100 Greatest Pound for Pound Boxers Of All Time: 55. Carmen Basilio

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Carmen Basilio

55. Carmen Basilio

Divisions: Welterweight (147), Middleweight (160)

Record: 56-16-7

Years Active: 1948-1961

A straightforward fighter with a peculiar nickname, “The Upstate Onion Farmer” carved out a spot in history by taking on anyone and everyone during his legendary 13-year career.

Most famous for his middleweight title win over a certain pound for pound legend named Sugar Ray Robinson, Basilio also boasts wins over Lew Jenkins, Johnny Saxton, Ike Williams and Billy Graham. He also had a close decision loss to Kid Gavilan.

For his efforts, the 5’6″ fighter was awarded with world titles in two weight classes, Ring Magazine’s 1957 Fighter of the Year award, the Hickok belt for being an outstanding sportsman and a spot in every major boxing hall of fame.

(source: bleacherreport.com by Dave Carlson)

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