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10: Best junior featherweights of all time

6. Oscar Larios

 

Record: 63-7-1 with 39 knockouts

Years Active: 1994-2009

Title Reign: November 1, 2002-December 3, 2005, October 16, 2008-March 12, 2009 (WBC)

Style: Angular volume-puncher with sneaky power

Strengths: Stamina, hand speed, combination punching

Why Is He Ranked? In the late stages of his first title reign that encompassed seven defenses in three years Larios was making a run at the pound-for-pound rankings, especially after back-to-back wins against former WBC bantamweight titlist Wayne McCullough, the latter of which took place on the Taylor-Hopkins I pay-per-view. Avenged a controversial loss to Willie Jorrin with an emphatic title-winning first-round KO and similarly turned the tables on Israel Vazquez for bigger stakes. Even in decline his hustling style was good enough to hang with the best, shaking Manny Pacquiao with a third-round uppercut and regaining the title via split decision on Takahiro Ao’s turf.

Best Opponents at 122: Agapito Sanchez (KO by 5), Cesar Soto (W 12), Willie Jorrin (L 12, KO 1), Israel Vazquez (KO by 1, W 12, KO by 3), Shigeru Nakazato (W 12, W 12), Napapol Sor Rungvisai (KO 10), Nedal Hussein (W 12), Kozo Ishii (KO 2), Wayne McCullough (W 12, KO 10),

Also Faced in Other Divisions: Manny Pacquiao (L 12), Jorge Linares (KO by 10), Takahiro Ao (W 12, L 12)

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