In boxing, height often plays an important role, but not always. Just like a tall boxer, a short boxer can also be successful. There have been many short boxers in history who became world champions in their division. But some boxers were very short for their weight class. Today we will try to remember as many boxers from different divisions as possible who were not impressively tall.
Heavyweight (> 90,7 kg, 200 lb)
Rocky Marciano (5’10.5 / 179cm)
Rocky Marciano, aka The Brockton Blockbuster, was born in 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts. Legendary fighter, as well as an example of tenacity and discipline. He held the heavyweight title for four years and is the only division champion who retired undefeated.
Also, he had the shortest arm span (reach) of any titleholders in this weight division. Rocky is only one example of a solid list of other undefeated boxers in history.
Oscar Bonavena, also known as Ringo, was born in 1942 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A great heavyweight fighter of the golden era of the 70s. A tough Argentinian fighter who gave hard fights to many top fighters.
Oscar made his professional boxing debut in 1964. In his fight with Joe Frazier, he knocked him down twice and also gave a tough fight to Muhammad Ali. During his career, he had 68 bouts, 58 of which he won and 44 of them by knockout.
David Tua (5’10 / 178 cm)
David Tua, aka The Terminator, was born in 1972 in Faleasiu, Samoa. David is rated as one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, David took the bronze medal. The same year he debuted on the pro level.
In 1996 he fought for the title against John Ruiz, and he knocked him out after only 19 seconds in the first round. During his career, David had 59 bouts, winning 52 of them and 43 of them by knockout. He was never knocked out in his five losses; even in his fight against Lennox Lewis, he lost by a decision.
On November 11, 2000, the WBC, IBF, and IBO titles were on the line. His last fight was in December 2020.
Mike Tyson (5’10 / 178 cm)
Mike Tyson, also known as Iron, was born in 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. One of the most famous boxers in the world, known even by those who were not into boxing. The youngest-ever world heavyweight champion. He was also one of the fastest boxers in his division. Also, check out the list of other fastest boxers of all time.
Tyson became the world champion at the age of 20 and the undisputed world champion at the age of 21. Also, Mike was the highest-paid boxer in the world before Floyd Mayweather came to pro boxing. In 2013 Tyson founded his boxing promotion called Iron Mike Promotions.
During his career, Tyson fought 56 fights, of which he won 50 of them and 44 of them by knockout. Michael had his last fight in 2005. Some of the records set by Tyson in boxing (for example, 9 KO’s in under 1 minute) remained unbeaten until this day.
Tony Galento (5’9 / 175 cm)
Tony Galento, nicknamed Two Ton, was born in 1910 in Orange, New Jersey. A heavyweight fighter from the 1930s. In 1928 Tony had his first pro fight, where he knocked out Floyd Shimalla. Some of the most significant fights of Toney’s career were against Joe Louis and the Baer Brothers, where he was defeated.
Galento had 112 bouts in his career, winning 79 of them and 59 of them by knockout. Tony had his last fight in December 1944, where he knocked out his opponent.
Sam Langford (5’6.5 / 171 cm)
Sam Langford, also known as the Boston Bonecrusher, was born in 1886 in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Sam is the first boxer to be named “Boxer of the Decade” according to “The Ring” magazine and the only one who wasn’t a world champion.
Also, he was the first boxer without a world title inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. From 1902 to 1926, Sam fought 316 bouts in the professionals, with 210 wins. Interestingly, he had the same arm span as Jack Johnson, who was 0.42 ft / 13 cm taller.
Tommy Burns (5’7 / 170 cm)
Tommy Burns, “The Little Giant from Hanover,” was born in 1881 in Chesley, Ontario, Canada. The shortest champion in the history of the division. He was the world heavyweight champion from 1906 to 1908. Tommy became the first boxer in heavyweight history who won the title by decision.
He lost his title to Jack Johnson. He was a very open person and boxer. Tommy was willing to fight any challenger regardless of race or nationality. He was also the only heavyweight champion who never had a manager during his professional career.
Burns always managed his fights and negotiated his contracts. He had 59 fights in which he won 49, and 34 of them by knockout.
Cruiserweight (<90,7 kg / 200 lb)
Jean-Marc Mormeck (5’11 / 181 cm)
Jean-Marc Mormeck aka The Marksman was born 1972 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Mormeck competed in the cruiserweight and superheavyweight divisions. He was the WBA and WBC heavyweight champion of the world.
