Naoya Inoue won a world title in one of boxing's lightest divisions this past April in just his sixth professional fight, and heavyweight Carlos Takam came out of obscurity to record a hard-fought draw against world-title contender Mike Perez. They are more than 100 pounds apart in weight, but Inoue and Takam are just two relatively under-the-radar fighters whom boxing fans need to know.
Boxing is a huge, global sport, with hungry new talent entering the ranks every month. Keeping up on everybody is impossible.
Some of the names on this list actually are big stars in other countries but still haven't gotten the recognition they deserve from North American fans. Others are potential stars who are just waiting for the right break.