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Pictorial History of Boxing's Jr. Middleweight Division

Updated on April 29, 2017

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Tommy Hearns destroys Roberto Duran in two brutal and one sided rounds. It was the biggest victory of The Hitman's career.
Tommy Hearns destroys Roberto Duran in two brutal and one sided rounds. It was the biggest victory of The Hitman's career. | Source
Terrible Terry Norris was a great Junior middleweight fighter who had wins over Sugar Ray Leonard and Simon Brown.
Terrible Terry Norris was a great Junior middleweight fighter who had wins over Sugar Ray Leonard and Simon Brown. | Source
Mike "The Body Snatcher" McCallum is seen here posing on a boxing card. He fought all the best boxers of his era.
Mike "The Body Snatcher" McCallum is seen here posing on a boxing card. He fought all the best boxers of his era. | Source
Ronald Winky Wright, seen here cracking Sugar Shane Mosley with a left, fought and beat him twice.
Ronald Winky Wright, seen here cracking Sugar Shane Mosley with a left, fought and beat him twice. | Source
Sugar Shane Mosley, seen here landing a huge body shot, fought Fernando Vargas twice and won both bouts by knockout.
Sugar Shane Mosley, seen here landing a huge body shot, fought Fernando Vargas twice and won both bouts by knockout. | Source
Julian Jackson, seen here with promoter Don King, is one of the hardest hitters in the 154 pound divisions history.
Julian Jackson, seen here with promoter Don King, is one of the hardest hitters in the 154 pound divisions history. | Source
Felix Trinidad, who was a true knockout artist, knocked out Fernando Vargas in the 12th round and handed him his first career defeat.
Felix Trinidad, who was a true knockout artist, knocked out Fernando Vargas in the 12th round and handed him his first career defeat. | Source
Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Ricardo Mayorga in a junior middleweight bout. De La Hoya also won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics.
Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Ricardo Mayorga in a junior middleweight bout. De La Hoya also won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. | Source
Nino Benvenuti was an Italian warrior who won championships in the Jr. Middleweight and the Middleweight divisions.
Nino Benvenuti was an Italian warrior who won championships in the Jr. Middleweight and the Middleweight divisions. | Source

Junior Middleweight Greats

1. Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns: Hearns retired with a final tally of 61-5-1 with forty eight knockouts. He won the one hundred fifty four pound championship from the Hall of Fame boxer Wilfred Benitez who was 44-1 at the time. Hearns made four title defenses including a second round knockout of the legendary Roberto Duran. The Hitman had one of the hardest right hands in boxing history. Also, Hearns possessed one of the best jabs ever. It was long, hard, fast and accurate. Hearns only had one draw back and that was that he had a shaky chin which failed him several times.

2. "Terrible" Terry Norris: Norris retired with a record of 47-9 with thirty one knockouts to his credit. At his best, he was very fast and had knockout power in both hands. Norris won the junior middleweight laurels three times. Norriss' best victories were wins over Sugar Ray Leonard, Meldrick Taylor, Simon Brown and Donald Curry. If you couldn't knock him out he would win. We're talking first rate speed and skills. He had a weak chin but his heart usually saw him through tough battles.

3. Mike "The Body Snatcher" McCallum: McCallum had a final resume reading 49-5-1 with thirty six knockouts. McCallum was a tremendous body puncher and right hand puncher. He also had great technical skills. The Body Snatcher beat Sean Mannion for the championship and defended his crown six times all by knockout. Among his best wins in this division were knockouts over Julian Jackson, Donald Curry and Milton McCrory.

4. Ronald "Winky" Wright: Winky finished with a resume that reads 51-6-1 with twenty five knockouts and he won the Jr. Middleweight title two different times. He was a left handed, highly skilled boxer with a great jab and a tight defenses. His biggest victories in this weight class came against Sugar Shane Mosley (twice), Keith Mullings, Bronco McKart (three times), Tony Marshall and J.C. Candelo.

5. "Sugar" Shane Mosley: Mosley currently has a record of 47-8-1 with thirty nine knockouts. He has a rock solid chin, knockout power and solid skills. Sugar Shane won the title from Oscar De La Hoya and beat other contenders as well. His top one hundred fifty four pound wins came against Antonio Margarito, Fernando Vargas (twice), Ricardo Mayorga and Luis Collazo.

6. Julian "The Hawk" Jackson: The Hawk retired with a ring record of 55-6 with forty nine knockouts and he was a devastating right hand bomber. Jackson knocked out In-Chul Baek for the championship and defended his crown three times. His greatest wins came from knocking out Terrible Terry Norris, Buster Drayton and Francisco DeJesus.

7. Felix "Tito" Trinidad: Tito finished his career with a strong resume reading 42-3 with thirty five knockouts. Trinidad was a vicious puncher with both hands especially the left hook which was his calling card. His reign was short but, destructive as he beat undefeated David Reid for the WBA title and then he destroyed number one contender Mamadou Thiam. His last bout as a Jr. Middleweight was his defining fight. Tito knocked undefeated title holder Fernando Vargas down five times on the way to scoring a 12th round knockout to unify the division.

8. "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya: Oscar had a final win/loss tally of 39-6 with thirty knockouts and he won the junior middleweight crown twice. He was a very skilled boxer with power in the left hook. He beat Javier Castillejo for the title and among his best triumphs were knockouts over Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga and Yori Boy Campas.

9. Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti: Nino retired holding a record of 82-7-1 with thirty five knockout wins. He beat Sandro Mazzinghi by knockout to win the championship, and then he beat him again in a rematch. Benvenuti had a solid chin and he was a come forward boxer puncher. His best one hundred fifty four pound division wins against: Mazzinghi, Don Fullmer, Luis Folledo and Jupp Elze. Benvenuti did not have much of a defense but his heart, chin and will more than made up for it.

10. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: Pretty boy currently holds a record of 44-0 with 26 knockouts. He is a master boxer with a brilliant defense. Mayweather is a two time junior middleweight champion having beaten Oscar De La Hoya for his first belt and Miguel Cotto for his second crown. Mayweather also dominated Sugar Shane Mosley and Canelo Alvarez over twelve rounds as a one hundred fifty four pounder. Mayweather rarely took more than one punch at a time and he rarely even lost a round during her bouts.

Felix Trinidad vs. Fernando Vargas

Terrible Terry's Biggest Wins

Simon Brown
Vincett Pettway
Meldrick Taylor
Maurice Blocker
Carl Daniels
Sugar Ray Leonard
Steve Little
Donald Curry
John Mugabi
 
Jorge Castro
 
Terrible Terry Norris had a great career winning the Jr. Middleweight Crown three times.

Terry Norris vs. John Mugabi

Tommy Hearns vs. Roberto Duran

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