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Best Boxers of All Time From Russia

Updated on February 21, 2017

Kostya Tszyu vs Zab Judah

Kostya Tszyu stopped Zab Judah in the 2nd round of a junior welterweight unification clash.
Kostya Tszyu stopped Zab Judah in the 2nd round of a junior welterweight unification clash. | Source

Kostya Tszyu (Serov, Russia)

"Thunder from Down Under" is a two-time junior welterweight world champion and he retired from the prize ring with a record that reads: 31 wins, 2 losses, 1 no contests with 25 wins coming inside the scheduled distance. Kostya Tszyu possessed devastating knockout power, brilliant timing and he was accurate with his shots.

Mr. Tszyu has had many great wins but his most significant have came from defeating Zab Judah, Sharmba Mitchell, Roger Mayweather, and Jesse James Leija.

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Yuri Arbachokov (Former Flyweight Champion)

Yuri Arbachokov is the former world flyweight champion and he successfully defended the crown nine times.
Yuri Arbachokov is the former world flyweight champion and he successfully defended the crown nine times. | Source

Yuri Arbachakov (Kizes, Russia)

Yuri Arbachakov is the former flyweight champion of the world and the first Russian pro boxing title holder. He retired sporting a mark reading: 23-1 with 16 knockout wins to his credit. Arbachakov had good skills on offense with his accurate punching and stinging jab. On defense he was excellent at using side to side and in and out footwork.

Mr. Arbachakov's top victories came from notching wins against Muangchai Kittikasem, Hugo Soto, Yoon-Un Jin and Raul Juarez.

Yuri Arbachakov's Top Victories

Muangchai Kittikasem
Yoon-Un Jin
Nam-Hoon Cha
Chatchai Sasakul
Raul Juarez
Puma Toguchi
 
Hugo Soto
 
 
 
 
Seven of Yuri Arbachakov's biggest accomplishments inside the squared circle.

Sergey Kovalev vs Bernard Hopkins

Sergey Kovalev (right) dominated Bernard Hopkins and won a shut out, 12 round decision in defense of the light heavyweight title.
Sergey Kovalev (right) dominated Bernard Hopkins and won a shut out, 12 round decision in defense of the light heavyweight title. | Source

Sergey Kovalev (Kopeysk, Russia)

"Krusher" is the former light heavyweight champion of the world and he, as of 2017, has a resume that reads: 30-1-1 with 26 K.O. wins on his ledger. A strong, boxer-puncher who can knock you out from a distance or beat you up the entire bout with his amazing jab.

Sergey Kovalev has had some huge wins already in his career but the tops came from beating Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal (twice), Nathan Cleverly and Darnell Boone.

Sergey Kovalev Highlights (Video)

Karmazin and Company

From left to right, Leon Spinks, jr., Don King, and Roman Karmazin.
From left to right, Leon Spinks, jr., Don King, and Roman Karmazin. | Source

Roman Karmazin (Kuznetsk, Russia)

"Made in Hell" is the former IBF junior middleweight champion and his record upon his retirement from the sport is: 40-5-2 with 26 K.O. victories. Karmazin is not special in any one area but he is very good in all areas. He throws a high volume of punches and he had a descent defense as well.

Roman Karmazin has some very good wins including beating the likes of Antwun Echols, Kassim Ouma, Bronco McKart and Kieth Holmes.

Denis Inkin (Former Super Middleweight Champion)

Not only did Denis Inkin win the 168 pound title as a pro but as an amateur he won the Military World Championships fighting as a middleweight.
Not only did Denis Inkin win the 168 pound title as a pro but as an amateur he won the Military World Championships fighting as a middleweight. | Source

Denis Inkin (Novosibirsk, Russia)

"General" is the former super middleweight champion and he retired with a record consisting of: 34 wins, 1 loss and 24 knockouts on his docket. Known for having solid whiskers and one punch K.O. power, Inkin also knew how to control distance with consistent pressure.

