Some prospects to look out for in the New Year

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I've already written about Tramaine Willams, Edgar Berlanga, Chris Colbert and Joey Spencer, so I won't bore anyone with any more about them. Although all are still unbeaten and hopefully will make more progrss this year. By the same token, I know that many on here are well familiar with the likes of Jaron Ennis, Jesus Ramos, Vergil Ortiz jnr, Jose Ramirez and Nikita Abiby and Xander Zayas. So no need to add anything more about them for now..

Anyway, for what it's worth here are some of the most promising and interesting fighters on my current watchlist.

Omar Juarez - Super lightweight (6-0-0, 4 KOs). a 20 year-old orthodox with a refreshingly positive public image. Could be really special. His movement, footwork and shot selection are very good indeed. A crisp puncher and very fast. Unfortunately sustained a shoulder injury in his last fight, but as he is scheduled to fight next month, hopefully nothing too serious.

Joseph Adorno - Lightweight (14-0-0, 12 KOs). Another 20 year-old, orthodox of Puerto-Rican heritage. Fast and accurate with real power in both hands, especially the left hook. A very confident boxer with a great amateur pedigree.

Michel Rivera - Lightweight (17-0-0, 11 Ko's) promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has some very talented youngsters under his wing and I think this guy might be the best of them. 21 year-old, orthodox from Dominican rebublic. Fast with real power in both hands, like many confident young fighters, he needs to work on his defence, and he punches a bit wide, but he's learning fast and has already taken care of some pretty experienced opponents.

Ranfis Escarnacion - Featherweight (17-0-0, 13 Kos) Another Dominican, also in Lewkowicz's stable. 25 year-old with a solid amateur record. Great shot selection, with plenty of power. Has a tendency to sit in the pocket too long, resulting in him taking too many head shots, but he is smart enough to hone his defensive skills and not leave himself as exposed, when he fights better opponents.

Jesse Rodriguez - Flyweight (10-0-0, 6 KO's) southpaw. A very promising young fighter from Texas, highly skilled with great movement, both upper body and footwork. Fast and hits hard Still only 19 .

Reymart Gaballo - (23-0-0, 20 KO's) A fast and powerful 23 year-old bantamweight from the Phillipines. orthodox Another confident and accomplished young boxer who still has to learn about the art of defence, but is great to watch with genuine power.

Catch Joseph Adorno and his kid brother Jeremy, as well as Xander Zayas tomorrow night in Atlantic City. And also Omar Juarez, Michel Rivera as well as Jesus Ramos on February 1st.
 
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Koki Inoue was making lists a long ass time ago. I've been keeping him on my watchlist. Guy seems to be knocking out a lot of dudes.
 
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Israil Madrimov ( JMW. 4 (4) -0 / 24 y-o. )
Three wins via KO in 2019, against "reasonably-credible" opponents.
Madrimov Looks like Golovkin, but moves a lot more. Keep an eye on this guy!


Sonny Conto HW. 5-0 / 23 y-o)
5 fights / wins in 2019, four via KO.
He hasn’t faced any real opposition yet, but so far Conto looks fantastic. WHAT A JAB !


Martin Bakole. (HW. 15-1, 27 y-o.)
A prospect now entering journeyman-hood. After his loss to the very underrated Michal Hunter, Bakole (Once my favorite HW prospect) has come back, with four straight KO’s in 2019. Not the stiffest of competition, but Taking out Wach and Kingpin makes a statement.
 
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A tough night for Joseph Adorno on Saturday. Held to a draw over 8 rounds in his 15th fight by tough and durable Mexican Hector Garcia. I think the idea was to test Adorno, and get some hard rounds in against a solid fighter who has also gone the distance with Devin Haney and has never been stopped. As it turned out, Garcia really took the fight to Adorno and gave him more of a test than Adorno's camp had expected. It is a bit of a setback, but ultimately it could be a good learning fight for Adorno, and a reminder that he still has a lot to learn, and that he will not find it as easy as he thinks to reach the top level. He obviously needs to work more on his defence and realise that future opponents can also hit hard, and won't be as easily knocked over as some of his adversaries have been previously. A hard lesson for any boxer, but, as many have found out in the past, it may do him more good than harm if he responds in the right way.
 
