Best Mexican Boxers of All Time
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Mexico has a rich boxing history and they have tons of great fighters but the boxers on the list below stand out above the rest for multiple reasons. Please leave your opinion of the best Mexican boxer ever in the comment box at the bottom of this page.
1. Julio Cesar Chavez: Chavez won 89 fights before suffering his first defeat. He won titles in three weight classes and he took on all comers. Chavez beat the likes of Meldrick Taylor, Edwin Rosario, Greg Haugen, Frankie Randall and Hector Camacho. He was a vicious body puncher with a cast iron chin and he took on all comers and was old school in that he fought very often like the old timers. Chavez was a supremely confident even arrogant fighter but he was willing to brawl with anyone at anytime. Chavez was not only the best Mexican prizefighter in history but one of the best fighters in boxing history period.
2. Salvadore Sanchez: Sanchez was killed tragically in a car wreck at the age of 23. Even so he had a terrific Hall of Fame career. He had a record of 44-1 and among other he beat the undefeated prime versions of Azumah Nelson, Danny Lopez and Wilfredo Gomez by knockout. Sanchez was a superb boxer- puncher who could knock you out with either hand or out point you with pinpoint counter punching and sharp technical skills. Sanchez was an offensive powerhouse who could jab and his footwork was really his bread and butter.
3. Erik Morales: El Terrible won belts in 4 weight categories beating several Champions and Hall of Famers along the way. Morales beat Junior Jones, Marco Antonio Barrera, Wayne McCullough and Manny Pacquiao during his career. His chin, heart and will were unquestioned in the squared circle. He pounded the body like nobody's business and he seemed to increase his attack with steady pressure as his bouts wore on. Morales left it all in the ring and his heart and soul style of letting it all hang out made this Latino must see TV during his heyday.
4. Juan Manuel Marquez: Marquez has won belts in three weight divisions and was a unique Mexican boxer because he could be an aggressive slugger, a counter puncher or a slick boxer. He has wins over Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, Marco Antonio Barrera and a win by knockout and a draw with Manny Pacquiao. Marquez will likely retire at number 2 on this list since he is active and continues to amaze. Marquez seems to get even better with age.
5. Marco Antonio Barrera: Barrera won belts in three weight divisions and fought all the best fighters of his era. He beat Erik Morales, Prince Naseem Hamed, Paulie Ayala, Johnny Tapia and Kennedy McKinney. Barrera was a brawler with a deadly left hook to the body. As the years wore on he made his career last longer by becoming a defensive counter puncher with an educated left jab. But, when he had to, Barrera could brawl with the best of them.
6. Carlos Zarate: Zarate retired with a record in the professional ranks of 66-4 and 63 knockouts. He was Bantamweight Champ for three years and had fearsome power in both fists. He won the crown from Rodolpho Martinez. Zarate had such ruthless one shot power which meant if you traded with this barbarian of boxing you would probably be knocked cold.
7. Ricardo Lopez: Lopez retired with an undefeated record of 51-0-1 with 38 knockouts to his credit. The only blemish on his resume, a draw, was later avenged and he won the crown from Will Grigsby. Lopez had a great jab and footwork to go along with a steel chin and amazing stamina. He joins a select group of the few boxing champions who have retired undefeated.
8. Ruben Olivarez: Rock a bye Ruben had a record of 88-13-3 and 77 knockouts. He won the World Bantamweight and World Featherweight Titles during his up and down career. When he knocked out Lionel Rose for the Bantamweight crown his record was 51-0-1. When he slacked off and was not 100 percent he could be beat by quick boxers who moved but when he was well prepared he could track boxers down and put hurt on them.
9. Vicente Saldivar: Saldivar was a two time Featherweight Champion who retired as Champion in his first three year title reign. His final record was 37-3 with 26 knockouts. He beat Sugar Ramos and Johnny Famechon among others.
10. Rafael Marquez: Marquez has a record of 39 wins, 5 losses and 35 knockouts. He fought three wars with Vazquez. He has devastating power in both hands. He beat the undefeated Champion Tim Austin and the fantastic Mark Johnson.
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