Rise of the Canadian boxer: Top five boxers fighting from Canada
By Jake Emen, Yahoo!
Canadian boxing has a stronger lineage than most fight fans acknowledge. Some of the great names in boxing history - the likes of Sam Langford, Tommy Burns, Jimmy McLarnin and George Chuvalo, amongst scores of others - made Canadians proud as established, top-level fighters.
Over the last few years, boxing has been inundated with a fresh crop of talented Canadian fighters, some of whom have made their way onto the pound for pound rankings, or are on the move within their division. The following list includes individuals born in Canada, as well as those who are based out of the country and currently reside there.
Top 5 Canadian Boxers
1. Lucian Bute - Bute is currently ranked as the #13 pound for pound best fighter in the world, and has an undefeated record of 28-0 with 23 knockouts. He is a Romanian-Canadian and is the longtime IBF super middleweight champion. He recently signed a deal with Showtime in an effort to get future matches put together with the participants of the Super Six Tournament.
2. Jean Pascal - Pascal broke out onto the scene by defeating Chad Dawson in August of 2010, surprising most analysts in the process. Most recently, he scored a questionable Majority Draw against Bernard Hopkins, and will now put his title on the line against the aging Executioner once again this May. He holds two wins over fellow Canadian standout Adrian Diaconu, and was born in Haiti.
3. David Lemieux - The ferocious KO puncher is undefeated with 24 knockouts amongst 25 wins. In a recent interview, Lemieux shared his plans for the rest of the year and his assault on the middleweight division, and said he would be willing to fight champion Sergio Martinez, whom he admires. Lemieux is rapidly improving and is extremely fun to watch.
4. Adrian Diaconu - The Romanian-born Diaconu was outdone twice by Pascal, but he's still a noteworthy contender in the light heavyweight division, where he's currently ranked at #7. He gets a chance to improve on that when he meets former champ, and fellow Pascal victim Chad Dawson, on the undercard of the Pascal-Hopkins rematch.
5. Steve Molitor - "The Canadian Kid" Steve Molitor is a two-time IBF super bantamweight titleholder, amassing six title defenses spread across his two reigns. He just lost his belt to Takalani Ndlovu in March of 2011, after he had beaten Ndlovu on two previous occasions. His only other loss was to Celestino Caballero in 2008.
Keep an Eye On: Mikael Zewski - The young junior middleweight prospect just turned pro in February of 2010, and has been staying busy and getting rounds. At the time of this writing he has an 8-0 record with 5 KOs. Promoted by Golden Boy, he'll be assured of getting ample exposure on his way up through the ranks.
Also noteworthy: Troy Ross, Antonin Decarie, Jo Jo Dan