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Boxing's Best Jr. Middleweights of All Time

Updated on December 27, 2015

Legendary Jr. Middleweight Fighters

Terry Norris is a former junior middleweight champion. He had a shaky chin but his speed, power and talent were out of this world.
Terry Norris is a former junior middleweight champion. He had a shaky chin but his speed, power and talent were out of this world. | Source
Thomas Hearns is one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. He flattened the great Roberto Duran in two rounds.
Thomas Hearns is one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. He flattened the great Roberto Duran in two rounds. | Source
Julian Jackson had power in both fists and was known as "The Hawk". He is a former jr. Middleweight and middleweight champion.
Julian Jackson had power in both fists and was known as "The Hawk". He is a former jr. Middleweight and middleweight champion. | Source
Oscar De La Hoya is seen here blasting Ricardo Mayorga. The Golden Boy had superb boxing skills.
Oscar De La Hoya is seen here blasting Ricardo Mayorga. The Golden Boy had superb boxing skills. | Source
" The Body Snatcher" Mike McCallum defended the 154 pound championship six times before moving up to the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
" The Body Snatcher" Mike McCallum defended the 154 pound championship six times before moving up to the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. | Source
Winky Wright lands his southpaw jab against Ike Quartey. Wright was a defensive specialists with a sturdy chin and an excellent stick.
Winky Wright lands his southpaw jab against Ike Quartey. Wright was a defensive specialists with a sturdy chin and an excellent stick. | Source

Legendary Junior Middleweights

There are lots of great 154 pound boxers in the history of boxing but, the ones on this list excelled more than the rest for their own reasons. Please feel free to leave your opinion in the comment box at the bottom of this hub.

1. Tommy Hearns: Hearns won the Junior Middleweight Championship from Wilfred Benitez. He also knocked out Robert Duran in 2 rounds. All in all he made 4 successful defenses of the Junior Middleweight. He was a devastating puncher but he could box rings around opponents when he had to against elite opponents no less. The Bottom line is he beat two Hall of Fame legends one of which he truly crushed In his signature career win. When power punchers are brought up, Hearns should be mentioned because he possesses a one hitter quitter.

2. Terry Norris: Terrible Terry is a 3 time Junior Middleweight of The World. He finished his career with 47 wins and 9 losses. He won the crown by knocking out John Mugabi in one round. He also beat Sugar Ray Leonard in defense of his title. He had an unreliable chin at times but when he was on point he had speed, power, reflexes and a killer instinct and amazing athletic ability. Norris liked to trade but when he chose to box and use footwork and angles he was very hard to topple.

3. Mike McCallum: The Body Snatcher won The Junior Middleweight Crown and defended it 6 times, winning all by knockout. Among those he beat were Julian Jackson and Donald Curry. He was a great body puncher and a very smooth technician. He controlled bouts with his pole like jab and combination punching. McCallum never ducked a challenge and he is one of Jamaica's best ever boxers. McCallum fought the best and he usually came out n top whether he was slugging it out or boxing from a distance.

4. Winky Wright: He was a 2 time Junior Middleweight Champion of The World who defended his crown a total of 9 times. He beat among others, Felix Trinidad and Sugar Shane Mosley twice. He was a southpaw with a good defense and a remarkable jab. He was an accurate place puncher who took most big punches to his arms rather than his face.

5. Shane Mosley: He is a 2 time Junior Middleweight Champion of The World. While he was in the 154lb division he fought Oscar De La Hoya, Saul Alvarez, Winky Wright two times, Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Vargas twice. Sugar Shane is known for taking on all comers. He has one punch knockout power, an iron chin and very fast hands.

6. Julian Jackson: The Hawk had a career record of 55 wins, 6 losses with 49 big knockouts. He won the Junior Middleweight Title and made 3 successful defenses including: a brutal knockout of Terry Norris. Without a doubt, Jackson is one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. He had an unsteady chin at times but his right hand could change the course of any fight quickly.

7. Felix Trinidad: Trinidad's run through the Junior Middleweights was short but, deadly. He destroyed undefeated champions David Reid and Fernando Vargas to unify the belts. Trinidad's left hook is among the most deadly in boxing. He has one of the deadliest left hooks in boxing history.

8. Oscar De La Hoya: The Golden Boy was a two time Junior Middleweight Champion of The World. While in this weight class he fought Fernando Vargas, Shane Mosley, and Yori Boy Campas. De La Hoya's jab is second to none in the ring and when he was on he was very hard to outbox or out slug for that matter. He had a monster left hook and when he chose to use his right hand it was fast and hard as well.

9. Nino Benvenuti: He won the Junior Middleweight Title in Italy and fought 5 bouts before losing the title. The one thing that he was known for is his tough grit as shown in his trilogy with Emille Griffith and his 2 wars with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. What he lacked in skills he made up for with his heart, chin and determination.

10. Ayub Kalule: Kalule won The Crown in Japan and defended it four times before losing the title to the Legendary Sugar Ray Leonard. At any rate, he was a tough and skilled tactician in the squared circle.

"Sugar" Shane Mosley

Sugar Shane Mosley, right, put a beating on Antonio Margarito and then knocked him out to win the welterweight championship for the second time.
Sugar Shane Mosley, right, put a beating on Antonio Margarito and then knocked him out to win the welterweight championship for the second time. | Source

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Tommy Hearns had tremendous power and if he never left the junior middleweight division he probably would have made 30 defenses of the crown. His stiff jab was like a big right hand, his left hook was a bomb but the right hand was destructive more than anything else in his arsenal.

Hearns had an average chin but his power, heart and ring skills were usually more than enough to get him through rough spots in the squared circle.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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