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The Best Boxers of Today

We’ve seen many great boxers come and go, but who are the top one’s today? Let’s take a look at some of the boxers at the top of their games today.

Carl Froch – 33-2 (24 KOs) – Current IBF & WBA World Super Middleweight Champion

Froch is a 38 year old super middleweight from Great Britain standing at 6’1″ and 168 pounds. Known as “The Cobra,” Froch won his first 26 decisions. After winning his first 26 decisions, Froch is now 8-2 over his last 10 but has won his last 6. He may be nearing the end of his career at age 38.wladimir klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko – 64-3 (53 KOs) – Current WBA (Super), IBF & WBO Heavyweight World Champion

Klitschko, known as Dr. Steelhammer, has been in the ring quite a bit. Now at age 39, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down having not lost a match since 2004 to Lamon Brewster. Klitschko would go onto defeat Brewster in a rematch in 2007. That loss still drives Klitschko to this day.

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Oscar De La Hoya: The Golden Boy

Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most famous names in the sport of boxing. In his career, Oscar has defeated over 17 world champions, claiming over ten titles in six different weight classes. His record of wins and losses had the boxing community buzzing when he hinted at a return to the ring, but that rumor has since been knocked out.

The 42 year-old boxer, after seven years out of the ring, made his announcement over Facebook. In his statement, the answer came to him after consulting his family and some hefty introspection. The aging athlete, though a champion in his day, could face serious injury in the ring should he step in unprepared. While still missing the limelight he spent most of his life in, Oscar’s boxing days are behind him.

His last appearance in the ring was against Manny Pacquiao in 2008. The bout, while viciously tough for both athletes, saw Oscar knocked out in the eighth-round. The athlete retired after the match with a record of 39-6, 30 knockouts. Though his final match was a loss, his record speaks for itself as belonging to one of the greatest boxers of all time. And his time in the ring may be over, but Oscar still finds time aid the sport in other ways.

De La Hoya, after his loss in 2008, formed Golden Boy Promotions. A company named for his namesake earned at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating High School. Golden Boy Promotions is responsible for putting on various boxing matches, and boasts Deontay Wilder, the current WBC heavyweight champion, as a member of their stable.

With such a storied past in the boxing world, Oscar De La Hoya has brought so much to the sport as both an ambassador and athlete. While some may view his change of heart as a letdown, most can appreciate a champion backing away with his head held high. Dedicating more of his time to furthering the sport and nurturing future talent, this isn’t the last we’ve heard from the Golden Boy.

Big Time Boxing to Brooklyn?

Peter Bouchard - BarclaysBarclays Center, located in Brooklyn, New York was finished in September of 2012. Initially meant as the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center wanted to attract all sorts of sporting events and entertainment acts. The center cost $1 billion to make so there was a need to pack this place on a consistent basis in order to make the investment worth their while. For the 2015 NHL season, the New York Islanders will call Barclays Center home. In addition to the Nets and Islanders, college basketball tournaments have taken place here as well. The center was also home for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards as well as a concert venue for artists like Coldplay and Jay-Z. The newest attraction that Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark is targeting is boxing.

Boxing is a sport on the rise and with the recent fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather recently garnering a lot of attention. The process of putting boxing has already begun with the Amir Khan-Chris Algieri welterweight fight hosted at Barclays at the end of May. In the coming weeks, the center will host 2 major fights in the span of eight days in order to bring more boxing to Barclays. Since opening it’s doors to boxing, Barclays Center has hosted 90 bouts and 19 world title fights. Yormark’s vision is on the right track but he ultimately wants to bring big-time boxing to the arena.

Ultimately, Barclays has done a great job in hosting boxing events and has the proper facilities and venue to host larger fights. It’ll be interesting to see if they can take fights that are normally hosted in Las Vegas and bring them to the east coast and have them held at Barclays Center. It’s certainly a tough task, but CEO Brett Yormark is the one guy that I think could do it.  For more on this topic, check it out at espn.com.