Best Boxers of All Time From the State of Rhode Island
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Vinny Paz (Cranston, Rhode Island)
"The Pazmanian Devil" is the former lightweight and junior middleweight champion and he retired sporting a mark of: 50-10 with 30 victories coming by way of knockout. This guy was a ball of fire in the ring. He had heart, a chin and lots of stamina. Paz had descent skills, fast hands and his offense was top notch when he followed a game plan in the ring.
Vinny Paz has had some great wins but his best came from beating: Greg Haugen, Roberto Duran, Dana Rosenblatt and Gilbert Dele.
"The Pazmanian Devil" & His Best Wins
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Joey Archibald (Providence, Rhode Island)
Joey Archibald was a two-time featherweight world champion and when he retired his resume read: 60-40-5 with 29 stoppage wins. Archibald was good moving on his feet and boxing behind the jab on the outside. Average power and speed but solid skills, stamina and knowledge of the game made him a solid boxer.
Mr. Archibald's best victories came from beating the likes of Harry Jeffra, Leo Rodak, Mike Belloise and Larry Bolvin.
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Harold Gomes (Former Junior Lightweight Champion)
Harold Gomes (Providence, Rhode Island)
Harold Gomes is a former two-time junior lightweight champion and he was also a top contender in the featherweight division. Gomes left the squared circle with a record standing at: 50-10 with 24 victories coming inside the distance. Gomes had a good jab and solid power which he used well to the head and body of his opponents. However, his chin was not very sturdy which has cost him in some of his biggest bouts.
Mr. Gomes won some good battles but his most impressive came against Paul Jorgensen, Jimmy Kelly, Jay Fullmer and Eduardo Guerrero.
Vinny Paz Tribute (Video)
Demetrius Andrade vs. Vanes Martirosyan
Demetrius Andrade (Providence, Rhode Island)
"Boo Boo" is the former junior middleweight champion of the world and, as of 2017, holds a current record reading: 23-0 with 16 knockout wins. As an amateur Andrade won the National Golden Gloves Championships twice, a gold medal at the World Championships 2007 and he competed as an Olympian in the 2008 Olympics. Andrade has major potential to go even further in his career because he has elite level offensive skills and his footwork, timing and defense have proven to be excellent as well as his one punch KO power.
Demetrius Andrade's top victories to date have come from toppling Vanes Martirosyan, Willie Nelson, Angel Hernandez and Freddy Hernandez.
Demetrius Andrade Highlights (Video)
Jason Estrada (2004 U.S. Olympian)
Jason Estrada (Providence, Rhode Island)
"Big Six" has had a somewhat uninspiring pro career as a heavyweight boxer. He shows flashes of superb skill but he seems to lack stamina. Estrada career, as of 2017 stands at: 20-6 with 6 stoppage finishes. A light puncher but a fast and accurate one. His talent on offense is obvious and he can control matches with his footwork and jab alone although he seems to have lacked proper discipline during stretches of his pro career.
Mr. Estrada, who has skills, beat, among others, Zuri Lawrence, Lance Whitaker, Robert Hawkins and Charles Shufford.
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Matt Godfrey (Cruiserweight Contender)
Matt Godfrey (Providence, Rhode Island)
"Too Smooth" is a top 10 rated cruiserweight and former title challenger. As of 2017, his record in the paid ranks stands at: 20-3 with 10 knockouts to his credit. As an amateur boxer he accomplished a massive amount including winning the U.S. National Amateur Championships in 2000 and 2004, first as a middleweight and then as a heavyweight. He also won the National Golden Gloves once and he was a 6time New England Golden Gloves champion. Godfrey remains a player in his division and he does everything well enough to eventually capture a world title.
Matt Godfrey's best wins came from beating Michael Simms, Shawn Hawk, Danny Batchelder and Ernest Mateen.
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Gary Balletto (Former Lightweight Contender)
Gary Balletto (Providence, Rhode Island)
"Tiger" is a former contender in the lightweight division who retired with a boxing record reading: 31-3-2 with 26 knockouts to his credit. Balletto eventually retired and started training boxers at his own gym that he bought. He had obvious power in both hands especially his powerful right and he punched pretty well in combination showing accuracy also.
Gary Balletto's best victories came from besting the likes of Matthew Strode, Mike DiBenedetto, Aaron Torres and Johnny Walker.
Jason Estrada Boxing Highlights (Video)
Melissa Fiorentino (Cranston, Rhode Island)
"The Fury" is a top rated junior lightweight contender and her record currently resides at: 17-2 with 6 knockouts. Fiorentino had average power and speed but her heart and will along with her infighting skills have served her well. She could work the body well and was accurate with her hooks.
Melissa Fiorentino's biggest wins came from beating Cindy Serrano, Esther Schouten, Jaime Clampitt and Belinda Laracuente.
George Araujo (Fox Point, Rhode Island)
George Araujo is a former top contender in the lightweight division and he once fought for the 135 pound championship, losing to champion Jimmy Carter. Araujo's career record stands at: 58-9-1 with 33 knockouts coming via K.O. Araujo was not great at any certain thing but he was very good at everything. Good jab, power, speed and footwork.
Mr. Araujo's most significant victories have come from beating prizefighters such as Red Top Davis, Paddy DeMarco, Sandy Saddler and Del Flanagan.
Kali Reis (Providence, Rhode Island)
"K.O." has fought as a lightweight and then as a middleweight where she won the won middleweight championship. As of 2017, Reis has a record consisting of 10 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw and 4 knockouts on her docket. She was not always properly motivated but as she has proved she can hang with the best when she is ready.
Kali Reis has some solid wins including victories over Maricela Cornejo, Teresa Perozzi, Althea Saunders and Victoria Cisneros.
Birthplace of Kali Reis (Providence, Rhode Island)
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