Simply put, 2017 was a great year for boxing! From the spectacle of Mayweather-McGregor to the classic bout between Canelo and GGG, this year was filled with knockouts, controversial decisions, and stunning upsets to say the least. However, emerging through it all are 5 boxers, despite some ups and downs, have placed themselves at the of the “2018 Watch List”.
1. Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1-0, 20 KOs)
The son of a British boxing legend, but lesser known in the USA, Eubank Jr., is on the verge of winning the World Boxing Super Series and becoming the WBA Super Middleweight Champion. This alone should put him on the US boxing radar, garnering lots of interest from top middleweight contenders such as Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, and Daniel Jacobs to name a few. Eubanks Jr. possesses a well-rounded skill set along with great physique and conditioning. He could be a real problem for fighters in the middleweight division in 2018.
2. Ryan ‘The Flash’ Garcia (13-0-0, 12 KOs)
At just 19 years of age, Ryan Garcia has put the super featherweight division on high alert. Having knocked out 12 of his first 13 professional opponents, the California-born boxer is just getting started. He’s been pro for just only 18 months. Not only does he possess superior hand speed, but couple that with tremendous punching power. Golden Boy Promotions named him the 2017 Prospect of the Year. Watch out for Garcia in 2018 as he’s definitely on the rise.
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3. ‘Speedy’ Rashidi Ellis (18-0-0, 12 KOs)
After fighting three times in 2016, Speedy came back in 2017 with only one bout against John Karl Sosa, which he won by majority decision. Another GoldenBoy fighter, Ellis too possesses speed and power, along with great defensive reflexes. In a division stacked with talent, including Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia and a host of other top-notch fighters, Ellis will have his work cut out for him if he wants to crack the top 10 rankings in the division. At the very least, you can mark my word that Ellis will be at least be in the conversation of top up-and-coming welterweight fighters.
4. Caleb ‘Sweet Hands’ Plant (16-0-0, 10 KOs)
Al Haymon found a good one in Caleb ‘Sweet Hands’ Plant, who hails from Ashland City, Tennessee. Plant had a successful amateur career where he was most notably a 2012 Olympic alternate for Team USA and a 2011 Golden Glove National Champion. A super middleweight, Plant has proven that he can go the distance and beat his opponents convincingly. Having fought twice in 2017, Plant won both bouts by unanimous decision. He’s an agile counterpuncher with savvy defensive skills and a devastating lead left hook that’s reminiscent of the great Roy Jones Jr. As long as he continues to sharpen his skill set and stay focused, 2018 should be a breakout year for Plant.
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5. Tevin ‘American Idol’ Farmer (25-5-1, 5 KOs)
Finally, despite being robbed by split decision in his vacant IBF World Super Featherweight title fight against Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa on December 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tevin Farmer will be back in 2018, you can rest assure. Not only did he throw and land more jabs and power punches, he demonstrated his superior defensive prowess, leaving everyone ringside to give nothing but the utmost praise and outlook on Farmer’s future. If granted a rematch against Ogawa, Farmer we expect Farmer to win (like he did the first time) and by the end of 2018, we should be looking at a fight against Gervonta Davis, should Davis continue to have success in the division as well. After all of the animosity and social media back and forth between Gervontaa and Tevin, it would be a great disappointment for fight fans if those two didn’t settle their differences in the ring.
Check out what Max Kellerman had to say about Farmer: