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Top 10 Christmas-themed boxers

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A Christmas selection box of festive-themed boxers
  1. ESTEBAN DE JESUS
    After coming out second best in his first two world title attempts, the Puerto Rican went on to become the WBC lightweight champion. He fought Roberto Duran on three occasions – winning once and losing twice.
  2. O’NEIL BELL
    An Atlanta-based Jamaican nicknamed “Give ‘em Hell”, this heavy-handed cruiserweight unified the WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 2006 by defeating Jean-Marc Mormeck, who he then lost to in a rematch.
  3. HOLLY HOLM
    Regarded as one of the best female boxers of all time, Holm crossed over to the UFC in 2014. A multi-talented southpaw, “The Preacher’s Daughter” from New Mexico has enjoyed considerable success in both boxing and MMA.
  4. ANGEL MANFREDY
    This popular, all-action Indianan had four cracks at world honours but was never able to get his hands on the gold. He got the better of Arturo Gatti in 1998, but was beaten by Floyd Mayweather during the same year.
  5. MARCO RUDOLPH
    The German lightweight challenged for a WBO belt as a professional, but his most impressive spell came in the amateurs, where he won a World gold medal in 1991 and an Olympic silver in 1992.
  6. NORMAN SNOW
    Northampton’s Snow contested over 150 bouts from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. Towards the end of his extensive career, he challenged Ernie Roderick for the British welterweight crown.
  7. BILLY SLEIGH
    After suffering losses in two of his opening three contests, Sleigh, a 1930s boxer from Eccles, embarked upon an 11-fight winning streak. A defeat to George Powell in his sole 12-rounder brought an end to this fruitful run.
  8. ELF GETGANO
    Getgano went unbeaten in his first six contests as a pro, before losing two of his final four fights, with both defeats coming inside time. All 10 of the Filipino’s appearances came in his home nation.
  9. WALLY STOCKING
    In a career that lasted just a little more than a year-and-a-half, Holborn resident “Stocks” fought 17 times, primarily in the English capital. His final ring record read five wins, 10 losses and two draws.
  10. ADRIAN CHRISTMAS
    A California native who fights out of Texas, this middleweight novice has only had one pro outing – a four-round points loss to Marco Vazquez last year. But with a surname like Christmas, how could we leave him out?

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