jimmy Ellis' career came from beating George Chuvalo, Floyd Patterson, Oscar Bonavena and Jerry Quarry.

Jimmy Ellis

Jimmy Ellis is the former WBA heavyweight champion of the world. He had excellent ring generalship to say the least.
Jimmy Ellis is the former WBA heavyweight champion of the world. He had excellent ring generalship to say the least. | Source

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Adolpho Washington

Adolpho Washington was a skilled boxer puncher who competed in the cruiserweight division.
Adolpho Washington was a skilled boxer puncher who competed in the cruiserweight division. | Source

Adolpho Washington (Lexington, Kentucky)

Adolpho Washington is the former cruiserweight world champion known for his iron jaw and pressure fighting style. He left the sport with a resume of 31-9-2 with 17 of those wins coming by way of knockout. If Washington had better training habits and a top notch promotional push behind him his career would have went further than it did.

The top victories of Adolpho Washington's career came from defeating Paul Phillips, Torsten May, Iran Barkley and Vaughn Hooks.

Darrin Vann Horn

Darrin Vann Horn won world championships in two different weight classes. His chin was not A class but his heart sure was.
Darrin Vann Horn won world championships in two different weight classes. His chin was not A class but his heart sure was. | Source

Darrin Van Horn (Lexington, Kentucky)

Schoolboy is a former world champion as a junior middleweight and as a super middleweight. He retired with a record of 53-3 with 29 knockouts. Although he was not a power puncher Vann Horn had pop in his shots and he was an accurate counter puncher on his best days. Vann Horn could not beat the upper echelon of boxers but he could compete with and beat most B level prizefighters.

Vann Horn's biggest wins came over Lindell Holmes, Robert Hines, John Munduga and John Jarvis.

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Marvin Hart (Louisville, Kentucky)

The Fightin' Kentuckian is the former world heavyweight champion who retired sporting a combined record of 28-7-4 with 20 knockouts. Hart was not graceful and in fact rather flat footed but he could punch and he always came forward swinging. He was not a technician but he could jab with accuracy and power.

Hart's best wins came from beating Peter Maher, Jack Root, Jack Johnson and Jack Twin Sullivan.

Marvin Hart

Marvin Hart is the former heavyweight champion of the world. He was not great at any one thing but he was good at most everything.
Marvin Hart is the former heavyweight champion of the world. He was not great at any one thing but he was good at most everything. | Source

Greg Page (Louisville, Kentucky)

Greg Page is the former heavyweight champion who left the ring with a mark of 58-17-1 with 48 knockouts on his ledger. His skills were descent but his power was superb. Page had stamina, heart and a steel chin when he was in proper shape mentally and physically. Also, A side note about this boxer is that he was a long time sparring and gym partner for the prime Mike Tyson.

The best victories of Greg Page's ring career came against Jimmy Young, Tim Witherspoon, Bonecrusher Smith and Renaldo Snipes.

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Davey Moore (Lexington, Kentucky)

Davey Moore is the former king of the featherweights having once being the featherweight champion. He retired with a record of 59-7-1 with 30 knockouts on his docket. Moore defended his title with excellent skills five times before tragically being killed in the ring in his sixth defense. Moore had fast hands and feet not to mention very good ring science for his time.

Davey Moore's best victories came from winning bouts over Hogan Kid Bassey, Kazuo Takayama, Fili Nava and Cisco Andrade.

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The Squared Circle

The truth is brought out in the prize ring. If a boxer is in poor condition the ring will bring that fact to the surface.
The truth is brought out in the prize ring. If a boxer is in poor condition the ring will bring that fact to the surface. | Source

Clarence Adams (Henderson, Kentucky)

Bones Adams is the former Junior Featherweight world champion and he left prizefighting with a record of 44-7-4 with 20 knockouts to his credit. A solid all around boxer with pretty good infighting skills as well Adams gave everything he had and always left it all in the ring. Aside from his wins he also suffered some razor thin losses to some top rated contenders.

Bones Adams fought them all and his best wins came from topping Mike Juarez, Nestor Garza, Ivan Alvarez and Andres Fernandez.

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James Pritchard (Louisville, Kentucky)

James Pritchard is a former heavyweight contender and title challenger who retired from the prize ring with a resume reading 30-18-2 with 25 knockouts. Footwork and speed were not his strong points but his power could render the best in the business out cold. Pritchard never lived up to his potential but he was an offensive, combination puncher on his best days.

The biggest accomplishments of James Pritchard's career came from beating the likes of Greg Suttington, West Turner, Mike Hunter and Mike Cohen.

Jack Blackburn (Versailles, Kentucky)

Jack Blackburn is known, most notably, for training boxers including former heavyweight champion Joe Louis but he was a solid pro boxer himself. Blackburn was a solid lightweight and welterweight contender who retired with a record of 45-9-12 with 32 of those wins coming inside the distance.

The biggest victories of Blackburn's career were against Mike Donovan, Harry Lewis and Joe Grim. He also has a draw against heavyweight legend Jack Johnson.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      It always amazes me at the caliber of your articles. You certainly provide an enjoyable read. I have always thought Ali one of the best. It was a shame he lost his health in his later years

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