"The Bible of Boxing" The Ring magazine hails RP’s Pancho Villa as one of best boxers of all time

The Ring magazine, dubbed "the bible of boxing," hailed the Philippines’ Pancho Villa as one of the greatest boxers of all time. In an article that is part of a series on top boxers based on their surnames, The Ring’s website RingTV.com declared Villa as the best among those whose last names start with the letter V.

Pancho Villa versus Jimmy Wilde in 1923.

RingTV.com said the late world flyweight champ "fought at a frenetic, overwhelming pace and seemed to be indefatigable." After besting flyweights and bantamweights in the Philippines in the 1920s, Villa went on to challenge boxers in the United States. His big break was the 1923 fight against Jimmy Wilde in New York, which RingTV.com claims to be the "biggest flyweight fight ever." The website added, "Villa stopped his aging foe in seven rounds to win the championship only one year after arriving on American shores, thus becoming the first Filipino to win a title and a national hero back home."

The article also included Villa’s tragic end, when a mix of infection, pulled teeth, fighting and partying led to Villa acquiring the disease Ludwig’s Angina. He died at 23. "He remains an important historical figure in the Philippines and was considered the greatest Asian fighter of all time until another Filipino icon (Manny Pacquiao) came along a few generations later," wrote RingTV.com.

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