2020 was shaping up to be a great year for heavyweight boxing. The fight and rematch between Wilder and Fury, a summer showdown between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev. Prospects like Daniel Dubois and Joy Joyce agreeing to fight each other. Sadly, the global pandemic that’s COVID-19 stuck a wrench in the wheel that’s boxing, but slowly the wheel has started turning again and fights are getting made. Four prospects stand out from all the rest and it’s Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce, Tony Yoka and Filip Hrgovic.
So, it begs the question, Who is the best prospect in heavyweight boxing?
Coming fresh off his two-round destruction of Ricardo Snijders is the brightest prospect of the four. He’s young, punches hard, has an exciting style, and does seem to sport a decent chin. His defense isn’t the best and he’s open for right hands. However, he does seem to be aware of this and is improving as each fight goes on. Hopefully, the planned October showdown with the other prospect on this list Joy Joyce happens and we as fans get treated with a great showdown. I think what’s most exciting about Daniel is his age, it sparks the imagination of the potential of growth and when you start to think about it the sky seems to be the limit for this young brit’s future.
The “Juggernaut” coming of his win vs Michael Wallsih in a fight where he did look impressive and vulnerable at the same time. He’s not a very fast puncher, but he places the punches well, got a good variety of punches, and a relentless pace as he marches forward. His defense is not the best and he’s open for right hands, he does however have a good chin to cover up that weakness with. He’s the oldest of the bunch and it begs the question, how long will he be able to box at a high level? I for one is looking forward to the matchup vs Daniel Dubois, which is planned to get on later this October! He has fought the best opposition of all the four prospects defeating the likes of Bryan Jennings, Alexander Unistov and Bermane Stiverne and is poised to make 2020 his year.
Olympic gold medallist who interestingly won over Filip Hrgovic in the semi-finals and Joy Joyce in the finals in his Olympic gold run. This is one to keep your eyes on, he does have lower punch outputs than Joyce and Dubois but he has faster hands, places his shots very well, and deceptively good power. Despite only having 7 fights he’s fought Alexander Dimitrenko, Michael Wallsih, and David Allen. All decent journeymen to move up quickly in the rankings. Who knows how far this young fighter will go? I for one think this is the second-best prospect in the division.
Bronze medallist in the Olympics and has started to move up in the rankings. With wins over Eric Molina and Kevin Johnson he’s started to get noticed around the boxing world. He has a compact style of a traditional boxer puncher, he’s a bit economical with his punches but when he does land he always does the damage necessary. He’s rumoured for canceling the intriguing matchup in 2013 between David Haye and Tyson Fury by giving Haye a cut weeks before the fight should have taken place. He’s only fought 10 times but hopefully as 2021 rolls around he’s moved up to fight bigger and better names.
The future is looking bright for these four prospects. They are all young, ambitious and are improving as each fight goes on. Hopefully, when the time is right, they will all face each other to prove who is the best of the bunch. They do have a lot to lose by facing one another but I do believe they have a hell of a lot more to lose by not facing each other in their race to the top.
Who do you think is the brightest prospect in heavyweight boxing?