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Best Jamaican Boxers of All Time

Updated on March 4, 2017

Mike McCallum (3-Division Champion)

Mike McCallum won championships in the junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
Mike McCallum won championships in the junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. | Source

Mike McCallum (Kingston, Jamaica)

"The Body Snatcher" is the former junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight world champion and he retired with a resume that reads: 49-5-1 with 36 knockouts to his credit. A true legend in the sport, McCallum could do it all and he usually did. He had knockout power, a strong jab, good defense and his body punching skills are stuff of legend. A very talented boxer-puncher, McCallum could box going forward or backward. McCallum is old school and he could have competed in any other era. One of his best assets was his ability to adjust to any style and change his game plan during a bout.

Mr. McCallum's biggest accomplishments came from defeating Steve Collins, Julian Jackson, Donald Curry and Herol Graham.

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Simon Brown (Former Welterweight and Junior middleweight King)

Simon Brown captured championships as a welterweight (147 pounds) and as a junior middleweight (154 pounds).
Simon Brown captured championships as a welterweight (147 pounds) and as a junior middleweight (154 pounds). | Source

Simon Brown (Clarendon, Jamaica)

"Mantequilla" is the former welterweight and junior middleweight champion of the world. Simon Brown finished his career with a fine record standing at: 47-12 with 34 wins coming before the final bell. Brown had average hand and foot speed which caused him to lose a few times. On the other hand, Brown possessed power in both hands and he was a talented counter puncher. Brown took on all comers and never ducked anyone. His style lends itself to exciting bouts because he was always willing to mix it up even, at times, to his detriment.

Mr. Brown's top wins came from beating Tyrone Trice, Jorge Vaca, Terry Norris and Maurice Blocker.

Simon Brown's Top Wins

Terry Norris
Maurice Blocker
Tyrone Trice
Luis Santana
Glenwood Brown
Mauro Martelli
 
Jorge Vaca
 
 
 
 
Seven of the best victories in the career of Simon Brown.

Glen Johnson vs Roy Jones

Glen Johnson won the light heavyweight title by dominating and then knocking Roy Jones Jr out cold.
Glen Johnson won the light heavyweight title by dominating and then knocking Roy Jones Jr out cold. | Source

Glen Johnson (Clarendon, Jamaica)

"The Road Warrior" is the former light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion and he left the squared circle with a mark reading: 54-21-2 with 37 K.O. wins. Johnson is one of those boxers who is not great at any one thing but he is very good at all aspects of the game. More than half of Johnson's losses are shrouded in controversy. Johnson always came forward, trying to pressure and wear his foes down. Johnson never seem to get discouraged and he was in possession of an iron jaw.

Mr. Johnson used to say he was not the best but he was willing to fight the best. He fought anybody that would sign the contract. The top wins of Glen Johnson's career came from besting Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods and Eric Harding.

Glen Johnson Highlight Reel (Video)

O' Neil Bell (Former World Cruiserweight Champion)

O' Neil is the former unified cruiserweight champion of the world.
O' Neil is the former unified cruiserweight champion of the world. | Source

O' Neil Bell (Kingston, Jamaica)

"Supernova" is the former unified cruiserweight champion of the world. O' Neil Bell ended his ring career sporting a mark of: 27-4-1 with 25 stoppage victories. His downfall was his shaky whiskers and limited boxing skills but his amazing knockout power and heart kept him at or near the top of his weight class for his prime. Sadly, O' Neil was shot and killed. R.I.P.

Mr. Bell's best accomplishments came from toppling the likes of Arthur Williams, Jean Marc Mormeck, Dale Brown and Kelvin Davis.

Mike Tyson vs Donovan Ruddock

Razor Ruddock fought Iron Mike Tyson twice. He lost both bouts but put up a very game effort.
Razor Ruddock fought Iron Mike Tyson twice. He lost both bouts but put up a very game effort. | Source

Donovan Ruddock (Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica)

"Razor" is a former top ranked heavyweight contender who took on all the best in the talented 90's era of the big men. Donovan Ruddock retired from the sport with a record that stands at: 40-6-1 with 30 wins coming inside the distance. Ruddock's big weakness was that he had a completely pathetic right hand and he rarely used his jab but his left hand was devastating from all angles. Ruddock is known for his heart as much as he is known for his power bombs and he has proven it by getting up from knockdowns and fighting back.

