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Best Boxers of All Time From Mississippi

Updated on December 24, 2014

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Henry Armstrong (Columbus, Mississippi)

Henry Armstrong is the only boxer to hold titles i three weight classes at the same time. Armstrong was the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight champion all at once. He retired with a record of 150-21-10 with 101 crushing knockouts. Armstrong was a non stop, swarming brawler with power in both hands. Many historians consider him to be the second or third best boxer in the sports history. Armstrong has one punch knockout power and he has proved it time and time again. I, personally, rank Armstrong as the second best boxer, pound for pound, in history behind only Sugar Ray Robinson.

Armstrong's best victories came from beating Barney Ross, Lou Ambers, Cefirino Garcia, Fritzie Zivic and Chalky Wright.

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Henry Armstrong trains by hitting the heavy bag. (Pictured) Armstrong holds the record for the most welterweight title defenses.
Henry Armstrong trains by hitting the heavy bag. (Pictured) Armstrong holds the record for the most welterweight title defenses. | Source

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Ernie Terrell (Belzoni, Mississippi)

Ernie Terrell is the former WBA Heavyweight world champion. He retired with a record of 46-9 with 21 knockouts. Terrell had solid offensive skills including an excellent jab. Best known for losing a competitive bout with Muhasmmad Ali but he also won the crown by beating Eddie Machen. Terrell was a solid boxer from the 60's and if not for the great Ali he might have had a more distinguished reign.

The top wins of Ernie Terrell's career have come from beating Doug Jones, George Chuvalo, Eddie Machen and Zora Folley.

Ernie Terrell vs. Muhammad Ali

Ernie Terrell(on right) seen here fighting Muhammad Ali briefly held the WBA Heavyweight title.
Ernie Terrell(on right) seen here fighting Muhammad Ali briefly held the WBA Heavyweight title. | Source

Kennedy McKinney (Hernando, Mississippi)

King McKinney won a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics as a Bantamweight and he is also the former junior featherweight world champ as a professional. McKinney retired with a record of 36-6-1 with 19 knockouts. Kennedy McKinney had great ring generalship when he stuck to the gameplan. McKinney was an emotional fighter but when he kept his emotions in check and fought a smart match he was hard to beat in the squared circle.

Kennedy McKinney's biggest victories came over Junior Jones, Welcome Ncita, Hector Accero Sanchez and Sugar Baby Rojas.

Kennedy McKinney vs. Marco Antonio Barrera

Kennedy McKinney (Right) is seen waging war with Marco Antonio Barrera. McKinney and Barrerra fought a Fight of the Year candidate.
Kennedy McKinney (Right) is seen waging war with Marco Antonio Barrera. McKinney and Barrerra fought a Fight of the Year candidate. | Source

Kelvin Davis (Natchez, Mississippi)

Concrete Davis is the former IBF Cruiserweight champion and he retired with a record reading 24-11-3 with 17 knockouts.He is a pressure fighter who punches well to the head and body and he has power. Davis always left it all in the ring and was a crowd pleaser when he was forced into a battle.

Kelvin Davis had some good wins most notably against Ezra Sellers, Louis Azille, Arthur Williams and Rogerio Lobo.

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Kelvin Davis vs. Guillermo Jones

Kelvin Davis (Left) swaps bombs with Guillermo Jones in their bout. Davis lost the bout but he did not go without putting up a fight.
Kelvin Davis (Left) swaps bombs with Guillermo Jones in their bout. Davis lost the bout but he did not go without putting up a fight. | Source

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Buster Mathis (Sledge, Mississippi)

Buster Mathis was a top American amateur star and a top rated heavyweight boxer. He retired from boxing sporting a record of 30-4 with 21 knockouts. Often an underachiever he had skills though. Mathis possessed a beautiful jab and potent right hand. His conditioning costs him a few victories but his talent was never in question.

Buster Mathis has quality wins over Claude McBride, George Chuvalo, Ron Marsh and Amos Lincoln.

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Buster Mathis fought them all from Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier. Mathis had skills on offense and defense.
Buster Mathis fought them all from Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier. Mathis had skills on offense and defense. | Source

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Obed Sullivan (Gulfport, Mississippi)

The Fighting Marine amassed a record of 41-9-2 with 30 knockouts. Sullivan was a former top 10 ranked heavyweight contender for a long time. A defensively sound, counter puncher with a stiff jab Sullivan was a handful for anyone when he was in shape and properly motivated to win. Sullivan was an undersized heavyweight but he had pop when he needed it.

Obed Sullivan's best wins came against Sherman Williams, Levi Billups, Kieth McKnight and Don Normand.

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Leroy Jones (Meridian, Mississippi)

Leroy Jones is a former top ten ranked heavyweight boxer who had an overall record that reads 25-1-1 with 13 knockouts to his credit. A solid boxer puncher who was dangerous for about 8 rounds before he tired out. He was swarmer who loved to fight coming forward tossing hooks and roundhouse rights.

The best victories of Leroy's career was against James Beattie, John Denis, Mike Weaver and Jeff Shelburg.

Birthplace of Leroy Jones (Meridian, Mississippi)

Sonny Banks (Birmingham Ridge, Mississippi)

Sonny Banks was a world ranked light heavyweight and heavyweight contender who once put an undefeated Muhammad Ali on the canvas and barely lost to him on points. His final record stands at 18-7 with 14 knockouts. Banks was a solid boxer who unfortunately died in his prime as an athlete.

Sonny Banks beat some good boxers including Lee Batts, Jim Jones, Clay Thomas and Dave Bailey.

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Art Oliver (Jackson, Mississippi)

Art Oliver was a top amateur and a top sparring partner for the pros. As for his pro career things were not so good. Oliver went to the Olympics as an amateur but as a pro he had a record of 4-11 with no knockouts. Art Oliver was once Muhammad Ali's top sparring partner for a spell.

Oliver beat Bernie Bowman and Chuck McCarthy among others.

Floyd Cummings (Mississippi)

Jumbo Cummings is a former heavyweight boxer who scored a draw with Smokin Joe Frazier in their bout. Cummings retired with a record of 15-6-1 with 13 knockouts. Cummings is one of those sad tales of what could have been. He was arrested for armed robbery which cut his career short.

Floyd Cummings had a brief career and his best wins were against Cornell Verse, George Mostardini and Amos Haynes.

Jumbo Cummings vs. Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier and Floyd Cummings fought to a draw in their heavyweight match. Cummings was as tough as nails and even in defeat he kept trying.
Joe Frazier and Floyd Cummings fought to a draw in their heavyweight match. Cummings was as tough as nails and even in defeat he kept trying. | Source

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