Denis Inkin's greatest achievements came from topping Fulgencio Zuniga, Jozsef Nagy, Mario Veit and Julio Cesar Vasquez.

Birthplace of Denis Inkin (Novosibirsk, Russia)

Dmitry Pirog vs Danny Jacobs

The Battle of Unbeatens! Pirog knocked Daniel Jacobs out to claim the vacant WBO middleweight championship.
The Battle of Unbeatens! Pirog knocked Daniel Jacobs out to claim the vacant WBO middleweight championship. | Source

Dmitry Pirog (Temryuk, Russia)

"The Grandmaster" is the former WBO middleweight world champion who knocked out Danny Jacobs for the crown. Dmitry Pirog retired from the sport with a back injury but retired undefeated, nonetheless. His final tally reads: 20-0 with 15 knockout victories. It is sad that a back injury forced his retireent because Pirog was a knockout puncher with speed and skills to match.

Mr. Pirog's top accomplishments in the ring came from beating Daniel Jacobs, Nobuhiro Ishida, Kofi Jantuah and Gennady Martirosyan.

Nikolay Valuev vs David Haye

Nikolay Valuev lost his heavyweight crown to David Haye and promptly retired from the sport.
Nikolay Valuev lost his heavyweight crown to David Haye and promptly retired from the sport. | Source

Nikolay Valuev (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

"The Russian Giant" is a two-time heavyweight champion, having won the crown both times from John Ruiz. Nikolay Valuev retired from the sport of boxing with a resume that stands at: 50 wins, 2 losses and 1 no contest with 34 wins coming inside the distance. In all honesty, Valuev was slow of hand and foot but his height, reach and effort helped see him through.

Mr. Valuev has had some significant victories including besting John Ruiz, Monte Barrett, Larry Donald and Jameel McCline.

David Haye vs Nikolay Valuev (Video)

Sergei Kobozev (Former Cruiserweight Contender)

Sergei Kobozev had his career and life cut short when he was murdered. R.I.P.
Sergei Kobozev had his career and life cut short when he was murdered. R.I.P. | Source

Sergei Kobozev (Kostroma, Russia)

"The Russian Bear" was a cruiserweight and heavyweight boxer who was a contender having beaten future champion John Ruiz and he also fought for the cruiserweight title. His career was cut short when he was murdered. R.I.P. Sergei Kobozev ended his career sporting a mark reading: 21-1-1 with 17 stoppage wins. Above average speed and power plus counter punching were his trademarks.

Mr. Kobozev's top wins came against John Ruiz, Robert Daniels, Andrew Maynard and Dale Jackson.

Top 15 Kostya Tszyu Kockouts (Video)

Boxing Collectors Cards

Boxing has several card companies that produce boxing cards. Above are from left to right, Riddick Bowe, Larry Holmes and Roy Jones jr.
Boxing has several card companies that produce boxing cards. Above are from left to right, Riddick Bowe, Larry Holmes and Roy Jones jr. | Source

Akhmed Kotiev (Vladikavkaz, Russia)

Akhmed Kotiev is the former WBO welterweight champ and his final tally stands at: 27-2 with 15 stoppage victories to his credit. Kotiev depended on a crisp jab, sublime footwork and good stamina to win his biggest outings.

Mr. Kotiev's best wins inside the squared circle came against Leonard Townsend, Santos Cardona, Daniel Santos and Peter Malinga.

World Boxing Counsel (WBC)

Boxing has too many titles including the WBC, WBA, WBO and the IBF.
Boxing has too many titles including the WBC, WBA, WBO and the IBF. | Source

Newsboy Brown (Russia)

"Newsboy" is the former world flyweight king and he left the sport with a record consisting of: 58 wins, 13 losses, 5 draws and 14 of those victories coming inside the scheduled distance. Newsboy Brown had feather fist but he had fast fists. Also, he was adept at fighting on the inside as he was at boxing from the outside.

Mr. Brown's best wins were against opponents such as Baby Arizmendi, Panama Al Brown, Frankie Genaro and Midget Wolgast.

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