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8 Hottest Black Boxers

Updated on June 6, 2016

Anthony "AJ" Joshua

Standing at an imposing 6-feet-6 inches, he has the awe-inspiring body of a Greek God. Not the art of Florence crafted by the masters of Renaissance sculpture could’ve chiseled this body type. This tall drink of water was a later bloomer, picking up the sport at the ripe old age of 18 on a recommendation by a cousin.

A natural, he emerged victorious at one of England’s premier boxing events in only his 18th bout. Being touted as the next big thing, he was offered over $50,000 dollars to turn pro, but shocked the local boxing community, saying “I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals." Two years later, Anthony would win gold at the 2012 London Games, going from a big fish in a small pond to an international player. The former bricklayer is now an unbeaten professional boxer, climbing the ranks one demolition at a time, in hopes of joining his other celebrated countrymen as heavyweight champion of the world.

David 'Hayemaker' Haye

It’s not his patented haymaker that’ll knock you out, but the total package of a bulky physique, bay boy beauty, and a bawdy tongue (see below). Born to a white English mother and black Jamaican father, David began honing what he refers to as the “haye-maker”, which comprises of coiling that awesome body, reaching back into the stands, and firing a power punch that’ll lift a grown man right out of his shoes.

Billed as David versus Goliath, Haye broke out of the shadows as a British heavyweight talent, out boxing and outfoxing the largest man to ever win a belt, standing 7-feet-tall and a massive 320 pounds. Slaying Goliath put Haye on a collision course against heavyweight kingpin Vladimir Klitschko. The biggest fight of his professional career, the caramel bomber failed to solve the Ukrainian riddle in an action-packed fight at the 02 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. Plagued with injuries throughout his entertaining and illustrious career, one of David’s most memorable moments on the hit reality show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, is bathing in a waterfall and showing off his backside to the world.

Chris Eubank Jr.

His father is a British boxing legend. He was twice voted Britain's Best Dressed Man award, given by the Menswear Association of Great Britain. He developed a reputation for eccentricity over colorful career in and out of the ring. Junior has big shoes to fill. Like dad, Chris has one-punch knockout power and has shot up the ranks one of the top middleweights in the world, weighing just over 160 pounds. Soft-spoken compared to his old man, his only brags about his work ethic claiming to have been in the gym six days a week for the last ten years. Would you ever doubt it looking at that chiseled body?

At the tender age of 16, his parents shipped him off across the pond to Las Vegas to train properly and learn the ropes of life. In this time, he dropped by Floyd Mayweather's gym to gain knowledge from the "the best ever". Eubank Jr. recently fought on a card with another of our most beautiful fighters in the world and his impressive victory has positioned him to become one of the bosses in the middleweight division. His father has wisely shunned comparisons, saying that his son is his own man and a lot more aggressive in the ring than he ever was. No matter how many belts Chris Jr. wins, however, the questions remains will he win over hearts and become the people's champion like his father did in his day?

Anthony Ogogo

He is one of the few people in the world that could wear a tee shirt, reading “I’m a professional boxer, model, and got hurt on a reality TV show." There is not a dull moment in Anthony Ogogo's jet set life. Born to an English mother and Nigerian father, he first laced up the gloves at the tender of age of 12, going on to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Junior Olympics held in Texas.

Making Charlie Sheen proud, he would capture another gold at the 2005 World Championships and Olympic bronze later at the 2012 London Games. This kind of impressive work landed him a plush contract at Golden Boy Promotions to turn professional. Outside of the squared circle, Ogogo entered Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, finishing in fourth place. He also posed nude for Attitude magazine and continues to work as a semi-professional model through his official website. And finally, he holds the dubious honor as a pro boxer of sustaining an injury off a diving board on the ITV hit reality show Splash!.

Keith 'One Time' Thurman

His motto is "KO's for life". His nickname is ‘One Time’, meaning it takes only one punch for him to knockout his opponent. The long-haired, self-styled bad boy has fought in 25 professional bouts and knocked out 21. The dynamite he packs in those hams has not only made him one of boxing’s fastest rising stars, but also one of the most feared and avoided.

A boxer since the age of seven, he felt a calling after seeing a demonstration in school by his future trainer, Ben Gettys. The Clearwater, Florida native went on to an impressive amateur career that included 6 National Championships and a Silver medal in the Olympic trials. A rising star in the sport’s most glamorous weight class, he would love nothing more than a crack at icon and pound-for-pound best Floyd Mayweather Jr. And if anything could expedite waiting in line to face the king, it’s his chest-thumping work on the microphone. Some might call it braggadocio, but one thing about Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is the man knows how to sell a fight (see below).

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, this 6'5" Capricorn played college football for three years at Big Ten school Purdue from 2003 - 2005. Although he put up some impressive numbers, he was drafted as the 127th pick (4th round) of the 2006 NFL draft. Nicknamed “Monk”, he would be suspended for four games by the National Football League for a violation of the league's steroid policy.

Determined to prove his naysayers wrong, the Cincinnati crunch bar would return to the NFL and have a breakout year, recording 8.5 sacks as the starting left defensive end. In 2010, we would fall on hard times again, feeling disillusioned with football and struggling to maintain his focus with the Atlanta Falcons. He decided to lace up the gloves and made his professional boxing debut at a Minnesota casino, defeating T. J. Gibson in a four-round bout. Feeling rejuvenated with a new lease on life, James is currently an undefeated heavyweight with nine victories coming by way of knockout.

Shane Mosley Jr.

If you think he looks too pretty to fight, you’re not alone. Junior recounts, "It wasn’t that I resisted it (boxing growing up), but my mom and all the women in my family would say, 'Oh, you’re too pretty, you should be a model.'" So, after flirting with the sport at the tender of age of 8, it would be another 8 years until he would lace up the gloves and look to emulate the man in his corner.

The man in the corner is his father and trainer, who won world titles in three weight classes, twice defeated boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, and the only man to nearly knockout world’s best Floyd Mayweather Jr. "Everybody expects me to be great," Mosley Jr. said. "It’s 'He’s Shane Mosley’s son, he should be knocking guys silly.' It’s not necessarily going to be like that. I’m not my father and I’m not fighting to be like him." Compiling a decent amateur record of 37-10, the junior middleweight was signed by Golden Boy Promotions and is currently undefeated, having knocked out his last opponent with a vicious body shot 34 seconds into the first round. Like father, like son.

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