Those Flashing Bling Rings are the envy of a million mortals.
Boxings class of 2011 almost got the copyrights to the No. 1 slot, but…
Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin
The 72-year-old Nacho, is regarded as one of the greatest trainers in boxing history, and has trained almost 20 world champions including three current Hall of Fame members.
Some of his most distinguished students: Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya, Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Márquez, Ricardo “El Finito” López, Daniel “The Mouse” Zaragoza, Humberto “Chiquita” González, Jorge “El Travieso” Arce and Jorge “El Maromero” Páez.
Julio “J.C” César Chávez
Chavez is a three-division world titlist and a six-time world champion.
Amazingly, J.C won 90 fights on the trot before eventually succumbing to Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall in January of 1994, via split decision.
Chávez’ record: (107-6-2, 86 KOs)
Mike “Iron Mike” Tyson (The Baddest Man on the Planet)
At 20, Tyson became the youngest ever world heavyweight champion when he dethroned then champion Trevor Berbick for the WBC title.
By the age of 21, Tyson had become the undisputed world heavyweight champion, by defeating James “Bonecrusher” Smith and Tony “TNT” Tucker for their respective WBA and IBF titles.
He went on to defend his titles nine times, before a disastrous loss to 42-1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas.
That loss was the catalyst to most of his troubles—he was convicted of rape and sentenced to three-years in an Indianapolis correctional facility.
After serving time, he went on to capture both the WBC and WBA titles before losing to the Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.
Other attempts at the Holy Grail proved futile—one that sticks in the mind is his decimation at the hands of the then WBC, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight champion Lennox “The Lion” Lewis.
Tyson eventually retired after a TKO loss to nonentity Kevin McBride in 2005.
Tyson’s record: (50-6-2NC, 44 KOs)
Kostya “Thunder from Down Under” Tszyu
The Russian-Australian pugilist is a four-time world light welterweight champion.
His most notable wins came against Jake Rodriguez (for the IBF light welterweight belt), Roger “Black Mamba” Mayweather (Uncle to Floyd Mayweather Jr.), Miguel “Santa Tokyo” Angel Gonzalez (for the vacant WBC light welterweight title), Sharmba “Little Big Man” Mitchell (twice), Julio Cesar Chavez, Zab “Super” Judah and Jesse “The Texas Tornado” James Leija.
Tszyu lost twice in his career—Vince “Cool” Philips and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (on both occasions losing the IBF welterweight championship).
Tszyu’s record: 31-2-1NC, 25 KOs)
The actor, director and screenwriter is well known for his contributions to boxing through his sequel of Rocky films, where he played the prize fighter Rocky Balboa.
He was also a co-presenter alongside current boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard, on the NBC reality series The Contender.
Rocky Balboa’s record: (57-23, 54 KOs)
Joe Cortez is a former Golden Gloves winner who at present is one of the most renowned referees on the boxing circuit.
Cortez has also officiated over 170 world title bouts.
His famous line during instructions is,
“I’m fair but I’m firm.”
Joe Cortez’s record: (18-1)