50. Thomas Hauser
That Hauser is the only journalist on the list says plenty about the boom of social media and YouTube, where leading channels are often guilty of regurgitating messages from promoters and fighters without offering any independent voice. Hauser, who will enter the Hall of Fame in 2020, remains an honest and fiercely determined writer whose investigations demand immediate attention from the entire industry.
49. Kathy Duva
One of the consequences of the present superpower battle of broadcasters in the US is that life for independent promoters has become trickier. After Duva revitalised Main Events, Newark, New Jersey, once again became a boxing hotspot. Not so much now. Duva’s biggest name is still Sergey Kovalev, although she also promotes Dmitry Bivol.
48. Robert Smith
AS the General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, the hard-working Smith has overseen a boom period for the sport in the UK. He’s had to make some difficult decisions and been at the heart of investigations that have seen standards rise in Britain. However, with limited financial resources, Smith cannot implement everything he would like to and, consequently, can be at the mercy of outside interference.