Wednesday, February 28

10 Best Southpaw Boxers Of All Time

Highlights

  • Southpaw boxers have made a significant impact on the sport with their unconventional style and approach.
  • Notable southpaws like Joe Calzaghe and Tiger Flowers have left a lasting legacy in boxing history.
  • From overcoming adversity to achieving success, these southpaws have captivated fans and shaped the future of boxing.


The world of boxing, rich in its diversity of styles, has seen the rise of southpaw boxers who have redefined the art of combat. With their unconventional approach, these left-handed warriors have stood out in a traditionally right-handed sport.

As we celebrate the ten most exceptional Southpaw boxers, we also highlight their unique contributions and unforgettable impact on the sport. From devastating power punchers to master tacticians, these southpaws have left an indelible mark in the annals of boxing history, captivating fans and shaping the future of boxing.

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10 Joe Calzaghe Retired An Undefeated Southpaw

Calzaghe Forced Himself Into An Early Retirement In 2009

Active Years

1993 – 2008

Weight Class

Super Middleweight

Record

46-0-0 (32 KOs)

Notable Wins

Roy Jones Jr, Juan Carlos Jimenez

Notable Losses

Welshman, Joe Calzaghe, dominated the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions, where he remained an undefeated champion until his retirement at the age of 36. Throughout his career, Calzaghe defended his title 21 times and triumphed over a roster of top-tier contenders like Juan Carlos Jimenez and Roy Jones Jr. Calzaghe’s retirement was at the historic Madison Square Garden against Roy Jones Jr.

9 Tiger Flowers Became The First Black Middleweight Champion

The Fastest Left Hander In The 1920s

Active Years

1918 – 1927

Weight Class

Middleweight

Record

117-16-8 (54 KOs)

Notable Wins

Jock Malone, Chuck Wiggins, Lou Bogash

Notable Losses

Mickie Walker, Maxie Rosenbloom

Although he died at the age of 32, Tiger Flowers, known as “The Georgia Deacon,” left a profound legacy in boxing. Born to religious parents in Georgia, he faced racial adversity and discrimination both before and during his boxing career. A fierce competitor and converted southpaw, he discovered boxing in Philadelphia and eventually turned professional in 1918, despite his family’s objections. Over nine years, he battled renowned fighters like Harry Greb and Mickey Walker.

8 Young Corbett III Started Boxing At The Age Of 14

He Immigrated With His Family From Italy

Active Years

1919 – 1940

Weight Class

Welterweight, Middleweight

Record

117-16-8 (54 KOs)

Notable Wins

Jackie Burke, Mickey Walker

Notable Losses

Jimmy McLarnin, Sergeant Sammy Baker

Young Corbett III, born Raffaele Giordano in Italy in 1905, started boxing in 1919 in California. He quickly rose to fame in the local boxing scene and won the world welterweight title in 1933, showcasing his skill against top contenders all across the USA. After a brief reign, he moved up to the middleweight class, scaling the ladder to success in boxing in the early 20th century. He passed away in 1993 in Auberry, California, leaving behind a legacy worthy of southpaw boxers.

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7 Hector Camacho Story From Violence To Flamboyance

One Of Puerto Rico’s Most Famous Sportspersons

Active Years

1980 – 2010

Weight Class

Lightweight

Record

79-6-3 (38 KOs)

Notable Wins

Craig Hook, Roberto Duran

Notable Losses

Saul Duran, Oscar de la Hoya

Hector “Macho” Camacho, born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York’s Spanish Harlem, transitioned from a troubled youth involved in street fights and car theft to becoming a celebrated boxer in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite facing challenging living conditions and early legal troubles, including a stint in prison, Camacho found an outlet in boxing, starting at age ten and rapidly developing his skills and flamboyant style under various mentors. Multiple titles across different weight classes marked his professional career but were also overshadowed by personal struggles, including drug use and managerial conflicts.

