Best Boxers of All Time From Virginia
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Pernell Whitaker (Norfolk, Virginia)
"Sweet Pea" won a Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympic games and he won world titles one title in four Weight Divisions as a professional. Whitaker is the Former Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight, Welterweight and Junior middleweight Champion. He retired with a record that reads: 40-4- 1 with 17 knockouts. A master southpaw boxer with an excellent jab, great accurate punching and a beautiful body attack. Whitaker also possesses one of the best defenses in boxing history and in his prime he rarely lost a round. Along with Willie Pep and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Whitaker is the best defensive wizard ever.
Pernell Whitaker' top wins came from defeating: Buddy McGirt, Azumah Nelson, Jose Luis Ramirez and Roger Mayweather.
Pernell Whitaker vs. Julio Cesar Chavez
Kid Norfolk's Best Victories
Kid Norfolk (Norfolk, Virginia)
Kid Norfolk is a former top rated light heavyweight and heavyweight contender. He retired with a resume that reads: 83-23-6 with 47 knockouts to his credit. This boxer was cheated, like several others were, of a chance to contend for the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles even though he was well deserving because of racism of the day. Norfolk had a stiff jab and he was an accurate counter puncher with fast hands and above average knockout power in either hand.
Mr. Norfolk's top accomplishments came from beating: Harry Greb, Tiger Flowers, Battling Siki and Gunboat Smith.
Mac Foster (Alexandria, Virginia)
"Big Mack" was a highly regarded heavyweight contender in the 60's and 70's. Mac Foster retired with a mark of 30-6 with all of his wins coming by way of knockout. Foster had a porous defense and he was rather slow of foot but he was loaded with two handed power. Foster was a solid puncher and he could work equally to the head and body. Foster may have won a world title in certain era's but he fought he the deepest heavyweight division in history and could not quite beat the elite.
Mac Foster's top wins came from beating the likes of Zora Folley, Thad Spencer, Sam McGill and Tommy Burns
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Georgie Abrams (Roanoke, Virginia)
Georgie Abrams was a world ranked middleweight contender during his prime and he fought a who's who of boxers including Sugar Ray Robinson. Abrams retired sporting a record of: 48-10-3 with 9 knockouts on is ledger. A light hitter to be sure, Abrams made up for his lack of power with good footwork, combination punching and non stop stamina which got him out of several togh spots during his bouts.
Mr. Abrams recorded some significant wins including victories over Billy Soose, Lou Brouillard, Cocoa Kid and Teddy Yarosz.
Georgie Abrams vs. Sugar Ray Robinson
Tom Molineaux (Virginia)
Tom Molineaux is a pioneer in the fight game and he fought before gloves in the bare knuckle era. His actual ring record is unknown. Not known as pwer puncher but more of a counter punching, place puncher. He was known to use his jab and footwork to baffle opponents and win heats during bout.
Mr. Molineaux recorded victories over the likes of Tom Tough, Bob Burroughs, Will Fuller and Jack Carter.
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Julian Wheeler (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
"The Killer" is a two time U.S. Amateur Featherweight Champion and a former Olympian. As a professional he never won a title but he was ranked in the Jr. Lightweight, Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight divisions. Julian Wheeler left the ring with a mark of: 22-7-2 with 8 knockouts. A slick boxer with fast hands and feet. Wheeler is at his best giving angles, popping the jab, landing lead rights and counter punching his way to a points victory.
Julian Wheeler's best wins have come from beating: Israel Cardona, Jorge Paez, Mauro Lucero and Victor McKinnis.
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Darroll Wilson (Danville, Virginia)
"Doin' Damage" was a contender in the heavyweight division and he retired from the squared circle with a resume that reads: 27-10-2 with 21 knockouts. Wilson had average hand and foot speed, average ring skills and a soft chin but he had an abundance of heart and fight ending punching power that made him must see T.V.
Darroll Wilson's biggest victories came from defeating Shannon Briggs, James Stanton, Courage Thsabalala and Bert Cooper.
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Charles Shufford (Martinsville, Virginia)
Charles Shufford was a top rated contender in the heavyweight division and he left the squared circle with a record of: 20-8-1 with 9 knockouts. Average power and speed along with a defense that was weak hurt him in the pro ranks but Shufford always gave his all. Charles Shufford had descent skills including an accurate jab and solid right hand.
Mr. Shufford's best ring wins came from topping: Lamon Brewster, Lance Whitaker, Jimmy Thunder and Elieser Castillo.
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Willy Wise (Onancock, Virginia)
"Slick" has an amateur record that reads: 87-10 and he won Golden Gloves championships in Virginia and in New York. Willy Wise was a world ranked welterweight (147 pounds) who retired sporting a mark of: 26-11-4 with 7 knockouts on his docket. Wise was a mover who liked to jab and pot shot from a distance while feinting and giving angles.
Willy Wise had some good wins including beating: Julio Cesar Chavez, Dingaan Thobela, Jose Antonio Rivera and Julian Holland.
Willy Wise vs. Julio Cesar Chavez
Jimmy Lange (Great Falls, Virginia)
Jimmy Lange is a boxer in the junior middleweight and middleweight weight classes and he is till an active boxer as of 2015. Lange has a current record of: 38-6-2 with 25 knockouts. Lange is still young and has time to improve but as it stands he hits very hard and accurate. Also, Lange can go to the body with skill and cut off the ring when he has to.
Mr. Lange's best victories came from topping: Jimmy Holmes, Joe Wyatt, Jonathan Reid and Grover Wiley.
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