Boxing’s Most Popular Boxers And Unknown Talents

In boxing, two distinct groups stand out: champions who become household names (most popular) and skilled fighters still on the brink of mainstream recognition (not known by the general public). Let’s take a brief snapshot of their boxing careers.

Not Known By General Public:

Jaron “Boots” Ennis

Age: 26

From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Division: Welterweight

Titles: IBF Welterweight Title

Record: 31-0 (28 KO)

About: A rising star in the welterweight division, Ennis is known for his exceptional speed and knockout power. His unblemished record and growing reputation make him a potential future champion. If Terence Crawford vacates his belts, he is prime position to target an undisputed title.

Artur Beterbiev

Age: 38

From: Khasavyurt, Russia

Division: Light Heavyweight

Titles: Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion (WBC, WBO and IBF)

Record: 19-0 (19 KO)

About: A dominant force in the light heavyweight division, Beterbiev boasts a 100% knockout rate. His aggressive style and power make him a formidable opponent. He is one fight away from undisputed as Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA belt. 

Devin Haney

Age: 25

From: San Francisco, California, USA

Division: Junior Welterweight

Titles: WBC Junior Welterweigh Champion

Record: 31-0 (15 KO)

About: Known for his slick boxing skills and tactical acumen, Haney is a former undisputed lightweight champion. He continues to rise, having recently become a two-weight world champion with a comprehensive win over Regis Prograis

Naoya Inoue

Age: 30

From: Zama, Kanagawa, Japan

Division: Super Bantamweight

Titles: Unified Bantamweight World Champion (WBO and WBC)

Record: 25-0 22 (KO)

About: A sensation in Japan, Inoue is renowned for his explosive power and precise technique. He is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, and the first person to become an undisputed bantamweight world champion. Known as ‘The Monster’, Inoue faces Marlon Tapales this month with a chance to become undisputed at super bantamweight. 

Shakur Stevenson

Age: 26

From: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Division: Lightweight

Titles: WBC Lightweight Champion

Record: 21-0 (10 KO)

About: Stevenson has garnered attention for his defensive prowess and fast hands. He is a three-division champion, having won belts at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight. His defensive style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Stevenson is one for the purists who posit the idea of ‘hit and not get hit.’ 

David Benavidez

Age: 26

From: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Division: Super Middleweight

Titles: Former WBC Super Middleweight Champion

Record: 28-0 (24 KO)

About: Known for his aggressive style and knockout power, Benavidez is a force in the super middleweight division, with sights set on becoming undisputed at 168. He is course to face Canelo Alvarez as a win would put him in the conversation for one of the best Mexicans. 

Oleksandr Usyk

Age: 36

From: Simferopol, Ukraine

Division: Heavyweight

Titles: Unified Heavyweight World Champion (WBO, WBA and IBF)

Record: 21-0 (14 KO)

About: Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, has smoothly transitioned to heavyweight, is aiming to do the same at heavyweight. The Ukrainian is undefeated and faces Tyson Fury with a chance to become a two-weight undisputed champ. 

Dmitry Bivol

Age: 32

From: Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union (now Kyrgyzstan)

Division: Light Heavyweight

Titles: WBA Light Heavyweight Champion

Record: 21-0 (11 KO)

About: Bivol is known for his technical skills and ring IQ. He has successfully defended his title ten times, proving his prowess in the light heavyweight division. His biggest win was a comprehensive victory over Canelo Alvarez

Frank Martin

Age: 28

From: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Division: Lightweight

Titles: N/A

Record: 18-0 (12 KO)

About: A rising talent in the lightweight division, Martin has impressed with his speed and knockout ability. He is one to watch as he climbs the ranks. After Devin Haney vacated his lightweight titles, Martin could very well fight for them. 

Tim Tszyu

Age: 29

From: Sydney, Australia

Division: Junior Middleweight

Titles: WBO Junior Middleweight Champion

Record: 24-0 (17 KO)

About: Son of the legendary Kostya Tszyu, Tim has carved out his own path with a solid undefeated record in the junior middleweight division. He became the WBO champ after Jermell Charlo failed to face him after Tszyu had been knocking on the door as a mandatory for over a year. 

David Morrell Jr. 

Age: 25

From: Santa Clara, Cuba

Division: Junior Middleweight

Titles: WBA ‘Regular’ Super Middleweight Champion

Record: 9-0 (8 KO)

About: Emerging as a standout in the super middleweight division, David Morrell has impressed with his sharp skills and knockout capability, showcasing great promise in his burgeoning career. He is the most-avoided fighter at 168, but if he continues to win, it is only a matter of time before he gets a world title shot. 

