BoxNation goes big this weekend with our heavyweight special on Saturday night, live from Columbus.

Unbeaten quartet Junior Fa, George Arias, Stephan Shaw and Hemi Ahio will be in the spotlight and give an indication as to what the future holds for them in the most lucrative division of the sport.

They may not be household names right now, but all believe they can have a say in the future of the Heavyweight scene even if it’s too early to talk big titles.

Strap yourselves in as BoxNation meets the unbeaten heavies:

JUNIOR FA (New Zealand)

Record: 16-0, 9 KOs

Fa punch

A fight against former WBO Champion Joseph Parker would be a huge attraction in New Zealand with their rivalry simmering since they were amateurs.

Things were finely poised after four fights with both two-apiece when Parker turned professional in 2012. Fa committed to the World Series of Boxing and spent one of his two years in that competition based in Sheffield competing for the British Lionhearts, sparring with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce.

He is still someway off the division’s best, but he is exciting to watch and promoter Lou DiBella is keen for him to get US exposure.
Fa has won all 16 fights but apart from a couple close calls, when he got majority decisions over Daniel Tai and Craig Lewis, he has eased through his tests so far.

GEORGE ARIAS (Dominican Republic)

Record: 12-0, 7 KOs

George Arias

When Arias turned professional, there was a huge buzz around New York boxing circles - even comparisons with Mike Tyson and George Foreman.

He had five fights in his first 15 months as a professional and was getting serious attention, but vanished for more than a year after a points win against James Hammortree in March 2016.

Arias, 27, then signed for Lou DiBella who has dashed him along to a perfect 12-0 and last time out hammered 54 fight veteran Byron Pulley inside two rounds.

Arias, who moved to The Bronx when he was a young child, may have been overpraised when he turned professional but DiBella thinks he will handle himself at a good level. Robert Simms should give him a decent workout this weekend.


Record: 10-0, 7 KOs

Stephan Shaw

The St Louis man isn’t the type to hang around with half of his 10 wins coming in the first round. His opposition might not have been murderers’ row, but he gets the job done.

Shaw who is 6ft 4in and 250 lbs did well in the amateurs. In 2013 he won PAL and USA National Championships Titles, then turned professional.

Promoter Lou DiBella said: “I’ve watched Stephan fight and, just as important, I’ve seen him spar with Deontay Wilder, so I know what he’s capable of.”

His opponent on Saturday, Donovan Dennis (12-3) could prove tricky despite returning after a three year lay-off. He holds a KO win over Razvan Cojanu and lasted seven rounds against Jarrell Miller when he last boxed in January 2016.

Shaw, 26, is managed by David McWater whose stable includes Ivan Baranchyk and brilliant prospect Teofimo Lopez.

HEMI AHIO (New Zealand)

Record: 12-0, 8 KOs

Hemi Ahio

The 28-year-old Kiwi will be making his Stateside debut on the bill at the Voinovich Center having beaten some ordinary opponents in his unbeaten 12 fight career.

Ahio can point out that he beat Daniel Tai a lot more clearly than his friend Fa when they met in September 2017. He had more than a year out after becoming New Zealand Champion against Tai, but stayed busy at the tail-end of last year outpointing Conrad Lam and stopping Junior Maletino Iakopo.