These six boxing prospects are poised to have breakout years in 2019. Check out who we think are the next generation of boxing superstars.
Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez, 21, (11-0, 9KOs) – Lightweight
Teofimo Lopez turned pro two years ago and has been a rising star since. He is one of Top Rank Promotions top prospects going into 2019. He won all four of his fights in 2018 with three of them coming by way of knockout. In his last fight, on December 8th, he knocked out Mason Menard (34-3, 24 KOs) in an astonishing 44 seconds. It was a step up in competition and a great performance. Lopez is the complete package – well rounded boxer with great speed, technical skills and power. He’s also a very charismatic fighter, which will pay dividends down the road in terms of marketability. He is currently ranked #15 in the WBC, #9 in the WBA and #11 in the WBO Lightweight rankings.
Potential opponents: Ray Beltran (35-8, 21 KOs) or Richard Commey (27-2, 24 KOs)
Alexander Besputin, 27, (12-0, 9KOs) -Welterweight
Alexander Besputin is a little bit older than our other choices for top prospects, but don’t let that fool you. This guy is the real deal, having had a very successful amateur career, accumulating 300 wins and just 15 losses, along with 11 Russian National boxing titles. He’s a southpaw, who uses a good mix of aggression, feints, good angles and throws a lot of body punches to get ahead on his opponents. He also has very quick hands to mix in with his power, making his future look very bright on the pro level. He is currently ranked #1 in the WBA rankings at welterweight and one would imagine he could take a step up in competition and possibly contend for a title by the end of 2019 or at least put his name in the mix.
Potential Opponents : Luis Collazo (38-7, 20 KOs) or maybe Jamal James (24-1, 11 KOs)
Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 21, (22-0, 20 KOs) -Welterweight
Jaron “Boots” Ennis has done a lot since going pro almost 3 years ago. He had a 58-3 amateur record, highlighted by winning the 2015 National Golden Gloves Tournament. He is also the younger brother of former pro boxers Farah and Derek Ennis. In 2018, he won all five of his fights by way of knockout. He’s been very impressive. He finished off the year by knocking out his Philly rival, Raymond Serrano (24-6, 10 KOs) in November. He’s a complete fighter with both speed and power and also very charismatic. He has a bright future and due to step up his competition in 2019.
Potential opponents: Any middle tier boxer ranked in the top 15 in any of the major organization rankings.
Devin “The Dream” Haney, 20, (20-0, 13 KOs) – Lightweight
Devin Haney went pro at age 17, where he started fighting in Mexico. He does a lot of his training out of Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has sparred against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shawn Porter, among other respected active and former boxers. For such a young talent, that’s irreplaceable training and experience. He is a special talent with all the tools to become a champion one day. He ended 2018 ranked top 10 in the WBO, WBC, and IBF rankings. Expect to see him step up his competition and possibly contend for the IBF Lightweight title some time in 2019.
Potential Opponents: Richard Commey (27-2, 24 KOs) or Rances Barthelemy (27-1, 14 KOs)
Vergil Ortiz Jr., 20, (11-0, 11 KOs) – Super Lightweight
Vergil Ortiz Jr. is one of Golden Boy Promotions top prospects heading into 2019. He is trained by the highly respected, Robert Garcia. He’s a very dangerous fighter, who has knocked out all 11 of his opponents, and none of those fights made it past the third round. He has a a good skill set, but particularly, a dynamite right hand, which will lead him to a very successful career with the help of Robert Garcia and his team. Ortiz plans to fight 4-5 times in 2019, hopefully fighting mostly ranked boxers, while continuing his knockout streak. It will for sure put his name on the map in the Super Lightweight division. If people don’t know his name yet, they will by the end of 2019.
Potential Opponents: Anyone ranked in the top 15 at super lightweight to start off 2019, maybe someone like Viktor Postol (30-2, 12 KOs) by the end of 2019.
Anthony “The Beast” Yarde, 27, (17-0, 16 KOs) – Light Heavyweight
While Anthony Yarde may not be considered a Prospect by most, he hasn’t won any major organization titles, but is in a position where he can have a breakout year in 2019. For those of you who don’t know Anthony Yarde, he is a knockout machine from the UK with a good mix of speed, footwork, and power. He is currently ranked #1 in the WBO and #5 in the IBF rankings. He’s on a crash course with domestic rival and fellow Light Heavyweight prospect Joshua Buatsi (9-0, 7 KOs). It’s doubtful that Eddie Hearn will allow his golden child, Buatsi, to step intothe ring with someone as dangerous as Yarde in 2019. More time and more experience is needed.
Potential Opponents: Dominic Boesel (28-1, 10 KOs) or Karo Murat (32-4, 21 KOs)
- Shakur Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs) – Super Featherweight
- Daniel Dubois (9-0, 8 KOs) – Heavyweight
- Ryan Garcia (17-0, 14 KOs) – Super Featherweight
- Josh Kelly (8-0, 6 KOs) – Welterweight
- Efe Ajagba (8-0, 7 KOs) – Heavyweight
- Joshua Buatsi (9-0, 7 KOs) – Light Heavyweight
- Shonjahon Ergashev (15-0, 14 KOs) – Super Lightweight
- Joseph Adorno (11-0, 10 KOs) – Super Featherweight