Larry Holmes is an American retired boxer whose left jab is often ranked among the best in the history of professional boxing. Widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing, Holmes' title defense against 19 boxers is the second-most in history. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.
Born in the U.S., boxer Gervonta Davis is of mixed heritage but identifies as African-American. He has held titles such as the IBF super featherweight title and the WBA (Super) super featherweight title. Mentored by Floyd Mayweather, he is best known for his knockout-to-win percentage.
Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian boxer who reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion for eight months between 2014 and 2015. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the 2003 and 2004 National Championships as well as a silver medal at the 2005 Championships. An avid fan of basketball, Stiverne supports the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
David Tua is a New Zealand retired professional boxer known for his devastating punching power. From 1996 to 2003, Tua was ranked among the top 10 heavyweights in the world by BoxRec. In 2003, The Ring magazine included him in its 100 greatest punchers of all time list. In 2020, Tua was inducted into the NZ Boxing Hall of Fame.
Gambian-Swedish boxer Badou Jack, also known as The Ripper, has previously held the WBC super-middleweight and the WBA light-heavyweight titles. He represented Gambia in the middleweight division in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2022, he fought Richard Rivera for 4 extra minutes in a match due to the timekeeper’s fault.
Indian star boxer Vijender Singh has won several medals for his country, including a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The son of a bus driver, he had started training in boxing to improve his family’s financial condition. He had an unbeaten run till he eventually lost to Russia’s Artysh Lopsan in 2021.
Nonito Donaire is a Filipino-American boxer who has held various world championship titles in several weight classes from featherweight to flyweight. The oldest boxer to earn a bantamweight world title, Donaire is also the first boxer in history to become three-time champion in bantamweight. Donaire is the sixth boxer to have held world championships in three successive decades.
American figure skater, Tonya Harding, was the 1991 and 1994 US champion but her 1994 title was taken away after a controversy erupted regarding her ex-husband. He was charged with planning an attack on a rival American skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya Harding was banned for life by the US Figure Skating Association after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Mexican boxer Orlando Salido is a former world champion in both the junior lightweight and featherweight classes. He is perhaps best known for his 2016 bout against fellow Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas, which was shown on HBO's Boxing After Dark and garnered over 950,000 viewers.
Former boxer Frank Bruno, known by his nickname True Brit, is best known for his 1995 WBC title win against Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium. In December 2021, he took to social media to debunk a death hoax targeting him. He has also released chartbusting cover versions and appeared on various TV shows.
Apart from winning a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, boxer Audley Harrison also earned a Commonwealth gold. Initially a street criminal, he was also once jailed for robbery. After serving his sentence, he not only excelled in boxing, but also earned degrees in leisure management and sports science.
Retired British boxer Nicola Adams scripted history as the first female boxer to earn an Olympic gold and retain the gold at the following Olympic event. Openly lesbian, she is also an LGBT icon. Though shortlisted for Strictly Come Dancing, she withdrew after her partner tested COVID-positive.
Nicknamed the Belter, boxer Terri Harper is a former super-featherweight world title holder. She began boxing at age 12 but then focused on her education, only to return to boxing after her GCSEs. She once revealed that she had come out as a lesbian at age 14.
Eva Wahlstrom is a Finnish retired boxer who held the WBC super-featherweight title for nearly five years before losing her title to Terri Harper. She also represented her country at the European Championships where she won silver medals in 2004 and 2005.
Tim Tszyu is an Australian boxer best known for winning the Australian light-middleweight title in 2019. The son of former world champion Kostya Tszyu, Tim is currently the number one ranked Australian super welterweight boxer according to Boxrec. He has also won other titles, such as WBA Oceania interim light-middleweight title, IBF Australasian light-middleweight title, and WBO Global light-middleweight title.
Usman Ahmed is a British former professional boxer. He was active from 2006 to 2016. Over his career, he participated in 19 major fights, out of which he won eight. In 2009, he competed for the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles. He gained notoriety when he once danced to the ring, only to be knocked unconscious by his opponent.
Initially a light middleweight boxer, Gary Stretch had even earned a WBC title and fought against legends such as Chris Eubank. He later focused on modeling and then stepped into acting, appearing in films such as Dead Man's Shoes and Freebird. A ladies’ man, he is now married to actor/model Roselyn Sánchez