Lee Groves

10: Best junior featherweights of all time

8. Israel Vazquez

 

Record: 44-5 with 32 knockouts

Years Active: 1995-2010

Title Reign: March 25, 2004-May 31, 2005 (IBF), December 3, 2005-March 3, 2007 and August 4, 2007-March 1, 2008 (WBC)

Style: Intelligent, cut-prone pressure fighter

Strengths: Relentlessness, physical strength, cuts off the ring well, two-fisted power, body punching

Why Is He Ranked? Six combined defenses of the IBF, then WBC titles over two reigns were dotted by wins over solid competition. In eight title fights “El Magnifico” scored six knockouts and more than held his own against his best opponents, winning two of three from Oscar Larios and going 2-2 versus Rafael Marquez.

Best Opponents at 122: Rafael Marquez (KO by 7, KO 6, W 12, KO by 3), Oscar Larios (KO 1, KO by 12, KO 3), Jhonny Gonzalez (KO 10), Ivan Hernandez (KO 4), Jorge Eliecer Julio (KO 10)

Also Faced in Other Divisions: Ever Beleno (KO 2), Javier Varguez (KO 3)

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