Opinion | Jan 13 2016

The 10 greatest welterweights of all time

Tony Connolly, with his weekly column, this week asks Birmingham Mail boxing journalistic legend Mike Lockley to name the 10 greatest welterweights of all time
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AS with the middleweights, the welters provide a unique blend of speed and ferocity and enough pop in their punches to provide those highlight reel knockouts we all love watching on YouTube.

Sitting pretty between the modern classes of super-welterweight and super-lightweight, these fighters weigh between 140lbs (10 stone) and 147lbs (10 stone 7lbs).

Henry Armstrong holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses in this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal title in, incredibly, less than three years as champion.

Exciting Puerto Rican banger Felix Trinidad successfully defended his crown at the weight a record 15 times in just over six and a half years at the top. But does this achievement prove worthy of a spot on the list?

How about Pernell Whitaker? The slick southpaw was a defensive genius and the division’s best during the mid-nineties. Roberto Duran dethroned Sugar Ray Leonard with a sensational performance in 1980. Does he feature?

Mickey Walker, Jimmy McLarnin, Kid Gavilan, Tommy Hearns, Don Curry, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto… none of these make our illustrious 10. Read on to see who does…

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