Mr. Ruddock's biggest wins have come from beating Michael Dokes, Mike Weaver, Greg Page and Phil Jackson.

Birthplace of Razor Ruddock (Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica)

Official Boxing Program

This program features a bout with Kieth Mullings in the main event.
This program features a bout with Kieth Mullings in the main event. | Source

Keith Mullings (Kingston, Jamaica)

"Brooklyn Assassin" is the former junior middleweight champion, having beaten Terry Norris by knockout for the crown. Kieth Mullings retired with a resume standing at: 16-8-1 with 11 knockouts. Quick punching and fast footwork helped this boxer advance to the upper echelon of his sport. Mullings fought his best from the outside using footwork and angles while dictating the action with his jab.

Mr. Mulling's had some good wins but his best came from beating Terry Norris, Donald Stokes, Davide Ciarlante and Anthony Joseph.

Nicholas Walters vs Nonito Donaire

Nicholas Walters knocked Nonito Donaire out in the 6th round of their featherweight title bout.
Nicholas Walters knocked Nonito Donaire out in the 6th round of their featherweight title bout. | Source

Nicholas Walters (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

"Axe Man" is the former WBA featherweight world champion. Nicholas Walters, who is active as of 2017, has a record reading: 26-1-1 with 21 knockouts on his docket. Walters showed limitations such as his slow feet against Vasyl Lomachenko but he has two-handed knockout power and he uses distance and timing like a seasoned pro. Walters still has time to advance up this list since he is still a pro boxer in his prime.

Mr. Walters has beaten some good opposition in a short amount of time. His top wins came against Nonito Donaire, Vic Darchinyan, Miguel Marriaga and Daulis Prescott.

Nicholas Walters Highlights (Video)

Otis Grant (Former WBO Middleweight Champion)

Otis Grant won the 160 pound crown by defeating Ryan Rhodes and he made one defense before vacating the crown.
Otis Grant won the 160 pound crown by defeating Ryan Rhodes and he made one defense before vacating the crown. | Source

Otis Grant (Saint Ann, Jamaica)

"Magic" is the former WBO middleweight champion. Otis Grant left his mark on the sport and left with a record that stands at: 38-3-1 with 17 stoppage wins. Grant was a patient boxer that worked off a stiff jab, accurate punching and counter punching skill. Otis Grant was not a knockout puncher but he knew how to keep his opponents honest with accurate and fast combinations.

Mr. Grant's top wins came from defeating Ryan Rhodes, Rodney Toney, Gilbert Baptist and Dingaan Thobela.

Razor Ruddock Highlights (Video)

Trevor Berbick vs Muhammad Ali

In Muhammad Ali's last fight, he lost a wide, 10 round decision to Trevor Berbick.
In Muhammad Ali's last fight, he lost a wide, 10 round decision to Trevor Berbick. | Source

Trevor Berbick (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Trevor Berbick is the former WBC heavyweight champion of the world and he left the paid ranks of prizefighting with a resume standing at: 49-11-1 with 33 stoppages to his credit. Berbick had a solid right hand and underrated boxing skills. Best known for losing the heavyweight title to Mike Tyson by second round knockout. Berbick was floored and hurt and kept getting up and falling from the same knockdown. Berbick always tried his best even when he was outgunned.

Mr. Berbick's top wins came from taking out Muhammad Ali, Pinklon Thomas, Mitch Green and Greg Page.

Joe Bygraves (Kingston, Jamaica)

Joe Bygraves was a former heavyweight contender who left the prize ring with a mark of: 42-28-2 with 22 wins coming by way of knockout. Bygraves could have went further if he had been consistent during his career. His biggest assets were his heart, stamina and jab and they got him through many tough spots.

Mr. Bygraves has some significant wins including notching victories over Henry Cooper, Albert Westphal, Franco De Piccoli and Kitione Lave.

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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