November 5th, 2013 By Zak "Attack" Young


Los Angeles, CA- I am the type of person who likes to get the bad over with to enjoy the good. A few days ago, I detailed the most boring fighters in the sport of boxing today, from which there was a lot of blow back for having IBF (175 LB.) champ Bernard Hopkins . Now, I’d like to celebrate the most entertaining boxers.


Tim Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov

Tim Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov

Speaking of “good”, how can you not enjoy watching “GGG” (28-0, 25 KOs) beat on good guys? He has explosive power, is a very effective agreesor, and knocks out his opponents about 88.9% of the time. His broken English just makes him all the more menacing. After deflating sturdy middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KO) with a body shot, Gennady hilariously labelled it his “lucky punch.” Saturday night, his power silenced Curtis Stevens. The truth is, any punch that lands on a Golovkin opponent is a very unlucky punch for them indeed. Often seen dressed in cardigans and with a megawatt smile on his face, Golo is the definition of a “baby-faced assassin”.


As the b-side of two of the most entertaining fights of the year, Provo (23-2, 16 KO) has seen his stock rise from middling ESPN fighter to an HBO star. The newly-crowned WBO light welterweight (140) champion has a very admirable stance as a fighter. He does not care about money of championships. Ruslan only wants to bring the fans excitement. Just as Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” was adored by the public, “The Siberian Rocky” is a true people’s champion who has the heart of a warrior. Ruslan versus the winner of Pacquiao-Rios is a surefire candidate for 2014 fight of the year. Champions like Golovkin and Provodnikov prove that not all Eastern European fighters somehow manage to stink out giant stadiums like Wladimir Klitschko a.k.a. Dr. Jab N. Grab, M.D. (61-3, 3476 clinches).


So maybe Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO) really is just “a mere con”. He still puts on entertaining fights, and it is his flaws that make his fights so entertaining. In terms of offense, Khan would get an “A” on his boxing report card. Amir has some of the fastest hands in the game and puts his combinations together very well. On the defensive side, I give him a “D”. The guy just does not get away from punches well and his chin seems to be made of papier-mâché. That being said, his fights are thrilling for the simple reason that no matter how great he looks early on, there is a great possibility he’ll be busting out dances moves on the canvas a few seconds later. Most boxing fans are familiar with the “Ali Shuffle”. Well back in 2008, Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KO) helped invent the “Khan Shuffle” courtesy of a first-round KO of the heavily lauded Briton years ago. A new dance star was born.


Leo is one of the rising stars in the sport of boxing, and has one of the most fan-friendly styles out there. NBC took notice of this, and had him headline the first network TV boxing card in many years back in 2012. He will never be one of the best technical fighters, but he will always bring the fight and satisfy the fans. 2014 looks to be a breakout year for the two-division champion, as fights with Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KO), Cristian Mijares (48-7-2, 23 KOs), and possibly even Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) loom large.


To be honest, Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) tends to get on my nerves a bit with his pre-fight antics. I’ve never really been a fan of Freddie Roach, but it hit close to home when Rios mocked his Parkinson’s disease a few years ago. Losing my grandmother in 2011 to Parkinson’s made me upset when I saw Rios acting this way. He comes across as slow mentally and sounds a little punch-drunk already at the age of 27. Still, I cannot deny the fact that he puts on entertaining fights, however, and I expect his upcoming bout with Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) to be a war as long as it lasts. “Bam Bam” may be a bit of a “Bum Bum” in terms of skill, but he is one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport today.

Zak Young


  1. Not sure if I agree fully. Provodnikov yes, and Golovkin is good. But in my opinion I get excited about bouts between two guys where I am not sure of the outcome.As much as Golovkin brings excitement, it’s unfortunate that other fighters get ridiculed when they don’t score stoppages against worldclass opposition. Case in point, Guillermo Rigondeaux. He’s viewed as boring by many, but when facing the same calibur of opponent as Golovkin, he was blowing those guys away impressively. When you see pressure fighters fight guys that they can’t hit consistently, then the onus becomes that the fighter that isn’t getting hit is the one thats boring. Excitement in my view is brought forth by matchmaking, or perceived excitement. Rios was exposed by the first fighter he faced that didn’t stand right in front of him.Santa Cruz, well he’s good to watch, but highly favored in every bout he’s in. I can’t get excited about missmatches. Khan in my view is exciting because he can’t take a punch….Your list isn’t bad, but for me to get excited about a fight it’s hard when the favorite is a 10-1 such as Golovkin was this weekend. I just really wanted to put things into perspective here. If there is no perceived drama, what is there to get excited about? I am sure my view differs from most. I’d put Provodnikov at #1. He’s fought comparable opposition but has never been in a bad fight, and I guess he’s more flawed.

    KP on November 5th, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  2. Very good points. The guys I mentioned usually are big favorites in their fights except for Ruslan. Honestly, I am definitely in the minority here but Donaire-Rigondeaux was one of the most thrilling fights of the year for me. I knew either man could end it with a big shot. I expected Rigo to outbox Nonito but I knew if he touched Guillermo’s chin he could drop him.

    I guess the reason I find GGG so entertaining is the same reason Tyson was entertaining despite being a huge favorite in most of his fights. You know a KO is coming but you don’t know how. Will Golo crush him with a body shot i.e. Macklin? Will he brutalize him into submission like he did with Stevens? Will he lay him out cold like Ishida? There is real intrigue there to me imo. Gennady is more versatile than many give him credit for. Santa Cruz is a relentless volume puncher who overwhelms his opponents. I’ve always found that style to be entertaining even if it isn’t always pretty. Your point about perceived drama does make a lot of sense though. 50-50 fights like Donaire-Rigondeaux are highly entertaing imo, but not something I might rewatch like I would Bradley-Provo or Rios-Alvarado for example. Also, just want to say the list isn’t in any particular order. If it were, Rios and Provo would be at the top in terms of sheer entertainment value.

    Zak on November 5th, 2013 at 4:25 PM
  3. I am a bit late on my first point, Mayweather is more boring than Hopkins ! Now about the most exciting, Pacquaio was the most exciting fighter for about ten years, I think I can say most people thought his last fight was pretty exciting, no ?

    Larry Dickson on November 6th, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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