Boxing, like all sports, is ultimately a form of entertainment. While some might find the idea of two men throwing punches at one another being classified as entertainment bizarre, perhaps even a little twisted, boxing is currently ranked as the eleventh most popular sport in the world and Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao had 4.4 million PPV buys, highlighting the popularity of the sport.
Boxing has come under attack from some quarters in recent years for the supposed decrease in entertainment. The heavyweight division in particular has certainly come under scrutiny under the Klitschko dominance, in stark comparison to the excitement surrounding the division particularly in the 60s and 90s. Furthermore, the much-anticipated bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio was deemed by many as something of an anticlimax, especially given its label as the 'Fight of the Century'.
Here is a list though that proves that boxing is very much still alive and kicking. This list features fifteen fighters who provide blockbuster entertainment almost every time they enter the ring. Some are thrilling up-and-comers, whilst others are established pro's with world titles. Here are the top 15 most exciting boxers in the world right now:
15 Lucas Matthysse
14 Terence Crawford
13 Ruslan Provodnikov
Ruslan Provodkinov is a boxer who displays just how far pure grit and determination can take you in the sport. He is not the most technically gifted and his defense is often found wanting, but no-onecould question his attitude and desire, and that is what has made him a hugely exciting fighter who has battled his way to the top. Provodkinov has four losses to his name, more than most on this list, but that hasn't thwarted his reputation, especially in Russia where he is a hero.
12 Leo Santa Cruz
11 Saul Alvarez
10 Luke Campbell
Luke Campbell is one of the finest prospects in British - if not world - boxing right now. Nicknamed 'Coolhand' due to his tact and nous, Campbell is a well-rounded fighter who has made light work of his first 12 professional opponents. He won gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the bantamweight division, and has a record of 12 fights, 12 wins and 10 knockouts as a pro. Hailing from Hull, England, Campbell is yet to fight to a top class opponent, with his most recent bout against local boxer Tommy Coyle his biggest bout to date.
9 Sergey Kovalev
8 Marcos Maidana
7 Nicholas Walters
6 Deontay Wilder
5 Naoya Inoue
4 Gennady Golovkin
3 Vasyl Lomachenko
Vasyl Lomachenko has one of, if not the, most impressive record of any amateur in history. When he made the step up to professional boxing, he left the amateur ranks with a record of 296 wins and only 1 defeat, which he avenged twice. He won gold in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics in the Featherweight division, and won gold once more in 2012 at the London Olympics, where he was victorious in the Lightweight division.
2 Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua continued his incredible boxing record so far against the unbeaten heavyweight Gary Cornish to win the Commonwealth Heavyweight title recently, maintaining his record of 14 fights, 14 wins and 14 knockouts, with none of his opponents managing to go more than three rounds against him. Joshua announced himself to the world when he won gold at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the heavyweight Olympic champion, but many Olympians struggle with the step up to professional boxing, AJ has not.
1 Roman Gonzalez
Currently ranked as the second greatest pound for pound fighter in the world by The Ring magazine, behind only Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roman Gonzalez would be a world superstar if he happened to be a little taller, a little heavier and fighting in a more popular weight division among casual fans. That being said, the lower weight divisions are growing in popularity, and rightly so, and Gonzalez is at the forefront of that. A Flyweight, Gonzalez weighs in at just 112 pounds, and stands at just 5-foot-3.
Hailing from Nicaragua, Gonzalez has the power of a man twice his weight, and his incredible power have made him a destructive force and a fan favorite in the flyweight division. His current record stands at 43 fights, 43 wins and 37 knockouts. He is currently the WBC and The Ring Flyweight champion, as well as a former Flyweight and Minimum weight world champion.
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