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BENNY LEONARD: LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION (1924)

BENNY LEONARD: LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION (1924)

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Before Roberto Duran’s reign during the 1970s, Benny Leonard was unanimously regarded as the greatest champion in the history of the 135-pound division. Leonard won the title from hall of famer Freddie Welsh in 1917 and held it until his retirement in 1925. Leonard, who was awarded the Ring Magazine belt in 1924, is regarded as one of the finest defensive and technical boxers ever, but he could also punch.

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