Top 10 Boxing Prospects
What would Boxing be without prospects? It wouldn’t be nearly as good as there wouldn’t be a future, it would be champions and contenders and that’s it. I like prospects and I enjoy watching prospects as you can see them making their way up the ranks and become a household name and you can safely say that you watched them before they were cool, it’s very similar to music in a way.
10) Martin Bakole (13-1)
The first time I went to see a live boxing event, I was greeted by Martin Bakole flooring DL Jones in the first round of their heavyweight bout. Since then, I’ve followed Bakole’s career and now he is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and a big fight is fingertips away for Bakole. I’d definitely keep an eye out for Bakole, I believe it’s only a matter of time until we see him climb the ranks.
9) Darmani Rock (16-0)
16-0, 23 years old, the future is incredibly bright for Darmani Rock. With a fight later this month, we can definitely see Rock compete for a world title one day. He is certainly young and all he needs is to get signed from a top promoter in the near future and honestly, it shouldn’t take too long. It’s rare to see a talent like him to be a free agent for too long and I think he’ll go to Top Rank but that’s just my prediction.
8) Viddal Riley (3-0)
Recently turned 22, Viddal Riley has really kicked off his professional career in a big way with two straight knock out wins and even headlined his third fight on a Badou Jack promoted card. Riley’s second fight saw him fight in the MGM Grand on the Pacquiao/Broner undercard where he got the only KO of the night. The cruiserweight boxer should return to the ring in the next few months.
7) Joshua Buatsi (12-0)
In my opinion, Joshua Buatsi is the future of the light heavyweight division, I do believe he can become champion. Managed by Anthony Joshua, Buatsi fought six times last year and in 2019, he’s fought three times with another one coming early next month.
6) Gervonta Davis (22-0)
It may be a little too late to call Gervonta Davis a prospect as he is a champion but he’s only on this list as I do think he can reach so much more and can be well more known than he already is. Tank Davis has a 95.5% knockout ratio which is insane, he is a southpaw boxer under the Mayweather Promotions banner and I think he’ll be a top boxer in the lightweight division a year from now.
5) Devin Haney (23-0)
It’s crazy to think that interim WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney is only 20 years old but he is. His next fight is scheduled to be on the KSI/Logan Paul undercard next month but don’t let that put you off, he will fight the current WBC lightweight champion, Vasyl Lomachemko in the very near future.
4) Josh Kelly (9-0-1)
Undefeated Josh Kelly has had 10 fights with him winning 9 of them and drawing his last. David Avanesyan has been ordered to defend his European championship against Kelly this year and time will tell if that fight happens.
3) Daniel Dubois (13-0)
Next on the list is a big threat to the heavyweight division, Daniel Dubois. Dubois is a rising prospect who just keeps defeating every opponent he faced. Many thought that Nathan Gorman would have defeated Dubois but Dubois won the fight and he didn’t make it look hard at all as he won by knockout in the fifth round.
2) Jordan Gill (24-1)
Featherweight boxer, Jordan Gill has boxed a total of 116 rounds and even competed for the WBA international featherweight championship but got stopped. However, it appears that he’s back on track as he won last weekend with a decision win over Yesner Talavera. The 25 year old may be a featherweight champion but time will tell.
1) Ryan Garcia (18-0)
Despite being unhappy with Goldenboy Promotions, Ryan Garcia is a very talented lightweight boxer. He’s already very well known and at the age of 21, it seems like he’ll definitely be a big name by the age of 25. Ryan Garcia is already a great bidder but he’s only going to get better and I’m excited to see what that looks like.