Best Boxers of All Time From Louisiana
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Ralph Dupas (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The Cajun Ghost is the former junior middleweight champion who retired sporting a record of 106-23-6 with 19 knockouts to his credit. Dupas was a solid fighter with good boxing skills even though he lacked power. His jab, feints, and judging of distance were second to none in the sport. For a true fan of the sweet science Dupas is the fighter for you. An artist in the ring who painted several masterpieces.
Ralph Dupas accomplished a great deal in the ring including beating Denny Moyer, Joey Giardello, Kenny Lane and Gil Turner.
Emanuel Augustus (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
The Drunken Master left the sport with a pro record reading 38-34-6 with 20 knockout wins on his ledger. Known for doing a wild dance and landing his punches at the same time. A classic underachiever who definitely could have been a world champion. When he was off he looked terrible but when he was on he was a world class boxer without question. One other thing: Augustus also took many bouts on short notice and he also lost several questionable decisions.
Emanuel Augustus' biggest victories came from topping Courtney Burton, Ray Oliveira, Alex Trujillo and Carlos Wilfredo Vilches.
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Rodney Jones (Lafayette, Louisiana)
Smooth Rodney Jones is a former junior middleweight contender who left the squared circle with a resume that reads 37-4-1 with 22 knockouts. Jones has descent power in his left hand and his footwork and ring generalship wasn't bad either. With a little more promotional push and better conections Jones could have become a world champion. A fluid boxer- puncher with a grasp of the game to be sure.
The best wins in Rodney Jones boxing career came from besting Teddy Reid, Raul Frank, Michael Lerma and Andres Pacheco.
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Clifford Etienne (Lafayette, Louisiana)
The Black Rhino is a former world ranked contender in the heavyweight division. He finished his career with a record of 29-4-2 with 20 wins coming by way of knockout. Known for a soft chin and a steel punch. Etienne took on all comers including Mike Tyson. Etienne provided excitement with his attacking style and willingness to trade with all fighters who were so inclined to do so. The Black Rhino spent several years in prison and still came out and turned pro accomplishing a great deal which is something you gotta respect.
Clifford Etienne's best victories came from beating Lawrence Clay Bey, Lamon Brewster, Terrance Lewis and Dan Ward.
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Brad Solomon (Lafayette, Louisiana)
King Solomon fights in the 147 (Welterweight) pound division and is currently an active boxer as of 2015. His record stands at 24-0 with 9 knockouts. His footwork, jab and defense are above average and he is also a three time National Golden Gloves champion. If he can parlay his experience and success in the amateurs to the pro ranks Solomon is going to go far in this sport.
Brad Solomon's best accomplishments came from beating Freddy Hernandez, Demetrius Hokins, Pablo Vazquez and Kenny Galarza.
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Lionel Butler (Bogalusa, Louisiana)
The Train is a former journeyman turned heavyweight contender. He even once fought Lennox Lewis. Lionel Butler left the ring sporting a record of 32-17-1 with 25 knockouts. Not a very skilled boxer but a hard hitting brawler who could knock out anyone on any given night. Butler came from a losing record to becoming the number one ranked big man in boxing at one point. His knockouts of Jerry Jones and Bonecrusher Smith were proof of his concrete shots.
The biggest victories of Lionel Butler's ring career came from topping Bonecrusher Smith, Tony Willis, Tony Tubbs and Lawrence Carter.
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Henry Hall (Shreveport, Louisiana)
Henry Hall fought as a contender in the light heavyweight division. His final tally reads 57-26-7 with 18 knockout wins on his docket. He had his ups and downs but he was a talented boxer with fast hands and feet. Hall had weak shots but they were fast and accurate plus he fought off constant angles with quick foot shifts.
Henry Hall's top wins came from besting Archie Moore, Bob Satterfield and Bert Lytell.
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Edward Flynn (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Eddie Flynn won a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics as a welterweight boxer. As a professional he found limited success retiring with a mark reading 29-7-2 with 14 of those victories coming by way of knockout. As an amateur he was considered the complete package. Offensive and defensive machine at your service.
Edward Flynn's best wins were defeats of Cliff Greenwood, Wilbur Stokes and Danny Levine.
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Tim Dement (Bossier City, Louisiana)
Tim Dement never competed as a professional boxer but he was mighty fine as an amateur though. He competed in the 1972 Olympics and boxed as an amateur in the Flyweight division. Known as a slick boxer with deft footwork but his defense was porous. If he had turned pro Dement would have won some fights to be sure but it is doubtful he would have been crowned a champion.
Paul Jorgensen (Tallulah, Louisiana)
Paul Jorgensen was a world rated featherweight boxer who left the sport with a resume reading 82-8-4 with 36 knockouts. He fought the best boxers from his era and was a handful for anyone. Nothing special stood out about Jorgensen but he could execute nearly every move in boxing.
The top wins Paul Jorgensen accumulated were against Carmelo Costa, Tony Dupas and Lulu Perez.
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