How Boxing's Biggest Underachievers Should Turn Their Careers Around

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How Boxing's Biggest Underachievers Should Turn Their Careers Around
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Maximizing potential.

That is what this article is about. The boxers featured over the following slides are very talented, but for one reason or another they have left fans wanting to see more from them.

This isn't a knock against their skill level; in fact, it's just the opposite. These guys possess great skill but don't get the most out of their natural gifts and hard work in the gym.

That's how I view the word "underachiever" and how I'll attack this article—these talented boxers are capable of doing more than they have so far.

The reasons for them underachieving are often as different as the boxers themselves. I'll address each specific issue with a proposed solution to fix the perception of them underachieving.

One man you won't see in this article is in the photo above, Deontay Wilder.

While Wilder has barely faced opponents with a pulse during the majority of his career, he is about to take a major step up when he faces heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. Good or bad, that fight will let us know where Wilder really ranks, so I'll hold off on labeling him either way until after that match.

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