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CLASH OF THE TASH

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Less fash­ion­able than it used to be, the mous­tache revo­lu­tion is these days be­ing led by an Ir­ish mid­dleweight

1. JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Sullivan’s mous­tache, some­where be­tween a gun­slinger and a Hun­gar­ian, went out and up at the ends, and is nowa­days repli­cated by hip­sters – whose at­tempts, ad­mit­tedly, aren’t quite so manly.

2. ALEXIS ARGUELLO

Arguello’s iconic pain­ter’s brush mous­tache set­tled neatly be­neath his nose and was ev­ery bit as straight as his fa­mous right hand.

3. LAS­ZLO PAPP

Papp’s clas­sic pen­cil mous­tache was su­perbly groomed through­out the course of his seven-year pro­fes­sional ca­reer and he never lost a pro fight with it.

4. GERRIE COET­ZEE

South African heavy­weight Coet­zee be­came WBA heavy­weight cham­pion in 1983 and did so with the help of a solid and re­li­able cow­boy mous­tache.

5. YORI BOY CAMPAS

This fan-friendly Mex­i­can stood out from the rest due to his re­lent­less, all-ac­tion style and a won­der­fully thick chevron mous­tache.

6. AARON PRYOR

Pryor’s wal­rus mous­tache curved beau­ti­fully to suit the shape of his mouth and helped him win tash bat­tles with Alexis Arguello in 1982 and ‘83.

7. DANNY LOPEZ

Mak­ing the most of rav­ish­ing red hair, Lopez, the WBC feath­er­weight cham­pion, briefly dab­bled with the horse­shoe mous­tache but oth­er­wise made do with the cow­boy.

8. RON LYLE

No-non­sense heavy­weight con­tender Lyle might not have won the ul­ti­mate prize, that of a world heavy­weight ti­tle, but few could match him in the mous­tache stakes. He worked be­tween the Dal­las and the horse­shoe and both helped his in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tor.

9. JOHN CONTEH

A classy box-puncher who was quite the style icon in his day, Conteh al­ter­nated be­tween the nat­u­ral mous­tache, the pen­cil, and the pain­ter’s brush, wear­ing each with aplomb.

10. “SPIKE” O’SULLIVAN

O’sullivan’s han­dle­bar mous­tache, per­fectly curled at the edges, is the undis­puted num­ber one mous­tache in box­ing to­day and finely rep­re­sents the Ir­ish­man’s offbeat per­son­al­ity.

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