Another boxing year is flying by and a stack of fighters have made the breakthrough in 2019 who look like future World champions, such as Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez.
BoxNation has featured many exciting prospects since we started up way back in 2011, but who are the next line of future stars?
Pundit Steve Lillis has unearthed five overseas names who he fancies to break into the mainstream next year who may not have the profile of other upcoming boxers.
The Channel of Champions has become the unbeaten Welterweight’s British home, and he rarely lets us down. Promotional problems have made it a tough 2019, but the Philadelphia banger is back in business.
BoxNation viewers were wowed last weekend when he scored his 22nd knockout in 24 wins, breaking the heart of Argentina’s Demian Daniel Fernandez inside three rounds.
VERGIL ORTIZ JR
Vergil might have cherubic features, but with 14 KOs in 14 professional fights the Dallas man looks a wrecking machine. His form in 2019 has been mighty impressive. In May he moved up to Welterweight and hammered perennial contender Mauricio Herrera in three rounds.
In August he impressed again with a sixth round KO of Antonio Orozco, who last year pushed unified Super-Lightweight Champion Jose Carlos Ramirez all the way in a World Title challenge. Ortiz Jr dropped Orozco three times.
Top Rank have produced a string of Puerto Rican greats like Miguel Cotto and Middleweight Berlanga is their latest project. Berlanga, who grew up in Brooklyn, has won all 12 professional fights by knockout - all in the first round.
Critics will question the opposition, but the 22 year old is doing what good fighters do, they don’t waste time on rivals levels below them. If he can keep chinning them when he moves up there may be something special brewing.
ANTHONY SIMS JR
The undefeated Indiana Super-Middleweight should be stepped up a level soon and fighting for big titles inside 12 months. He has boxed in Britain twice and also sparred with Chris Eubank Jr and George Groves on his trips.
Sims Jr, who is a distant relative of Floyd Mayweather, has 19 wins with 17 inside the distance. Sims Jr, 24, was taken the distance for the first time since his professional debut in April when Vaughn Alexander took him 10 rounds. He boxes Morgan Fitch this weekend.
The California-based Uzbek Super-Welterweight lives in California and has only been a professional for 11 months, but American fans are already impressed by the 24 year old who has won all four fights inside the distance. Earlier this month he stopped Mexican Alejandro Barrera inside five rounds. Barrera is no great, but Errol Spence stopped him in as many rounds in his 18th fight.