Best U.S. Olympians in Boxing History
Olympic Boxing's Dream Team
1. Sugar Ray Leonard: (1976 Gold Medal) Sugar Ray won The Lightweight and Welterweight Golden Gloves titles and the AAU Light Welterweight Titles twice. He also won a Gold Medal at the 1975 Pan Am Games and of course he won the Gold Medal in 1976 in the Summer Olympics. Leonard has a great amateur record 145-5 with 75 knockouts. As a professional, Sugar Ray Leonard won Championships in five weight divisions.
2. Mark Breland: (1984 Gold Medal) Brooklyn bred Breland won 5 Golden Gloves trophies for New York and a Gold at the 1982 World Amateur Championships. He dazzled the crowds by winning the Gold in the 84 Olympics in Los Angelas. He had an amazing record of 110 wins against only one defeat. Easily the best jab in amateur history. Breland launched the stick from all sorts of odd angles and with excellent accuracy.
3. Oscar De La Hoya: (1992 Gold Medal) De La Hoya won Gold in 7 different contests including the National Golden Gloves, Goodwill Games, US Nationals and the Gold Medal in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. His marvelous record was 224-5. He did not just win his bouts he dominated them. His jab, foot work, balance and speed made him hard to win against. In the paid ranks "The Golden Boy" won titles in six weight classes.
4. Muhammad Ali: (1960 Gold Medal) Ali then known as Cassius Clay, won 6 Golden Gloves titles, Amateur Athletic Union Gold medal and his biggest win was winning the Gold in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. Ali had a wonderful record as an amateur that reads 100 wins against only 5 losses. Ali won his Gold Medal fighting in the Light Heavyweight Division. As a professional "The Greatest", won the Heavyweight Title Three
5. Floyd Patterson: (1952 Gold Medal) Patterson won the Golden Gloves in his native New York and he won Gold at the National Amateur Championships. Patterson won the Gold Medal in the 1952 Olympics in Germany at the young age of 17. His final record as an amateur was 40 wins, 4 losses and 37 crushing knockouts. Patterson is a 2 Time Heavyweight Champion of the World, as a professional boxer.
6. Howard Davis, Jr.: (1976 Gold Medal) Davis won the Gold at the National AAU Championships and at the World Championships and compiled a extraordinary record of 125-5. After becoming the AAU Champion he flew to Canada and won the Gold as a Lightweight Boxer. This fighter passed away in December 2015.
7. Roy Jones, Jr.: (1988 Silver Medal) Jones won the Jr. Olympics and he won the National Golden Gloves twice in two different weight divisions. He won a Silver Medal in the 1988 Olympic games in Korea, which is widely considered to be the biggest rip off in Olympic history. Superman Roy Jones compiled an amateur record of 121 wins against 13 losses. In the professional prize ring, he won Championship in four weight classes.
8. Pernell Whitaker: (1984 Gold Medal) Sweet Pea won a medal in the World Championships and Whitaker won Gold in the Pan American games. He capped his extensive amateur career by winning a Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and his final record was 201-13 with 91 knockout victims. Every loss that he sustained were razor thin and some were controversial. Whitaker won Championships in 4 weight classes during his illustrious professional career.
9. Michael Spinks: (1976 Gold Medal) "The Spinks Jinx" won National Golden gloves titles in the Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions. He won Silver at the AAU tournament and Spinks took home the Gold in the 1976 Olympics in Canada. His final record in the unpaid ranks is 93-7. As a professional Spinks is the former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion of The World.. His only loss was to Mike Tyson in the Heavyweight Division.
10. Meldrick Taylor: (1984 Gold Medal) Taylor had unmatched hand speed for an American Amateur that earned him a trip to the finals of the American Trials but, then came back strong to win the Gold Medal in the 84 Olympic Games. Taylor's final record was 99-4. Taylor is the former Junior Welterweight and Welterweight Champion as a paid prizefighter.
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Sugar Ray was one the best and fastest Olympians ever seen. He won a Gold Medal in the Olympics and parlayed it into amazing success in the paid ranks by beating top boxers of his era and winning multiple world championships. Leonard took on all comers and beat legends such as Roberto a Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Wilfred Benitez.
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