Future stars: 20 young title prospects of world boxing

WBN 07/06/2018

Mikey Williams

In no particular order, WBN has listed 20 of the top young stars who will be competing for world honors in the near future. 

Following on from the P4P Top 10 list published last week, WBN includes those with the talent to go far in the sport but who are 23 years of age and under.

READ: WBN 10: Top pound for pound young boxers in the world

Top 18 Young Prospects:

Sadriddin Akhmedov (20 years)

A World Youth Champion in 2016, the 20 year-old Kazakh is 2-0 as a pro havent spent less than two minutes in the ring thus far.

Vincent Feigenbutz (22 years)

At 28-2, Feigenbutz (below) is already a seasoned fighter. With serious punching power (83% KO), the young German has to be in with a shout of claiming a world title in the future.


Mark Magsayo (23 years)

Now 18-0 as a pro, Magsayo is tipped to challenge the top stars in the featherweight division over the next twelve months.

Mikhail Alexeev (22 years)

The Russian already has a world champion scalp on his 12-0 record and fights for the WBC International super-featherweight title in his next outing.

Alex Saucedo (23 years)

Just making the list ahead of his 24th birthday, Saucedo has long been talked about in world-rated terms having stopped 17 of his 27 opponents.

Eduardo Hernandez (20 years)

22 knockouts from 25 wins has everybody in Mexico predicting big things for ‘Rocky’ as Hernandez prepares to branch out into fighting in America.

Magomed Kurbanov (22 years)

The strong Russian super-welterweight won gold at the 2008 World Youth Championships and has already won numerous fringe titles during his short career.

Junto Nakatani (20 years)

Japan has yet another star in the making for the flyweight division as Nakatani prepares to step up to 10 rounds in his next bout.

Christopher Diaz (23 years)

Puerto Rican Diaz is already fighting for his first world title when he faces Masayuki Ito for the vacant WBO super-featherweight title in July.

Carlos Diaz Ramirez (23 years)

The Mexican super-lightweight is on the cusp of breaking through at 140 pounds in a wide open division.

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Shakur Stevenson (20 years)

A star at the Olympics in 2016, Stevenson (above – Picture by Mikey Williams) has all the makings of a world champion for the USA.

Mario Barrios (23 years)

Barrios has steadily been on the rise since his debut in 2013 and remains undefeated in 21 contests.

Khuseyn Baysangurov (23 years)

The Ukrainian-based Russian is already world ranked ahead of a potential world title shot in 2019.

Jon Fernandez (22 years)

Fernandez is currently the hottest young fighter in Spain and recently won the WBC silver super-featherweight title.

Devin Haney (19 years)

At just 19 and already racking up 19 wins, Haney has the world at his feet since defeating Mason Menard for the NABF lightweight title in May.

Jamontay Clark (23 years)

Since stepping up his opposition in 2016, Clark has gradually gone from strength to strength and seems a certain future world title challenger.

Daniel Dubois (20 years)

The 20 year-old British heavyweight (below – picture by BoxNation) has been compared to Anthony Joshua and holds seven straight KO’s since turning pro with Frank Warren.

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Jai Opetaia (22 years)

The 22 year-old cousin of professional footballer Tim Cahill is making a big splash in Australia having gained a world ranking in 2018.

Darmani Rock (22 years)

Well-known on the amateur circuit before his transition to the pros, Rock has scored seven wins in his first two years.

Willy Hutchinson (20 years)

Recently moving from Hayemaker to Frank Warren, Hutchinson is 4-0 following on from his success at the 2016 World Youth Championships.