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Best Boxers of All Time From New York

Updated on December 7, 2014

Benny Leonard (The Ghetto Wizard)

Benny Leonard is one of the best and hardest punching lightweight champions in boxing history. He was as adept on the inside as he was boxing from a distance.
Benny Leonard is one of the best and hardest punching lightweight champions in boxing history. He was as adept on the inside as he was boxing from a distance. | Source

Benny Leonard's Best Victories

Lew Tendler
Richie Mitchell
Rocky Kansas
Johnny Dundee
Johnny Kilbane
Freddie Welsh
Charley White
Leo Johnson
Joe Welling
 
Johnny Tillman
 
Ten of the great Benny Leonard's top wins in the boxing ring.

Benny Leonard

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.

Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno 2

Mike Tyson knocked out England's Frank Bruno both times he fought him in the ring. Iron Mike is known for having blistering power in both his fists.
Mike Tyson knocked out England's Frank Bruno both times he fought him in the ring. Iron Mike is known for having blistering power in both his fists. | Source

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Mike Tyson

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 won titles in the welterweight and the middleweight weight divisions. Basilio was not great at any one thing but he was good at everything.
Carmen Basilio won titles in the welterweight and the middleweight weight divisions. Basilio was not great at any one thing but he was good at everything. | Source

Carmen Basilio

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.

Lou Ambers vs. Tony Canzoneri 2

Lou Ambers beat Tony Canzoneri by 15 round decision in their lightweight title fight rematch. Ambers had superb ring skills especially his footwork and jab.
Lou Ambers beat Tony Canzoneri by 15 round decision in their lightweight title fight rematch. Ambers had superb ring skills especially his footwork and jab. | Source

Birthplace of Lou Ambers (Herkimer, NY)

Lou Ambers

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

Riddick Bowe

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.

Big Daddy

Riddick Bowe

Junior Jones vs. Marco Antonio Barrera

Poison Junior Jones beat Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera twice during his fabulous career. Jones used his height, reach and boxing I.Q. to dominate the Mexican great.
Poison Junior Jones beat Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera twice during his fabulous career. Jones used his height, reach and boxing I.Q. to dominate the Mexican great. | Source

Junior Jones

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.

Zab Judah Career Highlights (Video)

Zab Judah

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.

Buddy McGirt

Buddy McGirt took on all comers in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. Now McGirt is a tremendously talented and successful boxing trainer.
Buddy McGirt took on all comers in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. Now McGirt is a tremendously talented and successful boxing trainer. | Source

Buddy McGirt Tribute Video

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

Jack Britton was a fierce competitor who always gave his all inside the squared circle. Britton won the 147 pound championship three times.
Jack Britton was a fierce competitor who always gave his all inside the squared circle. Britton won the 147 pound championship three times. | Source

Jack Britton

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 is seen in this archive photo hitting the speed bag. Sharkey beat legendary German boxer Max Schmeling for the heavyweight crown.
Jack Sharkey is seen in this archive photo hitting the speed bag. Sharkey beat legendary German boxer Max Schmeling for the heavyweight crown. | Source

Jack Sharkey

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.

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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