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Choosing the best fighter from each state

Michael Rosenthal describes the criteria used to determine the best fighter from each state.

Originally Published: July 3, 2008
By Michael Rosenthal | Special to ESPN.com

Talented fighters have come from every state across the nation over the past century and before. Some states, such as New York, California and Pennsylvania, have produced an endless stream of champions and continue to do so today. Other states, with smaller populations and modest boxing traditions, have produced few fighters of note.

In this project, ESPN.com ventures to identify the single best boxer ever produced in each of the 50 states.

To be selected, a fighter must have had ...

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