Now that Floyd Mayweather has left us (allegedly!), BoxNation scours the globe in search of his successor as boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
The super slick Californian was last mastered between the ropes at the age of 12......19 years ago!
Known as S.O.G (Son of God), the devout Christian was the USA’s sole boxing champion at the 2004 Athens Olympics when he bagged gold at light-heavy. He has since won 28 straight as a pro.
Technically brilliant and a master strategist, the 31 year old sprang to prominence when winning Showtime TV’s Super Six tourney – scalping Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch en route.
His advance has subsequently been harnessed by surgery to his shoulder and contractual disputes but the Virgil Hunter trained six footer remains a serious talent.
Twice an Olympic gold medallist and twice world amateur champion, this 34 year old Cuban dispenses physical and mental torture in equal measure.
Ten stoppage wins in 15 confirm his firepower but it’s ‘Rigo’s’ capacity to leave rivals flapping at fresh air which makes the queue to face him extremely short.
A slippery-as-soap southpaw, he defected Castro’s communism on a smuggler’s boat in 2009 and, from his base in Miami, won a bonafide world super-bantam title in just his ninth paid gig.
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach lauds him as ‘the greatest talent I’ve ever seen’ but Rigondeaux desperately needs a big name player at 122-126lbs to risk their rep against him, if he is to receive the kudos his phenomenal ability merits.
Now well into his 40th year, ‘Dr Steelhammer’ is probably a fighter in recess but his CV stacks up favourably with anyone in the history of the heavyweight division.
Olympic super-heavy champ back in 1996, the 6ft 6in Kazakhstan born, Ukrainian giant had incurred three comprehensive stoppage defeats by 2004 but has done a masterful job of protecting his poppadom chin since.
Cynically, clinically, Wlad has seen off 22 subsequent opponents and has nestled uninterrupted on various world championship thrones since April 2006, the second longest heavyweight reign ever.
Fifty-three knockout wins in 67 fights suggest that he is far from the overtly cautious and methodical robot that he is commonly portrayed. In truth, he is one of the most efficient demolition men to have ever dipped between the ropes.
‘El Chocolatito’ (Little Chocolate) may stand just 5ft 3in on his tiptoes and weigh barely eight stone with a belly full of pizza inside him, but he is unquestionably one of the most dangerous glove men on the planet.
Thirty-seven victims on the diminutive Nicaraguan’s perfect 43 fight slate perished before the finish line as he hovered up world titles in the straw weight, light-fly and flyweight classes.
All three global titles were acquired on foreign climes and the 28 year old remains undefeated in 17 outings outside his homeland; a world champion in the very purest sense of the term.
Thus far, his standing has been compromised by size discrimination and a dearth of English speaking opposition. This should be redressed when he bumps noses with Hawaii’s Brian Viloria, a former world amateur champion, at New York’s Madison Square Garden next month.
The only question that this angel-faced Kazakh ring devil is still to answer is whether he has the gas to travel 12 championship rounds.
And it’s possible we’ll never find out! The 33 year old last required the judges when he was extended eight rounds in June 2008, 20 fights ago!
All 14 world title opponents were left on their backs long before the final bell. With 30 stoppage wins in 33 gigs, ‘Triple G’ owns the highest kayo percentage in the history of the middleweight division.
Formerly an Olympic silver medallist and world amateur champion, his crippling power masks undervalued technical skills. Golovkin also boasts an iron jaw, having remained vertical in 350 amateur gigs plus every pro bout and every spar. The complete package.