Rising British Stars:
By Bryan Connolly
Boxing globally is getting more exciting with every show that passes, and in Britain the depth of fighters and athletes coming through has never been so great. Growing up in the late 80s and 90s, the spectators was in awe of some great champions but the competition wasn’t always there.
Following the progress made in 2016 and 2017, 2018 will grow the sport of boxing and put on many shows for the fans to love. The range of boxers we have in each weight division will only make us, as a nation together stronger.
I have broken the boxers into weight categories, and are the ones that currently have a great present but a very bright future within the sport. All of these with the different world bodies could become a world champion of some sort.
In October 2017, Selby defeated Maximino Flores in a WBC Title Eliminator. His older brother Lee, is a world champion and Andrew also has the skills and speed to be a world champion.
Michael is aiming to be a bigger star then Carl Frampton. He is currently undefeated and has two fights scheduled. One on the 12th May and the other on 30th June.
11 of his wins have come by KO and as the current Commonwealth Featherweight Champion he has the skill and power to succeed. He is fighting Ryan Doyle on the 6th June.
Zelfa has been dubbed the next Ricky Hatton inside Manchester, and even with his last fight coming as a loss, he has the ability to put that behind him.
With Lawrence already being the main event on a Matchroom Show against Isaac Chamberlain, many would think he doesn’t need to be on here. He still is growing, and has only 8 fights on his record. The former Team GB member, holds the WBA Continental Title and is looking to win the Commonwealth Title on the 6th June.
He is currently ranked 2nd in the Light Heavyweight divison by the WBO and holds the WBO European and WBO Inter Continental Titles. With his much talked about explosive punching power Yarde has stopped 14 opponents.
DDD, Dynamite Daniel Dubois is signed with Frank Warren and boasts a 100% KO rate. He is currently the Southern Area Champion and his next fight on June 23rd is for the vacant English Title. He is 6ft5 and only 20 years old. The future will be what he wants it to be.
Another member of Team GB, Joyce won silver in Rio 2016 and gold in the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow. He is currently the Commonwealth Champion having defeated Lenroy Thomas in 2 rounds. Alot of fighters have called Joe out and while under Hayemaker Promotions, he could get the fights the fans want to see him in, and get a European shot soon.