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Ranking the Best Siblings in Boxing History

Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko
AP Photo/Martin Meissner

All siblings fight. But not all fight in the squared circle. Last year on December 30 in the Land of the Rising Sun, a pair of brother tandems did.

On the night Naoya “Monster” Inoue knocked out long-time junior bantamweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez for his second world title in as many weight classes, their brothers also squared off.

Takuma Inoue, an amateur extraordinaire and just 19 years old, outboxed former flyweight title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaez to an eight-round unanimous decision victory.

The Inoues are poised to continue finding success under their father and renowned trainer Shingo. Takuma is currently 4-0 and winning a belt would certainly make their father very proud. Sibling champions are special.

But they wouldn’t be the first. The Attell brothers (Monte and Abe) each won a world championship inside the first decade of the 20th century. Over 100 years later, the Klitschko‘s took their turn concurrently reigning over the heavyweight division.

Boxing has a long history of great brothers—from trainer trios Roger, Floyd and Jeff Mayweather to trainer-fighter siblings Robert and Mikey Garcia.

But who were the best siblings in history? Let’s stick to purely fighter combinations and rank the very best to ever step inside the ring.

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