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Some Boxers with Good Records Who Were Overrated!

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By Ken Hissner: Hal Bagwell, 100-5-8 (37), United Kingdom, was 30-0-3 when he lost to Johnny King, 150-36-13, in August of 1938 by knockout. There were past stories claiming he won 180 fights in a row that could never be proven. All his fights were in the UK, and per www.boxrec.com, I do not see him ever winning or fighting for any title until his final one, a minor title that he lost.

Bagwell drew twice before the King fight with Jackie Hall, who was 0-1 in Bagwell’s eighth fight. Two fights after losing to King, he drew with Evan Morris, 24-29-6. He was 44-1-4 when he drew with 6-0-1 Willie James, and two fights later drew with Tommy Mitchell, 0-1.

In 1946 he had back-to-back draws with Syd Worgan, 69-41-13, and Dick Levers 18-16. He lost to Morry Jones 12-6 when he was 93-1-8. He lost three of his last five fights, starting with being knocked out in the first round by Bobby Anderson, 6-5-3. Then lost his last two fights to Bryn Davies, 12-4-1, by DQ, and his final fight to Maurice Mancini, 25-10-1, by 12 round decision for the BBBofC Central Area Lightweight title.

Nawaphon “Wat” Kaikanha, 56-2-1 (46), of Bangkok, Thailand, held the WBC Asian Council Flyweight and WBC Asian Council Continental Super Flyweight titles. In his debut, he drew with future two-time WBC Super Flyweight World champion Wisaksil Wangek, 50-6-1 (43), who was 0-2 having been stopped in both fights. He defeated 23 losing record boxers, 7 making their debut, and 2 with even records. That’s 32 of his 57 fights.

Tewa Kiram, 47-1 (33), of Buriram, Thailand. His only loss was to Lucas Martin Matthysse, 38-4, by eighth round KO in January of 2018 for the vacant WBA Welterweight title. California commission put him on an indefinite suspension which ended in January 2022.

Kiram won the WBA South Super Welter title in his next fight. In his sixth fight, he won the Pan Asian interim welter title. In his thirteenth fight, he won the full title. In December 2020, he won the WBA Asian Light Heavy title. In his next fight in his biggest career win, he stopped former WBC Bantam and Super Feather world champ Sirimongkol Singwancha, 97-4, in April of 2021. Then in his next two fights, he defeated 3-0 and 5-0 opponents.

Lamar Clark, 43-3 (42), of Cedar City, Utah, is a perfect example of a boxer with a great record fighting stiffs. In his first 35 fights, he defeated 13 with losing records and 22 making their debut. In April of 1960, with a 42-0 record, he was stopped by Bartolo Soni, 12-2-1. In his next fight, the 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist Pete Rademacher, 6-3-1, stopped him in the tenth round. Two fights later, he was knocked out by Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, 5-0, in 2 rounds ending his career.

Jakrawut Majungoen, 42-2-2 (21), of Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. In his fifteenth fight, he lost for the first time to Japan’s Daigo Higa, 6-0, by knockout. He was 20-1 when he won his first title, the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Silver Super Fly vacant title over Renz Rosia, 14-5, in April of 2018. In September 2019, he won the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Diamond Super Bantam title over Hyuma Fujioka, 10-9-1. In his previous fight, he won a 6 round decision over a 0-5 opponent.

In August 2020, Majungoen drew with Omar El Ouers, 0-1. In May of 2022, he was knocked out by Tanes Ongjunta, 9-1, for the WBA Asia Fly title. Two fights later, in his last fight in October of 2022, he drew with Wittawas Basapean, 38-18-1, over 6 rounds.

I’m sure the readers will add some names to this list I look forward to.

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