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The 100 greatest amateur boxers of all time

Malcolm Meredith has seen more than most when it comes to amateur boxing. Here he ranks the best ever from the vested code, from 100 down to 1

100. ALEKSANDR LEBZIAK
Russia

Olympic light-heavyweight gold, 2000
World light-heavyweight gold, 1997

99. HECTOR VINENT
CUBA

Olympic light-welterweight gold, 1992, 1996
World light-welterweight gold, 1993, 1995

98. MANFRED WOLKE
East Germany

Olympic welterweight gold, 1968

97. FRANCESCO MOSSO
Italy

Olympic featherweight gold, 1960

96. CHRIS FINNEGAN
England

Olympic middleweight gold, 1968

95. FRANCISC VASTAG
Romania

World welterweight gold, 1989
World light-middleweight gold, 1993, 1995

94. ALEKSEI TISHCHENKO
Russia

Olympic featherweight gold, 2004
Olympic lightweight gold, 2008
World featherweight gold, 2005

93. FREDDIE TIEDT
Ireland

Olympic welterweight silver, 1956

92. OLEKSANDR USYK
Ukraine

Olympic heavyweight gold, 2012
World heavyweight gold, 2011

Oleksandr Usyk

91. OLEG SAITOV
Russia

Olympic welterweight gold, 1996, 2000

Oleg Saitov

90. GYULA TOROK
Hungary

Olympic flyweight gold, 1960

89. JAN ZACHARA
Czechoslovakia

Olympic featherweight gold, 1952

88. SERGIO CAPARI
Italy

Olympic featherweight silver, 1952

87. AURELIO BOLOGNESI
Italy

Olympic lightweight gold, 1952

86. ERNESTO FORMENTI
Italy

Olympic featherweight gold, 1948

85. CARMELO BOSSI
Italy

Olympic light-middleweight silver, 1960

84. WOLFGANG BEHRENDT
East Germany

Olympic bantamweight gold, 1956

83. TIBOR CSIK
Hungary

Olympic bantamweight, 1948

82. LEONARD LEISHING
South Africa

Olympic featherweight bronze, 1952

81. LENNOX LEWIS
Canada

Olympic super-heavyweight gold, 1988

80. TADEUSZ WALASEK
Poland

Olympic middleweight silver, 1960
Olympic middleweight bronze, 1964

79. LESZEK DROGOSZ
Poland

Olympic welterweight bronze, 1960

78. WILFREDO GOMEZ
Puerto Rico

World bantamweight gold, 1974

77. FERNANDO ATZORI
Italy

Olympic flyweight gold, 1964

76. MARIAN KASPRZYK
Poland

Olympic welterweight gold, 1964
Olympic light-welterweight bronze, 1960

75. BOHUMIL NEMECEK
Czechoslovakia

Olympic light-welterweight gold, 1960

74. JOZEF GRUDZIEN
Poland

Olympic lightweight gold, 1964
Olympic lightweight silver, 1968

73. ROBERTO BALADO
Cuba

Olympic super-heavyweight champion, 1992
World super-heavyweight champion, 1989, 1992, 1993

72. IVAILO MARINOV
Bulgaria

Olympic light-flyweight gold, 1988
World light-flyweight gold, 1982

71. SERAFIM TODOROV
Bulgaria

World bantamweight gold, 1991
World featherweight gold, 1993, 1995

70. ISTVAN KOVACS
Hungary

Olympic flyweight bronze, 1992
World flyweight gold, 1991

69. JUAN HERNANDEZ
Cuba

Olympic welterweight silver, 1992
World welterweight gold, 1991, 1993, 1995

68. PABLO ROMERO
Cuba

World light-heavyweight gold, 1982, 1986

67. ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Cuba

Olympic middleweight gold, 1992, 1996
World middleweight gold, 1993, 1995

66. GYORGY GEDO
Hungary

Olympic light-flyweight gold, 1972

65. KOSTYA TSZYU
Russia

World light-welterweight gold, 1991

64. JOSEPH VENTAJA
France

Olympic featherweight bronze, 1948

63. JANOS KAJDI
Hungary

European lightweight gold, 1963
European welterweight gold, 1971

62. VLADIMIR SAFRONOV
Russia

Olympic featherweight gold, 1956

61. ROBEISY RAMIREZ
Cuba

Olympic flyweight gold, 2012
Olympic bantamweight gold, 2016

60. ROLANDO GARBEY
Cuba

Olympic light-middleweight silver, 1968
Olympic light-middleweight bronze, 1976
World light-middleweight champion, 1974

