Make no mistake about it, all the boxers in this list are solid pros. Some have been world champions in the past, some may be current world champs and some may hold that stature in the future. By no means are we try to belittle them, but through no fault of their own, they’re simply overrated by the majority of boxing fans at this point in time.
While these men try to give it their best every time they step in the ring, they aren’t really elite boxers right now. They don’t quite compare to today’s Grade A talents such as Gennady Golovkin, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko. Now that’s not to say that they won’t be on the same level in the future, but they haven’t quite reached that pinnacle as of yet and haven’t really lived up to the hype surrounding them.
10. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is one of the better middleweights out there, but hasn’t produced a career-defining moment yet despite having several opportunities to do so. The 27-year-old is 49-1-2 with 34 Kos, but that record is somewhat deceiving. Most fans believe he lost to Gennady Golovkin in September when he was given a draw and believe he was also beaten by Erislandy Lara in 2014 when he got the nod by split decision. He also had a hard time against Austin Trout in a unanimous decision win and was taught a boxing lesson by Floyd Mayweather. It’s still hard to fathom how Alvarez earned a 114-114 draw by judge C.J. Ross in that majority decision loss. Alvarez also looked far from impressive against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a decision win and was being severely outboxed by the smaller Amir Khan for five rounds before knocking him out. Canelo’s disappointed his fans in his two biggest fights against Golovkin and Mayweather and hasn’t taken the bull by the horns in several other bouts. His fans expect more from him.
9. Daniel Jacobs
‘Miracle Man’ Daniel Jacobs of Brooklyn has faced a lot of adversity in his life and managed to overcome bone cancer. He’s a former WBA Middleweight Champ who’s 33-2 with 29 Kos. He has speed and power, but was knocked out by Dmitry Pirog and dropped and beaten by Gennady Golovkin via unanimous decision. Yes, Jacobs fought well against Golovkin in March, 2017, but still didn’t deserve to win it as he was on his back foot and the ropes most of the night. He then took on the unheralded Luis Arias in November and won by a wide unanimous decision, but didn’t look anywhere near as good as expected. Jacobs has only faced one Grade A boxer in his career and that was Golovkin. The 30-year-old may have a chance to get off this list though if he meets and beats WBO Champion Billy Joe Saunders. Jacobs needs to concentrate on meeting elite opponents rather than boxers such as Arias or fans may lose interest in him.
8. Demetrius Andrade
Middleweight Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island is an undefeated southpaw with a mark of 29-0 and 16 Kos. He’s been hailed as the next coming of Sugar Ray Robinson by some, but has yet to beat anybody of significance in the ring. His last outing against Alantez Fox in October, 2017 resulted in a unanimous decision win as a middleweight, but he definitely didn’t win any new fans with his mediocre performance. The former WBA and WBO Junior Middleweight Champion has beaten some good boxers such as Jack Culcay, Brian Rose, Willie Nelson, Freddy Hernandez and Vanes Martirosyan, but these opponents aren’t world class. The 29-year-old Andrade has also been decked more than once and just got past Culcay and Martirosyan by split decision. He needs to face and topple some better opposition to live up to his billing.
7. Jeff Horn
Australian Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn was given an early Christmas present with a close unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao down under on July 2nd. He did his best, surprised fans around the world and earned many new followers, but didn’t do enough in the ring to earn the WBO World Title. The 29-year-old from Brisbane then defended the crown against journeyman Gary Corcoran in December and struggled, but did just enough to stop him in the 11th round due to cuts. Horn is in talks to fight another great boxer Terence Crawford next year, but that may be a mistake. He’s having trouble making the 147 lb. Limit and might want to move up to 154 lbs instead. Horn is asking for $4 million to meet Crawford, but if the 18-0-1 fighter wants to remain unbeaten he might want to move up in weight and take on aging countryman Anthony Mundine instead.
6. Joe Smith Jr.
It didn’t come as a surprise when 28-year-old Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island, New York knocked Bernard Hopkins out of the ring in December, 2016. Hopkins was 51 years old and well past his due date when he was sent into retirement with the eighth-round knockout. It also wasn’t surprising Smith was then given a boxing lesson by Sullivan Barrera in a 10-round unanimous decision loss last July. Smith is 23-2 with 19 Kos and shot to fame with a first-round knockout of Andrzej Fonfara in June, 2016. Smith relies on his power to win fights and if he’s not able to stop his opponent he’s likely not going to succeed. Smith has a ton of heart and courage and showed it by fighting most of the bout against Barrera with a broken jaw. He’ll also go down in history as the only man to stop Hopkins, but unless the union laborer’s boxing skills improve he’s going to have to keep relying on his power.
