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Professional boxing is not dead — in fact, it’s now enjoying worldwide recognition when it was once just a U.S. phenomenon. In the past, the U.S. was home to the biggest names in boxing. Now, you hear about incredible boxers all over the world.
You can find international boxing events in the hottest cities in the world. There’s nothing like watching people from different nations defend their home country in a battle for a world title.
To find out the best boxers today to watch, check out the list below.
1. Vasyl Lomachenko
Lomachenko is a Ukranian boxer that started his career in the Olympics. After taking home the gold, he decided to go professional. He’s widely considered the most successful boxer of all time, even when he was an amateur.
He’s won significant titles in less time than other boxers, winning a world title in just three fights.
2. Canelo Alvarez
Canelo Alvarez is a Mexican boxer who has beat some of the best in the game. He’s a triple champion, holding four prominent titles since 2018. Considering his impressive career, Canelo tickets can be hard to come by. They also don’t come by cheaply.
Canelo followed in the footsteps of his older brother, also a professional boxer. By the early age of 15, he was already a junior champion in Mexico and decided to go pro. Now, he’s recently been dubbed “Best Boxer” by the ESPYs.
3. Terence Crawford
This American boxer is notable for winning titles in three different weight classes. At one point, he held four major world titles simultaneously. He was the first male boxer to do this since 2005. He’s only one of seven boxers able to it that in history. Several publications, including The Ring and ESPN, list him as the second-best active boxer.
4. Oleksandr Usyk
The Ukraine puts out some boxing talent, and Usyk is proof of that. He was the first cruiserweight champion to ever simultaneously hold four major world titles.
Like Lomachenko, Usyk also has an Olympic history. He took home the gold in both 2011 and 2012. He did the boxing industry a favor by going professional in 2013.
In 2018, several publications named him boxer of the year, recognizing his achievements in the cruiserweight championship and the World Boxing Super Series.
5. Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin, affectionately known as GGG, is a Kazakhstani boxer who has fought some of the biggest names in the industry. Although Canelo recently delivered Golovkin’s first professional loss, he’s still one of the strongest fighters in the ring today.
As a pressure fighter or swarmer, Golovkin holds the best knockout-to-win ratio in the history of his weight class.
Best Boxers Today
The best boxers today hail from countries around the world. Watching these heavyweights battle for the world title is what makes boxing in 2019 so great.
Boxing events aren’t cheap, but they are worth it. After all, this is an Olympic sport that requires tremendous physical skill. If you’ve never seen a boxing match, make sure to find a fight with one of these names.
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