There have been a lot of boxing families over the years including brothers, uncles and nephews, cousins and even brothers and sisters and fathers and daughters. In this list we’re going to feature the 12 best best father and son boxing duos over the years. In some instances, both father and son managed to win a world title and in other cases either the father or son was crowned a world champion. There were several father and son combinations who just failed to make the list even though one of them may have won a world title.
The main reason for this was due to the fact the other’s career wasn’t quite at a good enough level when it came to international competition. This was the case with Tommy and Ronald Hearns, Aaron Pryor and Aaron Pryor Jr, Buddy and James McGirt and Alan and Ross Minter to name a few. So check out the list below to see which sons were pretty successful when following in their father’s footsteps.
12. Tony and Anthony Mundine
The Australian father and son team of Tony and Anthony Tony Mundine are definitely the most famous down under. Tony was the only boxer from that nation to compete in four different weight classes as a pro and was national champion as a middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. He compiled a career mark of 80-15-1 along with 64 Kos between 1969 and 1984. Tony went 2-4 against former or current world champions as he beat Denny Moyer and Emile Griffith and dropped bouts to Carlos Monzon, Luis Manuel Rodriguez, Murray Sutherland and Mate Parlov. He also faced several other top contenders and while he was a heavy hitter, Tony had a questionable chin. Anthony has been boxing since 2000 and is 48-8 with 28 Kos. The 42-year-old is a former rugby league player who has gone 7-4 in world title fights. He’s a former IBO Middleweight Champ, two-time WBA Super Middleweight Titleholder and best known for his local grudge matches with Danny Green.
11. William and Buster Douglas
American Buster Douglas is best known for emptying former Undisputed Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson in 10 rounds in a Tokyo ring back in 1990. Douglas was nearly perfect that night when picking up the titles and went 38-6-1 between 1981 and 1999 with 25 Kos. Douglas had an excellent jab and boxing skills when in shape and also beat the likes of Oliver McCall, Trevor Berbick, Greg Page and Tex Cobb with losses to Evander Holyfield, Jesse Ferguson and Tony Tucker. His dad, William ‘Dynamite’ Douglas, never won a world title, but went 41-16-1 with 31 Kos from 1967 to 1980 as a contending middleweight and light-heavyweight. William took on some of the best of the era including Victor Galindez, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Jerry Martin, Marvin Johnson, Lonnie Bennett, Willie Monroe and Bennie Briscoe.
10. Leon and Cory Spinks
Both ‘Neon’ Leon Spinks and his son Cory of St. Louis won world titles. Leon of course, upset the great Muhammad Ali on points back in his eighth pro fight in 1978 after winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1976 Olympics. The win over Ali was the pinnacle of his career as he lost the rematch and was also beaten by Larry Holmes, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Gerrie Coetzee, Tex Cobb, and a host of others. Leon went 26-17-3 with 14 Kos and also beat Alfredo Evangelista, Jesse Burnett and Bernado Mercado. However, his son Cory was a far more accomplished boxer who went 39-8 with 11 Kos from 1997 to 2013. Cory won the IBF World Welterweight Title against Michele Piccirillo in 2003 and added the WBA and WBC Titles later that year against Ricardo Mayorga. He failed to win the middleweight title against Jermain Taylor and junior middleweight crown against Verno Phillips, but did win the IBF Junior Middleweight belt in 2009.
9. Chris and Chris Eubank Jr.
Although he seemed arrogant and a bit of an oddball, Chris ‘Simply the Best’ Eubank of England turned out to be a nice guy after all and a worthy WBO Middleweight and Super Middleweight Champion. He went 45-5-2 from 1985 to 1998 and was stopped just once. He’s best known for his pair of fights with fellow countryman Nigel Benn, but also met the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Steve Collins and Carl Thompson, who were the only men to beat him. Thompson beat him twice in attempts at the WBO Cruiserweight Title, but Eubank went 17-5-2 in world title bouts. His 28-year-old son Chris Jr. is currently 26-2 with 20 Kos since 2011. He just lost his IBO Super Middleweight Title to George Groves in his third defense. He’s also a former British and WBA Middleweight Champ who’s been beaten by Billy Joe Saunders as well.
8. Lenny and Ray Mancini
Lenny and Ray Mancini of Youngstown, Ohio shared the nickname ‘Boom Boom’ and were both solid fighters with Ray winning a world title. Lenny fought from lightweight to junior middleweight between 1937 and 1947. He went 46-12-3 with 16 Kos and lost five of his last six fights. He wasn’t a heavy hitter at just 5-foot-2, but had a great chin and was never stopped. Lenny took on top contenders such as Sammy Angott and Billy Marquart, but never had a world title shot. He was injured in World War II, honored with a Purple Heart and retired at the age of 28. His son Ray managed to win the WBA World Lightweight Title and defend it four times. He went 29-5 with 23 Kos between 1979 and 1992 with losses to Livingstone Bramble (twice) Alexis Arguello, Hector Camacho, and Greg Haugen. He beat Bobby Chacon, Ernesto Espana, Arturo Frias, Jose Luis Ramirez and Deuk-Koo Kim. Sadly, Kim died after their bout and Ray was never the same, losing his last four fights.
