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Best Boxers of All Time From Venezuela
Edwin Valero (Merida, Venezuela)
"The Dynamite" was a champion in the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions. Edwin Valero left the prize ring with a record reading: 27-0 with all of his wins coming by way of knockout. Valero was an offensive wrecking ball, possessing incredible speed and crushing knockout power in both his fists. This boxer was similar to Manny Pacquiao at his peak.
Mr. Valero's top victories came against Vicente Mosquera, Antonio Pitalua, Hector Velazquez and Antonio DeMarco.
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Alexander Munoz (Miranda, Venezuela)
"El Explosivo" is the two-time junior bantamweight world champ and his final ring tally stands at: 38-7 with 30 wins coming before the final bell. Munoz had an average defense and his footwork was nothing special but his two handed bombs, conditioning and will helped carry him to the top. A fan favorite because he always gave it his all and even came from behind to win a couple of times during his illustrious career.
Mr. Munoz has had some significant wins but his top ones came from beating Nobuo Nashiro, Celes Kobayashi, Hidenobu Honda and Felix Machado.
Best Wins for Alexander Munoz
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Israel Contreras (La Guaira, Venezuela)
Israel Contreras is the former WBO and WBA bantamweight champion of the world. He retired from prizefighting sporting a mark that stands at: 38-3-1 with 27 stoppages to his credit. Contreras had solid footwork and a tight defense to go along with a solid jab and he was a good boxer who judged distance well. I always wondered how much more he could have done in his career if he had carried on a little longer and had more bouts.
Mr. Contreras's best wins came from defeating Luisito Espinosa, Oscar Bolivar, Ray Minus and Johnny Vasquez.
Israel Contreras KO 1 Wilfredo Vazquez Sr (Video)
Jorge Linares vs Anthony Crolla
Jorge Linares (Barinas, Venezuela)
"The Golden Boy" is still active as of 2017 and he has held the featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight (2-times) championships. Jorge Linares has a current resume reading: 41-3-0 with 27 wins coming inside the distance. Linares is a solid prizefighter on both sides of the spectrum but his offense and work rate are his forte.
Mr. Linares has topped some skilled boxers but if it is narroed down then his best wins came from beating the likes of Anthony Crolla, Rocky Juarez, Oscar Larios and Whyber Garcia.
Betulio Gonzalez (3-Time Flyweight Champion)
Betulio Gonzalez (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
Betulio Gonzalez is a three time world flyweight champion and his resume reads: 76-12-4 with 52 knockouts on his docket. An excellent boxer-puncher with good movement, a stiff, accurate jab and proven counter punching skills, Gonzalez never backed down from any challenge inside the ring.
Mr. Gonzalez's best victories came from handing losses to Martin Vargas, Guty Espadas, Miguel Canto and Shoji Oguma.
Birthplace of Betulio Gonzalez (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
Antonio Cermeno (Rio Chico, Venezuela)
"The Colossus" is the former junior featherweight and featherweight champion and his final tally is: 45-7 with 31 K.O. wins on his ledger. Antonio Cermeno was a solid puncher with a crisp right hand and deadly left hook but he knew how to box from the outside as well and he knew how to make adjustments during his bouts.
Mr. Cermeno's top victories came from defeating Yober Ortega, Genaro Rios, Jesus Salud and Wilfredo Vazquez.
Edwin Valero Highlight Reel (Video)
Leo Gamez (San Juan de Los Morros, Venezuela)
"Torito" is the former minimumweight, junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight champion. Leo Gamez retired with a record standing at: 35-12-1 with 26 stoppage wins. Gamez was a big puncher especially in the lower weight clsases, and even though he could be out boxed, Torito also knew how to cut off the ring if need be.
Leo Gamez has many big wins but his best came against Hugo Soto, Shiro Yahiro, Juan Antonio Torres and Pichit Chor Siriwat.
Boxing Bloopers (Video)
Carlos Hernandez (Caracas, Venezuela)
"Morocho" is the former junior welterweight champion and Venezuela's first ever world champion boxer. Carlos Hernandez retired leaving a resume that stands at: 60-12-4 with 44 knockout victories. This fighter is often forgotten by people and remember more for his losses but on his best days he coukd really brawl and catch almost anyone, knocking them out or at least hurting them with shots to the robs and to the jaw.
Mr. Hernandez's best wins came from defeating the likes of Eddie Perkins, Kenny Lane, Joe Brown and Mario Rossito.
Pro Boxing Gloves
Antonio Esparragoza (Cumana, Venezuela)
Antonio Esparragoza is the former world featherweight champion and he defended his strap seven times. His final record is: 30-2-4 with 27 wins coming via the knockout route. An overachiever without a doubt. This constant underdog was not really special in any certain department but he was very good at each and every aspect of the game and he had tremendous heart.
Mr. Esparragoza's best wins came from toppling Steve Cruz, Jean-Marc Renard, Pascual Aranda and Mitsuru Sugiya.
Felix Machado vs Luis Perez
Felix Machado (Bolivar, Venezuela)
"El Macho" is the former junior bantamweight king and he defended his crown three times. Machado has a resume that reads: 26-15-1 with 12 recorded knockouts. Machado's record does not reflect his skills because heonly lost to the best or when he was past his very best.
Felix Machado's top wins came against Martin Castillo, Mauricio Pastrana, Julio Gamboa and William De Sousa.
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