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In 2020 a bunch of boxing prospects will try to jump to the next level. Several will come up short but the very best will shine on the bigger stage. Here’s eight fighters from 3 of the main Boxing territories we expect to successfully move to the world level this year.
The USA has long been the home of boxing, just one look at their talent pool and tells you why. Ryan Garcia (19-0) is ready for the world level in 2020. The popular 135lb fighter has been consistently knocking out his opponents in impressive fashion. With lots of hype and a bunch of good performances behind him, it’s just a matter of time before he makes a successful step up to world level.
Vergil Ortiz Jr
Vergil Ortiz Jr(15-0) boasts 15 fights with 15 KO’s at welterweight. He is perhaps the most exciting prospect in boxing right now and after stepping up in 2019, he’ll be expected to go one better this year.
In the UK several elite level prospects are on the verge of making waves on the world scene. The next British heavyweight hope Daniel Dubois (14-0) is flying under the radar despite showing amazing potential. His 13 knockout wins have been brutal, and they continue to occur despite rising opposition levels.
Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi (12-0) has looked flawless during his professional career. In 2020 you can expect him to compete for and win a world title at light-heavyweight.
Last of the Brits and the first woman on the list is Terri Harper (9-0). The 23-year-old should carve through the slim women’s featherweight division. Maybe we’ll even see a fight with lightweight queen Katie Taylor.
In Europe it is Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (10-0) who looks most likely to enjoy a successful 2020. The undefeated Olympian made easy work of Eric Molina last time out and looks ready for the big time.
Kazakhstani fighter Daniyar Yullesinov (9-0) could join him. The famed amateur boxer beat the likes of Josh Kelly and Josh Taylor during his days in the head guard and vest. Since turning professional he has looked levels above everyone he’s fought. He’ll need to step up his opposition this year.
Finally, we have the youngest fighter to make the cut. Sophie Alisch (5-0) is just 18-years-old. The German sensation looks to be the real deal and it’ll be interesting to see just how quickly Team Sauerland pushes her towards the top of the sport.
There are definitely many more amazing prospects all over the globe which deserve a mention, but.. with only covering the USA, U.K. and Europe we certainly feel we have covered the ones in this list which will be in the keen eye of the Boxing public in 2020. Is there another fighter which you feel should have made this list? let us know in the comments! @NoSmokeBoxing