No longer is it enough to just be good in the ring. Nowadays fighters have to try to express their personality, too. Here are 10 of the biggest…
1 Tyson Fury
There are few men as big in boxing as Fury and few personalities as big, either. He has, as well as outboxed most heavyweights out there, developed a knack for out-talking them as well.
2 Oleksandr Usyk
A master of minimalism, Usyk, whether talking to camera or dancing on camera, is enigmatic and charismatic in all the best ways. Indeed, were it not for the language barrier, he would be famous the world over.
3 Deontay Wilder
Wilder, Fury’s great heavyweight rival, is perhaps not as imaginative with his chat as ‘The Gypsy King’ yet is no less compelling to listen to. Well-spoken and intense, Wilder is as unpredictable with his words as he is with his punches.
4 Ryan Garcia
A potential boxing superstar, Garcia has the personality, looks and relatability to entice a whole new audience to the sport. For better or worse, he speaks the language of 2022.
5 Jermell Charlo and Jermall Charlo
Sorry to lump them together, but the Charlo brothers are clearly cut from the same cloth and neither happens to be more entertaining than the other. They are both, in fact, equally ambitious and outspoken and the only hope now is that they back up their words with action.
6 Chris Eubank Jnr
A chip off the old block, Chris Junior may not possess the eloquence and depth of thought of his father, but is nevertheless unusually contemplative and always good for a unique perspective.
7 Regis Prograis
A well-read and well-spoken fighter who is largely underused, both in media terms and in the ring, Prograis has a lot to say on a lot of subjects and has developed a fighting persona all of his own.
8 Michael Conlan
Conlan captured the public’s imagination back in 2016, when giving the middle finger to judges at the Olympic games in Rio. He has since then continued to be refreshingly outspoken, honest, and passionate, and is always thoughtful whenever interviewed.
9 Conor Benn
No nonsense and straight-talking, much like his father, Benn has emerged as an unlikely star in Britain, having both accumulated some decent wins and endeared himself to the public with his personality.
10 Dereck Chisora
It’s hard to figure out how it has happened, but in 2022 Chisora is a popular headline attraction. Responsible for this is his honesty, both in the ring and at the mic, and also his volatility.