10 of the best prospects in the world today

After Michael Conlan impresses again, Jack Figg considers who are the best prospects in the world today

1. Shakur Stevenson

Stevenson represented America in the 2016 Olympic Games winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division. As a professional he is signed to Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotion with former unified super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward managing the prospect. Stevenson has four wins by knockout and three coming by points in his seven professional bout. The southpaw was dubbed as “the next Mayweather” and was scouted by Floyd Mayweather himself at the Olympic Games.

2. Joshua Buatsi

Buatsi won a bronze medal at in the light-heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games and turned professional in 2017, signing with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn. He has impressed in his six pro outings displaying a vast amount of quality through power and combination punching. Buatsi will look to follow his Olympic teammates Josh Kelly, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Joyce who have all picked up the Commonwealth title.


3. Michael Conlan

A two-time Olympian Conlan won bronze at the London Olympic Games in the flyweight division, but four years later he was eliminated in the quarter-finals at bantamweight in Rio after a controversial decision. Conlan turned professional in September 2017 with Top Rank with six of his eight victories coming in America.

4. Daniel Dubois

A former GB boxer Dubois decided against aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games instead turning professional with Frank Warren. Dubois boats a 100 percent knockout ratio in his eight contests and recently claimed the English title. Regarded as one Britain’s brightest prospect and one its most devastating punchers, you can expect to see Dubois challenging for major titles soon.

5. Daniyar Yeleussinov

Yeleussinov is another who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games at two different weights. Firstly, the Kazakh competed as a light-welterweight in 2012 and four years later moved up to welterweight where he won a gold medal. In March 2018 Yeleussinov turned professional and he has opened his account with two victories.

6. Tony Yoka

Yoka had a successful amatuer career as he picked up a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games beating Brit Joe Joyce in the super-heavyweight final, the Frenchman also beat former WBO world champion Joseph Parker in the unpaid ranks, and has also won a 2015 AIBA gold. Yoka is signed to Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar promotions and is already a star in France.

7. Fazliddin Gaibnazarov

Southpaw Gaibnazarov was a silver medalist at the 2015 AIBA championships while picking up gold a year later at the 2016 Olympics. In March 2017 the light-welterweight turned professional with Top Rank, winning his opening four bouts. Gaibnazarov has already made appearances on undercards of Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko as Top Rank look to build another star.

8. Robson Conceição

Conceição competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and became the first Brazilian boxer to pick up a gold medal with his success in Rio. Conceição finished his amateur career with a record of 405-15 and competed against the likes of Lomachenko along the way. The Brazilian holds a record of 7-0 since his December 2016 debut.

9. Souleymane Cissokho

Cissokho won an Olympic bronze medal in 2016 losing to the eventual winner Yeleussinov in the semi-final, the Frenchman also holds a win over Brit Josh Kelly in the amateurs. Cissokho turned professional in January 2017 training with Virgil Hunter.

10. Carlos Balderas

A 2016 Olympian Balderas competed in the lightweight division but was beaten in the quarter-final, the American also impressed in the World Series of Boxing. He made his professional debut in April 2017 and has earned a record of 5-0.

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