Ranking the 10 Boxers You Need to Follow on Twitter
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Social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook have changed the way that fans interact with their favorite athletes.
Never before have fans been able to communicate and get to know athletes as they are able to today.
Twitter fans are able to send to messages to virtually any major athlete that they choose, and while some of these accounts are run by PR teams, others are the actual athletes themselves.
Recently Adrien Broner and Robert Guerrero engaged in a war of words over the social network and many fans thought that a fight between the two would be made from it. Sadly, that was not the case, but it did make for some entertaining banter.
The following is a list of ten fighters that every boxing fan should be following on Twitter.
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1. Paulie Malignaggi
The #TK always has something to say.
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Paulie Malignaggi is the self-proclaimed “Twitter King,“ or #TK, and with good reason: There isn’t another fighter in the world that tweets as much as the brash welterweight titleholder.
The "Twitter King" loves Twitter so much he even tweeted during his WBA welterweight title fight with Vyacheslav Senchenko earlier this year and had #TK stitched on his trunks.
When he isn't tweeting during title fights, the #TK is known to tweet about his favorite Premier League teams with his fans or just talk about sports, life and anything else that crosses his mind.
Paulie is also known to retweet his fans when asked, just make sure you address his royal highness as #TK.
Make sure to follow the #TK @PaulMalignaggi.
2. Adrien Broner
@AdrienBroner won't follow you back.
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Adrien Broner seems like he was born for Twitter.
The outspoken 23-year-old fighter from Cincinnati loves to tweet his every move to his adoring fans and legions of "haters" that follow him.
Broner has sent out some very interesting tweets in his time, some of them funny, others somewhat deep and some downright gross.
Although he loves to tweet, don’t expect a follow back from the WBC lightweight champ; he only follows one account, his brush.
If you like pictures of one of the best fighters in the game on the toilet, make sure to follow @AdrienBroner.
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
@FloydMayweather loves hot dogs almost as much as he loves Twitter.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the pound-for-pound king of the ring and he’s also one of the most entertaining fighters on Twitter.
While he may not have the Twitter skills of Paulie Malignaggi or Adrien Broner, he’s still one of the best to ever send out a message or thought in 140 characters or less.
From his tweets about his outrageous winning gambling tickets to his “beef” with former BFF 50 Cent, the man known as “Money” is a surefire bet to entertain.
You can follow “Money” @FloydMayweather.
4. Tyson Fury
@Tyson_Fury is pretty crude for a born-again Christian.
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British heavyweight contender and Twitter heavyweight champ Tyson Fury has to be one of the most controversial tweeters on this list.
Fury caught a lot of flack earlier this year when he seemed to have diarrhea of the thumbs, and went on a homophobic tirade aimed at fellow heavyweight contender David Price.
You can follow Tyson Fury @Tyson_Fury.
5. Robert Guerrero
@GHOSTBOXING is a Twitter champion.
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Robert Guerrero used to be one of the quietest fighters in all of boxing.
He wasn’t a braggart or a shameless self-promoter like many of the sport’s top stars. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy.
While I am sure he is a genuinely nice guy, he has taken to Twitter in recent months to call out fellow fighters and make his name known to the world.
Guerrero has been using Twitter to chase after and call out Floyd Mayweather Jr., which I am sure he will continue to do until he gets the fight and payday he’s after.
You can follow Robert @Ghostboxing. I can't guarantee that he will follow you back, but there’s a chance he will, unlike some other stars of the sport.
6. Brandon Rios
@Brandon_Rios1 is a Tweeter and a fighter.
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Brandon Rios is the former WBA lightweight champion and another must-follow on Twitter. When Brandon isn’t banging out opponents in the ring, he can be found on Twitter doing his thing.
I don’t know if it’s always Brandon who is manning the account, but whomever it is makes it a point to interact with the fans.
If you want to see pictures of Brandon and his children, hear about when a new “Team Rios” shirt will available or win a signed glove, make sure to follow @Brandon_Rios1.
7. Austin Trout
@NoDoubtTrout is a champ on Twitter and in the ring.
Austin Trout is preparing for the biggest fight of his life this Saturday, Dec. 1, but when he's not in training he is "No Doubt" on Twitter.
The WBA junior middleweight champ is a video game junkie according to his Twitter account and he also makes some pretty witty rap music references.
You'd think a guy who is heading into a fight against a future Hall of Fame fighter would be all business at this point, but Trout seems to be having fun and is doing it on Twitter.
If you want to talk Call of Duty, make sure to hit up @NoDoubtTrout.
8. Amir Khan
@AmirKingKhan with a different kind of media.
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Amir "King" Khan is royalty when it comes to boxers on Twitter. He has more than a million followers and loves to keep them updated with what is going on his life.
He is currently training for a big fight in the San Francisco Bay Area and he's making sure to keep his fans abreast of the situation.
Who he's sparring with, his latest purchases and what movie he's watching with the family are the type of things his fans want to know and he has no problem keeping them in the loop with Twitter.
You can follow the former two-time junior welterweight titleholder @AmirKingKhan.
9. Danny Garcia
@DannySwift is one of boxings newest stars.
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Puerto Rican boxing sensation by way of Philadelphia Danny "Swift" Garcia is a dedicated tweeter on Twitter.
He may not have the most followers on this list, but the ones he does have surely get to hear what's on the WBA/WBC junior welterweight titleholder's mind nearly everyday.
He tweets pictures of himself on vacation, at the fights, his newest grill (the mouth kind) and pretty much anything else that's going on in his life.
Although his father, Angel, does most of the fighting before the fights, @DannySwift does enough on Twitter in between to satisfy his fans.
10. Eddie Chambers
@ChampFastEddie is as slick on Twitter as he is in the ring.
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"Fast" Eddie Chambers might be moving down to cruiserweight, but he's a heavyweight champ when it comes to Twitter.
Although he has the lowest number of followers on the list, he's surely someone you will want to follow if you're looking to hear some great insight on the sport.
Chambers isn't shy to express his opinion about what he sees in the ring and what's going on in the sport in general.
He will retweet you and tweet you back and Eddie is the one you're tweeting to, not some PR person who doesn't know a jab from a left hook.
Make sure to follow @ChampFastEddie and help get his followers up. You won't be disappointed.