20 reasons boxing fans should be grateful on Thanksgiving Day

All the great fighters, both established and young. All the great fights. All the great knockouts. All the great personalities.

Yes, boxing fans have a lot to be grateful for on Thanksgiving Day.

Here are 20 things I’m thankful for …

  • Tyson Fury, whose ability and presence make him one of the most compelling heavyweights in many years.

  • Oleksandr Usyk, whose sublime talent has allowed him to become a unified heavyweight champion even though he’s a natural cruiserweight.

  • Deontay Wilder, whose awesome punching power makes him the most exciting heavyweight since Mike Tyson was at his peak.

  • Promoter Bob Arum, who remains a major player in the sport at 90 years old. He turns 91 on Dec. 8.

  • The Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia matchup, which demonstrates that any obstacles can be overcome if the will is there.

  • The fact there’s still time for Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. to fight one another, although recent events leave me pessimistic.

  • Davis, whose combination of skill set and crushing power might be unmatched in the sport.

  • Jaron Ennis, whose quickness and punching power remind me of Roy Jones Jr.

  • David Benavidez, whose underrated ability and fighting spirit make him one of the best and most exciting warriors on the planet.

  • The trend toward title unification, which is a step (however small) toward the ideal of one champion per division.

  • A wave of brilliant 25-and-younger boxers (including by Garcia, Ennis, Benavidez, Shakur Stevenson, Devin Haney and Bam Rodriguez), who ensure that the sport will be in good hands for years to come.

  • Canelo Alvarez, whose consistency over more than a decade has arguably made him the face of the sport.

  • Dmitry Bivol, who proved that no one is unbeatable.

  • The Charlo brothers, who might be the best fighting siblings of all time.

  • Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, who somehow is still going strong at an age (35) when most little fighters are well into their second careers.

  • Naoya Inoue, who is a worthy successor to the great Manny Pacquiao as the best Asian fighter in the world. He might be the best fighter, period.

  • The rise of women’s boxing, which is long overdue. They have given the fans many of the best fights over the past decade-plus.

  • Joe Joyce, who might be the next dominant heavyweight.

  • The precautions boxing commissions take to protect the fighters. I hope they continue to hone safety measures.

  • All the fighters, who risk their lives every time they step through the ropes to pursue their dreams and entertain us. God bless them.

Story originally appeared on Boxing Junkie