Whatever the reason, there are fighters who just never seem to get the credit they deserve. Whether it has to do with ring style, poor promotion, or some buzz-killing personal issue, some top boxing stars always find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to fan adulation.
Here are five such fighters who truly deserve more appreciation than they get:
All "Bad" Chad (31-1, 17 KOs) has done since hitting the light heavyweight main stage in 2007 is beat just about every top 175 lb. fighter of his generation. Competent, steady, and controlled, Dawson holds wins over Tomasz Adamek, Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson, Adrian Diaconu, and Bernard Hopkins during his time at the top of the division's food chain. His sole loss, an eleven round technical decision to Jean Pascal in 2010, ended questionably as the bout was stopped in Pascal's native Quebec due to a cut over Dawson's left eye-- just as Dawson looked to be on the verge of dropping and/or stopping Pascal.
Wladimir Klitschko/Vitali Klitschko
How disrespectful is it when world heavyweight championship bouts have a tough time finding a television home in the United States? Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) and Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) have conducted themselves with class as champions and have gone through almost everyone worth fighting in the division. The brother champions from the Ukraine are, apparently, too dominant for many tastes and too many people have simply decided to ignore them because of it.
Yes, he's had his issues, both physical and personal, but the native of Youngstown, OH has actually conducted his career incredibly well considering that he was dealing with a life falling to pieces around him. The former undisputed middleweight champ even managed to hang tough in a losing effort to Sergio Martinez despite suffering through a deep cut over his eye and being just weeks removed from a rehab stint for alcohol dependency. Pavlik (39-2, 34) has since moved his act to the West Coast, hooked up with trainer Robert Garcia, and is close to working himself back into title contention.
The former junior welterweight champion of the world with the record of 26-2, 18 KOs has earned the right to talk loud and walk proud. The UK boxer is still raw in many areas, but he holds decisive victories over Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Paul McCloskey, and Andriy Kotelnyk over the course of his short career. His recent setback against Lamont Peterson was marred by controversy from calls made by the officials and by Peterson's positive PEDs test prior to the rematch as well as a subsequent admission that he used synthetic testosterone in the first bout with Khan.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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