The Greatest Boxers From Each Country

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Picking the greatest boxers of all time, from different countries around the world, was really an easy and fun task. Over the years I have researched this topic at great length and interviewed many people. I have spoken to the older generations of fans and fighters who personally saw many of the boxers fight that were before my time. Their expertise and the input they offered was invaluable.

For each fighter my main basis for ranking them was the height, peak, prime, and pinnacle of their careers regardless of weight or eras in which they fought. The level of their competition played a huge factor, but not necessarily their ring record.
Alphabetically by geographic area/country, here are my picks, with the runners up included:

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AFRICA

Azumh Nelson (39-6-2 / 28 by KO)

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WBC Featherweight Champion: 1984 – 1988

WBC Super Featherweight Champion: 1988 – 1994

WBC Super Feather Champion: 1995 – 1997

Runners Up: Dick Tiger, Vic Toweel
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AUSTRALIA

Kostya Tszyu (31-2 / 25 by KO / 1 No-Decision)

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IBF Junior Welterweight Champion: 1995 – 1997

WBC Junior Welterweight Champion: 1999 – 2004

WBA Junior Welterweight Champion: 2001 – 2004

IBF Junior Welterweight Champion: 2001 – 2005

Runners Up: Jeff Fenech, Jimmy Carruthers
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BRITIAN / UK

Jimmy Wilde (132-6-2 / 101 by KO / 13 No Decisions)
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World Flyweight Champion: 1916 – 1923

Runners Up: Jimmy McLarnin, Bob Fitzsimmons

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CANADA

Sam Langford (139-25-31 / 102 by KO /  58 No Decisions / 1 No-Contest)

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World Colored Middleweight Champion: 1907

World Colored Heavyweight Champion: 1909 – 1911

World Colored Heavyweight Champion: 1912 – 1915

World Colored Heavyweight Champion: 1916 – 1917

World Colored Heavyweight Champion: 1917 – 1918

Runners Up: George Dixon, Tommy Burns

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Roberto Duran (103-16 / 70 by KO)

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WBA Lightweight Champion: 1972 – 1979

WBC Lightweight Champion: 1978 -1979

WBC Welterweight Champion: 1980

WBA Junior Middleweight Champion: 1983 – 1984

WBC Middleweight Champion: 1989 – 1990

Runners Up: Alexis Arguello, Ismael Laguna
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CUBA

Kid Chocolate (135-10-6 / 50 by KO)

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World Junior Lightweight Champion: 1931 – 1933

Runners Up: Kid Gavilan, Jose Napoles
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JAPAN

Fighting Harada (55-7 / 22 by KO)

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WBA Flyweight Champion: 1962 – 1963

WBA / WBC Bantamweight Champion: 1965 – 1968

Runners Up: Yoko Gushiken, Jiro Watanabe
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MEXICO

Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2 / 86 by KO)

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WBC Feather Champion: 1984 – 1987

WBA Lightweight Champion: 1987 – 1988

WBC Lightweight Champion 1988 – 1989

WBC Junior Welterweight Champion: 1990

IBF Junior Welterweight Champion: 1990 – 1994

WBC Junior Welterweight Champion: 1994 – 1996

Runners Up: Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate
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PHILIPPINES

FLASH ELORDE (89-27-2 / 33 by KO)

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World Super Featherweight Champion: 1960 – 1967

WBA Super Featherweight Champion: 1962 – 1967

WBC Super Featherweight Champion: 1963 – 1967

Runners Up: Pancho Villa, Ceferino Garcia
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PUERTO RICO

Wilfredo Gomez (44-3-1 / 42 by KO)

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WBC Super Bantamweight Champion: 1977 – 1983

WBC Featherweight Champion: 1984

WBA Junior Lightweight Champion: 1985 – 1986

Runners Up: Carlos Ortiz, Felix Trinidad

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SOUTH AMERICA

Eder Jofre (72-2-4 / 50 by KO)

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NBA Bantamweight Champion: 1960 – 1962

World Bantamweight Champion: 1962 -1965

WBC Featherweight Champion: 1973 -1974

Runners Up: Carlos Monzon, Pascual Perez

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THAILAND

Khaosai Galaxy (49-1 / 41 by KO)

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WBA Junior Bantamweight Champion: 1984 – 1992

Runners Up: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Pone Kingpetch

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UNITED STATES

Sugar Ray Robinson (174-19-6 / 109 by KO / 2 No-Contests)

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World Welterweight Champion: 1946 – 1951

World Middleweight Champion: 1951 – 1953

World Middleweight Champion: 1955 – 1957

World Middleweight Champion: 1958 – 1960

Runners Up: Henry Armstrong, Benny Leonard

 

 

One thought on “The Greatest Boxers From Each Country

  1. Outstanding list of fighters! I can’t argue against any of the picks and this list is very comprehensive, in terms of the entire history, and another great read!

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