Who were the top ten lightweights from 1970-1978?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by William Walker, Jul 29, 2020.


  1. ronnyrains

    ronnyrains Active Member Full Member

    819
    365
    Sportsbook:
    1,031
    May 27, 2014
    I HAVE AN IDEA LETS TALK ABOUT THE 1970-78 LIGHTWEIGHTS
     
    Clinton, JLP1978 and William Walker like this.
  2. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,923
    2,448
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Apr 9, 2020
    That's a great idea! I wish I would have thought of it lol.
     
    Clinton and ronnyrains like this.
  3. ronnyrains

    ronnyrains Active Member Full Member

    819
    365
    Sportsbook:
    1,031
    May 27, 2014
    I guess that will be my Lightweight Top Ten for 1970-78. Arguello was really a lil lighter until the 80's still he was great . maybe Mando Ramos number 10, his best days were a lil behind him . i did not rate Jim Watt he stole one from O'Grady.
     
  4. joebeadg

    joebeadg Well-Known Member Full Member

    1,703
    687
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Dec 3, 2005
    Hey man! No ill intent on my part, was more like "just sayin". Its all good everyone. But one thing, I'm not backing down from my statement that the women boxers are the prettiest! Hey! Those women are truly tough and talented boxers. They would kick most of our butts on here. But if someones gonna kick my butt, I'd want it to be a pretty girl! LOL
     
    Clinton and William Walker like this.
  5. joebeadg

    joebeadg Well-Known Member Full Member

    1,703
    687
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Dec 3, 2005
    Duran Dejesus, howard davis come to mind. Oh! Vilomar Fernandez, loved that guy!
     
    Clinton likes this.
  6. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,923
    2,448
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Apr 9, 2020
    well that's good, just wanted to make sure; this conversation is best if left alone anyway, at least for a boxing forum
     
  7. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    11,841
    5,003
    Sportsbook:
    1,209
    Jun 26, 2009
    Here’s a list — the tough thing being where to put guys who were only in the mix early (then moving up or retiring) or late (just arriving on the scene):

    1. Robert Duran
    2. Esteban DeJesus
    3. Ken Buchanan
    4. Ray Lampkin
    5. Ishimatsu Suzuki
    6. Rodolfo Gonzalez
    7. Ismael Laguna
    8. Vilomar Fernandez
    9. Andy Gannigan
    10. Jim Watt
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2020
    William Walker and Clinton like this.
  8. ronnyrains

    ronnyrains Active Member Full Member

    819
    365
    Sportsbook:
    1,031
    May 27, 2014
    WELL WILLIAM WHATS YOUR TOP TEN LIGHTWEIGHTS FOR 1970-78 (GOOD TIMELINE)
     
    William Walker likes this.
  9. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    17,227
    2,665
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Jan 22, 2009
    He beat Alexis. WOW. Very underrated fighter.
     
  10. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    17,227
    2,665
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Jan 22, 2009
    Great post, Joe lol. Nice
     
  11. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,923
    2,448
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Apr 9, 2020
    Sainpat has a good list. I've never heard of Latina though. I would probably put Cervantes, Laguna, and Benitez on there in place of Ganigan, Watt, and Latina.
     
  12. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

    5,799
    3,324
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Mar 2, 2006
    1) Roberto Duran
    2) Rodolfo Gonzalez
    3) Ken Buchanan
    4) Ismael Laguna
    5) Esteban DeJesus
    6) Mando Ramos
    7) Chango Carmona
    8) Ray Lampkin
    9) Ishimatsu Suzuki
    10) Pedro Carrasco


    I just cheated and went with each fighter whom I felt was the best in their head-to-head prime. If I was to restructure it taking into consideration overlapping primes, accomplishments and phasing out within the span of the years '70-'78, it would look completely different, but Duran would always be #1.
     
    William Walker likes this.
  13. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,923
    2,448
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Apr 9, 2020
    Mando Ramos. Forgot about him. Good shout.
     
  14. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

    5,799
    3,324
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Mar 2, 2006
    Mando is one of those guys who would suffer in my ratings if I structured it to the span of accomplishments over '70-'78, as he was finished off by Carmona in Sept. of '72 after a lifestyle that did not include a lot of gym-work. So again, mine was more head-to-head.
     
  15. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    11,841
    5,003
    Sportsbook:
    1,209
    Jun 26, 2009
    It’s Laguna, not Latina. Auto-correct.

    I stuck to pure lightweights in that era and I don’t see where Cervantes would make it — his one quality lightweight win in this time span at 135 was in 1970 against Rodolfo Gonzalez (and it was over-the-weight where he was 135 1/2 and Gonzalez was 136 1/2). In fact, while there are some fights with no weight listed there’s no record of him making 135 in the time period you chose.

    And as far as I know, Benitez never made 135 in his entire pro career. If you want to expand the weights let’s put Larry Holmes in there too.
     
    William Walker likes this.