While the heavyweight boxing division may have its fair share of excitement and high-stakes boxing matches, such as the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, an effervescent hype surrounding the lightweight division and super-lightweight divisions keeps those in its division relevant. The prime years of legendary lightweights like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Sugar Ray Leonard are now legendary feats of the past. But now, there is a new generation of hungry, innovative, game-changing fighters who are rising to the occasion. We’ll take a look at the top 10 highest-earning lightweight boxers of 2021 and how they’re shaking up the boxing world.

10 Gervonta Davis

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Gervonta Davis, appropriately named Tank, is an American boxer from Baltimore, MD, who began his career in 2017 as a super-featherweight division. Tank signed to Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions in 2015 after he was sought after by Floyd, who saw Gervonta as extremely entertaining. He won his first championship against Jose Pedraza in 2017 and was awarded the IBF Super Featherweight title. Then, in 2018, Davis won the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title. A year later, in 2019, he moved up in weight class to the lightweight division and won the WBA Lightweight title after defeating Yuriorkis Gamboa, enabling him to hold two belts simultaneously in two different weight classes. His dominating boxing resume of 25 wins, 0 losses, and 24 knockouts awarded him a net worth of $4 million and a luxurious lifestyle, just like his promoter.

9 George Kambosos

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Undaunted by the fact that he is not considered a part of the ‘Four Kings’ of the lightweight division (Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez, Vasyl Lomachenko, and Devin Haney), George Kambosos continues to press on and shock the world of boxing. The Australian warrior is the definition of an underdog, and at 20 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws, is showing no signs of stopping. He recently won a split decision over the hard-hitting Teofimo Lopez, who lost his WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight belts to Kambosos. His net worth currently sits at $1.5 million and is expected to grow, and he will now be hunted for the title belts.

8 Teofimo Lopez

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Developing a passion for boxing at the age of six, Teofimo Lopez grew a liking to the sport after observing his father and present coach, Lopez Sr., train for boxing matches. Lopez also came in as an underdog, steadily climbing the ranks in the boxing world and displayed the skill, speed, and punching power to be the next boxing superstar. His greatest upset win was against Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko, a Ukrainian beast who was recognized as the most skilled fighter in the lightweight division. Lopez won by unanimous decision, bringing his boxing resume to 16 wins and 0 losses. However, his undefeated streak was broken after fighting George Kambosos, who won by unanimous decision. His net worth as of 2021 sits at $2.5 million.

7 Vasyl Lomachenko

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He’s not called ‘Hi-Teck’ as a loose-fitting nickname. Before entering the boxing world professionally, Vasyl Lomachenko’s amateur career included 2 Olympic Gold Medal wins. His superior boxing ability, footwork, and ring IQ awarded him a title fight in only his second professional fight. He went on to dominate his opponents with synchronized hand speed and coordination. However, his first loss came while fighting for the vacant WBO Featherweight title against Orlando Salido. He then ascended to the super featherweight division and won the WBO title, and later won the WBA Lightweight Title. However, in 2020 Lomachenko was stopped by Teofimo Lopez, who won by unanimous decision. Vasyl Lomachenko has a net worth of $10 million, but it doesn’t all come from boxing. He has endorsements with the luxury menswear brand, Billionaire, as well as his own watch brand called Loma Watch.

6 Luke Campbell

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Luke Campbell is a British professional boxer who began his professional boxing career after winning the Olympic gold at the London 2012 Games. His first legitimate professional boxing match came in 2013 against Andy Harris. He went on an undefeated streak for his next ten fights before claiming the WBC International Lightweight title, which he lost four months later to the French boxer Yvan Mendy. In all, he held a record of 20 professional wins, 10 of which came by knockout and four losses. In July 2021, Campbell announced his retirement from boxing at age 33, claiming that he had accomplished his biggest dream already, which was winning The Olympic Gold Medal in 2012. During his career, he received two world title shots against Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko and lost both by decision. However, the boxer still boasts an impressive net worth of $8 million.

5 Jorge Linares

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Fighting out of Venezuela and possibly the most experienced fighter on the list at 35-years old, Jorge Linares has an impressive boxing record of 47 wins, six losses, and 29 knockouts throughout his fighting career from super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, and light-welterweight. Linares has held the WBC Lightweight title and the WBA Lightweight title. However, he lost the WBA Lightweight belt to Vasyl Lomachenko, who won by a TKO. Despite his loss, he is credited as the only fighter to knock down Lomachenko. Linares has a net worth of $1 million, which is 2016, was estimated at $5.5 million.

4 Javier Fortuna

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Some of boxing’s toughest fighters, such as Canelo Alvarez, come from places like Mexico, Venezuela, The Philippines, and The Dominican Republic. Another heavy-hitter in the lightweight division is Dominican-born Javier Fortuna, whose professional boxing career began in 2011 after winning the WBA Youth Intercontinental Featherweight Championship by knockout. A promising prospect, Fortuna reigned as the super featherweight WBA world champion from 2015. He then moved up to the lightweight division, where he unsuccessfully challenged Robert Easter Jr. for the IBF Lightweight title. Despite the losses, he was victorious in his last three bouts before being scheduled to fight Luke Campbell and Jorge Linares in 2020, but those fights were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still in the prime of his career, Fortuna has generated a net worth of $4 million.

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3 Ryan Garcia

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At only 23 years old, Ryan ‘The King’ Garcia has pulled off an impressive record of 20 wins, 18 by way of knockout, 0 losses, and 0 draws. His last victory came by technical knockout against the British boxer, Luke Campbell, where he picked up the WBC International Lightweight title. Garcia has expanded his fan base and boxing presence outside the ring and took up acting. In 2019, ‘King Ry’ began his own series on Netflix called On The Ropes. He has been signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions since 2016, placing his overall net worth at $10 million.

2 Richard Commey

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Richard Commey is a Ghananian boxer with an impressive record of 33 fights, 30 wins, 27 by way of knockout, and three defeats. One of those losses came at the hands of Teofimo Lopez in a TKO in the second round, which caused Commey to vacate his IBF lightweight title to Lopez. At 34 years old, the lightweight boxer earned a Ghananian title from 2011, an ABU title in 2013, a Commonwealth titleholder from 2014-2015. In 2019, he made history as the first African-born boxer to hold the IBF Lightweight title. With most of his income generated through boxing, his net worth sits at $10 million.

1 Devin Haney

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Devin “The Dream” Haney has been called many names as one of the youngest boxers in the lightweight division, everything from “Pillow Hands” to “Ducker.” But despite the criticism he has received for having no punching power, Haney has proved he belongs in the lightweight division with a record of 27 wins, 15 knockouts, and 0 losses. His most recent victory took place over Jojo Diaz on November 4, 2021, which he won by unanimous decision. He is now determined to fight George Kambosos, who now holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight belts. ‘The Dream’ Haney now has a net worth of $5 million following his victory against Jojo Diaz.

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Sources: Sporting News, DAZN News, The Athletic, Sports Unfold

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