Best Boxers of All Time From South Carolina
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Bob Montgomery (Sumter, South Carolina)
Bob Montgomery is the former 135 pound world champion having beaten Beau Jack for the lightweight title. He retired sporting a mark of 75-19-3 with 37 knockouts to his credit. Not known for his power but more for his aggressive style and counter punching ability. Montgomery is a true throwback fighter and he could have been a champion in any era.
Bobcat Bob Montgomery's best victories came from topping Beau Jack, Ike Williams, Lew Jenkins and Fritzie Zivic.
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Jimmy Carter (Aiken, South Carolina)
Jimmy Carter is the former lightweight world champion and he retired with a record of 81-31-9 with 32 knockouts. Carter had solid skills complimented by a stiff jab and excellent counter punching technique. Carter could work the body like a pro or stand back and parry shots and counter from a distance with equal prowess.
Jimmy Carter's best victories came against Don Jordan, Paddy DeMarco, Tommy Collins and George Araujo.
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Paul Williams (Aiken, South Carolina)
The Punisher left the sport with a record of 41-2 with 27 knockouts. Paul Williams has won championships in the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions. Williams was a non stop puncher and a pressure fighter who overwhelmed foes with the volume of punches he threw. Williams took on tough opposition on a constant basis and he had a super fan friendly offensive style. His career, sad;y, was cut short due to a motorcycle accident.
Paul Williams had lots of tough battles but his best wins came over Sergio Martinez, Winky Wright, Sharma Mitchell and Antonio Margarito.
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Bobby Watts (Rembert, South Carolina)
Boogaloo Watts was a top ranked Middleweight contender during the talent rich 1970;s 160 pound era. Bobby Watts retired with a resume reading 38-7-1 with 21 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Watts was not great at any one thing but he was very good at every single thing as far as boxing goes. If not for Marvelous Marvin Hagler having such a successful run Watts would have at least won the middleweight championship at some point.
Bobby Watts best wins came from beating Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Reggie Ford, Eugene Hart and Willie Monroe.
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Chad Dawson (Hartsville, South Carolina)
Bad Chad Dawson is the former light heavyweight champion of the world and he was known for his jab, speed and foot movement. Dawson is still an active fighter and as of 2014 he has a record of 32-4 with 18 knockouts. On his best performances Dawson used his height and reach to keep opponents at bay with his jab. Dawson seems to either have hit a slump or he is going downhill but on his best day it was a tall task to beat Bad Chad Dawson.
Chad Dawson's biggest wins have come from beating Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson and Tomasz Adamek.
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Lonnie Bradley (Charleston, South Carolina)
Lonnie Bradley is the former WBO Middleweight champion and he defended his crown 6 times. Bradley retired from boxing with a mark of 29-1-1 with 21 knockouts.Bradley was a solid boxer puncher who could end bouts with one shot from either hand. Bradley was always willing to mix it up and huis head movement was above average.
Lonnie Bradley's most significant victories came from beating Simon Brown, Lonnie Beasley, Karl Willis and Victor Galindez.
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Eddie Davis (Dillon, South Carolina)
Eddie Davis was a top 10 ranked light heavyweight in a deep division who fought the great duo of Michael Spinks and Dwight Muhammad Qawi. He compiled a record of 34-6-1 with 20 knockouts. Davis took on all comers and even though he lost at the top level he always gave his all. Davis is one of the boxers who would have made it to the op if he had a big time promoter, manager and trainer. Eddie Davis was a superb boxer who usually exhibited excellent stamina during his ring bouts.
The top wins of Eddie Davis' career came against Murray Sutherland, Pablo Ramos, Chris Schwenke and Kelvin Kelly.
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Mike Hunter (Greenville, South Carolina)
The Bounty Hunter was a top contender in the heavyweight division who finished the sport with a record reading 26-7-2 with 8 knockouts. He was a sparring partner to the stars so to speak. As a pro he showed promise with his slick moves but never lived up to his potential especially on offense. He chose to lay back and give away rounds even when it appeared he could steal the fights.
The best wins of Mike Hunter's career have come from defeating Alex Zolkin, Tyrell Biggs, Oliver McCall and Pinklon Thomas.
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Marion Wilson (Florence, South Carolina)
JackHammer is a former heavyweight contender who retired with a record of 12-41-4 with 5 knockouts. Known as a good sparring partner and gatekeeper Wilson always gave his all and knew how to box.
Wilson/s best wins came against Corey Sanders, Mike Hunter and Thomas Williams.
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Freddie Mack (Bennettsville, South Carolina)
Mr. Superbad was a light heavyweight contender who retired sporting a boxing resume of 27-19-3 with 14 knockouts. Mack had a descent skill set and respectable power even though his speed was average. Mack would always expose as a young contender as a pretender if that is the case.
Freddie Mack's best victories have came from beating Chic Calderwood, Benito Penna and Joey Armstrong.
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