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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Boxing News / Top 10 Junior Lightweights of All Time

Top 10 Junior Lightweights of All Time

The Top 10 junior Lightweights in Boxing history!
Publish Date: 11/16/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

10) Genaro Hernandez

Hernandez won the 130lb title in 1991 with a stoppage of Daniel Londas. Eight defenses would follow before Hernandez dropped his belt to move up and fight Oscar De La Hoya. Not good. Hernandez was brutally beaten by De la Hoya. Hernandez dropped back to 130 and ended the reign of ageing Azumah Nelson. He followed that up with points wins over Anatoly Alexandrov and Carlos Hernandez. He would lose his title in a defense against an up-and-coming fighter named Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Video: Genaro Hernandez - Chicanito (Highlight Reel)

Genaro Hernandez – Chicanito (Highlight Reel)

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9) Rocky Lockridge

Rocky held the WBA title from 1984-85. He made three defenses. Two years later he captured the IBF strap, defending his belt three times. He faced five titlists (Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Roger Mayweather, Wilfredo Gomez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Tony Lopez), defeating the first two. He sensationally knocked out Mayweather in the first round. Lockridge lost twice (debatable) to Wilfredo Gomez and Julio Cesar Chavez. Many thought he deserved the decision over Chavez. He also beat Harold Knight, Johnny De Larosa, and Barry Michael before losing two close decisions to Tony Lopez at Arco Arena.

Video: Rocky Lockridge - Dangerous Puncher (Highlight Reel)

Rocky Lockridge – Dangerous Puncher (Highlight Reel)

8)Kid Chocolate

Chocolate captured the title with a seventh-round stoppage of Benny Bass while continuing to compete against the best in other weight classes. In defense of his 130lb crown, Chocolate got by tough Lew Feldman and Hall of Famer Fidel LaBarba, with whom he had a very intriguing rivalry. Chocolate was one of Cuban’s greatest fighters and should be near the top of any list of the greatest to come from that country.

Video: The Excellence of Kid Chocolate

The Excellence of Kid Chocolate

7)Brian Mitchell

Mitchell lost his seventh fight and would never lose again. My issue with Mitchell was he never fought Azumah Nelson, but Mitchell was the ultimate road warrior. Mitchell won the title by stopping champion Alfredo Layne. He would then add the scalp of future titlist Daniel Londas in 1987 over fifteen and closed his title reign with three great performances. A decision over an undefeated Frankie Mitchell was followed by a unification battle with Tony Lopez at Arco Arena in Sacramento, which of course was Lopez’s hometown. The draw was largely decried as hometown cooking. After being stripped of his WBA crown, Mitchell entered the immediate rematch as the ‘challenger.’ Mitchell turned in what would be his last great performance, leaving Arco with a unanimous decision over Lopez.

Video: Brian Mitchell - South African Legend

Brian Mitchell – South African Legend

6)Julio Cesar Chavez

Chavez was not dominant at 130 and in my eyes. His wins over Rocky Lockridge and Juan LaPorte were iffy at best and at worst he lost them both. His reign started well with a title win over the durable Mario Martinez, followed by a devastating two-round knockout of Roger Mayweather. He then moved up in weight and the rest, as they say, is history.

Video: Julio Cesar Chavez Career Highlights

Julio Cesar Chavez Career Highlights

5)Flash Elorde

Elorde was one of the greatest Filipinos ever to lace up the gloves. Elorde had quick fists and could take a punch. As a junior lightweight, he contested seven bouts, splitting with the great Sandy Saddler, stopping Harold Gomes twice to win and defend the title, and outpointing Rene Barrientos in a non-title bout. He lost his title to Yoshiaki Numata in a rematch.

Video: Flash Elorde - Filipino Legend (Highlight Reel)

Flash Elorde – Filipino Legend (Highlight Reel)

4)Azumah Nelson

Nelson burst on the scene in 1982 giving the great Salvador Sanchez all he could handle. A couple of years later he moved up to 130 to fight Mario Martinez for the title that the great Julio Cesar Chavez had vacated. Nelson would go on to reign for the next six years, beating Martinez in a rematch. He also defeated one of the more underrated fighters of the 1980s in Juan LaPorte. To be fair he got a gift draw against Jeff Fenech on the undercard to Mike Tyson/Razor Ruddock rematch. But he went to Australia to give Fenech a rematch and Nelson turned in one of the finest performances of his career stopping Fenech. He then beat future titleist Gabe Ruelas before fighting a draw against Jesse James Leija, which would lead to a classic four-fight series with Leija.

Video: Azumah Nelson - The Professor

Azumah Nelson – The Professor

3)Manny Pacquiao

The Pac Man’s first fight at 130 was a close decision loss to Erik Morales. He avenged that loss to Morales twice. He also beat Juan Manuel Marquez, and Marco Antonio Barrera at 130 before moving up.

Video: Why Pacquiao Was UNSTOPPABLE

Why Pacquiao Was UNSTOPPABLE

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2)Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather dominated the 130-pound division. He breezed through his early competition en route to a stopping Genaro Hernandez in only his 18th pro outing. He followed that with a two-round destruction of the game and tough Angel Manfredy and kept racking up wins even with contract disputes and family issues galore. In 2001, Mayweather turned in what might have been his finest performance. His opponent was the late Diego Corrales, undefeated at the time and heavy-handed. Mayweather was never better at any point in his career than he was on this night. Mayweather made Corrales look extremely ordinary. Corrales was a great champion.

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 1) Alexis Arguello

The thin man was dominant at 130 and very few saw the final bell. Alfredo Escalera? Twin 13th round stoppages in classics, the first to capture the WBA title after a strong title run at featherweight. Bazooka Limon? Gone in eleven; Bobby Chacon in seven. Rolando Navarette in five. Cornelius Boza-Edwards made it to the eighth round. He also beat undefeated and tough Ruben Castillo. It was not only the fact that he beat some very good competition at this weight. It was how he beat them, which was devastating.

Video: The Smiling Assassin of Boxing - Alexis Arguello

The Smiling Assassin of Boxing – Alexis Arguello

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