5. David Lemieux
David Lemieux’s heart and power aren’t overrated, but it’s safe to say his boxing skills are. They’re limited at best and this was evident in his recent showdown against WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders of England. Saunders, who won all 12 rounds regardless of what the scorecards said, took Lemieux to school and made him look amateurish at times. The 28-year-old Monreal native has a hard time winning fights unless it’s by knockout. He’s 38-4 with 33 Kos, has been stopped by Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio and also dropped a decision to Joachim Alcine. Lemieux did manage to win the vacant IBF Middleweight title with a decision over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, but lost it to Golovkin in his first defense. He was ranked number one by the WBO before meeting Saunders and has had three world title fights now. However, he really needs to beat some top-10 contenders before getting another one.
4. Lee Selby
The IBF Featherweight Title belongs to Lee Selby of Wales and he’s managed to defend it five times now. The problem is, at least for the fans, he’s not taking on any of the division’s top contenders. There are a lot of excellent opponents in the 126 lb. weight class such as Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr., Abner Mares, Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton, Oscar Valdez and Nonito Donaire. But instead of facing the division’s elite, Selby has fought just three boxers in his career who are currently ranked in the top 15 featherweights by any of the world’s top four organizations, the WBC, WBA, WBO, and IBF. The 30-year-old Selby, who is 30-1 with 9 Kos, has beaten Viorel Simion, Jonathan Barros and Eduardo Ramirez all by decision in the UK and they were ranked sixth, eighth and 11th respectively by the IBF in December, 2017. Selby needs to beat some top-five contenders to keep the fans’ adoration.
3. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Although his father was a ring legend and that’s out of his control, many fans believe Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is almost as good. But that’s definitely not the case. Chavez has had problems with his weight and outside-the-ring activities and simply hasn’t put in the hard work and solid performances that his father did. His famous name has seen him the beneficiary of some gift decisions against the likes of Carlos Molina, Bryan Vera and Sebastian Zbik. He’s also taken on mostly smaller opponents and was soundly stopped when taking on someone his own size in light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara. He also had nothing to offer but a solid chin in his 12-round beat down at the hands of Canelo Alvarez in May, 2017. Chavez is now 31 years old with a 50-3-1 record, but needs to get his act together to justify the accolades.
2. Adrien Broner
Like Chavez Jr., Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner of Cincinnati has had his problems out of the ring. In fact, he should count himself lucky that he hasn’t been locked up for a long period of time by now. Broner has compiled a record of 33-3 with 24 Kos and has been a titleholder in four weight divisions. He’s beaten some solid boxers, but that’s not the case when he takes on the elite. He struggled to win a split decision over the aging Paulie Malignaggi and was beaten by Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter and most recently Mikey Garcia. Broner’s chin is questionable, but he does have good power and boxing skills. However, he doesn’t always apply them in the ring and his lifestyle lacks the discipline needed to be at his best when the bell rings. Broner’s a guy who would rather live a thug’s life than take boxing seriously. Perhaps at the age of 28 it’s not too late to grow up.
1. Tyson Fury
Former heavyweight champ Tyson Fury of England is a walking, talking contradiction. He’s beaten one legitimate top-10 contender in his career, but hit the jackpot as it just happened to be WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. It also happened to come on the night Klitschko fought the worst fight of his life and the match will go down in history as the most dreadful title fight ever. But you can’t blame Fury for that. What you can blame him for though is failing drug tests and having his boxing license suspended for two years. The titles were stripped from him one by one as he was left in no-man’s land. The 29-year-old is unbeaten at 25-0 with 18 Kos and stands 6-feet-9-inches tall with an 85-inch reach, meaning he has all the tools needed to be a heavyweight legend. But instead, he has an unpredictable personality, a weak chin and a pitty-pat punching/slapping style, much like his cousin Hughie Fury. With the right trainer and attitude, Fury may yet live up to the hype though.