Best Boxers of All Time From Nebraska
The Livermore Larupper
Max Baer (Omaha, Nebraska)
The "Livermore Larupper" Max Baer is the former heavyweight champion of the world. Baer retired from boxing with a mark of 66-13 with 51 knockout wins on his docket. Baer was not very fast and his footwork and defense were weak but his jab and his two handed power carried him to most of his biggest wins. The great Joe Louis said that Baer was his toughest foe because his power was so brutal. If Baer was more dedicated and he did not have to deal with Joe Louis he may have had a long reign as champ. Baer liked to party but when he trained hard he was very hard to beat and in fact he usually dealt out the beatings.
Max Baer's top victories inside the ring came against: Max Schmeling, Tommy Farr, Tuffy Griffiths, Primo Carnera and King Levinsky.
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Terence Crawford (Omaha, Nebraska)
Terence "Bud" Crawford is the former lightweight and current (2017) jr. welterweight kingpin. His record stands, as of December 2016, at 29-0 with 20 stoppage victories. Crawford seems to have it all on offense and his defense is not too shabby either. He has fight ending power and he can also box well from a distance. Crawford is still in his prime and he has many more years to accomplish ever more. Crawford has shown power, accuracy and the ability to go to war on the inside or box off his back foot while going backwards. As of December 2016, Crawford remains undefeated and he is on all pound for pound lists.
Terence Crawford's best wins inside the ropes came against: Yuri Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Ricky Burns, Thomas Dulorme and Hank Lundy.
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Tuffy Griffiths Flicks Out the Jab
Tuffy Griffiths (Macy, Nebraska)
Tuffy Griffiths is a former top ranked heavyweight contender. Griffiths retired from the squared circle with a record that reads 72-12-1 with 38 knockouts wins. Griffiths had a very respectable record and above average skills but he just could not topple the very best of the big men in his era. Griffiths is more known for his losses than for his wins because he took on the best and he always fought any and all comers without hesitation. In many eras Griffiths would have been a heavyweight champion, in my opinion.
Tuffy Griffiths had some solid wins including beating King Levinsky, Tom Heeney, Johnny Risko, Leo Lomski and Mike McTigue.
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Former Heavyweight Contender Luther McCarty
Luther McCarty (Driftwood Creek, Nebraska)
"Luck" Luther McCarty is a former top contender in the heavyweight ranks and his career ended with his resume reading 15-1-1 with 15 knockouts to his credit. No telling how far this tall, rangy boxer with speed and power would have went had he not died an early death. If you look at his resume you will see that all of his wins came by way of knockout and you will also notice that he flattened a competent bunch during his rise through the ranks.
Luther McCarty's best wins inside the squared circle came against Frank Moran, Fireman Jim Flynn, Al Palzer, Carl Morris and Jim Barry.
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Ray Domenge (Omaha, Nebraska)
Mr. Ray Domenge is a former middleweight and super middleweight contender that retired from the prize ring sporting a mark of 29-13 with 16 knockout victories. Domenge was one of those boxers who did not do any one thing great but he was good at every single thing in the ring. At one point in his career he fought the legendary Hands of Stone Roberto Duran, losing a close decision.
Ray Domenge top wins in his professional boxing career came against the likes of Jonathan Corn, Heath Todd, Rob Bleakley, Richard Wilson and Eric Davis.
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Vic Marker (Scottsbluff, Nebraska)
Vic Marker never fought as a professional boxer but he did, however, have a successful and solid amateur career. Marker won the Golden Gloves Championships in 7 different states. Also, Vic Marker was a 3 time Midwest Golden Gloves champion in the welterweight division. One can only imagine how far this ultra talented boxer could have went had he took his boxing skills into the paid ranks to ply his trade.
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Oliver Kirk (Beatrice, Nebraska)
"Ollie" Kirk competed in the pro ranks in the featherweight weight class and he compiled a record of 2-5 with both of his wins coming by way of knockout. He had limited success as a professional boxer but he excelled in the amateur ranks winning two gold medals in the Olympics fighting as a Bantamweight and later as a Featherweight. Known for his defense, jab and fancy footwork during his heyday.
A fun fact: Oliver Kirk is the only American boxer in history to win two gold medals in two different weight classes at the same Olympics.
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