Boxing had a decent year in 2011, though it still didn't contain the biggest fight the sport could make. Hopefully, great fights get made in 2012 and the sport starts to flourish.
Even if boxing's star fighters don't participate in serious bouts or fight the best competition out there, boxing will survive. No matter what happens, new boxers come out every year who fans didn't know about and shake up the sport.
It is the best part of boxing, because when the superstars fail or become stale, there is a young, hungry fighter who is ready to step into the spotlight.
Some of these fighters are already known in certain parts of the world, but on a global scale, they might not have made a name yet.
Here are 15 fighters, ranging from prospect to champion, who fans might not have heard of—or have just been ignored.