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Boxing's Best Junior Bantamweights of All Time

Updated on April 18, 2017

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Johnny Tapia was a great Jr. Bantamweight and Bantamweight boxer. He had a hard life growing up and he took all that emotion into his bouts.
Johnny Tapia was a great Jr. Bantamweight and Bantamweight boxer. He had a hard life growing up and he took all that emotion into his bouts. | Source
Mexico's Fernando Montiel has knockout power in both hands. He has boxing skill as well and sets up all his shots off his stiff and accurate jab.
Mexico's Fernando Montiel has knockout power in both hands. He has boxing skill as well and sets up all his shots off his stiff and accurate jab. | Source
Khaosai Galaxy was an excellent boxer puncher who could end a fight by knockout or box on his toes for twelve rounds.
Khaosai Galaxy was an excellent boxer puncher who could end a fight by knockout or box on his toes for twelve rounds. | Source
Vic Darchinyan is named The Raging Bull. He fought with a certain attitude and he had tenacity. He could box but usually he preferred to try and score the knockout which morph times than not paid off for this wily character.
Vic Darchinyan is named The Raging Bull. He fought with a certain attitude and he had tenacity. He could box but usually he preferred to try and score the knockout which morph times than not paid off for this wily character. | Source

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Boxers Fight For Championships, Pride and Money

The WBA was the first organization to award championship belts to champions. Today, unfortunately, boxing has far to many championships in each division.
The WBA was the first organization to award championship belts to champions. Today, unfortunately, boxing has far to many championships in each division. | Source

Legendary Junior Bantamweights

The boxers on the list below stand out because, they have accomplished a lot as bantam weights. Please leave your opinion as to who you believe is the best bantamweight boxer ever, in the comment box located at the bottom of this article.

1. Johnny Tapia: Tapia won the Jr. Bantamweight Title and defended it eleven times and vacated while still undefeated to move up in weight. Tapia unified the championship by beating Danny Romero. and he beat Hugo Soto, Henry Martinez and Oscar Aguilar. He was a sublime boxer with a granite chin and good footwork. Although, he had average power he had no problem brawling to win a contest. Mi Vida Loca finished his career with a terrific record of: 59-5-2 with 30 knockouts to his credit.

2. Khaosai Galaxy: Galaxy had a great record of forty nine wins, one loss and forty three knockouts in his career. He held the title for seven years and defended the belt nineteen times, winning sixteen by knockout. He beat Eusebio Espinal and Israel Contreras. Known for his deadly knockout power in both fists, he also has other fine skills especially his stiff jab and body attack.

3. Gilberto Roman: Roman had a record of fifty four wins, six losses and thirty five knockouts in his career. He was a two time Jr. Bantamweight Champion who made a total of sixteen defenses. Roman beat Jiro Watanabe for the crown. Roman had power in both hands and he worked the body, like he was very keen on getting those body shots in.

4. Vic Darchinyan: The Raging Bull, won the Jr. Bantamweight crown in 2007 and held it until 2009. He beat Dimitri Kirilov for the belt and made defenses against Z Gorres, Christian Mijares and Jorge Arce. Early in his career, he lived up to his name with his ruthless pressure. Still fighting in 2015, trying to regain past glory. Darchinyan possesses the power of his youth if little else.If he would have had a better defense he would have accomplished more in his career. He is still a World Champion, who will never be forgotten for what he did in the squared circle.

5. Fernando Montiel: Montiel won the Junior Bantamweight title two separate times and made eight defensive wins over Pedro Alcazar, Z Gorres, Ivan Hernandez and Martin Castillo. Montiel can box or brawl depending on the situation. Montiel had a good right hand and he worked the body throughout his fights.

6. Robert Quiroga: Quiroga won the Championship in 1990 and kept in until 1993. He defended the strap five times during his reign. He beat Juan Polo Perez for the belt. He had a swarming boxing style. Quiroga finished his ring career with a resume that reads: 20-2 with 11 knockouts.

7. Harold Grey: Grey is a two time Junior Bantamweight Champion of the world. The two boxers he beat for the title were Julio Cesar Borboa and Carlos Salazar. He was knocked out by Danny Romero and never contended for the title again. Harold Grey's record stands at: -6 with 17 stoppage wins on his docket.

8. Jiro Watanabe: This Japanese warrior had a career boxing record of twenty six wins, two losses and eighteen knockouts to his credit. He held the Championship on two occasions. He beat Rafael Pedroza and Payao Poontarat for his Jr. Bantamweight laurels and defended them against Roberto Ramirez and Tito Abella among others.

9. Felix Machado: Machado won the IBF Crown by putting a pounding on Julio Gamboa and defended three times successfully against William De Sousa, Mauricio Pastrana and Martin Castillo before losing a very controversial decision to Luis Perez.

10. Masamori Tokuyama: He held the title twice and made nine total defenses of the crown and beat some greats such as Gerry Penalosa, In Joo Cho and his final boxing record was thirty two wins, three losses, one draw and eight knockouts.

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Five Best American Boxing States

1. Nevada: Las Vegas is the pinnacle of American boxing. Most of the largest bouts in boxing take place in Vegas. Hotel and Casino chains pay large site fees which makes the biggest bouts choose this city on many occasions.

2. New York: The Mecca of boxing where it all started. It's not as big as Vegas but not far behind to be sure. Naturally New York born boxers attract fans but one of their largest fan bases is because of the huge Puerto Rican population.

3. California: Mexican Americans have helped to keep Cali as a boxing hot spot. Many important bouts have taken place in America's most populated state. The state saw a resurgence in the sport's popularity during 90's with the emergence of boxers such as Sugar Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya.

4. New Jersey: Atlantic City has always and will always host major bouts at their casinos. This state has the issue of having to outbid New York but it has the places suited for title bouts to be sure.

5. Pennsylvania: Many great boxers have come from Philly and fans always support the sport. Philly Fighters are their on type and they come tough.

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      S.Graveson 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Great to see Khaosai Galaxy getting more respect in recent years despite his career being pretty well hidden from Western folk until the past 5 or 6 years.

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