10. Alfonso Zamora
Yes, Zamora could be outboxed, could be vulnerable, but for sheer excitement there have been few to come close to the Mexican. Putting it simply, Zamora either got you – and he usually got you – or he was worn down.
I have never seen a bantamweight puncher to rival Zamora, but, unfortunately, his time in the sunshine coincided with the rise of Mexico’s other “Z Man”, Carlos Zarate. The two met in 1977, with Zarate, equally powerful, but more polished, winning decisively.
Zamora, a former Olympic silver medallist, won a portion of the world title by KO in 1975, sparking out Soo-Hwan Hong in four rounds. Zamora racked-up five defences, all by stoppage, before being put in his place by Zarate.
The passion faded after that. At just 24, Zamora was on the scrap heap.
His luck had not run out, however. Zamora won a fortune on the Mexican state lottery, a massive windfall that will ensure his financial security.