When assessing a prospect, it is crucial to forget about their age, how many defeats they had on their ledger and how many knockouts. Taking these variables into account, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Boxing Prospects to watch out for in the coming years.
1. Carlos Velasquez: Featherweight
Carlos, like most fighters from Puerto Rico and Cuba, has a long amateur career, winning many major titles–including the gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean games in 2006.
Carlos convincingly defeated the Cuban Superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa and won the gold medal at the games in 2006. As one would expect, the win did more than just show the Puerto Rican boxing community that he is no one-hit wonder. He underscored his success from 2006 by trouncing the Dominican Republic fighter Ronald de la Rosa–the outcome of this bout made Carlos a true contender. However, out of the last 12 bouts, which he won consecutively, his most impressive win came against Ira Terry. Fans, promoters and everyone in between witnessed what Carlos could do.
2. Daniel Jacobs: Middleweight
Daniel, a diamond in the rough, has not only been named on ESPN several times, but he also is seeing the success that Riddick Bowe saw. Fighting-wise, Daniel possesses ferocious power and can deliver punishing knockouts like Mike Tyson. He is blessed with many skills, making him a well-rounded fighter.
Currently, Daniel is signed to a lucrative promotional contract with Goldenboy Promotions. Oscar De La Hoya, the owner of Goldenboy Promotions, is convinced that Daniel can be the next “big thing,” seeing that he is on the road to becoming a complete fighter. Daniel stays busy in the ring and shows no fear.
3. Erislandy Lara: Middleweight
Since becoming a professional, Lara has performed well in every fight. He has beaten big names like Grady Brewer and the veteran Danny Perez, and without an ounce of nervousness, he remains comfortable in the ring.
Lara hits opponents with his unbelievable jab combinations and swift moves. One of his signature moves is a long snapping jab, which he uses to gauge distance quite often. Ultimately, Lara is a wonderful fighter who packs a mean punch, with a lot of speed and precision. He has what it takes to be a dominant force that is reckoned with for years to come.
4. Guillermo Rigondeaux: Super Bantamweight
Guillermo wasted little time with transitioning from the amateur ranks, and with his amateur background and training, Guillermo can only go as far as his hard hands and quick feet will take him.
Guillermo certainly does not lack versatility in his skill set. With his excellent power and technical ability, it was not long before the Cuban started to receive many offers from trainers, but he stuck with Freddy. On a scale, Guillermo rates incredibly high. His progression has been steady, so it is not a stretch to say he is perhaps the most complete fighter to watch.
5. Matvey Korobov: Middleweight
Matvey presence in the ring warrants much excitement. He is a strong southpaw middleweight who punches with immense power, good speed and remarkable patience. Matvey learned his craft, like many others, throughout an illustrious amateur career.
What is more, he has won just about everything except for the gold medal in the Olympics, and for a good while, he was Russia’s best prospect.
Although his professional experience is quite limited, he has what it takes to trounce the divisions’ champions–including the likes of Arthur Abraham and Kelly Pavlik.