In 1995 Jean made his professional boxing debut. In 2012 Mormeck fought against actual undisputed world champion Wladimir Klitschko. In this fight, he lost by knockout. During his career, he had 43 bouts, of which he won 37, with 23 of them by knockout.
After Klitschko, Jean had two more fights and finished his career in 2014.
Denis Lebedev (5’11 / 180 cm)
Denis Lebedev, also known as White Swan, was born in 1979 in Stary Oskol, Russia. He is the former WBA and IBF world champion. One of the most outstanding boxers from Russia. Lebedev debuted in 2001 at light-heavyweight. In his third fight, he won the Russian light-heavyweight title.
He won the title again in 2004 and retired from boxing after 13 successive victories in the professional ring. In 2008, Denis returned to boxing and debuted in the cruiserweight division. During his career, Lebedev fought a total of 35 bouts, where he won 32 of them and 23 of them by knockout.
In all three of his defeats, Lebedev lost by decision. After his boxing career, he became a politician.
Giacobbe Fragomeni (5’10 / 177 cm)
Giacobbe Fragomeni was born 1969 in Milan, Lombardia, Italy. He is a former WBC World Champion. Giacobbe had a long amateur career before turning to the pro. In the amateur ring, he made his debut at the age of 20. By 22, he had experienced 50 fights in the amateur ring.
In 1997 he won the bronze medal at the World Boxing Championships in Budapest. And already in 1998, at the European Championships, Fragomeni won a gold medal. Fragomeni made his debut in the professional ring in 2001. In the first year, he fought with high frequency against low-ranked boxers.
In June 2004, Fragomeni won his first title. He knocked out Alessandro Gooney in the 11th round and won the IBF Mediterranean title. In November 2004, Jacobe defeated Frederick Serra by a majority decision and won the WBC International Title.
He fought a total of 43 fights, where he won 36 and 14 of them by knockout.
Light heavyweight ( < 79,4 kg / 175 lb)
Jose Torres (5’10 / 178 cm)
Jose Torres, also known as Chegui, was born in 1936 in Playa, Ponce, Puerto Rico. The outstanding boxer, with Peek-a-boo style was trained by Cus D’Amato. In 1956 Tores took the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Melbourne.
He was also the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world and the WBA and WBC world champion. In 1997 Torres was included in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also, he was the president of WBO (World Boxing Organization) from 1990 to 1995.
He made his pro debut in 1958 when he knocked out Gene Hamelton in the first round. During his pro carrier, Tores had 45 fights, where he won 41 and 29 of them by knockout.
Marvin Johnson (5’10 / 178 cm)
Marvin Johnson, nicknamed Pops, was born in 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first three-time champion in the history of the division. Powerful puncher. At 17, he won the Golden Gloves title and became U.S. Amateur Champion. Johnson also won a bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Pops was the WBA and WBC world champion. Johnson had 49 bouts during his career, where he won 43 and 35 of them by knockout. In 1987, he had his last fight and finished his career. In 2008, Marvin was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Victor Galindez (5’9.5 / 177 cm)
Victor Emilio Galindez, also known as El Leopardo de Moron, was born in 1948 in Vedia, Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the greatest Argentinean boxers. Defended ten times the light heavyweight title. As amateur Galindez 4 times won the national championship.
In 1967 he was included in the national team Argentina. In 1969, Galindez made his pro debut and defeated Ramon Ruiz by knockout. In September 1974, Bob Foster, then reigning WBC and WBA world champion, decided to vacant the titles.
Len Hutchins, #1 WBA, and Victor Galindez, #2 WBA, fought for the vacant WBA belt. Victor then knocked out Len in the 13th round and won the WBA world champion title. Victor had 68 fights during his career, which he won 55, with 34 of them won by knockout.
In 1980, he finished his career as a boxer. In 2002, Galindez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Montell Griffin (5’7 / 170 cm)
Montell Griffin, aka Ice, was born in 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. He is a former world champion, competing in the late 90s. He is widely known for his fights against James Toney, Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, and others. In 1993 Griffin made his debut in the professional ring.
