Regions that historically produced lots of good fighters?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by cross_trainer, Oct 27, 2021.

  1. Tomatron

    Tomatron Member Full Member

    Jul 26, 2021
    Yes 100% it’s staggering how many world champions London has produced and excellent amateurs over the years. Even currently it’s thriving, something in the water down south.
  2. HolDat

    HolDat Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 25, 2020
  3. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Looking at the bare knuckle era, Bristol, Birmingham, and Ireland were definitely overproducing.

    Bristol was Britain's biggest port city, throughout the period when ships had to land by sail, for geographical reasons. This by extension made it a major center of privateering and piracy. When ships could move under their own power, a number of alternative ports sprung up, and Bristol started to decline.

    Birmingham is Britain's second biggest city today, but in the 18th century, it was a very minor city, much smaller than Norwich for example. By the late 19th century it was an industrial center, and one of the worst centers of gang violence, with Sheffield and Glasgow being its only peers in this regard.

    As for Ireland, its population shrank by 20%, during the potato famine of 1941-1851. Today Ireland is the richest country in Europe per capita, but it has a smaller population today, than it did then! That was always going to be a fertile ground for producing aspiring boxers!

    The most fertile ground for producing great boxers, if the field of human misery!
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  4. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Forgot to mention Ukraine
  5. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Not talking about developing them (with one exception), but in the ‘there must be something in the water’ sense the state of Alabama birthed:

    Joe Louis

    Evander Holyfield

    Earnie Shavers

    Deontay Wilder

    George Godfrey

    And that’s just the big men. Among the non-heavyewights born in Alabama: Petey Sarron, Frankie Randall, Tracy Harris Patterson.

    Not to mention Butterbean.

    Alabama just missed Larry Holmes by the happenstance of geography — Cuthbert, Ga., where he was born is right over the state line.
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  6. Col Mortimer

    Col Mortimer The question isn't indiscreet.The answer could be Full Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Good thoughtful post.

    I like your take.
  7. richdanahuff

    richdanahuff Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 12, 2013
    In the U.S. states, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, California
    Cities in the U.S. New York, Boston area, Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles

    Countries, U.S, Mexico, Puerto Rico, England, Australia, Philippines, Italy, Ireland

    Are we talking birth place?
  8. GoldenHulk

    GoldenHulk Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    South Africa has produced some world class heavyweights, and others in the lower weight classes over the years.
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  9. Rafaman

    Rafaman Active Member Full Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Mexico produces a massive amount of boxers. But a small town coastal town Los Mochis, (Population 231,000) produced:
    Jorge Arce
    Hugo Cazares
    Fernando Montiel
    Humberto Soto
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  10. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Not birthplace, no, but rather the locations that produce top boxers in the sense that they provide training, career development, and a culture that encourages people to box at a high level.
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  11. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Puerto Rico for it's size is a hotbed of good boxers.
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  12. PIPO23

    PIPO23 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    May 18, 2006
    If you talk Philippines. It's Southern Philippines that produce world champion. Not much from the Capital Manila but that's where the boyz usually end up because opportunities for exposure and training is in Manila. But Southern Filipinos usually produce champions. Elore, Navarette, Pacquiao, Donaire, Casimero, Sultan, Penalosa, Ancajas, Bolo punch Garcia, Pancho Villa all hail from the South. Mindanao and Visayas!!
  13. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Argentina and Mexico have produced a lot of great champions, Japan, Panama, and England have also produced many great fighters. Cuba has but they are strictly amateurs as their political system prohibits professional sports, (Communism).
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  14. Boxed Ears

    Boxed Ears this my daddy's account (RIP daddy) Full Member

    Jul 28, 2009
    Chingatumadre, Mexico. /thread
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