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Aaron Pryor (Cincinnati, Ohio)
The Hawk is the former junior welterweight champion of the world and he left the sport with a sterling mark reading 39 wins, 1 loss and 35 of those wins coming via the knockout route. Pryor was a whirlwind boxer before Manny Pacquiao ever came along. Cut from the Henry Armstrong cloth, Aaron Pryor was an offensive beast who never stopped tossing leather. Pryor had boxing skills, power and unlimited stamina. "What time is it? It's Hawk Time!"
Aaron Pryor's best wins came from defeating Alexis Arguello (twice), Antonio Cervantes, Gary Hinton and Lennox Blackmore.
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Johnny Kilbane (Cleveland, Ohio)
Johnny Kilbane is the longest reigning featherweight chamion in boxing history having ruled the weight class from 1912-1923. Kilbane retired from the squared circle with a mark of 49-5-7 with 24 knockouts to his credit. To a degree he was a boxer-puncher. He used his stiff jab and solid skills with his footwork and feints to pile up points, drive his foes nuts and soften them up for the late rounds where he would unload his heavy hooks.
Johnny Kilbane's best victories came from toppling Freddie Welsh, George Chaney, Rocky Kansas and Abe Atell.
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Jimmy Bivins (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Cleveland Spiderman was a top contender in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. Bivins was definitely one of the best heavyweights to have never captured a championship. He retired with a record of 86-25-1 with 31 knockouts on his docket. He stood only 5 feet 9 inches tall yet he was able to slip shots thrown by taller heavyweights. Bivins had solid skills which included solid footwork, a stinging jab and great timing.
Jimmy Bivins beat some solid fighters including Gus Lesnevich, Joey Maxim, Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore.
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Kelly Pavlik (Youngstown, Ohio)
The Ghost is the former middleweight (160 pound) champion of the world and he retired from the ring with a resume that reads 40-2 with 34 knockouts. Pavlik was a power puncher especially with his heavy right hand. He also had a long, hard jab to complement his shuffle forward style. Pavlik could beat most boxers but he was troubled by fast boxers and A level boxers such as Bernard Hopkins.
Kelly Pavlic's biggest victories came from beating the likes of Jermain Taylor (twice), Edison Miranda, Marco Antonio Rubio and Bronco McKart.
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Tim Austin (Cincinnati, Ohio)
The Cincinnati Kid won a bronze medal in the Olympics and he won the Bantamweight championship which he defended 10 times. Tim Austin retired from the sport with a record of 27-2-1 with 24 knockouts. He possessed superior punching power in most of his bouts especially for a boxer in the smaller divisions. Austin is the Tommy Hearns of the little guys.
Tim Austin's best accomplishments as a pro came from taking out Mbulelo Botile, Andrian Kaspari, Arthur Johnson and Ratanachai Sor Vorapin.
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Buster Douglas (Columbus, Ohio)
James Buster Douglas is the former undisputed heavyweight champion courtesy of him having knocked out the then undefeated champion, Mike Tyson. His final record as a professional reads 38-6-1 with 25 knockouts to his credit. Douglas usually as not motivated and had bad training habits but when he was on he was hard to stop. Douglas had an extremely good stick and right hand as well as descent infighting skills for a big man.
Buster Douglas' best wins came from besting Mike Tyson, Oliver McCall, Trevor Berbick and Greg Page.
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Tony Tubbs (Cincinnati, Ohio)
TNT is the former WBA heavyweight champion who retired with a record of 47-10 with 25 knockouts. Like Buster Douglas, Tubbs had a eight problem that hindered him but otherwise he had sublime skills. Tubbs used an accurate jab, timing, footwork and feints to remain a top boxer for years past his prime. It is worth noting that Tubbs won a one night 12 man elimination tournament on PPV in Mississippi in which Tubbs beat three boxers in pro bouts in a single night.
Tony Tubbs biggest victories came over Greg Page, Bruce Seldon, Tyrell Biggs and Jesse Ferguson.
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Jeff Lampkin (Youngstown, Ohio)
Jeff Lampkin is the former cruiserweight champion of the world and he retired sporting a tally of 39-19-1 with 34 knockouts on his ledger. Relatively slow of foot with an average defense Lampkin had devastating power and a big heart that enabled him to overcome his shortcomings.
Jeff Lampkin's best victories came from topping Glenn McCrory, Wali Muhammad and Alfonzo Ratliff.
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Doug DeWitt (Youngstown, Ohio)
Cobra is the former WBO Middleweight champion and he retired from the manly art of self defense with a record of 33-8-5 with 19 knockouts. Doug DeWitt was a come forward boxer-puncher with descent skills and average punching power.
Doug DeWitt's top wins came from toppling Matthew Hilton, Robbie Sims, Tony Thornton and Lenny LaPaglia.
Adrien Broner is the former junior lightweight, lightweight and welterweight champion. He is still very young and as of 2015 his record is 29-1 with 22 knockouts. He uses a good defensive style similar to Floyd Mayweather but obviously not that good. Broner has fast hands and can counter punch well.
Adrien Broner's best wins have come from defeating Paulie Malignaggi, Antonio DeMarco, Gavin Rees and Carlos Molina.
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