Best Boxers of All Time From Texas
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George Foreman (Houston, Texas)
Big George won a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics and he won the heavyweight championship twice. Foreman is also the oldest heavyweight champion in history having won the crown at 45 years old. Known for his devastating two handed power and accurate and brutal jab. Foreman could destroy you with bombs on the inside or pulverize his opponents from the outside with his one-two combination. One of the greatest heavyweights in boxing history.
George Foreman's top victories were over Joe Frazier (twice), Ken Norton, Ron Lyle and Michael Moorer.
George Foreman vs. Joe Frazier
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Lew Jenkins (Milburn, Texas)
The Sweetwater Swatter retired with a record of 73-41-5 with 51 knockouts on his ledger. He is the former lightweight champion of the world and he is known for his knockout blows and his pressure fighting style. Jenkins was adept at punching to the head and body and if not for his party ways he would have accomplished even more in the sport. A true warrior in the squared circle and this guy could fight.
Lew Jenkins scored several memorable victories including defeating Lou Ambers, Tippy Larkin, Bob Montgomery and Mike Belloise.
Terry Norris (Lubbock, Texas)
Terrible Terry Norris is an outstanding former junior middleweight champion who retired from boxing with a mark of 47-9 with 31 knockouts. He had a soft chin but his heart and knockout punch were as big as Texas. His boxing skills were elite level on his best days. Against Mugabi he showed his crushing power scoring a one round knockout. Against Simon Brown he won the rematch by boxing smart for 12 heats.
Terry Norris had some huge successes in the 154 pound division including beating Sugar Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, Simon Brown and Donald Curry.
Terry Norris vs. Ray Leonard
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Paulie Ayala (Fort Worth, Texas)
The Quiet Champ is a former Bantamweight world champion who fought a who's who of to boxers during his career. Ayala left the ring sporting a resume of 35-3 with 12 opponents not hearing the final bell. Known for his work ethic and overall skills on offense and defense Ayala overcame his lack of punching power by punching in volume and of course his grit and determination.
The best wins of Paulie Ayala's career came from topping Johnny Tapia (Twice), Johnny Bredahl and Clarence Adams.
Paulie Ayala vs. Johnny Tapia
Donald Curry (Fort Worth, Texas)
The Lone Star Cobra is the former welterweight and junior middleweight world champion who retired sporting a record of 34-6 with 25 knockouts. As an amateur he compiled an astonishing record of 400-4 and won a National Golden Gloves title along the way. Curry had skills as well as power in both hands which he proved on several occasions.
Donald Curry's top victories came from besting Milton McCrory, Marlon Starling, Gianfranco Rosi and Jose Antonio Martinez.
Donald Curry vs. Milton McCrory (Video)
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Curtis Cokes (Dallas, Texas)
Curtis Cokes was a successful boxer as well as a trainer. He won the world welterweight title and his final ring record reads 62-14-4 with 30 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Cokes was not a power puncher but his footwork, counter punching and sharp one two's usually got the job done. Cokes could box or evade a fight with his quick feet which he did many times during his heyday.
The best accomplishments of Curtis Coke's career came from winning bouts against Charley Shipes, Stan Harrington, Tony Montano and Luis Manuel Rodriguez.
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Orlin Norris (Lubbock, Texas)
Night Train is the former cruiserweight champion and a contender in the heavyweight division. Norris retired with a record of 57 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw with 30 knockouts on his docket. Although not a one punch knockout artist Norris was accurate and fast with his shots. He had slick offensive skills and his counter punching ability was not bad. Among those he fought as a heavyweight was Iron Mike Tyson.
Orlin Norris' biggest wins came from beating Nate Miller, Adolpho Washington, Tony Tucker and Arthur Williams.
Birthplace of Orlin Norris (Lubbock, Texas)
Reggie Johnson (Houston, Texas)
Sweet Reggie is the former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion who left the sport with a mark reading 44-7-1 with 25 knockouts. Johnson was not great at any one aspect of the sport but he was good at everything. Johnson was a solid 175 pound boxer but he had the misfortune of fighting in that division with a prime Roy Jones Jr.
Reggie Johnson's best victories came from beating William Guthrie, Steve Collins, Lamar Parks and Sanderline Williams.
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Renaldo Snipes (Houston, Texas)
Mr. Snipes was a top ten heavyweight contender during the 1980s and he rounded out his professional career with a record reading 39-8-1 with 22 opponents not finishing the bout on their feet. Snipes gave Larry Holmes a tough fight in a losing bid for the heavyweight crown.
Renaldo Snipes accomplished a great deal including gaining victories over Johnny Du Plooy, Terry Anderson, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Trever Berbick.
Ronnie Shields (Port Arthur, Texas)
Ronnie Shields was a top amateur having won the National Golden Gloves two times. As a trainer he has had lots of success and as a pro boxer he has had limited success. He retired from the professional ranks with a record of 26-6-1 with 19 knockouts to his credit.
Ronnie Shields best wins came from besting Saoul Mamby, Larry Bonds, Joe Manley and Randy Mitchem.
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