WBN 10: Top pound for pound young boxers in the world
World Boxing News takes a spotlight to the younger generation in a two-part special focusing on fighters in the Under-23 category.
Those eligible to win the WBN Young Fighter of the Year Award, a title currently held by Daigo Higa, have been enjoying solid runs at the top of the sport.
Two-time winner Kosei Tanaka features on the list, alongside current and fellow former world champions Gervonta Davis, Cristofer Rosales, David Benavidez, Leroy Estrada and Jaime Munguia.
Plenty of talent makes up the top ten.
P4P Top 10 (Under-23):
1. Kosei Tanaka (22 years)
A two-weight world champion in just 10 bouts, Tanaka is eyeing up a third by his 12th contest after moving up to flyweight recently.
2. Gervonta Davis (23 years)
Already a two-time world champion, Davis is widely tipped as a future Pay-Per-View star as the American rises through the divisions.
3. Jaime Munguia (21 years)
Munguia burst onto the scene in 2018 as the man who beat the man at super-welterweight, having previously been put forward unsuccessfully to challenge Gennady Golovkin at middleweight.
4. David Benavidez (21 years)
The current WBC Super-middleweight champion is highly regarded at 168 pounds and is being linked to a possible unification with Gilberto Ramirez.
5. Isaac Dogboe (23 years)
Claiming the super-bantamweight title with a victory over Jesse Magdaleno, Dogboe secured a championship many had already predicted.
6. Cristofer Rosales (23 years)
The Nicaraguan shocked the world with a 9th round stoppage of a weight drained and subsequently suspended Daigo Higa.
7. Takuma Inoue (22 years)
The younger brother of ‘The Monster’ Naoya, Takuma Inoue moved to 11-0 with a first round KO last month. A world title shot seems nailed on for the bantamweight over the next twelve months.
8. Ryan Garcia (19 years)
At 15-0 with 13 KO’s, there’s plenty of talk of this Golden Boy prospect taking world honors in the near future.
9. Diego De La Hoya (23 years)
Pushing towards a world title shot in 2018/19, De La Hoya has already beaten some class opposition on his way to a WBO ranking.
10. Hughie Fury (23 years)
Proving he’s world-class by running Joseph Parker close in a world heavyweight title contest, Fury recently claimed the British title as he bids for another run at the top operators.
Look out for part two naming 20 top prospects in world boxing.