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Best Boxers of All Time From Washington State

Updated on February 23, 2015

Freddie Steele (Former Middleweight Champion)

Freddie Steele was the middleweight world champion from 1936-1938.
Freddie Steele was the middleweight world champion from 1936-1938. | Source

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Freddie Steele (Seattle, Washington)

The Tacoma Assassin is the former middleweight world champion. He left the sport with a record reading: 123-5-11 with 58 of those wins coming via knockout. He had an average chin, as evidenced by his several knockout losses and knockdowns, but he had a big heart. Known for good footwork, a solid jab and solid offensive skills overall.

Freddie Steele's biggest victories came from beating the likes of Gorilla Jones, Gus Lesnevich, Solly Krieger and Ken Overlin.

Greg Haugen vs. Hector Camacho

Greg Haugen and Hector Camacho fought twice as professionals and these two warriors did not like each other.
Greg Haugen and Hector Camacho fought twice as professionals and these two warriors did not like each other. | Source

Greg Haugen's Best Wins

Ray Mancini
Hector Camacho
Vinnie Pazienza
Freddie Roach
Jimmy Paul
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Five boxers who tasted defeat at the hands of Greg Haugen.

Greg Haugen (Auburn, Washington)

Greg Haugen is the former lightweight and junior welterweight champion. His final ring tally reads: 40-10-1 with 19 stoppages to his credit. Haugen was known for a solid chin, descent defense and a very good offense complimented by good body punching. He was involved in the largest attended bout in history when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez in front of 132, 247 screaming fans.

Greg Haugen's top wins came from defeating Ray Mancini, Hector Camacho, Vinnie Pazienza, Jimmy Paul & Freddie Roach.

Rocky Lockridge

Rocky Lockridge is the former junior lightweight champion of the world.
Rocky Lockridge is the former junior lightweight champion of the world. | Source

Rocky Lockridge (Tacoma, Washington)

Rocky Lockridge won the junior lightweight championship by knocking out Roger Mayweather in one round. His final ring resume is: 44-9 with 36 knockouts. Lockridge was involved in the 1988 "Fight of the Year" against Tony Lopez. Lockridge had an average jaw and average speed but his two fisted power was something indeed. Also, he had good tools on offense and defense that always made him hard to topple.

Rocky's best victories came from toppling: Roger Mayweather, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Harold Knight and Kamel Bou-Ali.

Boxing

Boxing can be a very violent but beautiful sport.
Boxing can be a very violent but beautiful sport. | Source

Birthplace of Tod Morgan (Dungeness, Washington)

Tod Morgan (Dungeness, Washington)

Tod Morgan is the one time junior lightweight world champion who retired with a mark of: 133-42-33 with 29 knockouts on his docket. Morgan was a weak puncher but he was fast and slick with good feints and movement a constant in his attack. Morgan could also take a shot although he had a descent enough defense so he did not always get hit flush.

Tod Morgan's top accomplishments came from besting boxers such as Mike Ballerino, Baby Sal Sorio, Eddie Martin and Jimmy Goodrich.

Sugar Ray Seales vs. Marvin Hagler 3 (Video)

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Sugar Ray Seales (Tacoma, Washington)

"Sugar" Ray Seales won a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and a top 10 middleweight contender during the prime of his professional ring career. Seales final ring record stands at: 57-8-3 with 34 knockouts. Seales was fast with his hands and feet. He always pumped out tons of jabs using his amateur style to pile up points.

Ray Seales best wins were against Doug Demmings, Tony Gardner, George Cooper and David Love. Seales also owns a draw with a prime and ready Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

S.T. Gordon (Former Cruiserweight Champion)

S.T. Gordon is the former cruiserweight champion of the world.
S.T. Gordon is the former cruiserweight champion of the world. | Source

S.T Gordon (Tacoma, Washington)

S.T Gordon is the former WBC Cruiserweight world champion and he left prizefighting with a final record of: 24-7 with 21 big knockouts to his credit. Not a gifted boxer nor did he possess excellent speed Gordon did have, however, one punch knockout power. Most of his wins came courtesy of the knockout route as his record indicates.

S.T Gordon's top victories came from topping Trevor Berbick, Carlos DeLeon, Yaqui Lopez and Jesse Burnett.

Crazy Boxing Knockouts (Video)

Tiger Jack

Tiger Jack Fox was a deadly puncher in the 175 pound weight class during his prizefighting career.
Tiger Jack Fox was a deadly puncher in the 175 pound weight class during his prizefighting career. | Source

Tiger Jack Fox (Spokane, Washington)

Tiger Jack was a top ranked light heavyweight (175 pounds) during the bulk of his career and Ring Magazine named him as one of the 100 greatest punchers in the history of the sport. Fox retired with a resume that reads: 139-23-12 with 89 destructive knockouts left in his wake. He was known for power punching to the head, body and arms of his foes and even his jab was like most fighters' right hand.

Tiger Jack Fox has several big wins but his top ones would be defeating Jersey Joe Walcott (Twice), Bob Olin and Lou Brouillard. Fox fought and lost a controversial decision to Maxie Rosenbloom as well.


Leo Randolph (1976 Olympic Gold Medalist)

Leo Randolph won a gold medal fighting as a Flyweight in the 1976 Olympic games.
Leo Randolph won a gold medal fighting as a Flyweight in the 1976 Olympic games. | Source

Great Boxing Comebacks (Video)

Leo Randolph (Tacoma, Washington)

Leo Randolph had great success as an amateur and as a professional. He won a gold medal boxing in the Flyweight division in the 1976 Olympics and as a pro he won the junior featherweight title. Randolph's final tally inside the squared circle is: 17 wins, 2 losses and 9 knockouts. Randolph had fast hands and great ring generalship. He could circle the ring or slip shots when fighting up close and personal.

Leo Randolph's best wins were against the likes of Ricardo Cardona, Tony Rocha, Oscar Muniz and Baby Kid Chocolate.

Pete Rademacher (Olympic Medalist)

Pete Rademacher fought for the heavyweight title in his first pro bout, taking on and losing to Floyd Patterson.
Pete Rademacher fought for the heavyweight title in his first pro bout, taking on and losing to Floyd Patterson. | Source

Pete Rademacher (Tieton, Washington)

Pete Rademacher won the gold medal in the 1956 Olympics boxing in the heavyweight division. Rademacher challenged and lost to heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in his first professional bout which he got knocked out in. His final record inside the ropes is: 15-7-1 with 8 knockout victories. A tough guy with a solid jab and good right hand.

Pete Rademacher's biggest victories came from beating Bobo Olsen, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark and Donnie Fleeman.

Davey Armstrong (Puyallup, Washington)

Davey Armstrong had a stellar amateur career highlighted by him winning a gold medal in the 1975 Pan American games. As a professional Armstrong was a world rated lightweight who retired with a record of: 24-3 with 14 knockouts. A boxer puncher who had skills on the inside or from moving and punching from the outside. Armstrong trained out of Emanuel Steward's famous Kronk Gym.

Davey Armstrong's biggest wins were over Nick Furlano, Richard Rozelle and Ernesto Herrera.

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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      John Ochs 2 months ago

      Eddie Cotton deserves to be near the top of this list.

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