Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.
Jack Johnson was an American boxer and one of the most dominant champions of his generation. Considered one of the most influential boxers ever, Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight championship at the peak of the Jim Crow era. He is often credited with influencing popular boxers like Muhammad Ali.
Nicaraguan professional boxer Alexis Arguello had once held the world featherweight, lightweight, and junior lightweight titles. He fought for the Contras against the Sandinista regime, and then continued his boxing career in the US, before returning to politics and becoming the mayor of Managua. He eventually died by suicide.
Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe scripted history as the longest-reigning champion ever in boxing, having defended the WBO title for more than a decade. Excelling in both super-middleweight and light-heavyweight categories, he had registered 46 wins in 46 fights by the time he retired. He now owns a boxing promotion company.
Sergey Kovalev is a Russian boxer who has held several world championships in the light heavyweight category. From 2014 to 2016, he held the IBF and WBA (Undisputed) titles. Between 2013 and 2019, he held the WBO title three times. Kovalev is renowned for his extraordinary punching power. In 2019, The Ring magazine named him the world's second-best light heavyweight.
José Nápoles was a Cuban-born Mexican boxer best remembered for his World Welterweight Championship reign during the 1970s. Often counted among the greatest boxers of all time in welterweight division, José Nápoles was inducted into The Ring boxing hall of fame in 1985. In 1990, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Former British boxer George Groves has been a WBA super middleweight champion and won the British, European, and Commonwealth titles too. Since his retirement at age 30, he has focused on his career as a TV and radio boxing commentator and a motivational speaker. He is also a Wasserman advisor.
Born in Jamaica, Dillian Whyte moved with his family to the UK as a 12-year-old. Initially a British kickboxing champion, he later moved on to boxing. He was banned for 2 years for consuming a banned drug. He apparently had his first child at age 13, becoming one of the world’s youngest fathers.
Michael Zerafa is an Australian boxer best known for winning the super-welterweight title of the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) in 2018. A former Victorian super-welterweight champion, Zerafa is also known as the boxer with whom Dwight Ritchie was sparring when the latter fell dead after receiving a blow to the chest, at the age of 27.
First African ever to challenge a world heavyweight championship, South African boxer Gerrie Coetzee is famous for winning thirty-three fights out of a total forty appearances. Beginning his professional career, at the age of 19with a 1-0 win, he won his first South African heavyweight championship at the age of 28 and his WBA heavyweight title at the age of 28, eventually retiring at the age of 42.
Sakio Bika is a Cameroonian-Australian boxer who held the IBO super-middleweight title in the late 2000s. From 2013 to 2014, Bika held the WBC super-middleweight title. Also a TV personality, Sakio Bika won The Contender 3, a reality television show based on boxing in 2007.
Juan Francisco Estrada is a Mexican boxer who held the WBO flyweight and WBA (Unified) titles between 2012 and 2015. A two-weight world champion, Estrada won The Ring super flyweight title and the WBA (Super) title in 2019 and 2021 respectively. In 2021, he was ranked the seventh best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, by The Ring.