10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

You are here

10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

It this weekend's medal failure is any indication, we no longer rule the ring. USA Boxing hasn't won a heavyweight gold since '88—and nothing at all in this year's Olympic Games. But forget the present. Here are the top 10 boxing superheroes from our

Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, Lightweight, 40-4-1-1

Gold Medal – 1984 Olympics, Los Angeles, CA

World Champion in four weight divisions

Whitaker was a slick fighter who dominated most opponents. His two most famous matches had controversial endings to other boxing legends; one was a defeat to Oscar De La Hoya (where he outpunched him and scored an official knockdown) and the other was a draw to Julio Cesar Chavez. Sweet Pea was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.


Want more Men's Fitness?

Sign Up for our newsletters now.

more galleries