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Best Boxers of All Time From Massachusetts

Updated on May 5, 2015

Rocky Marciano's Best Wins

Joe Louis
Ezzard Charles
Archie Moore
Roland LaStarza
Jersey Joe Walcott
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Five fighters who tasted defeat at the hands of Rocky Marciano.

Rocky Marciano (Brockton, Ma)

"The Brockton Blockbuster" is the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated. He left the ring with a record of 49-0 with 43 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Rocky Marciano had bad footwork and his defense was average but his power and will were a dangerous combination. Rocky possessed a deadly right hand and he could cut off the ring against the best as well as take a punch. Also, Marciano had a devastating uppercut and he was known to bleed and be behind on the scorecards only to come storming back to win by knockout. A true great and most if not all historians rank him in the top 10 best heavyweights ever.

Rocky Marciano's to victories came from defeating Ezzard Charles, Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott and Archie Moore.

Rocky Marciano in Training

Rocky Marciano retired as heavyweight champion with a record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts.
Rocky Marciano retired as heavyweight champion with a record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts. | Source

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Marvin Hagler (Brockton, Ma)

"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler is the former middleweight champion of the world. He defended his crown 12 times and retired with a mark of: 62-3-2 with 52 knockouts to his credit. Hagler is known for his iron chin and he has never been hurt in a boxing contest. He is one of the best southpaw boxers ever and he had skills and finishing power in both fists. Easily one of the top 5 middleweight (160 pounds) champions in the history of the sport.

Marvin Hagler's biggest wins came from beating Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Vito Antuofermo.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. John Mugabi

Marvin Hagler knocked out "The Beast" in defense of his middleweight crown.
Marvin Hagler knocked out "The Beast" in defense of his middleweight crown. | Source

Sandy Saddler (Boston, Ma)

Sandy Saddler was a two time featherweight champion and former junior lightweight world champion. He retired sporting a record of: 144-16-2 with 103 knockouts. Saddler is best known for his explosive power and his three big wins over the legendary Willie Pep. Saddler was inconsistent at times but on his best days he was nearly unstoppable. Deadly power in both hands, long reach and height and accurate punching made Mr. Saddler a great champion. One of the hardest punchers in featherweight history Saddler actually struck fear in his opponents before the bell rang.

Sandy Saddler's best wins came from toppling Willie Pep, Flash Elorde, Ray Famechon and Paddy DeMarco.

Sandy Saddler vs. Willie Pep

Sandy Saddler fought Willie Pep four times winning three of them.
Sandy Saddler fought Willie Pep four times winning three of them. | Source

Jack Sharkey (Boston, Ma)

"The Boston Gob" is the former heavyweight champion of the world and he retired with a resume of: 37-13-3 with 13 knockouts on his docket. Sharkey had descent ring skills including an accurate, thudding jab, good footwork and he was a good counter puncher as well. He lost his two biggest bouts to Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis but he was still a solid champion and a class act outside the ring.

Jack Sharkey's top victories came against Max Schmeling, Primo Carnera, Tommy Loughran and Harry Wills.

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey won the heavyweight title with a 15 round decision over rival Max Schmeling.
Jack Sharkey won the heavyweight title with a 15 round decision over rival Max Schmeling. | Source

Paddy Duffy

Paddy Duffy was known for throwing accurate one-two's before dancing out of the way.
Paddy Duffy was known for throwing accurate one-two's before dancing out of the way. | Source

Paddy Duffy (Boston, Ma)

Paddy Duffy is the first welterweight (147 pounds) champion of the gloved era of prizefighting. He retired with a record reading: 33-3-21 with 18 stoppage wins. For his time he showed great ring generalship especially with his footwork, feints and combination punching. His biggest drawback was his lack of defense especially as it pertains to head movement.

Paddy Duffy's best accomplishments came from beating the likes of Tom Meadows, Charles Gleason, Billy McMillan and Paddy Sullivan.

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Paul Pender (Brookline, Ma)

Paul Pender is the former middleweight king and he retired sporting a mark of: 40-6-2 with 20 knockouts. Pender was not great at any one thing but he was very good at almost everything. Pender had above average speed, power and reflexes and his underrated jab helped him control and win his bouts many times.

Paul Pender's best wins came from defeating Sugar Ray Robinson, Terry Downes, Carmen Basilio and Ralph Tiger Jones.

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Robbie Sims (Brockton, Ma)

Robbie Sims was a top rated middleweight contender who retired from the ring with a resume of: 38-10-2 with 26 wins coming by the knockout route. Sims was inconsistent but he had power that could not be disputed. Sims could punch but he was also an excellent boxer who could punch in combination to the head and body.

Mr. Sims had some solid victories including beating Roberto Duran, Iran Barkley, Doug DeWitt and John Collins.

Birthplace of Robbie Sims (Brockton, Ma)

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Micky Ward (Lowell, Ma)

"Irish" Micky Ward is a former world ranked junior welterweight contender who took part in several fight of the year bouts. Rather slow on his feet but he had tremendous punching power especially with his famous left hook to the body. Ward had an iron chin and a fast moving, relentless stalking style inside the squared circle.

Micky Ward's top wins came from toppling Arturo Gatti, Shea Neary, Emanuel Augustus and Reggie Green.

Mickey Ward vs. Arturo Gatti

Mickey Ward fought Arturo Gatti three times in classic bouts.
Mickey Ward fought Arturo Gatti three times in classic bouts. | Source

Ray Oliveira vs. Ricky Hatton

Ray Oliveira always gave his best inside the ring win or lose.
Ray Oliveira always gave his best inside the ring win or lose. | Source

Ray Oliveira (New Bedford, Ma)

"Sucra" was a top ranked contender as a junior welterweight and welterweight prizefighter. He retired with a resume reading: 47-11-2 with 22 knockouts. Ray Oliveira fought with ;lots of heat and pride as evidenced by his defeat to Ricky Hatton when he was well past his best. Known as a superb volume puncher with unlimited stamina. He holds to punch stat records in the sport.

Ray Oliveira's biggest wins came from besting the likes of Vince Phillips, Vivian Harris, Charles Murray and Manuel Batista.

Eddie Perkins (Boston, Ma)

Eddie Perkins is the former king f the junior welterweights. He retired sporting a mark of: 75-20-2 with 21 knockouts. Lacking in punching power but full of heart, skills complimented by an excellent stick and a good chin Perkins took on all comers and win or lose he was always in the fight.

Eddie Perkimns had some good victories but none better than his wins over Duilio Loi, Roberto Cruz, Bunny Grant and Carlos Hernandez.

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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