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Pictorial History of Boxing's Flyweight and Strawweight Divisions

Updated on May 1, 2017

Boxing's Little Giants

Jimmy Wilde was a great boxer with fast hands and feet. His defense was also top notch especially for his time.
Jimmy Wilde was a great boxer with fast hands and feet. His defense was also top notch especially for his time. | Source
Ricardo Lopez was a technically skilled little man with a record of 50-0-1 that he retired with.
Ricardo Lopez was a technically skilled little man with a record of 50-0-1 that he retired with. | Source
Khaosai Galaxy won fights by boxing and brawling and he was one tough boxer.
Khaosai Galaxy won fights by boxing and brawling and he was one tough boxer. | Source
Pascal Perez never shied away from a challenge and he took on all comers.
Pascal Perez never shied away from a challenge and he took on all comers. | Source
Michael Carbajal l was called Little Hands of Stone.
Michael Carbajal l was called Little Hands of Stone. | Source
Ratanapol Vorapin was a great boxer puncher with great timing and accuracy.
Ratanapol Vorapin was a great boxer puncher with great timing and accuracy. | Source
Zolani Petelo fought anyone and he was capable of slugging it out on the inside or popping the jab while dancing on his toes.
Zolani Petelo fought anyone and he was capable of slugging it out on the inside or popping the jab while dancing on his toes. | Source
Jose Antonio Aguirre is seen holding up a trophy. He won many trophies and championships in his siting usher prizefighting career.
Jose Antonio Aguirre is seen holding up a trophy. He won many trophies and championships in his siting usher prizefighting career. | Source
Humberto Chiquita Gonzalez beat Michael Carbajal three times and two of them were brutal wars.
Humberto Chiquita Gonzalez beat Michael Carbajal three times and two of them were brutal wars. | Source
Pancho Villa took on all comers no matter how big or small.
Pancho Villa took on all comers no matter how big or small. | Source

Greats of The Game

1. Jimmy Wilde: This Welsh boxer was the first Flyweight Champion in history and he retired with a record of 132-3-1 with 99 knockouts inside the distance. He had boxing skills and that combined with his speed and accuracy made him a deadly puncher. He defended the World Flyweight championship five times plus won multiple non title bouts during his reign. Among his victims were victories over Young Zulu Kid, Joe Conn, Alf Mansfield and Frankie Mason.

2. Ricardo Lopez: Lopez retired undefeated with a resume reading 51-0-1 with 38 knockouts. He even avenged his draw and Lopez is a great technical boxer with knockout power in both fists. He won the minimum weight title and defended it 22 times before vacating the title to move up in weight. He then won the light flyweight crown and defended it twice before retiring. His biggest victories were wins over Zolani Petelo, Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, Rosendo Alvarez and Andy Tabanas.

3. Khaosal Galaxy: Galaxy retired with a brilliant record of 47-1 with 41 knockouts to his credit. He captured the Super Flyweight Championship by knocking out Eusebio Espinal in six rounds. Galaxy retired with the crown after making 19 strait defenses. He had knockout power in both hands and he had a very heavy jab. He had a boxer uncher style and along with a solid chin he was deadly accurate with his Punches. Galaxy's top wins were against Espinal, Israel Contreras, Alberto Castro and Armando Castro.

4. Pascual Perez: Terrier finished the ring with a record of 84-7-1 with 57 knockouts. Perez won the flyweight crown and defended it successfully none times before losing it. He had solid boxing skills and a big heart. Perez fought them all and he had fight ending power in his left hook. Perez's top victories came from beating Sadao Yaoita, Young Martin, Oscar Suarez and Yoshio Shirae. He was very hard to beat in his prime because although he was not great at any one thing he was very good at everything.

5. Michael Carbajal: Carbajal retired with a resume reading 49-4-1 with 33 knockouts and he also won a silver medal in the Olympics. Carbajal is a three time Jr. Flyweight champion who has received awards for Fighter of the Year and Comeback of the year. He was a boxer but at heart he wanted to slug it out when he would get tagged by a shot. He had a great jab and his body attack could be brutal. Carbajal's best wins came against Humberto Gonzales, Macario Santos, Jorge Arce and Melchor Cob Castro.

6. Ratanapol Sor Vorapin: This Thailand bomber has a career record of 59-8-1 with 48 crushing knockouts. He was a boxer puncher with one punch KO power in both fists. Vorapin won the minimum championship and made an amazing twenty total defenses of his crown. His best victories came from beating Manny Melchor, Ala Villamor, Juan Herrera and Osvaldo Guerrero. Vorapin had great stamina and he seemed to get better as his bouts wore on.

7. Zolani Petelo: This South African boxer retired with a record of 17-5-2 with 9 knockouts. I know the record doesn't seem like much but at closer look he got a lot of good work done. He was a pressure fighter with accurate shots especially with th stick and the right hand. He knocked out Ratanapol Vorapin for the Minimumweight championship and defended it five times including one non title win as well. His best victories have came against Vorapin, Juanito Rubillar, Carmelo Caceres and Faisol Akbar.

8. Jose Antonio Aguirre: El Jaguar has a record of 35-10-1 with 21 knockouts on his Dasia. Aguirre beat Wandee Singwancha for the minimumweight championship and defended it seven times before losing. He has fast hands and very good timing. His defense is his offense but that's okay because he is an accurate puncher with descent power. Aguirre's best victories have come against Singwancha, Juan Keb Baas, Keitaro Hoshino and Manny Melchor.

9. Humberto Gonzales: Chiquita retired with a great record reading 43-3 with 31 knockouts. He is a three time Junior Flyweight champion who made a combined twelve title defenses. He could brawl or box which he proved in his bouts with Michael Carbajal. He was very accurate and he had great stamina. Gonzales was also very good on his toes shifting directions. His best wins came over Michael Carbajal, Jung- koo Chang, Francisco Tejedor and Melchor Cob Castro.

10. Pancho Villa: Villa had a remarkable record of 78-4-4 with 22 knockouts. Villa was not a fearsome knockout puncher but he could box your ears off. His jab, punch accuracy and timing combined with his footwork and defense made him a great boxer. He won the flyweight crown and made six total defenses and he fought several non title bouts as well. Villa's best wins came against Bud Taylor, Jimmy Wilde, Abe Goldstein and Frankie Mason.

Michael Carbajal vs. Humberto Gonzalez(Entire Bout)

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Jimmy Wilde Highlights

Basic Punches in Prizefighting

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