Boxing is a sport rich in culture and history. It’s very colorful past has laid the foundation for a bright future. Despite many claims that boxing is a dying sport, it’s still going strong.
One of the reasons boxing continues to surge forward is because it always has a steady stream of fresh, young talent — prospects who spark inspiration. These exciting fighters pay homage to the past with every performance, but also tell us that boxing is in great hands.
Gone are the days of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, or even Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, for that matter. The torch has been passed onto the next generation, and we have ushered in a new era of professional boxing.
This new crop of exciting fighters will be responsible for keeping old fans invested in the sport while raking in new fans to breathe new life into boxing.
So who will carry the sport into tomorrow? Boxing is in the hands of the young. Let’s take a look at some of the most promising young boxing prospects who are ready to break out and claim the sport for themselves.
Today, Evolve Daily shares four of boxing’s best, up-and-coming prospects today, who continue to pave the way for a brighter future for our beloved sport.
1) Gervonta “Tank” Davis
Best known for being Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.’s flamboyant young prodigy. Davis has flown under the radar so far in his career but has just recently started to make headlines with his incredible talent and skill.
Much like his mentor Mr. Mayweather, Davis employs an extremely slick boxing style, stifling opponents with great defense and reflexes while punishing them with fast and powerful counters.
Undefeated at 19-0 with 18 knockouts to his name, Davis is stout and muscular, which gave him the nickname “Tank”. His penchant for showmanship and brash demeanor has excited the super featherweight division for the past couple of years, and it will be interesting to see Davis in some very big fights in the near future.
2) Errol Spence Jr.
Undefeated world welterweight champion “The Truth” Errol Spence Jr. is already a major titleholder, but the 28-year old has yet to hit superstar status and international fame. Very popular in tight boxing circles, Spence is a former US Olympian and features a strong foundation if fundamental skills.
His greatest asset, however, is his unmatched speed and athleticism. With a perfect 23-0 record including 20 knockouts, Spence is as exciting a fighter as they come. Spence has already defeated some big names in the sport, including Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, and Lamont Peterson, and is poised for a truly breakout year this 2018.
Expect to see Spence duking it out with the bigger names in his division very soon, including guys like Danny “Swift” Garcia and Jeff Horn, before moving onto the behemoths such as Terence Crawford and Keith “One Time” Thurman.
3) David Benavidez
Unbeaten middleweight prospect David Benavidez is definitely one of boxing’s most promising young fighters. Chances are, casual boxing fans have never heard his name before. But the 21-year-old is poised to soon make a big splash in the sport.
Long and rangy but with the heart of a lion, Benavidez is explosive and more than willing to stand in the pocket and go to war with his opponents, but he is also capable of delivering a technical performance if needed.
Still, his perfect record of 20 wins including 17 knockouts suggests that Benavidez is inclined to end matters early.
Now the undisputed WBC Super Middleweight Champion following a unanimous decision win over Ronald Gavril, Benavidez will look to capitalize on his recent title earning performance and soon break into the mainstream.
4) Jermall & Jermell Charlo
Our number 4 is a two-in-one. Brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo round out this list, as the twins have been flying under the radar over the past few years, slowly building their credentials and gaining notoriety.
Jermall has recently established himself as a top player at middleweight and has swiftly matured into a powerful puncher who is quick and agile, always fighting with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.
With an unblemished 26-0 record including 20 knockouts, expect to see Jermall challenge the superstars soon, guys like Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, as he becomes more and more popular among boxing fans.
For years, Jermall’s twin brother Jermell was considered the lighter puncher of the two. That could very well change, however, as Jermell has recently shown flashes of improved punching power.
The junior middleweight prospect has scored a string of knockout victories over his last few outings, the last three of which proved intensely explosive. His most recent victory is an impressive one round annihilation of Erickson Lubin.
With brother Jermall an a mission to become king of the middleweights, Jermell has the chance to really make a name for himself in his own division.
He is set to face boxer-puncher Austin Trout next, a grizzled veteran that should provide Jermell a stiff test.
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