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Best Boxers of All Time From Maryland

Updated on April 12, 2017

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Evander Holyfield vs. Dwight Muhammad Qawi

Dwight Qawi lost his Cruiserweight title to Evander Holyfield in a close, thrilling 15 round war.
Dwight Qawi lost his Cruiserweight title to Evander Holyfield in a close, thrilling 15 round war. | Source

Dwight Muhammad Qawi (Baltimore, Maryland)

The "Camden Buzzsaw" is the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and he left the sport with a record of: 41-11-1 with 25 knockouts t his credit. This guy was very short but he bobbed and weaved like Joe Frazier plus he had power, an outstanding jab and he worked combinations to the head and body would great results. Also, Qawi had heart, immense stamina, and in his prime, a concrete chin.

Dwight Muhammad Qawi's top victories came from defeating: Matthew Saad Muhammad, Leon Spinks, Lee Roy Murphy and Eddie Davis.

Young Peter Jackson Strikes a Pose

Young Pete Jackson competed as a middleweight, light heavyweight and as a heavyweight during his professional boxing career.
Young Pete Jackson competed as a middleweight, light heavyweight and as a heavyweight during his professional boxing career. | Source

Young Peter Jackson (Baltimore, Maryland)

The "Baltimore Demon" fought as a middleweight and was world ranked as a light heavyweight and as a heavyweight. Jackson retired from the prize ring with a mark reading: 77-24-27 with 59 wins coming by way of knockout. As evidenced by his record he could really crack with both hands. Jackson is known for his iron beard and his knockout punch but he was more than that. Jackson was not a defensive genius but he was excellent on offense and he could cut off the ring on his foes with ease.

Young Peter Jackson's top wins came from beating: Sam Langford, Jack O' Brien, Billy Smith and Barbados Joe Walcott.

Young Peter Jackson's Best Wins

Sam Langford
Mysterious Billy Smith
Jack O' Brien
 
Barbados Joe Walcott
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four of Young Peter Jackson's ring victims.

K.O. Chaney Works the Heavy Bag

KO Chaney was a top rated featherweight and lightweight during his time in the squared circle.
KO Chaney was a top rated featherweight and lightweight during his time in the squared circle. | Source

George Chaney (Baltimore, Maryland)

"K.O." fought in the featherweight (126 pounds) and lightweight (135 pounds) divisions. He retired from prizefighting with a resume that reads: 101-21-3 with 78 knockouts on his docket. To sum up Chaney would be to say that he was a fearsome southpaw knockout artist who was very accurate with his shots. His only drawback would be that he has a soft chin and can not take a punch very well.

K.O. Chaney's biggest accomplishments came from beating the likes of: Eddie O' Keefe, Kid Williams, Cal Delaney and Packey Hommey.

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William Joppy

William Joppy won the middleweight title three different times.
William Joppy won the middleweight title three different times. | Source

William Joppy (Lincoln Park, Maryland)

"Mr. Joppy" is a three time middleweight (160 pounds) world champion and he has also boxed as a super middleweight and a light heavyweight. Joppy retired with a record of: 40-7-2 with 30 knockouts. Joppy took on all comers including Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad. Joppy had a leaky defense but his jab, footwork, fast hands and busy work rate usually saw him to the finish line with a W in the win column.

William Joppy's top wins came from topping: Shinji Takehara, Julio Cesar Green, Howard Eastman and Jonathan Reid.

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Andrew Maynard (Laurel, Maryland)

"Smiling Drew" was an amazing amateur boxer having won the light heavyweight gold medal in the 1988 Olympics. As a professional boxer Maynard was less successful but was plenty good nonetheless. He retired with a mark of: 26-13-1 with 21 knockouts to his credit. As an amateur he was super busy tossing 100 plus punches per round but he fizzled as a pro and rarely launched major offensive strikes other than an excellent jab.

Andrew Maynard's best victories inside the ring came against: Matthew Saad Muhammad, Ed Mack, Tyler Hughes and Scrap Iron Johnson.

Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard fought professionally as a light heavyweight and as a cruiserweight.
Andrew Maynard fought professionally as a light heavyweight and as a cruiserweight. | Source

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Fernando Guerrero (Salisbury, Maryland)

"Mr. Guerrero" is still an active prizefighter as of 2015 and his current record stands at: 27-3 with 19 knockouts. This middleweight contender is a southpaw with fast hands, a bunch of stamina and a high paced work rate. At the highest levels (Peter Quillin) Guerrero has been defeated but he has shown heart in all of his bouts. As an amateur fighter Fernando Guerrero won several tournaments and titles.

Fernando Guerrero's top victories came from vanquishing: J.C. Candelo, Ishe Smith, Gabe Rosado and Ossie Duran.

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Kevin Rivers, Jr. (Palmer Park, Maryland)

"K-Smoove" was an ultra successful amateur boxer compiling a resume o: 150-15 and winning the National Golden Gloves and the Ringside Championships among many other tournaments. (As of 2015) Rivers has a record in the paid ranks that stands at: 12-0 with 9 knockouts. He fights in the featherweight and junior lightweight divisions. So far he has shown a beautiful jab, a destructive left hook and fast footwork. This guy has potential if his amateur career and the way he has looked so far have anything to say about it.

Kevin Rivers top wins came from beating: Luis Ruiz Lizarraga, Karl Garcia and Xavier Montelongo, Jr. and Jason Rorie.


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Nick Kisner (Baltimore, Maryland)

"Slick Nick" was an accomplished amateur having won many championships as a heavyweight. In the professional ranks Kisner competes in the Cruiserweight division and his current record (2015) stands at: 14-2-1 with 5 knockouts. He has good experience from the amateur game and his chin and stamina are top notch but he is relatively slow of hand and foot which could hurt him in the future.

Nick Kisner's best wins came from topping: Marlon Hayes, Jermaine Walker, Deleon Tinsley and Leo Bercier.

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Red Burman

Red Burman was a world ranked light heavyweight and heavyweight title challenger during his prime.
Red Burman was a world ranked light heavyweight and heavyweight title challenger during his prime. | Source

James Red Burman (Baltimore, Maryland)

"Red" fought as a light heavyweight and as a heavyweight as a professional boxer compiling a ring record of: 78-22-2 with 33 knockouts. Although he lacked knockout power Burman made up for it with speed, reflexes and a solid jab. His defense was not too shabby especially when on his toes.

Red Burman's biggest wins came from beating the likes of: Tommy Farr, Johnny Risko, Tony Musto and Red Journee.

Reggie Gross (Baltimore, Maryland)

"Da Regg-Master" was a heavyweight boxers in the 1980's who retired sporting a mark of: 19-8 with 14 knockouts. Gross was tall and rangy with solid power and a stiff jab but he had a soft chin which hurt him in bouts against Mike Tyson and Razor Rudduck where he was knocked out.

Reggie Gross's best wins came from beating: Bert Cooper, Jimmy Clark, Marcus Jackson and Larry Lane.

Mike Tyson vs. Reggie Gross

Reggie Gross was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 1986.
Reggie Gross was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 1986. | Source

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