On March 21, 1997, Griffin met in the ring with then-undefeated WBC champion Roy Jones Jr., who had 34 wins on his list. At the end of the 9th round, Griffin fell to the floor after another Roy attack and could not get up until the referee counted down to 10.
But for some strange reasons, the judges disqualified Jones for having kept punching Griffin while he was knocked down. That night, Griffin became the new WBC champion. Then on August 7, Griffin and Jones had a rematch, where Roy knocked out his opponent in the first round.
Ice had 59 fights in his career, 50 of which he won, 30 of them by KO. He had his last fight in 2011, defeating DeAndrey Abron by unanimous decision.
Dwight Qawi (5’5.5 / 166 cm)
Dwight Qawi, also known as Camden Buzzsaw, was born in 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland. Qawi was the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world as well as the WBA heavyweight champion of the world from 1985-1986. He is one of the greatest light heavyweights in the history of boxing.
Qawi met in the ring during his career with such fighters as Matthew Saad, Michael Spinks, and Evander Holyfield. In 1998 Kawhi fought his last fight and finished his career. He had 52 fights during his career, winning 41 of them, 25 of them by knockout.
In 2004, Kawhi was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Middleweight ( < 72,6 kg / 160 lb)
Dick Tiger (5’8 / 172 cm)
Dick Tiger was born in 1929 in Amaigbo, Nigeria. The best boxer in history, representing Nigeria. He was the WBA and WBC middleweight and light-heavyweight champion of the world. He was “Boxer of the Year” by The Ring magazine in 1962 and 1965.
During his career, Tiger faced many great boxers, one of them was Jose Torres, which Tiger defeated and became the world champion. In 1974 he was included in The Ring magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 1991 he was included in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
During his career, Tiger had 82 fights, 60 of which he won, 27 of them by knockout. His last fight was in 1970.
Rubin Carter (5’8 / 173 cm)
Rubin Carter, also known as Hurricane, was born in 1937 in Clifton, New Jersey. He was the WBC world champion. In 1961 Carter became a professional boxer. He boxed, despite his rather short height, in the middleweight division.
Soon Carter attracted attention with his aggressive attacking style of fighting, for which he got his nickname. Also, outside his boxing career, he was unfairly convicted. There is a movie about this story called The Hurricane (1999).
During his not-so-long boxing career, Carter had 40 fights, of which he won 27, including 19 by knockout. In 1996 he had his last fight.
Gene Fullmer (5’8 / 173 cm)
Gene Fullmer, aka Cyclone, was born in 1931 in West Jordan, Utah. The world champion from the late 50s to early 60s. He was also the world champion and the National Boxing Association champion. He is also a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
He made his pro debut in 1951 and, up to 1955, had 29 fights and won all of them. His first loss was in the 30th fight only. In 1991 Fullmer was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. During his career, he had 64 bouts, 55 of which he won and 24 by knockout. His last fight was in 1963.
Giacobbe LaMotta (5’8 / 173 cm)
Giacobbe LaMotta, alias Bronx Bull, was born in 1922 in the Bronx, New York. The outstanding champion had six fights with Sugar Ray Robinson. He made his pro debut in 1941. In 1942, Jake LaMotta had his first fight with Ray Robinson, also known as Sugar, who already had 35 wins.
Jake knocked Sugar down in the first round, but Robinson recovered and confidently took almost all the next rounds. The fight ends with Sugar’s victory. A year later, they meet again, having two fights in Detroit, where Jake wins, giving his first and for a long time only defeat to the famous Sugar Robinson.
With this fight, their fierce competition began (who would get the most wins in a year). In 1945, the eternal rivals met again in the ring. After ten rounds, the judges gave the win to Shugar Robinson. By that time, LaMotta had already beaten all the famous world-class boxers.
His victories include Fritzy Zivic, George Cohan, Tommy Bell, Holman Williams, Tony Gianiro, and others. During his career, LaMotta had 106 fights, 83 of which he won, 30 of them by KO. In 1954, LaMotta finished his boxing career.
If you count the average number of fights over 13 years, then Bronx Bull was fighting about every 45 days.
Vito Antuofermo (5’7.5 / 171 cm)
Vito Antuofermo was born 1953 in Palo del Colle, Puglia, Italy. The undisputed world middleweight champion and WBC and WBA middleweight champion. World champion, well known for his outstanding fight with Marvin Hagler.
