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As one more decade has come to an end, it is time to recognize the different people who gained well-deserved fame in their respective fields.
The field that we are going to pay attention to in this article is boxing. With 20,000 professional players and millions, possibly even billions, of fans all over the world, there is no doubt about the said sport being one of the most loved of all—so loved not just by fans but also by gamblers who love to bet on boxing odds.
In this article, we are going to talk about the ten boxers who made reputable names in the last 10 years, along with their records and a brief background.
The first on our list is Vasyl Anatoliyovych Lomachenko. He is more commonly known as Vasyl Lomachenko and is a lightweight Ukrainian boxer. He started fighting in 2013. Throughout his fighting career, he has earned 4 world champion titles in different classes. What’s amazing about this is that Lomachenko achieved this in just 16 fights. Currently, his statistics are 14 wins and 2 defeats.
Moving on, we have another Ukrainian boxer — Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk or Oleksandr Usyk. He is under the cruiserweight class and has been in the professional field since the year 2013. He was in the late 20s when he was given the title of a pro.
Usyk’s next goal is to enter the heavyweight class after successfully bagging the “Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion” from 2018 to 2019. This boxer’s current record is 17 wins with no defeat.
The third on our list comes from the land of the rising sun, Japan. Naoya Inoue, a bantamweight fighter, debuted in professional boxing in 2012. He was also included in GIVEMESPORT’s feature article about the top fighters of the decade.
He became more recognized when he beat one of the top boxers in history, Nonito Donaire, which consequently earned him the World Bantamweight trophy. Inoue has participated in 19 matches in total, all gaining wins.
Errol Spence, Jr.
Errol Spence, Jr. is the next featured boxer in this article. He is an American under the welterweight class. He was given the alias of “The Truth”. The real reason behind this nickname is still unknown, but some fans’ theory believes it came from the saying, “The truth hurts.”
This fighter is famous for winning against high profile boxers, specifically, Shawn Porter and Mickey Garcia. Out of 26 matches, Spence Jr. has successfully made his way to the top by winning each one.
British boxer, Tyron Luke Fury, is the next one on our list. He is a heavyweight fighter who earned the nickname of “The Gypsy King” because of his relationship with the “Kings of the Gypsies”, Uriah Burton and Bartley Gorman.
His greatest performance would be the match between him and Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Klitschko was the heavyweight champion at the time, so it was thrilling when Fury won against him. Fury’s current record is 29 wins, 1 draw and no defeat.
Another fighter that contributed greatly to the sport is Terence Crawford. He is an American welterweight boxer who made his debut in early 2008, which is quite a long time.
Crawford is a wrestler-turned-boxer who impressively beat Egidijus Kavaliauskas, a Lithuanian champion, and Amir Khan. The two defeated opponents being two of the most recognized for being hard to beat. The fighter has a 36-win streak in all of his matches and has not yet been defeated.
For the seventh fighter, let us refer to Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, a Kazakhstani. He is commonly referred to as “GGG” or “Triple G” because of his name. He entered professional boxing in 2019 as a middleweight fighter.
Although he is quite new to the field, he has already made a reputable name because of his 83.3% KO rate. This statistic made the others fear him in the ring. Golovkin has 40 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat as of the season.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Saul Alvarez, a middleweight Mexican boxer, is our next boxer. Alvarez was given the nickname of Canelo, the Mexican word for cinnamon because of his features: ginger hair and noticeable freckles, which made him stand out.
The fighter was recognized as one of the highest-paid in the industry because of his championship title “WBO Light-Heavyweight”. Since 2005, Alvarez managed to earn 53 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat, which comes up to 56 matches all in all.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather
The second to the last fighter and also our top 2 in this article is Floyd Mayweather. He is under the welterweight class. He is also known as the “Money” and debuted in late 1996.
Mayweather is best known because of his match against Pacquiao, which was dubbed as “The Fight of the Century”. He successfully defeated the latter due to a unanimous decision after the match. The fighter remains undefeated with 50 wins and zero defeat.
The last one on our list is the one and only “Pac-Man”, Manny Pacquiao. He is a well-known Filipino welterweight boxer who debuted in 1995.
Pacquiao has built a legendary name in history because of his outstanding performance in all his previous matches. Although he lost to Mayweather, which is quite a big deal, he still managed to get up and continue fighting after a short break. Pac-Man has a record of 62 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws.
There are more boxers who had significant contributions to the boxing industry, but the ones above stand out the most. Nevertheless, recognizing each of their efforts can help them be more motivated in continuing with their chosen career paths.
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