Best Boxers of All Time From Washington, D.C.
Mark Johnson (Washington, DC)
"Too Sharp" was the U.S. Amateur Jr. Flyweight world champion and as a professional he won the flyweight championship and the junior bantamweight championship two times. Mark Johnson retired with a record reading: 44-5 with 28 knockouts. This southpaw was very slick, mainly because of his hand and foot speed. Johnson had heart, speed, reflexes and a wide array of fast combinations that he used to the head and boy with equal effect.
Mark Johnson's best victories came from defeating: Fernando Montiel, Ratan Sor Vorapin, Luis Bolano and Francisco Tejedor.
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Maurice Blocker (Washington, DC)
"The Thin Man" is a two time welterweight world champion and long time stalwart in the 147 pound division. Maurice Blocker retired with a resume that reads: 36-4 with 20 knockouts on his ledger. Blocker had a shaky chin but he had skills. His jab and straight right were sublime. He had decent footwork and on his best day he was good with his offense from the outside and gave many boxers fits. He, however, lost his three biggest bouts which were to a fearsome trio: Felix Trinidad, Terry Norris and Simon Brown
Maurice Blocker's biggest wins came against the likes of: Marlon Starling, Luis Garcia, Saoul Mamby and Glenwood Brown.
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Sharmba Mitchell (Takoma Park, Washington, DC)
"Little Big Man" is a two time junior welterweight world champion and if nt for Kostya Tzu and Floyd Mayweather he may have reigned for a long, long time. He left the squared circle sporting a mark of: 57-6 wth 30 knockouts. Mitchell had decent power but he had above average speed and reflexes. Also, exceptional footwork and an accurate jab complimented his offensive tool box. He was a talented boxer and when he used his skills he was total package but sometimes he foolishly would trade when he did not need to slug it out.
Sharmba Mitchell's top wins came from beating: Khalid Rahilou, Lovemore N'Dou, Vince Phillips and Ben Tackie.
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Lamont Peterson (Washington, DC)
"Havoc" is the former 140 pound champion (junior welterweight) and he has a record, as of 2015, of: 33-3-1 with 17 knockouts to his credit. As an amateur Peterson excelled by becoming the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion in 2001. Average hand and foot speed along with a porous defense usually hurts a boxer but Peterson makes up for those issues with unlimited stamina, solid skills on offense and a non stop, come forward style.
Lamont Peterson's best wins came from defeating solid guys like: Amir Khan, Victor Cayo, Kendall Holt and Dierry Jean.
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DeMarcus Corley (Washington, DC)
"Chop Chop" won the National Golden loves championship in 1995 fighting as a junior welterweight. In the paid ranks, Corley is the former junior welterweight champion and as of 2015 his record stands at: 42-23-1 with 25 knockouts. Corley has shown flashes of being great. He has fast hands, feet and head movement. On his best days, Corley fires off rapid fire combinations and circles the ring using a long, accurate stick.
Demarcus Corley's best victories came against: Paul McCloskey, Darryl Tyson, Randall Bailey and Ener Julio.
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Keith Holmes (Washington, DC)
Mr. Holmes is a two time middleweight champion of the world and he retired with a mark of: 41-5 with 25 knockouts on his docket. Holmes was not a big puncher and he was not really that fast either. He was fundamentally sound however. Holmes used jabs, foot movement and lots of feints to build up points in his bouts.
Keith Holmes's most impressive victories came from beating: Quincy Taylor, Paul Vaden, Robert McCracken and Hacine Cherifi.
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Tony Thompson (Washington, DC)
"The Tiger" is a top rated heavyweight contender and as been for years. He challenged Vladimir Klitschko for the championship twice falling short both times. Tony Thompson's resume, as of 2015, reads: 40-5 wit 27 knockouts. Thompson is a underachiever without a doubt because he has shown moments where he looked spectacular. He uses his reach well especially with that long jab and his defense is not bad either.
Tony Thompsons best wins came in the ring against: David Price, Chaz Witherspoon, Timur Ibragimov and Luan Krasniqi.
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Sonny Boy West (Washington, DC)
"Sonny Boy" was a former top contender in the lightweight (135 pounds) division. His final ring tally reads: 48-8-1 with 16 knockouts. A very soft hitter but he tossed lots of leather at his foes. An accurate puncher who was as adept at fighting on the inside as he was the outside. West could work the body and head with quick flurries and get out of harm's way.
Sonny Boy West recorded some good wins including topping: Sammy Angott, Red Top Davis, Harry LaSane and Mario Pacheco.
Darryl Tyson (Washington, DC)
Mr. Tyson is a former contender in the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. Tyson retired sporting a mark of 50-14-1 with 24 knockouts. He fought every top boxer of his era and held his on lots of times. Darryl Tyson was not great at any one thing but he was very good in all areas of the sweet science.
Darryl Tyson's best wins came by besting: Emmanuel Clottey, Reggie Green, Roger Mayweather and Freddie Roach.
Clarence Vinson (Washington, DC)
"Untouchable" was a distinguished amateur boxer to say the least. Vinson was the U.S. Amateur champion as a flyweight two years in a row and he was also the U.S. Amateur champion as a bantamweight in 1999. As a pro boxer Vinson compiled a record of: 17-2 with 7 knockouts. Vinson had very little power and as a professional he seemed to lack the dedication he showed as an amateur.
Clarence Vinson's biggest accomplishments came from defeating: Juan Jose Beltran, Sandro Orlando Oviedo, Roberto Chacon and Jose German Cruz.
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