His face was highly susceptible to cuts. He made his pro debut in 1971. He fought twice against Marvin Hagler. The first time in 1979 and the second time in 1981. During his boxing career, he had 59 bouts, where he won 50 of them and 21 of them by knockout.
Vito had his last fight in 1985. After boxing, he began acting in movies and played in movies like The Godfather Part III and Goodfellas.
Tony Zale (5’7.5 / 171 cm)
Tony Zale, also known as Man of Steel, was born in 1913 in Gary, Indiana. He is a former world champion, mostly known for his fight with Rocky Graziano. He made his debut as a professional boxer in 1934. In 1946, Tony was awarded “Boxer of the Year” by The Ring magazine after he knocked out Rocky Graziano in the 4th round.
According to the same magazine, this was also the fight of the year. In 1991 Man of Steel was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. During his career, he had 87 bouts, 67 of which he won, 45 of them by knockout. His last fight was against Marcel Cerdan in 1948.
Rocky Graziano (5’7 / 170 cm)
Rocky Graziano, The Rock, was born in 1919 in New York City. Middleweight champion in the late 1940s, widely known for his punching power. He made his pro debut in 1942, defeating Curtis Hightower by KO. Rocky had three fights against Tony Zale.
He lost his first fight; in the second fight, he won and took the belt from Tony, and in the third fight, he lost, losing the belt, which was returned to Tony. Their second fight was the fight of the year (1947), according to The Ring magazine.
Rocky had 83 fights during his career, 67 of which he won, 52 by knockout. In 1952, he finished his career. So, during his career of 10 years and six months, Rocky had one fight every 47 days on average.
Super welterweight (<69,8 kg/ 154 lb)
Freddie Little (5’7.5 / 171 cm)
Freddie Little was born in 1936 in Picayune, Mississippi. The undisputed champion of the late 60s and early 70s. Freddie became the first professional world champion boxer with higher education. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana) in 1961.
He made his professional boxing debut in 1957, knocking out Joe Muscato in the first round. During his career, he had 58 bouts, 51 of which he won, 31 of them by knockout. In 1972 he finished his career. Also, check out the list of other boxers with a college degree.
Ki Soo Kim (5’7.5 / 171 cm)
Ki Soo Kim was born in 1939 in Pukchong, North Korea. He is the first WBA and WBC world champion in the history of South Korea. In 1958, Kim participated in the Asian Games, where he won gold, and also participated in the 1960 Rome Olympics.
He made his pro debut in 1961. During his career, he fought 37 fights, 33 of which he won, 17 of them by knockout. His career was finished in 1969.
Carmelo Bossi (5’7 / 170 cm)
Carmelo Bossi was born 1939 in Milan, Lombardia, Italy. He was the undisputed champion of the first middleweight in the early ’70s. In 1960, at the Rome Olympics, Carmelo won the silver medal. After getting the Olympic silver medal, he decided to try himself among the professionals and left the national team.
His professional debut was in March 1961, his first opponent he defeated in the second round. In 1970 he became WBA and WBC world champions. During his career, he had 51 fights in 40, of which he won 10 by knockout. In 1971, Carmelo finished his career.
Cornelius Bundrage (5’6 / 168 cm)
Cornelius Bundrage, also known as K9, was born in 1973 in Detroit, Michigan. He is a two-time IBF world champion. Bundrage made his professional boxing debut in September 1995. In February of 2005, he won the UBA Intercontinental Title.
In 2010 he won the IBF belt, defeating Cory Spinks by technical knockout. In 2014 he won the same belt for the second time. During his career, Cornelius had 44 fights, of which he won 37, and 21 of them by knockout. His last fight was in 2020, where he defeated Antoine Elerson by TKO.
Welterweight (<66,7 kg / 147 lb)
Manny Pacquiao (5’5.5 / 166 cm)
Manny Pacquiao, nicknamed Pac Man, was born in 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. As of 2021, the only boxer who has become a world champion in eight weight classes. World champion in the WBC flyweight division, IBF super flyweight division, WBC super featherweight division, lightweight division, WBO welterweight division, and WBA middleweight division.
He made his pro debut in 1995 in the mini-flyweight division. He is one of the skinniest boxers in his division. During his career, he had 72 bouts, of which he won 62, and 39 of them by knockout. Manny had his last fight against Yordenis Ugas in 2021.
