Unbeaten records are suddenly all the rage here at BoxNation.
In five weeks time, Manchester’s ‘Turbo Terry’ Flanagan, the man with the longest unblemished CV in British boxing, puts his perfect 32-0 slate up for tender against mandatory contender Petr Petrov, while this weekend Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman take combined stats of 60-0 into their unmissable 147lb world title unifier. Both bang-ups shall be screened live on ‘The Channel of Champions’.
Glynn Evans examines the credentials of the bruisers who simply refuse to lose.
NB. Leading pound-for-pound contenders Andre Ward (31-0) and Terence Crawford (30-0) both failed to make the list!
8) Terry Flanagan, 32-0
Though the 5ft 10 Manc southpaw struggled to win half of his 60 bouts as a club level amateur, ‘Turbo Terry’ has proved invincible since vaulting to the paid brigade. The Duracell charged 27 year old’s CV lists five wins in WBO lightweight fights.
Best win: Marmalized mooted 28-1 Yank Diego Magdaleno in his opening defence at the Manchester Arena, sending the vocal Las Vegan south on three occasions before the carnage was curtailed in round two.
Closest call: Squeaked past British Super-Feather boss Gary Sykes on a three round split decision in the 2012 Prizefighter tourney.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: Something will have to give if a mooted unification match-up with 36-0 WBC counterpart ‘Mikey’ Garcia finally comes to fruition.
7) Danny Garcia, 33-0
Formerly a US amateur champion who once beat Terence Crawford, this lethal left hooker from Philadelphia by way of Puerto Rico has prevailed in seven world title fights spanning the 140 and 147 classes. He has mastered nine rival world title claimants.
Best win: Icing Amir Khan was an impressive exhibition of his heavy hooking but Garcia was never more complete than when he clinically defused fearsome Argentine bomber Lucas Matthysse to retain his unified 140lb belts at the MGM Grand in 2013.
Closest call: Blue eye to the judges, ‘Swift’s’ slate already shows two split and two majority decision wins, and he certainly seemed ‘favoured’ when his arm was lifted after he appeared to have been outhustled by California’s Mauricio Herrera during a Puerto Rican homecoming three years back.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: Enters as a 2-1 outsider against 27-0 Keith Thurman for this weekend’s BoxNation screened 147lb unification bash-up from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
6) Gilberto Ramirez 34-0
Following a protracted apprenticeship, this spidery 6ft 2 ½in southpaw from Sinaloa, Mexico claimed the WBO Super-Middle strap in April 2016 but is yet to defend.
Just 25, the man they call ‘Zurbo’ is a spiteful body puncher and boasts 24 quick wins but remains largely untested.
Best win: Completely whitewashed German hard case ‘King Arthur Abraham’ to bag the WBO belt, winning every round on every card at the MGM Grand in Vegas.
Closest call: Thus far, there hasn’t really been one, primarily due to overtly cautious matchmaking. Never floored and yet to win by a split or majority, his stiffest tests still lie ahead.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: Harlesden’s Olympic gold medallist and current IBF emperor James DeGale would be fancied to possess too much seasoning at this stage, were the pair to square off in a unifier.
5) Mikey Garcia, 36-0
Unquestionably one of the most classy talents presently active, this 29 year old Californian of Mexican extraction joined the pros in 2006 and has been picture perfect since.
His CV lists a royal flush in his five world title fights and an impressive six early endings against the seven world champions on his slate.
Best win: Defending WBC lightweight boss was semi-conscious for closer to ten minutes than ten seconds when Garcia knocked him cold with a hellacious right hand bomb in round three last January.
Closest call: In a November 2013 WBO Super-Feather challenge, Puerto Rican banger ‘Rocky’ Martinez had Garcia on the carpet and tottering down Queer Street (round two), before ‘Mikey’ re-grouped and dropped his own guillotine in round eight.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: A Transatlantic 135lb unification shootout with ‘Turbo Terry’ would be close to ‘pick ‘em’ if it occurred this side of The Pond.
4) Gennady Golovkin, 36-0
Despite operating at world level since August 2010, the current WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight czar hasn’t come close to smelling defeat.
Now 34, the lethal hitting LA based Kazakh has smoked his last 23 victims ahead of schedule, 18 when there was a world title at stake.
Best win: Near punch-perfect when mugging David Lemieux of his IBF belt at Madison Square Garden in October 2015. The Kazakh won every session with all three judges – bouncing the French-Canadien off the canvas in round five – before referee Steve Willis showed clemency in round eight.
Closest call: Ugandan boy-soldier Kassim Ouma was just one round behind on two official cards (three on the third) before ‘GGG’ finally pressed the detonator in round ten of a June 2011 WBA title defence.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: Mexican monster ‘Canelo’ Alvarez would be a rare short-priced underdog to topple ‘Triple G’ in a 160lb showdown for the annals....provided preventative politics and egos can be put aside!
3) Deontay Wilder, 38-0
A medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 31 year old ‘Bronze Bomber’ from Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a 6ft 7in monster masher with a remarkable 37 early endings on his card.
The wild one has triumphed in six straight WBC heavyweight spats. Seventeen victims crumbled in the opening round. A further 17 endured the conclusive ‘ten count’.
Best win: Showed plenty of technical talent and some tactical nous when capturing the WBC title – and travelling the distance for the only time – against Bermane Stiverne in Vegas 26 months ago.
Closest call: Only Stiverne failed to fall at his feet but the Haitian born ‘B-WARE’ was adrift by scores of 13, 11 and nine points at the close.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: If Tyson Fury opts to return, he possesses the size, skills, psyche and awkwardness to leave Wilder searching for the Anadin.
2) Wanheng Menayothin, 45-0
This little known, little framed Thai is a big splash over in south-east Asia where he has roamed untamed since debuting in 2007.
Just 5ft 2in tall and only 7st 7lbs with a belly full of stir fry, the 31 year old has reigned on the WBC Minimumweight throne for two years, and has already successfully retained six times.
Best win: Pitched a near shutout when alleviating previously unbeaten Filipino Jeffrey Galero of the WBC strap in February 2015.
Closest call: Though he has logged just 17 stoppages, this 105lb atom has been a unanimous victor in all 28 scraps that went to the cards. In his last gig, Melvin Jerusalem, a Filipino unbeaten in 11, was just one point adrift on two cards – and two on the other – and this after losing a mark for a low blow in round eight.
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: If not Jerusalem in a return, then probably compatriot Niyomtrong CP Freshmart who is known as ‘Little Pacquiao’, unbeaten in 15 and holder of the WBA belt.
1) Roman Gonzalez, 46-0
Presently our sport’s P4P leader, 29 year old ‘Chocolalito’ reputedly went 88-0 as an amateur and has remained unconquerable in 12 years punching for pay.
A four division world champion, the deeply religious Latin master has rubbed out 38 opponents before the cards were called in, triumphed in 15 world title gigs and vanquished all of the nine world champions he’s confronted, halting six early.
Best win: Needed to spot natural weight and survive two cuts before cementing his place in history as Nicaragua’s only four-division world champion by bamboozling Mexico’s very able 35-0-1 Carlos Cuadras at LA’s Inglewood Forum last September.
Closest call: It’s been largely plain sailing, though ‘Chocololito’ did suffer the indignity of a knockdown to 0-4 (!) compatriot Roberto Meza in his fifth start..... before returning the complement three-fold and prevailing by first round stoppage!
Biggest future threat to the ‘0’: Anthony Joshua! (A bang-up with stone fisted and naturally bigger WBO counterpart Naoya Inoue from Japan would be a serious test).