Rumors of boxing's demise, as always, are greatly exaggerated.
This past weekend, HBO featured a triple-header of fights, featuring boxers from the United Kingdom, Russia, Colombia, Spain and Australia. In those fights, we saw three new world champions from three countries.
Boxing is truly a universal game. It's popular in the United States and throughout Latin America and Asia, and it has always found a home across the pond. Thus far, 2013 has proven to be something of a renaissance for the sport, and a growing number of nations are producing top fighters and world champions.
But, at least for now, it seems the old guard is holding up pretty well. The sport's top-tier talent seems to consistently come from the same few nations year after year. Here we rank the five nations that currently have the best fighters in the world.
This is not a historical list, and by all means feel free to dissect it, argue about it and add your own. Everyone has their own preferences. Let the debate begin!