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Boxing Legends and Their Contemporaries Today



Boxing is overflowing with young and exciting talent. Some of those fighters have already won world titles, and others appear to be well on their way, needing only a bit more seasoning before they get their opportunities.


Each time I watch an up-and-coming boxer, I think about which great fighter from the past he reminds me of, whether it's the fighting style, personality or background. To give more casual fans an idea of who these younger fighters are, I thought I'd compare them to well-known greats.


It isn't an exact science, and all of these young fighters have a long way to go to achieve what their old-school counterparts accomplished, but if you liked watching the fighters I'm about to name from yesteryear, you should make it a point to watch the young fighters channeling their energy today.


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