Doug Fischer

10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years

 

7. Nino Benvenuti

Record: 82-7-1, 35 knockouts

Years active: 1961-1971

Title reigns: 1967; 1968-’70; four defenses (second reign)

Hall of Fame induction: 1992

Style: Tall, rangy mobile boxer

Strengths: Intelligence, height (5-foot-11) and reach (75-inch wingspan), defensive ability, jab, powerful left hook and footwork.

Why is he ranked? Popular Italian’s trilogy with Emile Griffith, all three of which were fought in New York City, endeared him to American fans and earned the charismatic 1960 Olympic gold medalist the middleweight championship.

Who did he fight? Fellow hall of famers Griffith (W 15, L 15, W 15), Carlos Monzon (KO’d 12, TKO’d 3), Dick Tiger (L 10), and Luis Rodriguez (KO 11).

Also faced: Top-10 contenders Don Fullmer (W 12, W 15) and Doyle Baird (D 10, KO 10).

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