7. Hector and Hector Camacho Jr.
‘Macho Man’ Hector Camacho of Puerto Rico was one of the best pure boxers in the world when he put his mind to it and possessed deceiving power. The southpaw went 79-6-3 between 1980 and 2010 from featherweight to middleweight with 38 Kos and was never stopped. Hector may have lost to world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Greg Haugen, but he beat the likes of Roberto Duran (twice), Bazooka Limon, Jose Luis Ramirez, Edwin Rosario, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Howard Davis Jr., Ray Mancini, Vinny Pazienza and Sugar Ray Leonard. Hector won major and minor world titles in a total of seven different weight divisions during his career before being gunned down on 2012. His 39-year-old son still fights once a while and has gone 58-7-1 with 32 Kos since 1996. He’s won a few regional titles, but never a world belt.
6. Joe and Marvis Frazier
Everybody knows how good former WBA and WBC Heavyweight Champ ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier was due to his trilogy against Muhammad Ali. Joe went 32-4-1 with 27 Kos between 1965 and 1981 with Ali and George Foreman the only two men to beat him. Joe took on all the top heavyweights of the era such as Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Bugner, Oscar Bonavena, George Chuvalo and Buster Mathis. He was truly an all time great due to his bobbing and weaving style and tremendous left hook. However, his son Marvis was actually underrated. True, he was blown out in the first round by Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson, but Marvis went 19-2 with 8 Kos from 1980 to 1988 before hanging up the gloves. He wasn’t a heavy hitter, but had some good wins over solid contenders such as James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith, James ‘Quick’ Tillis, Jose Ribalta, Joe Bugner, Bernard Benton, James Broad and Philipp Brown.
5. Guty and Guty Espadas Jr.
The second father/son combo to win world titles and the first blood duo were Guty and Guty Espadas Jr. of Mexico. Guty fought from 1971 to 1984 and retired with a record of 39-6-5 with 28 Kos. He was a tough flyweight who won the WBA World Title in 1976 by stopping Alfonso Lopez in the 13th round. He then defended it four times all by knockout. Espadas attempted to win the WBC Flyweight Title in 1979 and 1984, but couldn’t quite pull it off. His son Guty Jr. went 45-8 with 28 Kos between 1992 and 2010. He captured the vacant WBC Featherweight Title against Luisito Espinoza in 2000, but would lose it Erik Morales the next year. He also lost to Morales in a rematch in 2003. The Espadas were more workmanlike rather than skilled boxers who fought extremely hard for everything they won.
4. Wilfredo and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. was the elite boxer in this father/son team as he won world titles as a bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight and is widely recognized as one of Puerto Rico’s best ever. He went 56-9-2 from 1981 to 2002 with 41 Kos to his name. Wilfredo went 16-4-1 in world title fights and took on 16 former or current world champions. His 33-year-old son last fought in 2016 and was 24-7-1 with 19 Kos since turning pro in 2006. Wilfredo Jr. won the vacant WBO Super Bantamweight Title in 2010 by stopping Marvin Sonsona in four rounds. He defended it twice before Jorge Arce stopped him in the last round a year later. Vazquez was also beaten by Juan Manuel Lopez, Fernando Vargas and Nonito Donaire, so he took on some tough customers. He lost his last three fights though, so likely won’t make a comeback.
3. Floyd and Tracy-Harris Patterson
The relationship between former heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson and his son Tracy is unique to this list since Tracy was adopted. Floyd of Waco, North Carolina was a well-known champ who took on the best of his era including Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, Ingemar Johansson, Oscar Bonavena, Jimmy Ellis, Jerry Quarry, Henry Cooper, George Chuvalo, Yvon Durelle, Joe Gannon, Joey Maxim and Archie Moore. He went 55-8-1 from 1952 to 1972 with 40 Kos. Floyd wasn’t blessed with a solid chin, but had the heart of a lion. He was a gold medal Olympian as a middleweight, the youngest heavyweight champ in history at the time and the first man to reclaim the heavyweight crown. His son Tracy Harris was adopted in 1979 and the pair became the first father/son team to win world titles when Tracy lifted the WBC Super Bantamweight Belt in 1992. Tracy went 63-8-2 with 43 Kos from 1985 to 2001, defended his title four times and later added the IBF Super Featherweight Championship.
2. Floyd and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
There’s no doubt Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the star of this team as he’s one of the greatest boxers of all time. His father was a contender who went 28-6-1 with 17 Kos from 1974 to 1990, lost his last three fights and never fought for a world title. His most famous bout was with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978 when he was stopped with 44 seconds to go in the fight. Floyd Jr., who just turned 41, is supposedly retired and is currently 50-0 since 1996 with 27 Kos. The former bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympics has won numerous titles in five different weight classes. Floyd Jr. will likely be back in the ring or the octagon as he may face MMA artist Conor McGregor in a rematch. He’s 26-0 in world title fights and 24-0 against current or former champions including Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.
1. Julio Cesar and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Julio Cesar Chavez could very well be the best Mexican boxer ever with a record of 107-6-2 from 1980 to 2005 along with 86 Kos. This includes starting his career with an 87-fight winning streak. Chavez took on anybody and everybody in his era and won five world titles in the super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. He had 37 title fights with 31 wins and 21 Kos and went 18-4-2 against current or former world champs. His sons Omar and Julio Jr. are still fighting with the 32-year-old Julio going 50-3-1 with 32 Kos since 2003. He’s been beaten by Canelo Alvarez, Andrzej Fonfara and Sergio Martinez, but is a former WBC World Middleweight Champ who defended his crown three times. Jr. has had trouble making weight on occasion, moving all the way up to light heavyweight, and his partying lifestyle hasn’t always sat well with his father.