Joe Walcott (5’1 / 156 cm)
Joe Walcott, Barbados Demon, was born in 1873 in Georgetown, Guyana. The career of the “Barbados Demon” was from 1892 to 1911. He was a ferocious fighter, ready to fight anyone, no matter his size.
Joe was included in The Ring magazine’s Hall of Fame in 1951 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. During his professional career as a boxer, Joe had 157 bouts, of which he won 87, and 57 of them by knockout.
The boxer Jersey Joe Walcott, a big fan of Barbados Demon, took his name later.
Super featherweight (< 59 kg / 130 lb)
John Brown (5’4 / 163 cm)
John Brown, nicknamed East Beast, was born in 1968 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was a top contender for various titles in the late 1990s. John made his pro debut in 1989, winning his opponent by technical knockout.
Despite his height, John was very assertive and willing to fight anyone and anywhere. During his career, East Beast fought 46 fights in the pros, where he won 24 and 11 of them by knockout. In 2011, John finished his career after his fight with Ricardo Williams Jr.
Kuniaki Shibata (5’4 / 163 cm)
Kuniaki Shibata was born 1947 in Hitachi, Ibaragi, Japan. He is the former WBC featherweight champion and the WBA and WBC super featherweight champion. Kuniaki is also one of the strongest punchers from Japan. He made his pro debut in 1965 when he knocked out his opponent in the first round.
In 1970 he won his first WBC title. During his career, he fought 56 pro fights, 47 of which he won, and 25 of them by knockout. Kuniaki Shibata had his last fight in 1977, defeating his opponent and finishing his career.
Bantamweight (< 53,5 kg / 118 lb)
Masahiko Harada (5’3 / 160 cm)
Masahiko Harada, also known as Fighting Harada, was born in 1943 in Tokyo, Japan. The greatest fighter from Japan. World Champion in two weight classes. WBA flyweight and WBC and WBA bantamweight. He made his pro debut in 1960 when he won by TKO.
During his career, Harada had 62 fights, 55 of which he won, including 22 by TKO. His last fight was in 1970 when he tried to become the WBC champion again but lost by TKO, after which he finished his career. In 1995, Fighting Harada was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Reiss Taylor (5’1 / 155 cm)
Reiss “Showy” Taylor, born in Birmingham, is a British pro boxer competing in the bantamweight division. He debuted in pro boxing on 14 October 2017. Unfortunately, Taylor didn’t succeed too much; he lost 22 fights from his total 25 fights, so his record is three wins and 22 losses.
Dommy Ursua (4’11 / 150 cm)
Dommy Ursua, also known as Toy Bulldog, was born in 1936 in Cordova, Cebu, Philippines. Ursua fought in the 50s. He fought twice for the world title and lost both times. Dommy made his pro debut in 1952, where the fight ended in a draw.
In 1957 he lost by TKO to Raul Macias and in 1958 by KO to Leo Espinosa. These were his two attempts to take the world title. During his pro career, Toy Bulldog had 57 fights in which he won 27, and 21 of them by knockout.
He finished his career in 1961 after a series of defeats. During his fairly short career, he fought many fights. On average, he fought once every 60 days.
Flyweight (<50,8 kg / 112 lb)
Santos Laciar (5’1 / 155 cm)
Santos Laciar, also known as Falucho, was born in 1959 in Huinca Renanco, Cordoba, Argentina. One of the most outstanding boxers in the history of Argentina. He is the WBA world champion. Falucho debuted in professional boxing in 1976, where he knocked out his homeowner, Carlos Bautista Maliene.
In 1981 he became the WBA champion by TKO over Peter Mathebula but lost it the same year when he was defeated by Luis Ibarra. After that, in 1982, Falucho won the title again and could defend it nine times. Also, in 1987, he won the WBC belt by TKO against Gilberto Roman, but he could not defend it in his next fight.
During his career, Falucho fought 101 fights, winning 79 of them, including 31 by TKO. In 1990, he finished his boxing career.
Miguel Canto (5’0 / 152 cm)
Miguel Canto, also known as El Maestro, was born in 1948 in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico. Miguel was not successful in amateur boxing. He lacked experience and strength. He had alternating victories and defeats. In 1968 Canto took part in the national championship.