6 Sergio Martinez Was A Star Inside And Outside The Ring

Made A Comeback To The Ring After 6 Years In Retirement

Active Years

1997 –

Weight Class

Middleweight

Record

57-3-2 (32 KOs)

Notable Wins

Craig Hook, Roberto Duran

Notable Losses

Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams

Born in Avellaneda, Argentina, Martinez began his boxing journey at the age of 20. After retiring in 2014, he made a surprising comeback in 2020, rekindling his passion for boxing. Outside the boxing ring, he’s also an actor and TV personality in Argentina and Spain. Admirably, he’s dedicated to philanthropy, using his fame to positively impact others,

5 Oleksandr Usyk Has Drawn Audiences And Fans Worldwide

Active Years

2013 –

Weight Class

Cruiserweight, Heavyweight

Record

21-0-0 (14 KOs)

Notable Wins

Anthony Joshua, Daniel Dubois

Notable Losses

Ukrainian-born Oleksandr Usyk has risen rapidly in the heavyweight ranks in recent years. His recent victories, including a stunning win over Anthony Joshua, have established him as a force to be reckoned with. He is one of the few boxers who currently hold the undefeated record in the sport. An Olympic gold medallist, he is the only boxer to hold four cruiserweight titles. Before he turned to boxing, Usyk was a professional footballer at the age of 15 for a Ukrainian football club, SC Tavriya Simferopol.

4 Vicente Saldivar Had A Nasty One-Two Combo

A Short Career Filled With Great Victories

Active Years

1961 – 1973

Weight Class

Featherweight

Record

37-3-0 (27 KOs)

Notable Wins

Sugar Ramos, Howard Winstone and Jose Legra

Notable Losses

Kuniaki Shibata, Eder Jofre

Vicente Saldivar Garcia, Mexico’s most renowned southpaw, emerged from a difficult childhood to represent Mexico in the 1960 Olympics at just 17. His professional career spanned 12 years, featuring victories over champions like Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos in 1964. Saldivar’s historic title defense included seven victories as the unified WBA/WBC champion, highlighted by a celebrated rivalry with Howard Winstone. After a brief retirement unbeaten in 1967, he returned to defeat Johnny Famechon but eventually retired for good following a loss to Eder Jofre in 1973. Saldivar was honored by being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.

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3 Marvin Hagler’s Marvelous Switch From Orthodox To Southpaw

Reigned As Undisputed Middleweight Champions From 1980 To 1987

Active Years

1973 – 1987

Weight Class

Middleweight

Record

63-3-2 (52 KOs)

Notable Wins

Roberto Duran, Marcos Geraldo

Notable Losses

Sugar Ray Leonard, Bobby Watts

Among all the American boxing icons, Marvelous Marvin Hagler was known for his impressive 78% knockout rate – the highest among undisputed middleweight champions. Hagler, who legally changed his name to include “Marvelous” in 1982, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Recognized as one of the greatest middleweights, he was named Fighter of the Year twice and Fighter of the Decade for the 1980s, ranking fourth in The Ring’s greatest middleweights and 29th in BoxRec’s all-time pound-for-pound list. Renowned for his durability, Hagler was famously knocked down only once in his career, against Juan Roldan, a moment still debated in boxing history.

2 Pernell Whitaker Was Known For Picking Off Punches With Ease

Whitaker Considered Himself An Artist When He Entered The Ring

Active Years

1984 – 2001

Weight Class

Middleweight

Record

40-4-1 (17 KOs)

Notable Wins

Roger Mayweather, Julio Cesar Vasquez

Notable Losses

Oscar De La Hoya, Jose Luis Ramirez

Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker, became an Olympic gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics before his magnificent title wins in the middleweight division. Considered one of the best defensive-minded fighters of all time and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers of all time, “Sweet Pea” has won world titles in four divisions and did not suffer a truly legitimate defeat until was defeated by Félix Trinidad at 35 years old.

1 Manny Pacquiao Is Considered The Fastest Left Hander In Boxing History

Has Surpassed 4 Decades In Boxing

Active Years

1995 – 2021

Weight Class

Welterweight

Record

62-8-2 (39 KOs)

Notable Wins

Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera

Notable Losses

Floyd Mayweather Jr, Erik Morales

Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao is undoubtedly the best southpaw boxer in history, having held world championships in a record eight divisions and the lineal title in five different weight categories. A very dynamic fighter, Pacquiao was known for his exceptional speed and elusive style. Pacquiao’s career is distinguished by victories over renowned boxers like Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Oscar De La Hoya, and his epic four-bout rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez is etched in boxing history. But his losses against Floyd Mayweather Jr. don’t put a blemish on that record.

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