For as long as boxing has been around, it has largely been a sport that has always been about the superstars. The Ali’s, Tyson’s and Mayweather’s of the world have kept the sport popular and afloat, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t (and aren’t) great fighters that simply don’t get talked about much. Here are three of those underappreciated current boxers that deserve more attention and praise. Now these guys are likely well known by boxing fans, but deserve to be well known among the masses like Mayweather and other stars before him.
1. Naoya Inoue
This may surprise some people as this guy is still relatively young and inexperienced, but I truly believe he is the next big thing and deserves more appreciation and hype than he gets. Inoue is a 22 year old Japanese boxer who has already captured two world titled and is 9-0 with 8 wins coming via knockout. He is nicknamed “The Monster” because of his hellacious punching power and he also has brutal body strikes that helped him win his titles.
2. Danny Garcia
This guy potentially has one of the best records and resumes of anyone under the age of 30. The 28 year old Garcia has been in many close wars, but has always come out on top with a 32-0 record, which shows his immense heart and will to win. Perhaps his biggest win is against Amir Khan who is one of the top fighters in the world and Garcia is only one of three men to beat him. I am very excited to see where Garcia goes next.
3. Roman Gonzalez
Despite this guy being on most people’s pound for pound lists, I truly believe he still is not appreciated as much as he should. With his skills and resume, he deserves to be mentioned among the best lower weight fighters of all time. “El Chocolatito” is a Nicaraguan boxer with an astounding record of 44-0 with 38 wins by knockout. Despite fighting at a smaller weight and being a smaller man, he possesses vicious knockout power and thus, his fights rarely make the half way mark.