He was out at the 1/4 finals level. The young man was inferior to his opponents in height and strength. He was coming into his fights with underweight. In 1969 Miguel turned into a pro boxer. He lost his debut fight prematurely.
In 1973, Venice Borkhorsor left the title, and WBC a fight for the vacant title between number 1 in the WBC list, Betulino, and number 2, Miguel Canto. El Maestro lost at that time but kept fighting with other boxers. In 1975 he finally got the WBC belt.
From that moment till 1979, Miguel had 14 successful defenses of his championship belt. Only then did he lose it to Chan Hee Park by unanimous decision. During his career, El Maestro fought 74 fights, 61 of which he won, and 15 of them by KO.
As you can see, Miguel was not a knockout fighter but was very skilled. He finished his boxing career in 1982 after a loss to Rodolfo Ortega. In 1998 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Pascual Perez (4’11 / 150 cm)
Pascual Perez aka El Leon Mendocino Terrier was born in 1926 in Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina. The first-ever world champion from Argentina. He had the WBA world champion title. In 1948 he won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in London.
Pascual made his pro debut in 1952, where he won by TKO. Then he fought 51 more without a single loss, also winning the belt at that time. During his career, Pascal had 92 fights on the pro level, from which he won 84, including 57 by KO. He finished his career in 1964 after two defeats.
Light flyweight (<49 kg / 108 lb)
Humberto Gonzalez (5’1 / 155 cm)
Humberto Gonzalez, also known as Chiquita, was born in 1966 in Nezahualcóyotl, México, Mexico. Three-time WBC and IBF light flyweight champion of the world. His style is unique. Gonzalez had the perfect punching power on both hands and fantastic endurance.
He became the perfect boxer. He became the best boxer in the history of the light flyweight division and retired at the age of 29, at the peak of his physical form. Chiquita made his pro debut in 1984 by beating Jorge Ortega on points. In 1989 he won the WBC belt for the first time.
After that, Gonzalez made five more defenses and only then lost his belt in 1990. But in 1991, Chiquita took the belt for himself again and made four more successful defenses of the belt. In 1994 he became WBC and IBF champion at the second attempt after he lost the first one in 1993.
Then he had three more belt defenses. Chiquita had 46 fights during his career, winning 43 of them, 30 of them by knockout. His last fight was in 1995, when he finished his career. In 2006, Gonzalez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Leo Gamez (5’0 / 153 cm)
Leo Gamez, also known as Torito, was born in 1963 in San Juan de Los Morros, Venezuela. World champion in mini-flyweight, light-flyweight, flyweight, and super-flyweight WBA divisions. The first boxer from Venezuela who became the world champion in four weight classes.
Leo made his professional boxing debut in 1985, winning by points. Till 1989 he fought 19 fights without losing a single one. Then, in 1988, he became the mini-flyweight world champion for the first time. Gamez had 48 bouts during his career, from which he won 35, including 26 by KO.
In 2005, after an unsuccessful attempt to win the WBA bantamweight belt, Torito finished his boxing career.
Melchor Cob Castro (5’0 / 153 cm)
Melchor Cob Castro, aka Baby, was born in 1968 in China, Campeche, Mexico. Two-time WBC flyweight champion. Castro made his pro debut in 1985 with TKO. Then, in 1991, he won the belt against Rolando Pascua by TKO, but in his next fight lost by points to Humberto Gonzalez.
In 1997 Castro won another WBO belt by beating Jesus Chong, but in his next defense, he lost to Juan Domingo Cordoba by points. Also, he won the IBA light flyweight belt in 1998. During his career, he had 87 bouts, 71 of which he won and 31 of them by knockout. His last fight was in 2008.
Jacob Matlala (4’10 / 147 cm)
Jacob Matlala, aka Baby Jake, was born in 1962 in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa. The lowest world champion in the history of boxing. He held the WBO light flyweight title and the WBO and IBA mini-flyweight titles. Matlala made his boxing debut in 1980.
During his career, he fought 68 fights, 53 of which he won, 26 of them by knockout. After his victory over Juan Herrera in 2002, Matlala finished his boxing career.
That was a compilation of the shortest boxers in history. Of course, I may have missed some. What are the shortest boxers you know? I look forward to your comments. Good luck with boxing.