Amateur Pedigree

Amateur Daze

A boxer’s legacy is indelibly connected to his professional record – certain fighter’s records are as much a part of their identity within the sport as their ring names or even nationalities. 49-0. Yeah we all know who that is, right? Has a far better ring to it than 9-4; yet that was Rocky Marciano‘s record in the amateurs. A logical progression, for me at least, is to ask what were some of the great fighter’s records as amateurs?

Acceptable in the 80s

  • Sugar Ray Leonard (145–5) or (165-5) [sources differ]
  • Marvin Hagler (55-1)
  • John Mugabi (195-5)
  • Azumah Nelson (50-2)
  • Ray Mancini (43-7)

British Beef

  • Nigel Benn (41-1)
  • Chris Eubank (19-7)

Heavyweights

  • Cassius Clay (later Ali) (100-5)
  • George Foreman (22-4)
  • Mike Tyson (24-3)
  • Evander Holyfield (160-14)
  • Vitali Klitschko (195-15)
  • Wladimir Klitschko (134-6)
  • Jean-Marc Mormeck (13-2)
  • Floyd Patterson (40-4)
  • Ingemar Johansson (61-10)
  • Michael Spinks (93-7)
  • Leon Spinks (181-9)
  • Joe Louis (50-4)
  • Michael Moorer (48-16)
  • Nikolai Valuev (12-3)
  • Rocky Marciano (9-4)
  • Ezzard Charles (42-0)

Modern Pound for Pound Elite

  • Pernell Whitaker (201-14)
  • Oscar De La Hoya (223-5)
  • Ike Quartey (50-4)
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. (84–6)
  • Zab Judah (110-5)
  • Erik Morales (108-6)
  • Marco Antonio Barrera (56-4)
  • Juan Manuel Marquez (44-2)
  • Diego Corrales (105-12)
  • Meldrick Taylor (99-4)
  • Felix Trinidad (51-6)
  • Hector Camacho (75-4)
  • Antonio Margarito (21-3)
  • James Toney (20-2)
  • Roger Mayweather (64-4)
  • Virgil Hill (250-11)
  • Mike McCallum (240-10)
  • Kennedy McKinney (214-13)
  • Terry Norris (291-4)
  • Jeff Lacy (209-12)
  • Naseem Hamed (62-5)

All-Time Pound for Pound Greats

  • Sugar Ray Robinson (85-0)
  • Carlos Monzon (79-7)
  • Alexis Arguello (58-2)
  • Tony Zale (87-8)
  • Willie Pep (62-3)
  • Wilfredo Gomez (58-2-1)
  • Henry Armstrong (58-4)
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Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton