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The 5 Top Asian Boxers in 2023

The 5 Top Asian Boxers in 2023

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The 5 Top Asian Boxers in 2023

Al Bello / Staff

The 5 Top Asian Boxers in 2023

The popularity of boxing among Asian people has grown significantly in recent years. The influence of Manny Pacquaio has seemingly inspired a new generation of Asian amateur boxers looking to take on the challenge of being a professional boxer. In this article with the help Big Fight Weekend takes a look at the 5 top Asian boxers in 2023.

5 Top Asian Boxers to Watch in 2023

5 Top Asian Boxers: Zhang Zhilei

At almost 18-stone, and towering above many opponents at 6’6”-Zhang Zhilei can rival the physical dimensions of heavyweight superstars Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. ‘Big Bang’ Zhilei had an illustrious amateur career, which saw him win the Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the super heavyweight division.

Since moving into the professional ranks, the Chinese heavyweight has racked up 24 wins in 26 fights, with a draw against Jerry Forrest and a narrow defeat on points against Filip Hrgovic as his only blemishes. His main weapon is his power, which he has shown on numerous occassions, including when he dropped Hrgovic. ‘Big Bang’ is set to return to the ring on April 15 against Joe Joyce at the Copper Box Arena in London. 

Adam Azim

Adam Azim is considered one of the brightest prospects in boxing, and undoutedley one of the 5 top Asian boxers to watch in 2023.  Under the watchful eye of Shane McGuigan, ‘The Assassin’ has impressed on the undercard of major Sky Sports shows. During his successful amateur career, he led the world welterweight rankings and won the English National Junior Championship three times.

Azim has announced himself on the professional stage, winning all eight fights, with six by way of knockout. His lighting speed and slick footwork has seen him make his mark in the pro game. After conquering the amateurs, The ‘Assassin’ has his eyes firmly fixed on reaching the pinnacle of boxing.

Naoya Inoue

Undefeated Japanese boxer Naoya Inoue has swept aside all comers thus far. His devastating power has seen him coin the nickname, ‘Monster’. He has an incredible knockout percentage of over 80%, which has seen him become a three-division world champion. 

He has 24 wins in 24 fights, with 21 by way of knockout, two wins over Nonito Donaire being the highlights. His destructive power has seen him brutally destroy many opponents. Since defeating Brit Paul Butler, the Japanese superstar has decided to vacate all five titles he won and move up to super bantamweight. 

Mark Magsayo

Mark Magsayo from the Philippines has amassed an impressive record, winning 24 of 25 fights, with one close split decision defeat against Rey Vargas. He has shown impressive power in his fights winning 16 by way of knockout.

The highlight of Magsayo’s career was undoubtedly the majority decision win over Gary Russell Jr, which saw him wrestle the WBC featherweight title away from the American.

During his professional career, the Philipino boxer has shown he’s as tough as they come pulling himself off the canvas to dispatch Chris Avalos back in 2016. Magsayo has the chance to get his career back on track when he takes on American Brandon Figueroa for the interim WBC featherweight title on March 4. A win in this fight will make him one of the top 5 Asian boxers to watch in 2023.

Shabaz Masoud

Rochdale born Shabaz Masoud, is one of our top 5 Asian boxers to watch in 2023, under the tutelage of Ben Davison. The 26-year-old has racked up 11 wins, with four by way of knockout.

His slickness and general ring craft has seen him race to 11-0 and recently saw him put on an impressive show in defeating Jack Bateson via a 12th-round stoppage. Masoud works brilliantly behind his jab, which aided him in bossing all his opponents.

When watching Shabaz, you can’t help but admire his punch variation, which has helped negate all opponents he’s faced. He is brilliant at dictating the pace of fights and seems adept at stepping on the gas at just the right time.

The 5 top Asian boxers we have profiled all look set to have a successful 2023. It’s difficult to look past Inoue to steal the headlines at super bantamweight, but it will be intriguing to see how the careers of Masoud and Azim progress over the next 12 months. With sites like, we’re surely in for a wild ride. 

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