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Boxing's Best Jr. Lightweights of All Time

Updated on August 5, 2017

Photos of Junior Lightweight Legends

Azumah Nelson squares off with Jesse James Leija. The two warriors fought 3 times as professionals.
Azumah Nelson squares off with Jesse James Leija. The two warriors fought 3 times as professionals. | Source
Julio  Cesar Chavez had a brutal body attack and he won 89 fights before he lost. He has one of the best chins in boxing history which he proved by taking bombs from big punchers.
Julio Cesar Chavez had a brutal body attack and he won 89 fights before he lost. He has one of the best chins in boxing history which he proved by taking bombs from big punchers. | Source
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is one of boxing's best defensive fighters in history. He is rarely hit by more than one punch at a time and he has deadly accurate counters.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is one of boxing's best defensive fighters in history. He is rarely hit by more than one punch at a time and he has deadly accurate counters. | Source
Juan Manuel Marquez has a knockout win over Manny Pacquiao. He is a great puncher and he has displayed great skills and heart during his bouts.
Juan Manuel Marquez has a knockout win over Manny Pacquiao. He is a great puncher and he has displayed great skills and heart during his bouts. | Source
Floyd Mayweather beat Genaro Hernandez(R.I.P.) for the Jr. Lightweight title and then he defended it 8 times.
Floyd Mayweather beat Genaro Hernandez(R.I.P.) for the Jr. Lightweight title and then he defended it 8 times. | Source

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Flash Elorde

Flash Elorde is a Hall of Fame legend from the Philippines. He took on all comers and usually came out on top with his blend of offense and defense that was superb.
Flash Elorde is a Hall of Fame legend from the Philippines. He took on all comers and usually came out on top with his blend of offense and defense that was superb. | Source

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Who is the best Jr. Lightweight boxer of all time?

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Legendary Junior Lightweights

1. Alexis Arguello: He was Junior Lightweight World Champion from 1978 through 1980 and vacated to move up in weight. He knocked out Hall of Famer Ruben Olivares for the Championship. He also beat Bazooka Limon, Bobby Chacon and Alfredo Escalera twice in the 130 pound weight class. His power in this weight division was second to none. Arguello was a complete offensive machine with power, timing, footwork and great technique. He was a little slower than some of his foes but he overcame that with all of his other attributes ncluding an accurate, thudding jab.

2. Azumah Nelson: "The Professor", won the Junior Lightweight Belts three different times. Among the great boxers he beat were Gabriel Ruelas, Jesse James Leija, Calvin Grove and Jeff Fenech. Nelson had a great chin and he had pinpoint accuracy. His power was in his heavy right hand although his body attack and left hook could end bouts abruptly too. Nelson learned his trade early by fighting the great Salvador Sanchez in only his 15th pro bout. Although he lost that bout he proved he belonged and began to dominate his competition.

3. Flash Elorde: He has the longest ever 130 pound reign which lasted over seven years. He beat Harold Gomes for the Championship and retired with a professional record of 89 wins and 27 losses. Elorde defended his Crown 10 times during his run at the top. Elorde could box circles around his opponents or bang away up close to earn victory. HHis stMina was immense and he never seemed to lose energy or tire during matches.

4. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: Mayweather beat Genaro Hernandez by 8th round knockout to win the Jr. Lightweight belt. He beat Jesus Chavez, Angel Manfredy, Emanuel Burton and Diego Corrales the unify the title, beat all the best contenders and vacated the belts to move up in weight without losing. He rarely lost a single round his whole time as a 130 pound prizefighter. Myweather used a beautiful defense, counter punching, footwork and a near perfect jab to conquer his opponents. A defensive master.

5. Julio Cesar Chavez: Chavez went undefeated in this weight class and was Champion for three years. Chavez knocked out Mario Martinez, Roger Mayweather and Ruben Castillo. He defended the belt ten times and won three non title bouts also. His record upon leaving this division was 56 wins and zero losses. He was a pressure fighter who banged the body and head with huge hooks and uppercuts. Nothing ever slowed his forward march and his chin is considered one of the best in boxing history.

6. Genaro Hernandez: Hernandez was a two time Junior Lightweight titlist who held the belt from 1991-1995 and again from 1997-1998. The only two boxers who ever beat him were Legends Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. Among those he defeated were Azumah Nelson and Carlos Hernandez during his reign which was outstanding to say the least. he may have lacked in the power department but his skills were second to none.

7. Brian Mitchell: This South African boxer finished with a great career record of 45 wins and only one loss. He was Champion from 1986-1991. He has a Division record of 12 successful Title defenses.Among those he fought in his prime were Tony Lopez, Jackie Beard and Frank Mitchell.

8. Kid Chocolate: Chocolate had a great career in the 130 pound weight class, retiring with a wonderful record of 136 wins against only 10 losses. He was World Jr. Lightweight Champion from 1931-1933 and although he only defended three times he engaged in many non title affairs. He knocked out Benny Bass for the Crown. Chocolate was a handful for any 130 pound boxer in history during his prime.

9. Ben Villaflor: Villaflor retired with 54 wins and 8 losses winning 31 by early stoppage. He held the Crown twice, the first time a year and the second time for three years. He beat Alfredo Marcano for the belt.

10. Juan Manuel Marquez: Marquez won the Junior Lightweight Title from Hall of Fame Legend Marco Antonio Barrera and beat Rocky Juarez at this weight. He also had a disputed loss to the great Manny Pacquiao during his time in this division. Marquez is a master at counter punching with his strait right which canon end a fight quickly.

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From 15 Rounds To 12

Boxing lowered championship fights from 15 rounds to 12 rounds to help cut down on ring deaths and serious injury. Personally, I wish boxing still had 15 round bouts for several reasons and I don't feel 12 or 15 rounds is going to determine ring safety. On the other hand, If there is a chance that reducing rounds will reduce major injury then I'm all for it.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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