Best Boxers of All Time From New York
Benny Leonard (The Ghetto Wizard)
Benny Leonard's Best Victories
Benny Leonard was born in New York, New York in 1896. "The Ghetto Wizard" is considered one of the best lightweight boxers in history and he defended the 135 pound title 7 times while champion.
Leonard retired with a marvelous record of 89-6-1 with 70 brutal knockout wins. Leonard was an outstanding boxer- puncher who had one punch K.O. power and a near perfect jab. Leonard's biggest victories came against Lew Tendler, Richie Mitchell, Rocky Kansas, Johnny Dundee and Johnny Kilbane.
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Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966. He is the youngest heavyweight champion ever after winning the crown at age 20. Iron Mike is also a two time heavyweight champion.
Tyson, in his prime, was a devastating puncher with both hands who possessed speed, an iron chin and a great peek-a-boo style defense. Tyson has a final ring resume that reads: 50 wins, 6 losses with 44 knockouts on his docket. Tyson's biggest wins have come against Michael Spinks, Larry Holmes, Pinklon Thomas, Razor Rudduck and Trever Berbick.
Carmen Basilio vs. Gaspar Ortega
Carmen Basilio was born in Canastota, New York in 1927. "The Upstate Onion Farmer" is a former welterweight and middleweight champion who took on all comers including meeting and beating the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson.
Basilio had a final ring tally of 56-16-7 with 27 knockouts. Basilio's top victories during his fabulous pro career were wins over: Sugar Ray Robinson, Johnny Saxton, Tony DeMarco, Gil Turner and Ike Williams.
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Lou Ambers was born in Herkimer, New York in 1913. "The Hurkimer Hurricane" is a former lightweight world champion who retired from the sport with a mark of 88-8-6 with 29 knockouts.
Ambers is not known for having knockout power but he could beat you p with jabs, footwork and blistering combinations. His best wins have come against: Bummy Davis, Henry Armstrong, Tony Canzoneri, Fritzie Zivic and Frankie Klick.
Riddick Bowe Career Highlights
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Riddick Bowe was born in 1967 in Brooklyn, New York. Big Daddy won a Silver Medal in the 1988 Olympics and he is a two time heavyweight champion of the world. Bowe retired with a mark of 43-1 with 33 knockouts.
Riddick Bowe had a fantastic jab, power in both hands and he could box from the outside or brawl on the inside. He took on Evander Holyfield three times winning twice in their trilogy. Bowe's best ring wins came against: Evander Holyfield (Twice), Pinklon Thomas, Herbie Hide, Bert Cooper and Andrew Golota.
Junior Jones vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
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Poison Jones was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. Jones retired from the ring with a resume reading 50-6 with 28 knockouts. Junior Jones won titles in the Bantamweight and Junior Featherweight divisions.
Jones took on all comers and among his biggest wins were two victories over Marco Antonio Barrera. He also owns wins over Tracy Harris Patterson, Orlando Canizales, Tom Johnson and Tommy Parks.
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Zab Judah Career Highlights (Video)
Zab Judah was born in 1977 in Brooklyn, New York. Super Judah has won championships in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. Judah has a record of 42-9 with 29 knockouts.
Judah is a slick southpaw with a good left hand and good fundamentals. Judah's biggest wins in the squared circle have come against: Corey Spinks, Mickey Ward, Lucas Matthysse, Vernon Paris and DeMarcus Corley.
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James " Buddy" McGirt
Buddy McGirt was born January 17, 1964 in Brentwood, New York. McGirt won the junior welterweight and welterweight championships during his fighting career. He retired from the sport with a record of 73-6-1 with 48 knockouts.
McGirt fought all the top boxers of his era including Pernell Whitake and Meldrick Taylor. McGirt has victories over Simon Brown, Livingstone Bramble, Howard Davis, Frankie Warren and Saoul Mamby.
Jack Britton was born in Clinton, New York on October 14, 1885. " The Boxing Marvel" was a welterweight champion three different times during his illustrious career in the paid ranks. Britton retired from boxing with a record of 103-29-20 with 30 knockouts.
Not known for his power but more for his will and his overall ring technique. Britton's most impressive wins came against: Benny Leonard, Ted Kid Lewis, Johhny Tillman, Charlie White and Jimmy Duffy.
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Jack Sharkey Hitting The Speed Bag
Jack Sharkey was born in Binghamton, New York in 1902. " Sharkboy" is the former heavyweight champion of the world and he retired with a boxing resume that reads 38-14-3 with 13 knockouts to his credit. He was not a knockout puncher but he was as tough as nails and that was sometimes used to get him through tough matches.
Sharkey took on and beat some top fighters during his prime including: Harry Wills, Mike McTigue, Max Schmeling, Tommy Loughran and Primo Carnera.
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