As we enter the fourth quarter of 2019, now is a great time to take a glance of up and coming prospects in the United States. We have condensed our list to five premier boxers, who have each already displayed varying levels of championship pedigree in both championship and amateur contests.
5. Ryan Garcia
Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15 KO’s) may be the most famous name on this list due to being a stable mate of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez, and boasting a 3.6 million follower count on Instagram. Currently signed to Golden Boy Promotions and competing in the lightweight division, Garcia is known for his lightning fast hands and a style attractive to fans. With his next fight coming up on November 2nd, on the Canelo-Kovalev undercard, Garcia is sure to be looking forward to giving the fans another showing of an Eddy Reynoso training camp.
4. Vergil Ortiz Jr
Vergil Ortiz Jr (14-0, 14 KO’s) is another exciting prospect who competes in the super lightweight division and welterweight division. As an amateur, Ortiz was a seven-time national champion, and is now trained by the world famous Robert Garcia. With an impressive 100% knockout rate, he is climbing the ranks and expects a championship bout in 2020.
3. Shakur Stevenson
Shakur Stevenson (12-0, 7 KO’s) boasts an Olympic silver medal, and is managed by boxing legend Andre Ward and promoted by Bob Arum. Shakur began his professional career shortly after the 2016 Olympics and has displayed elite pedigree in the ring which has earned him a title shot at the vacant WBO featherweight title on October 26th.
2. Teofimo Lopez
Already gaining a reputation for his highlight reel knockouts, Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11 KO’s) is quickly making a name for himself, and has called out multiple champions in the lightweight division. Lopez is known for his punching power and ring generalship, and is the only boxer on our list who is currently trained by his father. Teofimo plans to take over the lightweight division as he challenges Richard Comney for his IBF lightweight title on December 14th.
1. Devin Haney
Devin Haney (23-0, 15 KO’s) is easily the most skilled boxer on our list and already holds claim to an interim WBC lightweight title, and is the mandatory challenger to the number one pound for pound boxer in the world, Vasyl Lomachenko. Haney is only 20 years old and already ready to fight the best boxers on the planet due to his amateur background, and choosing to begin his professional career at the age of 16 by choosing to fight in Mexico. Dubbed the “Mini-Mayweather”, Haney plans to cement himself as the best boxer on the planet and further display that on November 9th, as he defends his WBC title against Petr Petrov.
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