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Best Boxers of All Time From Michigan

Updated on November 27, 2016

Ketchel's Best Wins

Billy Papke
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Six boxers that tasted defeat at the hands of the deadly punching Stanley Ketchel.

Stanley Ketchel (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

The Michigan Assassin died at the early age of 24 and still became one of the greatest 160 pound fighters in history. Imagine what he would have got done with another five years of boxing. His final ring tally reads 51-4-4 with 48 knockouts. Known as one of the hardest punchers, pound for pound in boxing history, Ketchel was a brutal puncher with a ramrod jab and a swift, aggressive style that overwhelmed his foes.

Stanley Ketchel's swarming attacl led to some huge wins, notably against the likes of Billy Papke, Joe Thomas, Mike Twin Sullivan and Philadelphia Jack O' Brien.

Stanley Ketchel Strikes a Pose

Stanley Ketchel is the former middleweight champion and most rank him as a top ten best fighter pound for pound in history.
Stanley Ketchel is the former middleweight champion and most rank him as a top ten best fighter pound for pound in history. | Source

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Pretty Boy Floyd won a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics and he has also won championships in the jr. lightweight, lightweight, jr. welterweight, welterweight and jr. middleweight weight classes. As of 2015 Mayweather is still active and his record stands at 47-0 with 25 knockouts. Mayweather is a very skilled defensive boxer with good footwork and fast hands. Not to mention his counter punching skills which are second to none without a doubt.

The best boxers defeated by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. are Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Diego Corrales and Genaro Hernandez, among many others.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton

Floyd Mayweather knocked Ricky Hatton out in the tenth round handing the British boxer his first loss. The bout was contested in the welterweight division.
Floyd Mayweather knocked Ricky Hatton out in the tenth round handing the British boxer his first loss. The bout was contested in the welterweight division. | Source

James Toney (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Lights Out has won championships as a middleweight, super middleweight, cruiserweight and as a heavyweight. As of 2015 he is still not retired and sports a record of 76-9-3 with 46 knockouts to his credit. Toney is similar to Mayweather in that they both are masters of defense and counter punching and they use the same shoulder roll style. Toney took on all comers and was a skilled artist at making them miss and making them pay. Toney, at least during the first 20 years of his career, never took punishment. Toney was undefeated in his first 41 matches.

James Toney's best wins were against Evander Holyfield, Iran Barkley, Michael Nunn and Mike McCallum.

James Toney vs. Prince Charles Williams

James Toney knocked out Charles Williams in the 12th round in defense of his super middleweight crown.
James Toney knocked out Charles Williams in the 12th round in defense of his super middleweight crown. | Source

Ad Wolgast (Cadillac, Michigan)

The Michigan Wildcat was the Lightweight world champion and his final resume reads 59-13-17 with 40 knockouts. This 135 pound king defended his crown 5 times. Wolgast had above average knockout power on both fists and his skills on offense were top notch. Wolgast was a boxer- puncher and he could box up close or on the outside. If it became a slugfest it would favor the Wildcat who patterns his fighting style after his nickname.

The best victories of Ad Wolgast's career came against Battling Nelson, Mexican Joe Rivers, Owen Moran and Lew Powell.

Ad Wolgast

Ad Wolgast is the former lightweight champion of the world. He defeated the great Battling Nelson to claim his crown.
Ad Wolgast is the former lightweight champion of the world. He defeated the great Battling Nelson to claim his crown. | Source

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Roger Mayweather (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

The Black Mamba is the former junior lightweight and junior welterweight world champion who left the sport with a mark of 59-13 with 35 knockouts on his docket. Not known for an iron chin but his power and offensive skills were awesome. As a jr. lightweight his height and reach were usually superior to his opponent but he still wanted to win with a K.O. and in that division he did most of the time.

Roger Mayweather accomplished a bunch but his best deeds were his defeats of Sammy Serrano, Terrance Ali, Vinny Pazienza and Harold Brazier.

Roger Mayweather

Roger Mayweather on the front of a KO boxing card.
Roger Mayweather on the front of a KO boxing card. | Source

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Kid Lavigne (Bay City, Michigan)

The Saginaw Kid is boxing's first ever champion in the 135 pound (lightweight) division. Lavigne retired with a mark of 36-6-10 with 21 knockouts. He was a stalking, pressure fighter who mauled his opponents when he could corner them. This guy was full of stamina galore.

Kid Lavigne's best victories came from toppling Tim Hegarty, Joe Walcott, Jack Everhardt and Owen Ziegler.

Pinklon Thomas (Pontiac, Michigan)

Pink is the former WBC heavyweight champion and he retired sporting a record of 43-7-1 with 34 knockouts. Thomas is known for a hard, accurate jab and good combination punching. He is most known for giving the then undefeated Mike Tyson trouble in their title bout before being stopped himself.

Pinklon Thomas has some solid wins including beating Tim Witherspoon, Mike Weaver, James Tillis and Alfonzo Ratliff.

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Milton McCrory (Detroit, Michigan)

Ice Man is the former welterweight champion and he retired with a resume that reads 35-4-1 with 25 knockouts. He was a solid puncher who knew how to use his feet for distance. McCrory beat Colin Jones for the 147 pound title and defended it four times.

Milton McCrory beat some top boxers, among them, Colin Jones, Doug Dewitt, Milton Guest and Pedro Vilella.

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Hedgeman Lewis (Detroit, Michigan)

Hedgeman Lewis is a two time National Golden Gloves champion and the N.Y. Welterweight champion. He left the sport with a record of 53-7-2 with 26 knockouts. An overall well rounded boxer with a stiff jab, good footwork and an impressive defense. Hedgeman Lewis went on to become a top flight trainer who knows how to get the most from his charges.

Hedgeman Lewis took on some tough customers and won several of those against top flight boxers such as Chucho Garcia, Billy Backus, Ernie Lopez and Severo Balboa.

Kenny Lane

Kenny Lane is a former lightweight and junior welterweight contender who retired with a resume reading 82-16-2 with 19 knockouts to his credit. A solid boxer who had no power but he was slick on defense and he possessed descent hand speed. Lane could have been a world champion in another era but regardless he fought the best and always gave his all.

Kenny Lane's best moments came from besting Johnny Bizzarro, Carlos Hernandez, Luis Molina and Virgil Akins.

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      Aeva 11 months ago

      I think Manny Pacquio is still the best.

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