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Pictorial History of Boxing's Bantamweight Division

Updated on August 21, 2016

Bantamweight Bombers!

Eder Jofre is the best Brazilian boxer of all time. His skills were ahead of his competitors and he always gave his best effort.
Eder Jofre is the best Brazilian boxer of all time. His skills were ahead of his competitors and he always gave his best effort. | Source
Manuel Ortiz was a true warrior inside the ropes who put it all on the line every time out.
Manuel Ortiz was a true warrior inside the ropes who put it all on the line every time out. | Source
Rock- A- Bye Ruben Oilvares had a deadly right hand that could end a boxing match at any moment.
Rock- A- Bye Ruben Oilvares had a deadly right hand that could end a boxing match at any moment. | Source
Wilfredo Gomez puts Carlos Zarate on the deck during their confrontation. Gomez is one of the hardest punching bantamweight boxers of all time.
Wilfredo Gomez puts Carlos Zarate on the deck during their confrontation. Gomez is one of the hardest punching bantamweight boxers of all time. | Source

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Bantamweight King Pins

1. Eder Jofre- The Golden Bantam knocked out Eloy Sanchez for the Bantamweight Championship and made eight defenses before losing a close one to Fighting Harada. Jofre could box or slug his way to a victory. He had excellent footwork, boxing skills and power. Jofre's top wins came against Sanchez, Piero Rollo, Johnny Caldwell and Bernardo Caraballo. His final ring resume reads 72-2-4 with fifty knockouts.

2. Manuel Ortiz- Ortiz beat Lou Salica for the bantamweight crown twice and made a total of nineteen defenses over the course of his two reigns. His final ring record reads 100-28-3 with fifty four knockouts. He was a swarming boxer puncher who had a good chin and he was very accurate with his punches. The top wins of Ortiz's career were against Salica, Benny Goldberg, Tony Olivera and Harold Dade.

3. Ruben Olivares- El Puas is a two time Bantamweight King who made four defenses during his two reigns to go along with two non-title wins. Olivares has a final ring record reading 89-13-3 with seventy nine knockouts to his credit. Olivares was known for his power, aggression and combination punching. He was an offensive machine. The best victories he achieved as a Bantam came against Lionel Rose, Chucho Castillo (twice), Efren Torres and Jesus Pimentel.

4. Carlos Zarate- Carlos Zarate retired with a record of 66-4 with sixty three knockouts. He won the Bantamweight Laurels twice and made 8 defenses during his first reign,. Zarate was a power puncher with power in both fists. He was relatively quick and he was a knockout counter puncher. The best wins for Zarate came against Rodolfo Martinez (For the Championship), Paul Ferreri, Alfonso Zamora, Danilo Batista and Fernando Cabanela.

5. Fighting Harada- Harada had a ring record of 55-7 with twenty two knockouts. He was not a power puncher but, more of a slick boxer. His jab, footwork, ability to slip or block shots and his timing were the biggest strengths he possessed. Harada beat the legendary Eder Jofre for the crown and made four successful defenses before losing to Lionel Rose. His best accomplishments came from beating Jofre (twice), Alan Rudkin, Joe Medel and Bernardo Caraballo.

6. Orlando Canizales- Canizales beat Kelvin Seabrooks for the title and made fifteen defenses before losing on points to Wilfredo Vazquez. He had solid fundamentals and he could take a good shot. His best victories came against Bones Adams, Seabrooks, Samuel Duran, Sergio Reyes and Billy Hardy. He retired with a record of 50-5-1 with thirty seven knockouts.

7. Panama Al Brown- Panama is boxing's first ever Hispanic champion and his final resume reads 131-19-13 with sixty one knockouts. Brown beat Eugene Huat for the Bantamweight Crown and made five successful defenses of the title. He was a six foot tall bantamweight who knew how to use his height and reach. His jab, footwork and ability to keep distance were a thing of beauty. His top wins came against Huat, Kid Francis, Johnny King and Young Perez.

8. Rafael Marquez- Marquez knocked out the undefeated Tim Austin for the Championship and tallied seven total defenses before moving up in weight. He is known for his knockout power in both hands as well as being tough as nails with a big heart. The best victories Marquez achieved as a Bantam came against Austin, Mark Johnson (twice), Mauricio Pastrana, Silence Mabuza and Heriberto Ruiz. Marquez was a slugger but he possessed a solid jab and he could box a bit if he wanted to.

9. Johnny Tapia- Mi Vida Loca left the sport with a mark of 59-5-2 with thirty knockouts. He fought like a warrior many times wading in trying to brawl. but, in reality he was a superb boxer with great ring generalship especially in his jab, timing and movement. He won the title from Nana Yaw Konadu and after losing it regained it by besting Jorge Julio. His top wins were against Julio, Konadu, Cesar Soto and Eduardo Alvarez. Tapia win on to win titles in other weight classes as well.

10. Tim Austin- The Cincinnati Kid had a final record of 27-2-1 with 24 knockouts to his credit. Austin beat Mbulelo Botile to become the Bantamweight king ion and defended his title ten times before losing to Rafael Marquez. Austin was known for his power and his combination punching. His best wins were against Botile, Rat Sor Vorapin, Jesus Perez and Bernardo Mendoza. Austin did not box enough in his prime which hurt his standing on this list.

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A Battle For The Ages

Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez waged four wars inside the ring. The two warriors went back and forth with lots of ebbs and flows during there fights.
Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez waged four wars inside the ring. The two warriors went back and forth with lots of ebbs and flows during there fights. | Source

Universal Boxing Rules

1. Three Minute Rounds With One Minute Rest in Between Each Round.

2. Three Judges Score The Fight.

3. Only The Ref or Doctor Can Stop The Bout.

4. Protect Yourself at All Times.

5. No Low Blows or Elbows.

6. No Rabbit or Kidney Punching.

7. Ten Point Must Scoring System.

8. Accidental Cuts after 4 Completed Rounds Goes To The Scorecards.

A Tribute To Carlos Zarate

Mi Vida Loca!

Johnny Tapia fought with heart and soul every time he entered the squared circle. Tapia fought from Flyweight up to the Featherweight division during his professional boxing career.
Johnny Tapia fought with heart and soul every time he entered the squared circle. Tapia fought from Flyweight up to the Featherweight division during his professional boxing career. | Source

Eder Jofre Highlights

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