Frank Warren’s stable of 130lbs fighters all find themselves in a promising position ahead of the New Year.
It’s a weight division that offers some potential inter stable mouth-watering matchups further down the line with some looking to launch a title challenge in the not so distant future.
We profile those set for a big 2017 at Super-Featherweight under the Queensberry Promotions banner.
Cromer’s Liam Walsh cemented his shot at the IBF World Super-Featherweight Title with a punch perfect performance against Andrey Klimov on our recent Harrow show.
Walsh dropped Klimov on route to securing a near landslide decision across all three cards to put him firmly in line for a long overdue shot at World honours.
Now sitting pretty at 21-0, Walsh will be looking to secure his date with destiny against reigning champion Jose Pedraza.
It doesn’t seem too long ago Mitchell Smith picked up the prestigious ‘Young Boxer of the Year’ award from the Boxing Writers Club.
The promising starlet crashed down to earth after a shock first career defeat and subsequent injury which followed.
Now under the guidance of new trainer Adam Booth, the pair got off to a perfect start in Harrow.
The initial plan may be to follow up that victory at Lightweight but Smith has declared his intentions to drop back down to Super-Feather and pursue a rematch with George Jupp before pushing on.
Boy Jones Jr
Ben Jones aka ‘Boy Jones Jr’ is on the cusp of his first professional title at just 19 years old.
He lines up against Martin Hillman on our upcoming Brentwood show for the vacant Southern Area Title on the line.
Jones is a product of the flourishing Dominic Negus gym and will be looking to catapult himself into the mix for some big fights in the coming year or two.
With little amateur experience, the 6 footer is big for the weight and continues to develop with each passing fight.
Lyon Woodstock Jr
Lyon Woodstock Jr is looking to give his Leicester fans another reason to shout home about following the success of the Foxes’ Premier League winning Title campaign.
At just 23, Woodstock has an aura surrounding him after just 8 fights. He can pack a punch, showboat and talk outside of the ring which has fans intrigued in his every move.
‘The King’ has revealed he’s open to fight anyone in the division as he craves to capture gold.
Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett is another prospect that has some razzle dazzle.
Barrett possess fast hands, impressive foot movement and the ability to finish his opponent when there’s an opportunity.
It’s clear the power is coming for ‘Brown Flash’ who has moved to 13-0 with six of his last seven fights ending inside the distance.
Backed by Uncle Pat, the former British and European Champion, there’s a wealth of experience in his corner ensuring he doesn’t step out of line.
After stunning Mitchell Smith in their grudge match back in December 2015, George Jupp found himself a wanted man.
Smith craved the immediate rematch, but in taking his ‘0’ he also picked up his WBO World Ranking and wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to fight Miguel Berchelt for the interim Title out in Mexico when the opportunity presented itself.
Gutsy Jupp took the fight on very short notice and toughed out some rounds before eventually being stopped.
The Smith rematch remains an option for Jupp, who will also be eyeing some domestic Titles in 2017.
A shot at the Irish Title has been rumoured for James Tennyson in the coming months against Declan Geraghty.
Tennyson came up short against Ryan Walsh in his recent British Featherweight Title challenge but the 23 year old can bang making him a dangerous opponent for anyone back up at 130lbs.
‘The Assassin’ won the Irish Super-Featherweight Title in just his sixth fight but will know victory over a name like Geraghty would propel him further into the limelight.