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Best Boxers of All Time From Maine

Updated on January 10, 2017

R.I.P. Mr. McAuliffe

The tombstone of former world lightweight champion Jack McAuliffe. He retired from the sport undefeated. McAuliffe was born in 1886 and he passed away in 1937.
The tombstone of former world lightweight champion Jack McAuliffe. He retired from the sport undefeated. McAuliffe was born in 1886 and he passed away in 1937. | Source

Jack McAuliffe's Best Wins

Young Griffo
Harry Gilmore
Bill Dacey
Sam Collyer
Jack Hopper
Paddy Smith
Austin Gibbons
Billy Myer
 
 
 
 
8 of Jack McAuliffe's biggest wins inside the squared circle.

Jack McAuliffe (Bangor, Maine)

The Napoleon of the Prize Ring" was lightweight world champ for nearly seven years and he retired from the sport unbeaten with a resume reading: 30-0-5 with 22 knockouts on his docket. Known for his power in both hands especially the strong right. Also, McAuliffe possessed above average footwork, good combination punching and a superb jab. Obviously he was a very skilled boxer puncher since he never was defeated in the ring throughout his career. He was hard to beat because either his vaunted power or his judgement of distance and timing was gonna keep his foes at bay and honest. McAuliffe has shown the ability to adapt and box from a distance or fight it out in a brawl on the inside if that is what it took to get the W. This guy was a bare knuckle prizefighter before gloves were even thought of. Later, he converted to gloves for his contests at the end of his career. I have always admired bare knuckle boxers but I am glad boxing now has a standard set of rules.

Jack McAuliffe's top victories came from beating the likes of Bill Dacey, Young Griffo, Jack Hopper and Paddy Smith. McAuliffe was inducted, rightfully so, into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995. An excellent prizefighter for his time as a pioneer boxer.

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Maine's Best

Joey Gamache, left, now trains fighters and does a solid job. Gamache is the former junior lightweight/super featherweight and lightweight champion.
Joey Gamache, left, now trains fighters and does a solid job. Gamache is the former junior lightweight/super featherweight and lightweight champion. | Source

Joey Gamache (Lewiston, Maine)

"Maine's Best" is the former junior lightweight and lightweight champion of the world. Joey Gamache retired from boxing with a solid record standing at: 55-4 with 38 knockouts to his credit. As his record shows, Gamache knew how to win whether it was being a boxer or a puncher. Gamache had a somewhat shaky chin and his defense was a tad bit leaky but otherwise he was an excellent boxer-puncher with speed and power. Gamache showed speed and some flash and flare with his footwork, combinations and hand speed. If you look closely at the record of Gamache and see 55 wins and only 4 losses, consider that the losses came at the hands of legends and champions Julio Cesar Chavez, Tony Lopez, Arturo Gatti and Orzubek Nazarov. For all of his limitations he never lacked heart and with Gamache, win or lose, you knew he was gonna give it all he had. Gamache fought the best of his era in the 130, 135 and 140 pound weight classes.

Joey Gamache has beat some very good prizefighters including Jerry Ngobeni, Chil-Sung Chun, Rocky Martinez and Jeff Mayweather. Gamache is now making a name for himself as a trainer and by all accounts an excellent one.

Clips From Joey Gamache vs Julio Cesar Chavez (Video)

The Squared Circle

The professional boxing ring measures from 16-20 feet. Many gym rings are on the floor but pro rings are between 3-5 feet off of the floor.
The professional boxing ring measures from 16-20 feet. Many gym rings are on the floor but pro rings are between 3-5 feet off of the floor. | Source

Boxer Rating

Cast your vote for Michael Daley

Michael Daley (Bangor, Maine)

"Iron Man" was a top ranked contender in the 135 pound (lightweight) division and he retired from the squared circle sporting a mark reading: 7-1-5 with all 7 of his wins coming by way of knockout. In all honesty, this guy could have advanced much further if he had focused all of his heart and soul to the prize ring. He showed plenty of heart, stamina and one punch K.O. power in his super short ring career. Daley was not very fast but he was good at timing boxers and he usually ended matters with a single shot when he was losing a bout. Daley had several brushes with the law and a couple of jail stints which, no doubt, hampered his professional boxing career.

Michael Daley's top accomplishments came from scoring victories against Marcellus Baker, Ed Kelsey, Jack Havlin and Joe Donovan. After retirement from the ring, Daley opened a successful boxing academy and later on a boxing gym. His boxing academy had lots of boxers who learned their trade at this academy for boxing.

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Technical Knockout

Jack of All Combat Sports

Marcus Davis has fought professionally in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
Marcus Davis has fought professionally in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. | Source

Birthplace of Marcus Davis (Bangor, Maine)

Marcus Davis (Houlton, Maine)

The "Irish Hand Grenade" has fought as a kickboxer, boxer and primarily as a mixed martial arts competitor. I am gonna concentrate on his short boxing career which had potential to go much further. As a boxer in the paid ranks, Marcus Davis boxed out of the lightweight division compiling a record of: 17 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws with 12 stoppage victories. Surprisingly for a guy fighting in multiple sports, Davis was an excellent boxer with descent speed and power. His defense was solid and he was an accurate puncher. It is ashamed he did not do more because he was physical to the head and body with good infighting skills but he was also adept at circling his opponent and darting in and out firing quick shots. Another thing exciting and valuable about Marcus Davis thst he can take a huge punch or kick, for that matter, to the face.

Marcus Davis should have really focused just on prizefighting and he may very well have become a champion. As it stands his top wins came from besting Tommy Attardo, Joe LaRoux, Randy Mcgee and Genaro Hollister Elliot.

Everyone please share your thoughts on these boxers from Maine or on any aspect of boxing you wish by leaving comments in the box at the bottom of this article.


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