Boxing is a dangerous sport. At the same time, it is an extremely lucrative one for the highly successful boxers. Nevertheless, it requires a great deal of fitness and skill to become a successful boxer. One has to make a lot of sacrifices to reach the top. It looks great to see two boxers slug it out from the ringside.
However, only a boxer knows how much effort he has to take to step into the ring in the first place, leave alone winning a bout. Hence, one should not grudge the amount of money made by the boxer for winning his fights. After all, he does not fight more than four to five fights in a year. He has to make the most of these fights. The rest of the time is spent in training for these four or five days of glory or despair as the case may be.
There have been innumerable great boxers over the times with Muhammad Ali being the greatest of them all. There have been others as well such as George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, etc. who have been legends in their times. Yesterday was the age of Lennox Lewis, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao among others. You can find the old fighters such as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield having a field day as well along with the young Turks. However, we shall concentrate on the top boxers, active in the ring now.
There are many weight categories in boxing such as heavy weight, bantam weight, welter weight, etc. Each category has a world championship. In addition, you can find some professional boxers slugging it out in the private leagues such as the UFC. We shall try to amalgamate all the boxing leagues into one while preparing the list of the top 10 highest paid boxers in the world in 2018.
10. Guillermo Rigondeaux: Net Worth $1 million
At No. 10 we have the Cuban Super Bantam weight world champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux. Cuba has a great history of producing some world class athletes and boxers. In fact, it is the only country in the world to have two three-time Olympic gold medallists in boxing, Teofilo Stevenson and Felix Savon. Guillermo is a class boxer in his own right. Undefeated in his weight category since 2009, he is the undisputed world champion. With a net worth of $1 million, he opens the top 10 list of highly paid boxers active right now. He has a career record of 475 wins against just 12 losses.
9. Andre Ward: Net Worth $2 million
The No. 9 spot belongs to a multiple world champion in different weight categories. Andre Ward, an American boxer is the light-heavy weight world champion since 2016. He holds the record in the three professional wings namely, WBA, IBF, and the WBO. He has been a world champion in the lineal super middleweight category as well. He has the Olympic gold medal as well to his credit in 2004. The Ring magazine considers Andre Ward to be the best boxer in the world, pound for pound. With a net worth of $2 million, Andre Ward has a unique nickname S.O.G. (Son of God). He has acted in a film as well.
8. Terence Crawford: Net Worth $3 million
A very famous face in the American boxing circles, Terence Crawford is the current WBO junior welterweight champion. Known for his highly technical punches, he has the ability to punch hard with both hands. A winner of many National Championships in the past, Terence Crawford is No. 8 on this list. He has a nick name, Bud, but he has flowered into a full-fledged boxer today. He has a total net worth of $3 million.
7. Timothy Bradley: Net Worth $3 million
At No. 7 we have the Desert Storm, Timothy Bradley. He does not hold any World title today but he has defeated twelve world champions in his career. He fights in the welter weight category. He is a former WBO light welter weight champion. Known in the boxing world as a very skilful boxer, he has a very strong upper body. This enables him to withstand blows with a great deal of dexterity. Having a net worth of $3 million, he has crawled his way up into this list.
6. Roman Gonzalez: Net Worth $5 million
The South American countries have a knack of producing some of the finest boxers in the world. At No. 6 we have Roman Gonzalez, also known as El Chocolatito because of his boyish looks. However, he is a real tiger inside the ring. He is the current Fly weight champion in the WBC. As on date, he has not lost a single fight. With a net worth of $5 million, he is worthy of the No. 6 spot in this list.
5. Sergey Kovalev: Net Worth $7 million
Boxers have strange nicknames. You had a boxer by the name of the Bud earlier in this list. At No. 5, we have a boxer by the name of Krusher. Sergey Kovalev, is a crusher in many ways. He has an impeccable record of 29 wins without a single loss. At present he holds all titles in the Diamond light heavy weight category, namely the WBO, WBA, IBF, and the WISC. Russia has a record of producing good boxers in the past such as the Klitschov brothers, etc. With a net worth of $7 million, Sergey has broken into the top 5 this year.
4. Saul Alvarez: Net Worth $12 million
Here we have another boxer from the southern side of America. This time, it is Saul Alvarez from Mexico. Known as Canelo in boxing circles, Saul Alvarez is the present light middle weight world champion. One of the best boxers in his category, Saul has a stupendous physique as well. This boxer started his career early at the age of 15 years. He was a stunning boxer even at that age. Today, he stands tall at No. 4 in this list with a net worth of $12 million.
3. Miguel Cotto: Net Worth $15 million
When you have countries like Nicaragua, Mexico, and Cuba in the list, you cannot leave out Puerto Rico, another South American country famous for its high quality boxers. At No. 3 we have Miguel Cotto, a versatile boxer in his own right. Known as the best middle weight boxer in the world today, he has won several titles over different weight categories. He is an extremely handsome boxer as well having launched a fashion brand in his country. He has his share of philanthropic activities as well. This makes Miguel Cotto with a net worth of $15 million a boxer with a difference.
2. Tyson Fury: Net Worth $20 million
Now, we move on to the heavy weight category. We have Tyson Fury, an all-time great British boxer at No. 2 in this list. Known in the boxing circles as Gypsy King, he is the present heavy weight champion in the WBC. A good looking boxer, he has lots of fans as well. With a net worth of $20 million, he has truly put Britain on the World Boxing map dominated by the Americans, North as well as South.
1. Gennady Golovkin: Net Worth $25 million
At No. 1 we have a boxer who does not know what it means to throw in the towel. Gennady Golovkin, the champion from Kazakhstan has not lost a single bout in his entire boxing career, both amateur and professional. He is unbeaten in more than 300 bouts. He truly deserves this No. 1 spot in this list. At present, he holds the World title in many middle weight categories such as the WBA, WBC, IBF, and the IBO. With a total net worth of $25 million, he is the richest boxer in Kazakhstan.
You have just seen that boxing is a rewarding sport in spite of being a dangerous one. However, success does not come easy. One has to be supremely fit to attain such glorious heights. Being fit entails following a strict dietary regimen. The cost of the diet itself could run into thousands of dollars every month.