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Frankie Randall (Morristown, Tennessee)
The Surgeon is a three time junior welterweight world champion and he retired with a resume reading: 58-18-1 with 42 knockouts. Randall had sublime boxing skills and solid punching power. Randall, in his prime, was a beast who could go toe to toe or dance in circles. After losing a close one to Edwin Rosario he avenged the defeat emphatically and finally got the great J.C. Chavez in the ring. Randall always gave his all and always came ready and prepared to fight.
The best wins of Randall's career were against Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Coggi (Twice), Freddie Pendleton, Rodney Moore, and Edwin Rosario.
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Antwun Echols (Memphis, Tennessee)
Antwun Echols was a top middleweight contender who likely would have held the crown if not for Bernard Hopkins. He retired with a record of 31-12-4 with 27 knockouts. Echols was known for his power and attacking style. He went tit for tat with B-Hop in two bouts and although he lost both times he gave it his all and then some in those matches. Echols was an offensive powerhouse and a thrill to watch in a shootout.
The top wins of his career came from beating the likes of Charles Brewer, Richard Grant, Lionel Ortiz and Urbano Gurrola.
Rickey Parkey (Morristown, Tennessee)
Rickey Parkey fought as a professional boxer in the Cruiserweight division. Hretired with a resume that reads: 22-20 with 16 knockouts. Parkey is the former cruiserweight champion of the world and he won the title from Lee Roy Murphy. Evander Holyfield ultimately took his crown. Parkey was an underachiever who although a success to a degree could have done much more.
Parkey's biggest victories have come over Lee Roy Murphy, Chisanda Mutti, Bobby Crabtree and Carlos Hernandez.
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Memphis Pal Moore (Memphis, Tennessee)
Pal Moore retired with a record of 107-26-24 with 11 knockouts. He was not a power puncher but a skilled boxer with excellent footwork. Although he never won the world title he was a top contender who took on everyone. It was difficult to get past his jab and stright right which would keep a slugger honest. Moore was awesome at footwork and using feints during his bouts.
Memphis Pal Moore beat several good boxers including Harry Forbes, Joe Lynch, Johnny McCoy and Bud Taylor.
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Jerome Coffee (Nashville, Tennessee)
Jerome Coffee was an outstanding amateur in the flyweight weight class and a top contender as a professional in the bantamweight division. He retired from boxing with a record of 35-13-1 with 19 knockouts. His best performance was a loss. Coffee lost a tough 15 round decision to bantam king Jeff Fenech which gained him new fans for his effort. Coffee never won a belt but he was a top 10 bantamweight for several years during his prime.
Coffee's best wins were against James Manning, George Garcia and Mike Moreno.
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Tommy Brooks (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Tommy Brooks compiled a professional record of 7-3 with 7 knockouts. He relied heavily on the jab in his bouts. He is known even more now as a famous trainer who has worked with greats such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield. Meldrick Taylor and several others. He teaches offensive aggression with defensive responsibility to his boxers just as he showed when he boxed as a pro and as an amateur.
Brooks notched his best wins over Nikita Hocker, Eddie Smith and James Norwood. Many feel he retired too soon and could have made it further in the pro ranks.
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Jonathan Reid (Nashville, Tennessee)
Jonathan Reid is still an active boxer as of 2014 and he sports a record of 35-17 with 19 knockouts. Reid was once a contestant on the boxing reality show called "The Contender". He is heavy handed and good offensively. Reid is flawed defensively but he makes for very entertaining scraps.
Reid's top victories have been against Ryan Davis, Roni Martinez, Karl Willis and Lee Fortune.
Alonzo Butler (Nashville, Tennessee)
Alfonzo Butler was a heavyweight contender with power in both hands. A stalking fighter, he retired with a record of 27-2-1 with 20 knockouts. Butler had a chin and could take a wallop to be sure. With better management and big time promoters Butler could have been a champion.
Butler's best victories were against James Walton, Otis Tisdale and Ralph West.
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William (Gorilla) Jones (Memphis, Tennessee)
William Jones briefly held the world Middleweight championship and retired with a record of 95-24-12 with 55 knockouts. He could box on the outside or slug it out up close, Jones also had an iron chin and was never stopped in his entire career! He took on any fighter brave enough to lace up the gloves and he often fought in other boxers backyards.
Jones gained his top wins by besting the likes of Frankie Hughes, Tommy Freeman, Oddone Piazza and Frankie O' Brian.
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Bobby Bryant (Memphis, Tennessee)
The Prodigy retired undefeated with a record of 15-0 with 9 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He had a descent career as an amateur and knew the fundamentals well. Bryant could use footwork and jabs to control a bout or work on the inside with body shots and sharp uppercuts.
Bryant's best wins were against Justin Flanagan, Anthony Middlebrooks and Sean Wilson.
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