Boxing's Best Welterweights of All Time
Legendary Welterweight Fighters
Sugar Ray Leonard
1. Sugar Ray Robinson: Robinson had a Welterweight Record of 110 wins and no losses. He defended the Welterweight Title five times. Including wins over future Hall of Famer, Henry Armstrong and Kid Gavilan. His speed, power, footwork, accuracy, timing and jab were better than everyone else. He is universally recognized as the best boxer pound for pound in the history of the sport. Sugar Ray took on all comers and he beat all the best fighters of his era. He fought often and he did not just win, he always dominated his bouts. Robinson also won the Middleweight World Title on five separate occasions.
2. Henry Armstrong: Armstrong has the title Defense Record with eighteen successful defenses. He fought Barney Ross and Sugar Ray Robinson, among others. He was a power puncher who came with a non-stop punching motion style. Homicide Hank was a whirlwind fighter who is the only man to ever hold three championships in three different divisions at the same time. His offense was his defense. Armstrong overcame more technically skilled and taller boxers with a come forward style that was stamina filled and head and body punching laced. Homicide Hank finished his astounding career record of 150-21-10 with 101 knockouts.
3. Sugar Ray Leonard: The reason Sugar Ray Leonard is ranked so highly is that he dismantled three Hall of Fame Legends. He knocked out Thomas Hearns, Wilford Benitez and Roberto Duran. He finished his career with thirty six wins vs. three losses with twenty five of those being knockouts. He had a great, jab, flashy footwork, amazing reflexes and super speed in his hands. His conditioning was top notch and he seemed to get even better as his bouts wore on. Leonard won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and he won championships in five weight classes as a pro fighter.
4. Kid Gavilan: He successfully defeated the Welterweight Crown seven times. Among the Champions he faced were, Sugar Ray Robinson, Carmen Basilio, Johnny Bratton and Tony DeMarco. Gavilan finished his career with one hundred eight wins against thirty defeats. He invented what was known as the Bolo punch and he has knocked out and wobbled many good boxers with this particular shot. Gavilan could bang away on the inside or get on his toes and circle the ring.
5. Felix Trinidad: He knocked out Maurice Blocker for the Welterweight Title and defended it. He ended up defending it seventeen times. Among those he beat were Hall of Famers; Pernell Whitaker and Oscar De La Hoya. He has the most lethal left hook in the Welterweight Class Division. He was a pressure fighter who went to the head and body with equal ferocity. He fought all the best of his era, during his prime.
6. Jose Napoles: He was a two time Welterweight Champion of The World. He was also The Ring's fighter of The Year for 1969. He beat Curtis Cokes for the title and he also beat Emile Griffith during his Championship run. His career was eighty wins and seven losses with fifty four of those wins coming by way of knockout. He was a boxer puncher with good counter punching skills and a good defense featuring head movement. Napoles had every aspect of the game down to a science.
7. Emile Griffith: Three time Welterweight Champion of The World. He fought Jose Napoles, Joey Archer, Dick Tiger and Nino Benvenuti. He beat Benvenuti three times while in the 147lb weight class. He finished with eighty wins and twenty four losses. He could knock you out with one perfectly placed bomb or box you silly with angles. Griffith is an underrated fighter who on any given day could beat any boxer in his division.
8. Oscar De La Hoya: Former Welterweight World Champion, who excelled in this weight class in the 1990s. He fought Pernell Whitaker, Felix Trinidad, Oba Carr, Hector Camacho and Sugar Shane Mosley in this weight class. De La Hoya had a great jab and an educated left hook not to mention impressive footwork in the squared circle. The Golden Boy won titles in a total of six weight classes as a professional and he took home a Gold Medal in the 1992 Olympic games.
9. Barney Ross: He finished his career with an astonishing career seventy four wins and four losses. He fought great fighters such as: Carlos Garcia, Jimmy McLamin, Ceferino Garcia and Henry Armstrong. Ross had a solid beard and he was a boxer puncher with a stiff jab and he was a great judge of distance and timing. Ross took on all comers and even his few losses were extremely closely contested bouts.
10. Charley Burley: He finished his career with eighty three wins and twelve losses. He beat legends such as: Fritzie Zivic, Henry Armstrong, Archie Moore, Billy Soose. He even fought Ezzard Charles twice. Nobody would give him a title shot but, he still should be respected for fighting everybody and anybody who wanted to box. He had a solid defense, solid chin and he was good on the inside working the body or on the outside sticking the jab. Burley is one of the top prizefighters in history to never have worn a world championship.
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