Top 10 Famous Professional Man Boxers In 2021
Boxing is one of the most lucrative and watched sports worldwide. The sigh of two people exchanging punches and going for each other’s jugular for a grueling 12 rounds is a sight many boxing fans worldwide find enthralling. However, with the broken noses, cracked lips, and bruised egos comes fame. Boxing players are among the most idolized celebrities. They often draw crowds wherever they go, especially when promoting big fights, or just playing mind games with their opponents. This year, many professional boxers have hit headlines for several reasons. Some have had matches of their career; while others have had crushing loses. In this article, I highlight the top 10 famous professional man boxer in 2021 using the following criteria: Overall boxing ability and talent, boxing records, and the opponents faced:
10. Devon Alexander
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Devon Alexander, commonly known as Alexander the great is a professional boxer from St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Now 27, Alexander has enjoyed a successful boxing career since he debuted as an armature not so many years ago. Under the tutor-age of Cunningham, Alexander featured in 310 fights in which he won 300 and lost only 10. His speed and tenacity have enabled him to conquer the toughest of competition and have made him the celebrated professional boxer that many people look up to today.
Devon has won many boxing accolades since he debuted in the industry. As an armature, he has been a Silver Gloves Champion. He has also been a three-time Pal National Champion and a three-time PAL national champion, Junior Olympics National Champion, and the United States light welterweight national champion in 2004 among many others. Devon debuted as a professional boxer in the lightweight division and fought many great bouts. He moved to the welterweight division in 2012 and has so far had 27 fights, won 25 (14 by KO) and lost two. Alexander is a former IBF and WBC light welterweight champion. He is also a former IBF welterweight champion and currently ranks as the tenth most famous male boxer in 2021.
9. Ruslan Provodnikov
Many Russian boxers are known for their sheer power and ability to knock down opponents, especially during title matches. Ruslan Provodnikov is one such fighter. The 30-year-old professional boxer in the light welterweight division from Beryozovo, Russia has captivated audiences worldwide and is currently the tenth most famous male boxer, according to our review. Like many boxers on this list, Ruslan started boxing at a young age. During his armature career, he featured in 150 bouts and won. Although this does not seem impressive, his lack of professional equipment, high competition, and a mentor to teach him the ropes of boxing contributed to his many loses. This changed after his discovery and ultimately, relocation to the United States
In the early years of Ruslan’s career, he featured in many Friday Night Fights in ESPN many of which won. His reputation among boxing fan grew because of the raw brawling style. Ruslan’s big break came in 2012 when Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer then noticed his potential and signed him as a sparring partner for his star boxer. Ruslan’s star has shone bright ever since. To date, he has featured in 25 professional fights, won 23 (16 by KO) and lost only two. He currently is the WBO light welterweight champion and the ninth most popular professional male boxer.
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8. Brandon Lee Rios
Brandon Lee Rios is a professional American boxer in the light welterweight division. The former WBA welterweight champion hails from Lubbock, Texas, United States and has had one of the most successful careers in the industry. Rios, like many famous professional boxers, enjoyed a successful armature-boxing career. He featured in 230 bouts 230 of which he won. Because of his flair in the ring and excellent punching skills, he was chosen as an Olympic alternate for the US boxing team. Brandon Rios was also a US National Armature featherweight champion during his armature career.
Lee’s professional boxing career is nothing short of impressive. He has featured in 24 professional fights, won 31 (23 by KO) and lost two. In 2011, he knocked out WBA World Lightweight champion, Miguel Acosta, and became the new champion. He has since lost the title. Brandon trains with Roberto Garcia (former IBF super featherweight champion) and ranks as the eighth most popular professional boxer in 2021 as per our review
Miguel Cotto, born Miguel Angel Cotto Vazquez is professional boxer originally from Puerto Rico. He is now a resident of Providence, Rhode Island, United State. If you have watched any match that Miguel Cotto has featured in, it is beyond doubt that he is among the best and the most loved professional boxers within and outside the United States. As an armature, many people considered Miguel the face of Puerto Rico. He represented his country in the lightweight division in many international events as the 2000 summer Olympics, the 1999 Pan African games, and 1998 World Junior Championships.
After his successful stint as an armature boxer, Cotto debuted as a professional boxer in 2001 and has never looked back since. He has faced and defeated many established boxers, the most memorable one being Kelson Pinto in September 2004, for the WBO Junior Welterweight championship. After his triumph, he went ahead to defend his title six times. He remained unbeaten and finally relinquished his title when he graduated to the welterweight division. Miguel is now as popular as he is successful. He has featured in 45 professional fights, won 38 (31 by KO), and lost only four.
6. Juan Manuel Marquez
Juan Manuel Marquez Mendez, commonly known as Juan Manuel Marquez Mendez is a 41-year-old professional boxer from Mexico. He has developed and unorthodox counter punching technique that is efficient and often rouses crowds whenever he is on the spotlight. Marquez is also fast, highly technical, and is currently the number six pound for pound boxer globally according to Ring Magazine. In his home country, Marquez is among the most celebrated and greatest boxers that have graced the international stage because of his record seven world titles in four weight classes. On our top 10 famous professional man boxer in 2021 review, he ranks sixth.
5. Timothy Bradley
Timothy Bradley, born Timothy Ray Bradley Jr is a professional boxer from cathedral City, California, United States. He a two-time WBC junior welterweight champion and a formed WBO welterweight champion. After a long and successful armature career, Bradley debuted as a professional boxer in 2011, facing off opponents such as Joel Casamayor to cement his place among the best in the business. Though successful, Bradley’s professional career has been marred with controversy several times. He was once stripped off his light welterweight championship due to inactivity, after he refused to find Amir Khan, the then WBA light heavyweight champion. He trains with Joel Diaz and until April 12, 2021, he was an unbeaten WBO welterweight. Bradley lost to Manny Pacquiao by decision.
4. Adrien Broner
Adrien Broner, born Adrien Jerome Broner is a rapper and professional American boxer with an impressive record. Of the 28 professional fight he has featured in, Broner has won 27 of them (22 by KO), and suffered only one loss. He is a WBS welterweight champion of, a WBO super featherweight champion, former WBC light heavyweight champion, and a record three-time world champion. Now 24-years-old, Adrien was once the sixth best pound for pound boxer globally, but has since lost the position to Juan Manuel Marquez. He is however, the fourth most popular boxer.
3. Marcos Maidana
Marcos Rene Maidana, popularly known as Marcos Maidana is a successful professional boxer from Argentina. He is 31-years-old and currently the WBA welterweight champion. Throughout his professional career, Maidana has featured in 38 bouts, won 35 (31 by KO), and lost only three (all by decision). He has knocked out many established boxers since his professional debut in 2009 and in scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr for his title on May 4, 2021. The heightened promotional campaign and anticipation of his upcoming match has bumped his popularity ranking to third.
The professional record of the 35-year-old Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao speaks for itself. The resident of Kibawe, Philippines has features in 53 matches, won 56 (38 by KO), lost five (one by KO), and drew twice. Manny has won an impressive 10 world titles. Pound for pound, he is the second best worldwide. Other interesting accolades under his belt are the 2008, 2009, and 2011 BBWA Fighter of the Year Award, 2009 and 2011 Vest Fighter, ESPY Awards, and the World Boxing Council and Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Decade Award among many others. He is also the second most famous male boxer in the world in 2021.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr
The unbeaten professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr is currently the most popular male boxer worldwide. He has won eight world titles. He won Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year Award in 1998 and 2007 and the BWAA Fighter of the Year Award in 2007. He has also won many Best Fighter Espy Awards and currently be best Pound for pound boxer globally.