59. CHARLES ADKINS
USA

Olympic light-welterweight gold, 1952

58. KAZIMIERZ PAZDZIOR
Poland

Olympic lightweight gold, 1960

57. PENTTI HAMALAINEN
Finland

Olympic bantamweight gold, 1952
Olympic featherweight bronze, 1956

56. ZYGMUNT CHYCHIA
Poland

Olympic welterweight gold, 1952

55. VYACHESLAV LEMESCHEV
Russia

Olympic middleweight gold, 1972
European middleweight gold, 1973, 1975

54. TAKAO SAKURAI
Japan

Olympic bantamweight gold, 1964

53. BEP VAN KLAVEREN
Holland

Olympic featherweight gold, 1928

52. HENRY MASKE
East Germany

Olympic middleweight gold, 1988
World light-heavyweight gold, 1989

51. JOHNNY WRIGHT
England

Olympic middleweight silver, 1948

50. JOHNNY RYAN
Wales

European welterweight gold, 1947

49. EDDIE CROOK
USA

Olympic middleweight gold, 1960

48. ED SANDERS
USA

Olympic heavyweight gold, 1952

47. BRUCE WELLS
England

European light-middleweight gold, 1953

46. TOMMY NICHOLLS
England

Olympic featherweight bronze, 1956
European featherweight gold, 1955

45. NATHAN BROOKS
USA

Olympic flyweight gold, 1952

44. NORVEL LEE
USA

Olympic light-heavyweight gold, 1952

43. JOE FRAZIER
USA

Olympic heavyweight gold, 1964

42. GEORGE FOREMAN
USA

Olympic heavyweight gold, 1968

41. ANDRE WARD
USA

Olympic light-heavyweight gold, 2004

Andre Ward

40. ROY JONES JNR
USA

Olympic light-middleweight silver, 1988

39. MICHAEL SPINKS
USA

Olympic middleweight gold, 1976

38. MARK BRELAND
USA

Olympic welterweight gold, 1984
World welterweight gold, 1982

37. DUANE BOBICK
USA

Pan-American heavyweight gold, 1971
(Beat Teofilo Stevenson, Larry Holmes, Mike Weaver)

36. EMILIO CORREA
Cuba

Olympic welterweight gold, 1972

35. STANISLAV STEPASHKUN
Russia

Olympic featherweight gold, 1964

34. DANAS POZNYAK
Russia

Olympic light-heavyweight gold, 1968

33. ANGEL HERRERA
Cuba

Olympic featherweight gold, 1976
Olympic lightweight gold, 1980

32. MATE PARLOV
Yugoslavia

Olympic light-heavyweight gold, 1972
World light-heavyweight gold, 1974

31. YURIORKIS GAMBOA
Cuba

Olympic featherweight gold, 2004

30. GENNADI SCHATKOV
Russia

Olympic middleweight gold, 1956

29. NICKY GARGANO
England

Olympic welterweight bronze, 1956
European welterweight gold, 1955

28. RANDOLPH TURPIN
England

Youngest ever ABA champion, 1945

27. FLOYD PATTERSON
USA

Olympic middleweight gold, 1952

26. OSCAR DE LA HOYA
USA

Olympic lightweight gold, 1992

Oscar De La Hoya

25. ISTVAN ENEKES
Hungary

Olympic flyweight gold, 1932

24. PERNELL WHITAKER
USA

Olympic lightweight gold, 1984

23. HOWARD DAVIS JNR
USA

Olympic lightweight gold, 1976

22. VINCE SHOMO
USA

Pan-American light-welterweight gold, 1959

21. FELIX SAVON
Cuba

Olympic heavyweight gold, 1992, 1996, 2000
World heavyweight gold, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995

20. MARIO KINDELAN
Cuba

Olympic lightweight gold, 2000, 2004
World lightweight gold, 1999, 2001, 2003

Mario Kindelan

19. ADOLFO HORTA
Cuba

World bantamweight gold, 1978
World featherweight gold, 1982
World lightweight gold, 1986

18. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX
Cuba

Olympic bantamweight gold, 2000, 2004
World bantamweight gold, 2001, 2005

Guillermo Rigondeaux

17. NINO BENVENUTI
Italy

Olympic welterweight gold, 1960

16. VLADIMIR YENGIBARYAN
Soviet Union

Olympic light-welterweight gold, 1956

15. HARRY MALLIN
England

Olympic middleweight gold, 1920, 1924
European middleweight gold, 1924

14. VALERI POPENCHENKO
Soviet Union

Olympic middleweight gold, 1964
European middleweight gold, 1963, 1965

13. BORIS LAGUTIN
Soviet Union

Olympic light-middleweight gold, 1964, 1968
European light-middleweight gold, 1961, 1963

12. VASYL LOMACHENKO
Ukraine

Olympic featherweight gold, 2008
Olympic lightweight gold, 2012
World featherweight gold, 2009
World lightweight gold, 2011

11. ZBIGNIEW PIETRZYKOWSKI
Poland

Olympic light-heavyweight silver, 1960
Olympic light-heavyweight bronze, 1964
Olympic light-middleweight bronze, 1956

10. CASSIUS CLAY
USA

Olympic light-heavyweight gold, 1960

Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali

9. WILBERT McCLURE
USA

Olympic light- middleweight gold, 1960
Pan-American light-middleweight gold, 1959

8. RAY LEONARD
USA

Olympic light-welterweight gold, 1976
Pan-American light-welterweight gold, 1975

Sugar Ray Leonard

7. RONNIE HARRIS
USA

Olympic lightweight gold, 1968

6. DICK McTAGGART
Scotland

Olympic lightweight gold, 1956
Olympic lightweight bronze, 1960
European lightweight gold, 1961

Dick McTaggart
Dick McTaggart

5. PASCUAL PEREZ
Argentina

Olympic flyweight gold, 1948

4. TEOFILO STEVENSON
Cuba

Olympic heavyweight gold, 1972, 1976, 1980
World heavyweight gold, 1974, 1978
World super-heavyweight gold, 1986

3. JERZY KULEJ
Poland

Olympic light-welterweight gold, 1964, 1968
European light-welterweight gold, 1963, 1965

2. JULIUS TORMA
Czechoslovakia

Olympic welterweight gold, 1948
European welterweight gold, 1949

1. LASZLO PAPP
Hungary

Olympic middleweight gold, 1948
Olympic light-middleweight gold, 1952, 1956
European middleweight gold, 1949
European light-middleweight gold, 1951

greatest amateurs
Laszlo Papp

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