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Best Boxers of All Time From Missouri

Updated on April 2, 2015

Michael Spinks Top Wins

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Michael Spinks (St. Louis, Missouri)

The Jinx won the Gold Medal in the Olympics and he is the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion. He retired with a record of: 31-1 with 21 knockouts to his credit. Spinks had a weird style in the ring that went nicely with his heavy hands and excellent jab that set up his power shots. Spinks is considered one of the best light heavyweights in history and he never lost in that weight class.

Michael Spinks best accomplishments came from defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Larry Holmes, Gerry Cooney and Marvin Johnson.

Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes

Larry Holmes (left) fought Michael Spinks twice and lost both times.
Larry Holmes (left) fought Michael Spinks twice and lost both times. | Source

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Sonny Liston (St. Louis, Missouri)

Charles Sonny Liston is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and he retired posting a resume of: 50-4 with 39 knockouts on his ledger. Liston intimidated most fighters with his mean stares. He had one of the best jabs in history and his power was his calling card without a doubt. Liston plowed through top contenders with ease but he is largely forgotten because of the force named Muhammad Ali.

Sonny Liston's top victories came from beating Floyd Patterson (twice), Zora Folley, Eddie Machen and Cleveland Williams.

Sonny Liston Hits The Speed Bag

Sonny Liston won the heavyweight title by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the very first stanza.
Sonny Liston won the heavyweight title by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the very first stanza. | Source

Virgil Hill (Clinton, Missouri)

Quick Silver won a silver medal fighting as a middleweight in the 1984 Olympics. Virgil Hill is the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. He retired from the squared circle with a mark of: 51-7 with 24 knockouts. Virgil Hill has solid footwork and a tremendously effective left hand including beautiful jab and accurate left hook. Also, Hill had a sturdy chin and if he had a drawback it would be that he was a one armed bandit who rarely used his right hand.

Virgil Hill's best victories came from defeating the likes of Valery Brudov, Henry Maske, Frank Tate and Fabrice Tiozzo.

Virgil Hill vs. Firat Arslan

Virgil Hill (Left) has won world championships in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions.
Virgil Hill (Left) has won world championships in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. | Source

Dixie Kid (Fulton, Missouri)

Dixie Kid was a former welterweight title challenger and middleweight contender. He retired sporting a record of: 79-30-14 with 55 knockouts on his docket. Kid was known for great training habits and excellent stamina. Also, Kid showed tremendous one punch knockout power in both hands although he was rather slow on his feet.

Dixie Kid's top wins came from topping Tom Tees, Georges Carpentier, Willie Lewis and Young Loughrey.

Dixie Kid (Former Title Challenger)

Dixie Kid was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY in 2002.
Dixie Kid was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY in 2002. | Source

Leon Spinks vs. Muhammad Ali Highlights (Video)

Leon Spinks (St. Louis, Missouri)

Neon Leon won a gold medal as a light heavyweight in the 1976 Olympics and he won the heavyweight championship in only his 8th pro bout by beating Muhammad Ali. Spinks left the ring sporting a record of: 26-17-3 with 14 knockouts. Leon Spinks was an active boxer who tossed lots of punches in bunches. He was an inconsistent boxer but when Neon Leon was trained and motivated he was a tough foe for any boxer.

Leon Spinks best accomplishments as a prizefighter came from besting Muhammad Ali, Alfredo Evangelista, Bernardo Mercado and Kip Kane.


Leon Spinks W15 Muhammad Ali

Leon Spinks shocked the world by winning the heavyweight title from Muhammad Ali in their first encounter.
Leon Spinks shocked the world by winning the heavyweight title from Muhammad Ali in their first encounter. | Source

Cory Spinks (St. Louis, Missouri)

The Next Generation is a former welterweight and junior middleweight world champion and he retired with a mark of: 39-8 with 11 knockouts. Spinks was a light puncher and he had a boring style featuring excessive footwork and holding. Of course he also had lots of speed and his reflexes were above average as well. Spinks was famous for his wild ring walks in which he would dance his way to the squared circle.

Cory Spinks greatest victories came from beating Zab Judah, Ricardo Mayorga, Michele Piccirillo and Roman Karmazin.

Cory Spinks Highlights (Video)

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Virgil Adkins (St. Louis, Missouri)

Honey Bear is the former welterweight champion of the world and as top rated lightweight as well. Adkins left the squared circle boasting a resume reading: 60-31-2 with 34 knockouts. He had pulverizing power with right hands and left hooks although he had an iffy chin and slow reflexes on defense.

Virgil Adkins best ring wins came from topping Vince Martinez, Tony DeMarco, Joe Brown and Bud Smith.

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Bob Satterfield (St. Louis, Missouri)

Bombardier was a heavyweight contender for nearly a decade and he was known for having devastating power and a china chin. Satterfield left the sport with a record of: 50-25-4 with 35 crushing knockouts to his credit. He could work an opponent over to the head and body plus he was excellent at cutting the ring off but he just lacked on defense and his chin was a problem.

Bob Satterfield beat some top notch prizefighters including Cleveland Williams, Nino Valdes, Harold Johnson and Ray Augustus.

Clips of Bob Satterfield vs. Ezzard Charles (Video)

Charley Riley (St. Louis, Missouri)

Chillin' Charley was a top ranked featherweight who fought them all including legends Willie Pep and Sandy Saddler. He retired with a record reading: 70-29-1 with 39 big stoppage victories. Riley had a soft body and was knocked out by body shots in three of his biggest bouts but he could crack and his counter punching ability was a thing of beauty.

Charley Riley's best wins came from defeating Phil Terranova, Billy Miller, Miguel Acevedo and Elis Ask.

Freddie Norwood (St. Louis, Missouri)

Lil Hagler is the former featherweight champion of the world and he defended his title 8 times. Fred Norwood retired from boxing sporting a record of: 43-4-1 with 23 knockouts. Norwood was an underrated boxer to be sure. He was a superb boxer with footwork, good jab and solid counter punching technique.

Freddie Norwood's best wins came from beating Juan Manuel Marquez, Julio Pablo Chacon, Takashi Koshimoto and Antonio Cermeno.

Fred Norwood (Former Featherweight Champion)

Freddie Norwood is the former WBA Featherweight champion of the world.
Freddie Norwood is the former WBA Featherweight champion of the world. | Source

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