Pictorial History of Boxing's Jr. Bantamweight Division
Kings of The Ring
Jr. Bantam Legends
1. Johnny Tapia: Mi Vida Loca knocked out Henry Martinez in 11 to capture the WBO crown and made 13 defenses before moving up to another weight class. He never lost in this division. Tapia could box or brawl and his ring science could be a thing of beauty when he used it. His best wins came against Martinez, Danny Romero, Hugo Soto and Andy Agosto. Tapia has a final ring resume reading 59-5-2 with 30 stoppage wins. He boxed with great skill from the outside popping the stick and moving from side to side although he often, with success, chose to bang away o the inside to get the better of his opposition. Tapia was a fearless warrior without a doubt.
2. Khaosai Galaxy: Galaxy retired with a record of 47-1 with 41 knockouts to his credit. He won the title by knocking out Eusebio Espinal in 6 rounds while recording and amazing 19 defense. He had a good jab and a solid chin but it was his two fisted knockout power that stands out in his arsenal. Galaxy's biggest victories were against Espinal, Rafael Orono, Israel ContreraS, Armando Castro and Ernesto Ford.
3. Gilberto Roman: Roman retired with a record of 54-6-1 with 35 crushing knockouts on his ledger. He was a boxer puncher who was good at slipping punches as well as launching accurate combinations. He beat Jiro Watanabe for the championship and made ten total defenses of the course of two reigns. His top wins came against Watanabe, Sugar Baby Rojas, Santos Laciar and Frank Cedeno.
4. Vic Darchinyan: The Raging Bull is a two time jr. Bantam king who made three total defenses of his crown. He is known as a pressure fighter but he has underrated boxing skills as well. Darchinyan's best victories have been against Dmitry Kirillov, Cristian Mijares, Jorge Arce and Tomas Rojas. Vic has a sneaky uppercut that can put opponents to sleep.
5. Fernando Montiel: Cochulito is currently 50-4-2 with 38 k.o.'s to his credit. He has power in both hands and a very solid understanding of the fundamentals. He made eight defenses of the championship that he won on two separate occasions. Montiel's biggest wins have come against Pero Alcazar, Ivan Hernandez, Z Gorres and Pramuansak Posuwan.
6. Robert Quiroga: Pikin retired with a resume reading 20 wins, 2 losses with 11 knockouts to his credit. He beat Juan Polo Perez for the championship and made five successful defenses during his reign. He was a solid boxer with good ring generalship and a descent arsenal of punches. His top wins came against Perez, Carlos Mercado, Akeem Anafowoshe ( Fight of the year, 1991) and Vuyani Nene.
7. Harold Grey: Grey has a record of 25-6 with 17 knockouts. He beat Julio Cesar Borboa for the Jr. Bantamweight title and defended it twice. Grey also won the crown a second time but made no defenses. He had fast hands and feet and was always willing to brawl if it took it to win. The top victories of his career came against Julio Borboa (Twice), Carlos Salazar and Vincenzo Belcastro.
8. Jiro Watanabe: Watanabe retired with his record reading 26-2 with 17 knockouts. He beat Rafael Pedroza to capture the title and made 11 defenses before losing to Gilberto Roman. Watanabe can box or punch and his jab usually is very sharp as is his combination punching. The best wins he accumulated came by beating Pedroza, Julio Solano, Celso Chavez and Roberto Ramirez.
9. Felix Machado: El Macho has a record that does not tell it all. It looks bad but he was a quality fighter without a doubt. Machado's final mark is 25-13-1 with 12 knockouts. He was not great at any one thing but he was good at everything. Jabs, left hooks and forward, smart pressure was his trademarks. He beat Julio Gamboa for the crown and defended it three times. The best victories he had came against Gamboa, Martin Castillo, Mauricio Pastrana and Dioberto Julio.
10. Masamori Tokuyama: Chang Soo Hong has a final record of 33-2-1 with 8 knockouts. As his record indicates he is short on power but he possessed excellent boxing technique especially with his footwork, jab and ability to judge distance. He beat In-Joo Cho to take the title and he defended his laurels 8 times. He also regained the crown and defended it twice more. Tokuyama's best wins were against Cho, Dmitry Kirillov, Gerry Penalosa and Erik Lopez.
Five Great Junior Bantamweight Knockouts!
1. Khaosai Galaxy K.O. 5 Ari Blanca ( March 29, 1990)
2. Vic Darchinyan K.O. 5 Dmitry Kirillov ( August 2, 2008)
3. Fernando Montiel K.O. 7 Ivan Hernandez ( April 9, 2005)
4. Gilberto Roman K.O. 4 Jose Ramirez ( October 30, 1987)
5. Jiro Watanabe K.O. 8 Luis Ibanez ( February 24, 1983)
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