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Best Boxers of All Time From Oregon

Updated on March 2, 2015

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Ray Lampkin (Portland, Oregon)

Ray Lampkin is a former lightweight number one ranked contender. He challenged the great Roberto Duran for the 135 pound championship losing in 14 heats. Lampkin had a good offense complimented with an accurate jab and fast hands. He finished his ring career with a tally of 34-6-1 with 16 knockouts. He took on all comers during his heyday including Duran and Esteban DeJesus (Twice). Lampkin had all the tools but he had the misfortune of fighting in the lightweight division with two of the best 135 pound boxers in history. Ray Lampkin had good ring generalship and had he had better managers and a top promotional outfit behind him would have at least captured a world championship.

Ray Lampkin's best victories came against the likes of Brooks Byrd, Arturo Pineda, Edwin Malave and Raul Montoya.

Ray Lampkin vs. Roberto Duran

Ray Lampkin gave his all in a losing effort to "Hands of Stone" Roberto Duran. Lampkin lost by 14th round T.K.O. in his lightweight title bid.
Ray Lampkin gave his all in a losing effort to "Hands of Stone" Roberto Duran. Lampkin lost by 14th round T.K.O. in his lightweight title bid. | Source

Denny Moyer (Former WBA Jr. Middleweight Champion)

Denny Moyer was not great at any one aspect of boxing but he was good in all aspects of the sweet science.
Denny Moyer was not great at any one aspect of boxing but he was good in all aspects of the sweet science. | Source

Denny Moyer (Portland, Oregon)

Denny Moyer is the former junior middleweight champion of the world. He left the sport with a mark of 97 wins, 38 losses and 4 draws with 25 knockouts to his credit. Moyer could do it all. Box or brawl and although he was not great at any one thing he was very good at everything. Moyer showed results in the ring which is evident by the names of boxers he beat on his docket. This guy was a class act inside and outside the ring and he never said a bad word about another fighter. Pure respect.

Denny Moyer's best accomplishments inside the squared circle came from defeating Stan Harrington (Title Bout), Joey Giambra (Title), Sugar Ray Robinson and Emile Griffith.

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Denny Moyer's Top Victories

Chucho Garcia
Pat O' Conner
Jimmy Lester
Stan Harrington
Joey Giambra
Sugar Ray Robinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Six opponents who tasted defeat at the hands of Denny Moyer.

Tom Moyer

Tommy Moyer competed as a lightweight boxer as an amateur and in the paid ranks.
Tommy Moyer competed as a lightweight boxer as an amateur and in the paid ranks. | Source

Tom Moyer (Portland, Oregon)

The "Sellwood Socker" was a former amateur and professional boxer in the lightweight division. Tom Moyer has a final professional record that reads: 7 wins, no losses and 3 wins coming via knockout. He had a stellar amateur career finishing with a resume reading 145-11. He was an AAU State Champion and an Olympian as well. Known for his fast feet, feints and smart boxing I.Q. Without a doubt this man had all the tools and had he chose to continue his professional career who knows what sights he may have soared to. Without a doubt the Moyers were a proud fighting family.

Tom Moyer's best wins came against Johnny Suarez, Johnny Wells and Eddie Wharton.

Thad Spencer

Thad Spencer fought as a heavyweight in the 1960s and in the 1970s taking on the best the division had to offer.
Thad Spencer fought as a heavyweight in the 1960s and in the 1970s taking on the best the division had to offer. | Source

Thad Spencer (Portland, Oregon)

"Babe" was a top contender in the heavyweight division during his prime years. His final resume in the ring reads: 32-13-1 with 14 stoppage victories. Spencer had good footwork and a descent defense but he also had a shaky chin and could be put away if hit solid. Spencer never ducked anyone and always gave everything he had when competing. In many eras Spencer would have been a heavyweight champion but he was boxing in the golden age of heavyweight boxing for a short spell.

Thad Spencer's top wins came from beating Ernie Terrell, Doug Jones, Brian London and Amos Lincoln.

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Derrell Dixon (Portland, Oregon)

"Double D" fought as an amateur winning the National AAU heavyweight championship twice! As a professional heavyweight Dixon was a gatekeeper type who compiled a resume of: 12 wins, 5 losses with 8 wins coming by the knockout route. He never adapted as a pro but in the amateur circuit he was slick as it gets scoring with fast shots and avoiding return fire. Dixon used all of the ring to win his matches and it is no secret that he likes to fight from the outside using one-twos.

Derrell Dixon's top wins came from topping Fai Falamoe, Derek Amos, Val Smith and Wesley Martin.

Derrell Dixon vs. Lamont Brewster

Dirrell Dixon was a solid professional prizefighter and an even more solid and dominate amateur boxer sometimes dominating his foes.
Dirrell Dixon was a solid professional prizefighter and an even more solid and dominate amateur boxer sometimes dominating his foes. | Source

Mike Wilson (Central Point, Oregon)

Mike Wilson is a two time U.S. Amateur Heavyweight Champion and an undefeated cruiserweight boxer. As of 2015 he is still an active fighter and his current mark stands at: 10 wins, no defeats and 4 of those victories coming inside the distance. He seems to have all the tools and if he can convert to a pro as seems to be doing he may win a world title. Wilson likes to throw punches in bunches and his combination punching to the head and body is a thing of beauty.

Mike Wilson's best victories came from besting the likes of Joseph Rabotte, Rayford Johnson and Alderete.

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David Banks (Portland, Oregon)

David Banks was a prizefighter who boxed primarily in the jr. middleweight and middleweight divisions. He retired from boxing with a mark of: 18-4-1 with 3 knockouts. He is known more for his losses to Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Edison Miranda than he is for his wins. David Banks fought on season 3 of The Contender which is a reality boxing show on television. Not a terrific boxer but a darn good one and a perfect test for up and comers to the manly art of self defense.

David Banks biggest moments came from defeating Elvin Ayala, Paul Clavette, Donny McCrary and Kenny Ellis.

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