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Kelvin Seabrooks (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Kelvin Seabrooks is a former Bantamweight world champion and he retired with a record reading 27-22 with 22 knockouts. Known as a very heavy handed knockout puncher in the lighter divisions Seabrooks could also box too which he proved on several occasions. Overall a thrill to watch in the ring for boxing purists Kelvin Seabrooks was fast on his toes and a master at feints and distance.
Kelvin Seabrooks biggest career wins came from beating Fernando Beltran, Thierry Jacob, Louis Curtis and Fred Jackson.
Bernard Taylor (Charlotte, North Carolina)
The B.T. Express is a former world rated featherweight boxer who retired with a record of 45-4-2 with 22 knockouts. As an amateur he is considered one of the best in U.S. history. Taylor did not fight in the Olympic games because the U.S. was boycotting them but he had an astonishing amateur record of 481-8. His skills on offense and defense were fantastic without a doubt when he was properly motivated. He learned his craft well and was good in every department.
Bernard Taylor's best victories in the pro ranks came from topping Eugene Speed, Calvin Grove, Tyrone Downes and Javier Marquez.
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Rodney Moore (Wilmington, North Carolina)
Rocking Rodney Moore boxed in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. He was a top rated contender for years and retired with a resume that reads 17-9-2 with 7 knockouts. Moore challenged three different times for world titles during his career. Although he never captured a championship, Moore was still a top caliber and world rater boxer during his prime. Rocking Rodney was also always in top shape and gave his all during his bouts.
Rodney Moore's best wins came from besting Donnell Wiggins and Thomas Reid.
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Monte Barrett (Greenville, North Carolina)
Monte Barrett is a former world ranked heavyweight boxer who retired sporting a record of 35-11-2 with 20 knockouts. A classic underachiever, Barrett had power and solid skills when he put them to use. One thing about this guy is that he always fought ranked boxers win or lose in the squared circle. tHE Best boxers of his era beat him but he fought any and all at any time or place which is admirable.
Monte Barrett's top victories came from winning fights over David Tua, Owen Beck, Tim Witherspoon and Jimmy Thunder.
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Calvin Brock (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Calvin Brock is a former top ranked heavyweight who once challenged Vladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight championship. He retired with a record of 31-2 with 23 knockouts. The Boxing Banker had a descent jab and footwork but he was undersized and his power was average, Brock was a fierce competitor who on most occasions was hard to top.He was not iron chinned which halted his rise to the top and cost him several victories.
The biggest wins Calvin Brock accumulated came from beating Timur Ibragimov, Jameel McCline, Clifford Etienne and David Bostice.
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Nathaniel Fitch (Spring Lake, North Carolina)
Nathaniel Fitch is a former heavyweight who was ranked in the top 20 during his prime. He retired with a resume reading 12-19 with 8 knockouts to his credit. Although he was never a distinguished professional he was an excellent amateur winning Golden Gloves and the U.S. Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion for 1984. As an amateur his defensive skills were superb and he was fast on his feet.
Fitch's best wins were over Ricky Parkey, Terry Davis and Fred Adams.
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Malcolm Tann (Seaboard, North Carolina)
The Showstopper was a former heavyweight boxer who left the sport with a mark of 23-4 with 12 knockouts. As an amateur he was the National Golden Gloves super heavyweight champion. As a pro he was a good boxer but could not keep up with the A class boxers. On the other hand he possessed a beautiful jab and he was a decent counter puncher as well.
Malcolm Tann's best ring victories as a professional boxer came from defeating Derek Bryant, Leroy Childs and Jason Gavern.
Birthplace of Malcolm Tann (Seaboard, North Carolina)
James Broad (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Broad Axe was a great amateur and a world ranked heavyweight boxer who retired with a resume of 23-10 with 15 knockouts. H had solid power in his right hand and he was a pressure fighter. He was not light on his feet but he could cut the ring off when he had no other options.
James Broad's top victories were against Bobby Crabtree, Donnis Long and Tommy Thomas.
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Donnell Holmes (Ivanhoe, North Carolina)
Donnell Holmes is a former heavyweight boxer who retired sporting a record of 34-2-2 with 29 knockouts. Known mostly for his one punch power, Holmes can work the body and head with equal authority. His footwork was average but his heart was never in question. Holmes could have made it to the top, in my opinion, with the proper connections.
The Real Touch of Sleep's top wins came from defeating Stacy Frazier, Don Steele and Billy Zumbrun.
Jim Boyd (Rocky Mount, North Carolina)
Boyd had a poor professional career with a combined record of 2-2-3 with 1 knockouts. On the other hand his amateur career was a major success to say the least. Jim Boyd won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympics competing as a light heavyweight.
As an amateur Boyd defeated Ernie Terrell and Rudolfo Diaz.
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