February 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV-It’s apparent that the popularity of boxing in the US has been waning for quite a few years now. Many of the world’s top fighters are from foreign shores and the USA boxing amateur team failed to medal in the 2012 games. Out of that squad the only fighter who appears to have title winning potential is Errol Spence (11-0, 9 KOs). In 2008 we had heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) win the Bronze medal amidst a very limited amateur career.
While the 6’7 Wilder’s record appears to be impressive, Deontay, who is trained by Mark Breland, a 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, has yet to beat a viable contender and he’s been a professional since 2008. This list is an effort to highlight the best talent we do have here, even though it’s future prospects leave something to be desired. While Floyd Mayeather is still at the top at 36 years of age, it remains to be seen if the talent is there to carry the torch. The fact that Bernard Hopkins continues as one of the best in the country and worldwide highlights both the lack of depth in talent in the US and that Hopkins remains a marvel at age 49. Here is a breakdown of pound for pound the best fighters in the United States.
1.Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) 147lbs
2.Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) 168lbs
3.Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) 147lbs
4.Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) 140lbs
5. Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) 175lbs
6. Mickey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) 130lbs
7.Peter Quillien (30-0, 22 KOs) 160lbs
8.Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) 147lbs
9.Adrien Broner (27-1, 24 KOs) 147lbs
10.Shaun Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) 147lbs