September 22, 2019, 7:26

Filip Hrgovic, Tony Yoka, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce… a new era of heavyweights?

Filip Hrgovic, Tony Yoka, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce… a new era of heavyweights?

Hrgovic, meanwhile, has signed a co-promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom and won on his US debut. He once cut David Haye in sparring causing the cancellation of a fight with Tyson Fury but now plans on making an even bigger impact.

Joyce, several years older than his up-and-coming peers, was recently taken the distance for the first time by Bryant Jennings but remained undefeated. His advancing years mean time might not be his friend, but Joyce is hardened in a way that not many heavyweights are.

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Daniel Dubois is notably younger, 21, than the rest of these prospects but has a record that matches up to any of them. He defeated fellow Brit Nathan Gorman in vicious style in his most recent fight – a risky match-up for both men to gamble on, but now a result that elevates Dubois to the status of tried-and-tested.

Junior Fa turned pro two-and-a-half years ago and has “the size and skills to make an impact” according to promoter Lou DiBella. Fa had an amateur rivalry with fellow New Zealander Joseph Parker – they fought four times, winning twice each.

Michigan’s Jermaine Franklin “has the skills and heart of a champion and at some point would love to make a meaningful UK debut,” his promoter Dmitriy Salita said. Rated as one of America’s must-watch prospects, Franklin eked out a split decision win in his most recent fight against Jerry Forrest.

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Efe Ajagba is best-known as the other boxer in the fight when Curtis Harper walked out of the ring immediately after the first bell in protest. Nigeria’s Ajagba was taken the distance for the first time in his most recent fight by fellow prospect Ali Eren Demirezen, but won a unanimous decision.

Russia’s Evgeny Romanov knocked out Deontay Wilder in the amateurs but, as a pro, is only 13-0 by the age of 34.


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