In our Top Prospects for 2018, were looking at some of the best prospects in boxing at the moment from Ireland and the UK. Not just young boxer’s, but prospects who at any age are starting out and who have the potential to really do something in the sport, and who have already shown glimpses of what they can do.
So in no order, here’s the fighters that have made it on to part 2 of the Top Prospect list…
- Ben Doughty (Boxing columnist & commentator) – Sunny Edwards 6-0 (2 ko’s) / Super flyweight
Edwards is another fighter who looks destined to challenge for world honours sooner rather than later. In only his 6th fight he stepped up to 10 rounds for the first time and produced a sensational performance in stopping the previously unbeaten Ross Murray in 4 rounds.
- Gary Cully 3-0 (2 kos) / Lightweight
Kildare lightweight Cully cuts an imposing figure for a lightweight, standing at 6ft’2, the southpaw is also blessed with fight-ending power. The MTK fighter has claimed both stoppage wins on Matchroom & Boxnation tv show and has really caught the eye with his performances, making him another serious talent in the growing domestic scene.
- Akeem Ennis Brown 10-0 (1 ko) / Light-welterweight
‘Riddy’ has got real momentum behind him following on from his wins over Chris Truman and Glenn Foot when he claimed the English title in a hard-fought points win. Despite only 1 ko on his record, Ennis Brown has enough pop to get attention and has shown he can dig deep when he needs to.
- Victor Rabei 3-0 / Light-welterweight
Rabei has cruised through his 3 wins so far and made them look effortless with his combination of movement, footwork and excellent hand-speed. Even at this early stage he looks like he’s ready to be moved along as he bids for Irish domestic honours in 2018
- Feargal McCrory 7-0 (3 ko’s) / Super-featherweight
Coalisland native McCrory really announced himself on the scene in 2017 with 4 wins, 3 of those coming against fighters with winning records and 2 coming inside the distance.
- David Oliver Joyce 5-0 (4 ko’s) / Lightweight
Another former amateur standout, Joyce has long been tipped to be a real success in the pro’s. With his aggressive, all-action style, he’s winning fans all over the country after claiming all 5 wins in a busy 2017.
- Andrew Selby 10-0 (5 ko’s) – Flyweight
Former team GB standout Selby is another amateur star to take to the pro ranks effortlessly. He’s quickly amassed the WBO & IBF inter-continental strap’s and looks to follow in brother Lee’s footstep’s and challenge for world honour’s in 2018.
- Joe Fitzpatrick 8-0 (5 ko’s) / Lightweight
‘The Dragon’ has long been tipped to make a breakthrough on the domestic scene and with momentum building, it looks like the big-punching lightweight is in store for a big year ahead under the guidance of Mark Dunlop.
- Lawrence Okolie 7-0 (6 ko’s) / Cruiserweight
Okolie has looked devastating so far as he announced himself on the scene in 2017 with a string of early stoppages. Next up for the man from Hackney is a domestic dust-up with rival Isaac Chamberlain in what will be a real clash of two top prospects who both aim for domestic honours in the year ahead