Most Popular:

Canelo Alvarez

Age: 33

From: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Division: Super Middleweight

Titles: Four-Division World Champion

Record: 64-2-2 (39KO)

About: Alvarez is a global boxing superstar, known for his power and technical skill. His fights draw massive attention, and he’s considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers. He is the current undisputed 168-lb champ with his only losses against Floyd Mayweather and Dmitry Bivol.

Gervonta Davis

Age: 29

From: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Division: Super Middleweight

Titles: Three-Weight World Champion

Record: 29-0 (27 KO)

About: Davis is known for his explosive power and thrilling performances. He’s a big draw and is seen as a ‘cash cow’ of the sport. His biggest win came against Ryan Garcia, a fight that sold over 1.2 million PPVs. 

Ryan Garcia

Age: 25

From: Los Alamitos, California, USA

Division: Super Middleweight

Titles: N/A

Record: 24-1 (20 KO)

About: A social media sensation with over 10 million Instagram followers, Garcia combines popularity with talent. His speed and trademark left hook make him an exciting fighter. He may not have won a world title, but Garcia is making all the right moves since working with his new trainer Derrick James

Tyson Fury

Age: 35

From: Manchester, England

Division: Super Middleweight

Titles: WBC Heavyweight Champion

Record: 35-0-1 (24 KO)

About: Known as “The Gypsy King,” Fury is celebrated for his charismatic personality and boxing skills, especially for a man of his size. He overcame mental health struggles and suicidal thoughts to be the current WBC champ. His biggest win was beating the former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his own backyard. 

Deontay Wilder

Age: 38

From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Division: Heavyweight

Record: 43-2-1 (42 KO)

Titles: Former WBC Heavyweight Champion

About: Wilder is known for his incredible knockout power, having a high knockout-to-win ratio. His right hand can end a fight at any moment. His highlights knocks were against Dominic Breazeale and Robert Helenius

Anthony Joshua

Age: 34

From: Watford, England

Division: Heavyweight

Titles: Two-Time Unified Heavyweight World Champion

Record: 26-3 (23 KO)

About: A household name in boxing, Joshua is known for his athleticism and power. He’s been involved in some of the most significant heavyweight fights of his era, including a memorable win over Wladimir Klitschko. The Brit is aiming to become a three-time world champion. 

Terence Crawford

Age: 36

From: Omaha, Nebraska, U.SA

Division: Heavyweight

Titles: Former undisputed junior welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion. 

Record: 40-0 (31 KO)

About: Crawford is praised for his technical skill. He can box orthodox and southpaw. He is number one in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings after becoming the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. 

Errol Spence Jr. 

Age: 33

From: Long Island, New York, USA

Division: Welterweight

Titles: Former Unified Welterweight World Champion

Record: 28-1 (22 KO)

About: Known for his body attacks and pressure fighting, Spence is a dominant force in the welterweight division. He came up short against Terence Crawford in an undisputed bout, getting stopped in round nine. 

Charlo Brothers

Name: Jermall Charlo

Age: 33

From: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Division: Middleweight

Titles: WBC Middleweight Champion

Record: 33-0 (22 KO)

Name: Jermell Charlo 

Age: 33

From: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Division: Junior Middleweight

Titles: Unified Junior Middleweight Champion

Record: 35-2-1 (19 KO)

About: The Charlo twins have made a significant impact in their respective divisions, known for their power and skill. Jermell has the bigger achievements having been undisputed at 154. However, Jermall has overcome mental health struggles to remain the WBC 160-pound champion. 

Vasiliy Lomachenko

Age: 35

From: Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)

Division: Super Middleweight

Titles: Three Division World Champion

Record: 17-3 (11 KO)

About: Vasiliy Lomachenko, renowned for his exceptional footwork and technical prowess, quickly climbed to multiple world titles at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight. He has established himself as a top pound-for-pound boxer. His amateur record is staggering which stands at 396-1.

GGG (Gennadiy Golovkin)

Age: 41

From: Karaganda, Kazakh SSRSoviet Union (now Karaganda, Kazakhstan)

Division: Middleweight

Titles: Former Unified Middleweight World Champion

Record: 42-2-1 (37 KO) 

About: Gennadiy Golovkin, known for his formidable power and relentless pressure, had dominated the middleweight division, earning the acclaim as one of the sport’s most fearsome punchers. His only losses came against Canelo Alvarez in a thrilling rivalry. Since vacating his middleweight belts, retirement may be on the horizon. 

Jake Paul

Age: 26

From: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Division: Cruiserweight

Record: 7-1 (4 KO)

About: Jake Paul, a social media star turned boxer, has rapidly become a major draw in boxing, known for his headline-grabbing fights. He has fought Nate Diaz, Tommy Fury and Tyrone Woodley, setting the stage for big crossover fights. 

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