Lee Groves

10: Best junior featherweights of all time

7. Vuyani Bungu


Record: 39-5 with 19 knockouts

Years Active: 1987-2005

Title Reign: August 20, 1994-February 6, 1999 (IBF)

Style: Bustling bob-and-weaver

Strengths: Stamina, combination punching, airtight defense

Why Is He Ranked? His 13 defenses over four-and-a-half years ranks second among 122-pound champions but his standing suffers because he never consolidated his long reign with unification fights with Daniel Zaragoza, Erik Morales, Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. or Marco Antonio Barrera, all of whom had overlapping reigns. But when “The Beast” met his best competition he was up to the challenge more times than not. There’s much to be said for consistent excellence and Bungu certainly had that.

Best Opponents at 122: Kennedy McKinney (W 12, W 12), Jesus Salud (W 12), Danny Romero (W 12)

Also Faced in Other Divisions: Naseem Hamed (KO by 4), Freddie Norwood (L 8), Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (L 12), Takalani Ndlovu (W 12, W 12)

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