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Best Boxers of All Time From Pennsylvania

Updated on February 16, 2015

Harry Greb ( Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

The Pittsburgh Windmill is the former middleweight & light heavyweight world champion and his final ring record reads 107-8-3 with 48 knockouts. Not only one of the best middleweights ever but Greb ranks among the best boxers in history, pound for pound. Harry Greb had no defense to speak of but his offense was a blend of Henry Armstrong and Manny Pacquiao with fast flurries coming constantly and a non stop attack coming to the head and body. A true old school prizefighter to say the least.

Harry Greb's biggest wins came from defeating Gene Tunney, Tiger Flowers, Tommy Gibbons and Gunboat Smith.

Harry Greb's Top Wins

Gene Tunney
Maxie Rosonbloom
Mickey Walker
Johnny Wilson
Jimmy Slattery
Tiger Flowers
Tommy Loughran
Tommy Gibbons
Kid Norfolk
 
Gunboat Smith
 
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Billy Conn (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

The Pittsburgh Kid is the former light heavyweight king and top heavyweight contender. His final record inside the squared circle is 64-11-1 with 15 knockouts on his docket. A very light puncher to be honest but his seed, footwork, timing and accurate jab baffled most opponents and helped him win his crown. Conn even moved to heavyweight and outclassed champion Joe Louis for 13 rounds before ultimately losing.

Billy Conn's top victories came from beating Tony Zale, Gus Lesnevich, Melio Bettina and Young Corbett 3.

Billy Conn vs. Lee Savold

Billy Conn is one of the best light heavyweight boxers of all time.
Billy Conn is one of the best light heavyweight boxers of all time. | Source

Bernard Hopkins (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The Executioner is the former middleweight and two time light heavyweight champion of the world. Hopkins holds the record for the most middleweight title defenses with 20 and he is the oldest champion in boxing history having won the championship at an astonishing 48. He is still an active boxer as of 2015 and holds a current record of 55-7-2 with 32 knockouts. B-Hop has an excellent jab and he is a master at positioning and his defense is masterful. Amazingly Hopkins turned pro in 1988 and in 2015 he is still going strong.

Bernard Hopkins best wins came from beating Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlic.

Bernard Hopkins vs. Kelly Pavlic

Bernard Hokins gave then undefeated middleweight champion Kelly Pavlic his first defeat.
Bernard Hokins gave then undefeated middleweight champion Kelly Pavlic his first defeat. | Source

Larry Holmes vs. Oliver McCall

Larry Holmes, even in his late 40's had a textbook left jab which he is seen here demonstrating on the face of The Atomic Bull.
Larry Holmes, even in his late 40's had a textbook left jab which he is seen here demonstrating on the face of The Atomic Bull. | Source

Larry Holmes (Easton, Pennsylvania)

The Easton Assassin is the former heavyweight champion of the world who retired sporting a mark of 69-6 with 44 wins coming by way of knockout. Holmes possessed one of the best jabs in boxing history and his counter punching skills and heart were top notch indeed. Holmes made 20 defenses of the heavyweight crown which is 2nd all time to Joe Louis who made 25. Holmes used footwork, a near perfect jab, counter punching and a straight right to control his adversaries.

Larry Holmes has many great wins including beating the likes of Ken Norton, Ray Mercer, Gerry Cooney and Earnie Shavers.

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Charley Burley (Bessemer, Pennsylvania)

Charley Burley was a great welterweight and middleweight boxer and one of the top fighters in history to have never won a world title belt. His final resume reads 83-12-2 with 50 knockouts. Burley was a master at counter punching and slipping incoming fire from his foes. Burley used his stick and a vast array of shots to keep his opponents guessing and the points piling up.

Charley Burley's biggest wins came from topping Archie Moore, Holman Williams, Billy Soose and Fritzie Zivic.

Uncrowned Champion: Charley Burley

Charley Burley took on all comers and should have been a champion without a doubt.
Charley Burley took on all comers and should have been a champion without a doubt. | Source

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Bob Montgomery (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The Bobcat is the former lightweight champion and he left boxing sporting a mark of 75-19-3 with 37 knockouts to his credit. Montgomery was not a knockout artist but a pesky puncher who kept his hands and feet constantly moving. Bob Montgomery had a good but not great offense and defense. He worked behind a busy jab and tossed fast combinations when he was within punching range.

Bob Montgomery's top victories came from toppling Allie Stolz, Beau Jack, Ike Williams and Lew Jenkins.

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Matthew Saad Muhammad (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Miracle Matthew is the former 175 pound champion (Light Heavyweight) and he retired with a mark of 49-16-3 with 35 knockouts. Muhammad went by the adage that says the best defense is a good offense. His dense was porous but his offensive attack could be brutal and his heart was as big as anyone in boxing history. Muhammad was not stylish but his power was never in question. Muhammad is basically the original comeback kid. A fighter cut from the Arturo Gatti mold.

Matthew Saad Muhammad's top achievements came from winning against Murry Sutherland, Yaqui Lopez, Marvin Johnson and Marvin Camel.

Matthew Saad Muhammad vs. Yaqui Lopez

Matthew Saad Muhammad is seen here landing a right on Yaqui Lopez in their 175 pound title clash.
Matthew Saad Muhammad is seen here landing a right on Yaqui Lopez in their 175 pound title clash. | Source

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Lew Tendler (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Lefty Lew fought as a bantamweight & as a lightweight and most consider him one of the top boxers ever to have never captured a championship. Tendler retired with a record reading 59-11-2 with 38 knockouts. Tendler showed ower in both fists and his right jab was hard like a knockout punch and he used it to win many matches.

Lew Tendler's best accomplishments came from besting Johnny Dundee, Rocky Kansas, Kid Herman and George Chaney.

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Bennie Brisco (Philadelhia, Pennsylvania)

Bad Bennie was a world ranked middleweight contender who never won a world title but world have in most eras. He retired with a record of 66-24-5 with 53 knockouts. Briscoe had a devastating body attack and his left hooks could be pulverizing. Also, Bennie had a solid chin and an aggressive, come forward fighting style.

Bennie Briscoe's greatest victories came from defeating the likes of Eugene Hart, Eddie Mutafa Muhammad, George Benton and Tony Mundine.

Bennie Briscoe vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Bennie Briscoe goes to war in a middleweight bout against the legendary Marvin Hagler.
Bennie Briscoe goes to war in a middleweight bout against the legendary Marvin Hagler. | Source

Sammy Angott (Washington, Pennsylvania)

The Clutch is the former 135 pound (Lightweight) world champion and his resume reads 94-29-8 with 22 wins coming by way of knockout. He had an ugly style and he clinched his opponents but it was effective combined with his steady jabs and fast feet.

Sammy Angott's top wins came from beating Kid Azteca, Lew Jenkins, Davey Day and Ike Williams.

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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