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Three of the prospects I've been looking at lately, in action tonight on the Ugas - Mike Dallas Jnr Undercard. Lightweight Michel Rivera takes on the experienced Fidel Maldonado Jnr. Hard hitting Jesus Ramos ( who has been talked about on here quite a bit) takes on 35 yr-old Ramal Amanov. And one that I have particularly high hopes for, super-lightweight Omar Juarez in his 7th fight, and first fight since a shouder injury sustained in November, against dangerous Mexican Angel Martinez Hernandez.
 
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Three of the prospects I've been looking at lately, in action tonight on the Ugas - Mike Dallas Jnr Undercard. Lightweight Michel Rivera takes on the experienced Fidel Maldonado Jnr. Hard hitting Jesus Ramos ( who has been talked about on here quite a bit) takes on 35 yr-old Ramal Amanov. And one that I have particularly high hopes for, super-lightweight Omar Juarez in his 7th fight, and first fight since a shouder injury sustained in November, against dangerous Mexican Angel Martinez Hernandez.
Holy shit, 90% KO ratio!? Nevermind, just saw his opponent's resumes. A bunch of scrubs, but either way, I'd love to see another Mexican knockout-artist. Always great seeing those.
 
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Israil Madrimov ( JMW. 4 (4) -0 / 24 y-o. )
Three wins via KO in 2019, against "reasonably-credible opponents.
Madrimov Looks like Golovkin, but moves a lot more. Keep an eye on this guy!


Sonny Conto HW. 5-0 / 23 y-o)
5 fights / wins in 2019, four via KO.
He hasn’t faced any real opposition yet, but so far Conto looks fantastic. WHAT A JAB !


Martin Bakole. (HW. 15-1, 27 y-o.)
A prospect now entering journeyman-hood. After his loss to the very underrated Michal Hunter, Bakole (Once my favorite HW prospect) has come back, with four straight KO’s in 2019. Not the stiffest of competition, but Taking out Wach and Kingpin makes a statement.
Agreed with that. He's a bit of a darkhorse like Hunter was when he moved up. Always like following them because they sometimes come out of nowhere and surge in the rankings with some crazy win that you never see coming.
 
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A wide UD for Omar Juarez, scoring a knockdown in the 7th Round with a great left counter

A 6th round stoppage of tough Amal Ramonov by Jesus Alejandro Ramos, although I thought Ramos was labouring a bit before wearing his opponent down.


Probably the best result out of the 3 was an impressive 10th round stoppage for Michel Rivera against tough and experienced southpaw Fidel Maldonado jnr

 
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Holy shit, 90% KO ratio!? Nevermind, just saw his opponent's resumes. A bunch of scrubs, but either way, I'd love to see another Mexican knockout-artist. Always great seeing those.
Then check out SLW Lindolfo Delgado!

11-0 with 11 KO's, and this kid 'aint no protected hype job, believe me. Deadly power, and he goes to the body like Rocky Balboa. - Check out his fight with Cordovez. Ouch.

- And he has great defensive footwork & head movement, as well. - Check out his fight with the very tough / very game Ricardo Rico.
 
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Janibek Alimkhanuly (MW) 8 (4) -0 / 26 y-o

Another serious prospect, from Golovkin-land
- but this guy REALLY needs a nickname!
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Khuseyn Baysangurov (SWW - Ukraine) 15 (13) - 1 / 25 y-o

- I'm really liking this guy Shades of Mike Tyson, doing the peekaboo style. Bobbing and weaving on the inside with those wide, thudding punches.
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Aleksey Egorov: Russian CW 10 (7) - 0 / 28 y-o

He had an excellent Ams career, but has adapted quickly to the pro style.

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Kudura Kaneko - WW firecracker from Afghanistan, of all places, but training in Japan.

Nov 2018: He shocked the boxing world by KO’ing former Japanese national WW champ Toshio Arikawa, in 3 rounds. (He put Arikawa down in round 1, got beat up a little in round 2 but finished with a powerful flurry, then took Arikawa out in the third.)
He' then had 2 fights in 2019 and won both via KO.
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Sergey Lubkovich ( WW - Russia ) 11 (7) - 0 / 23 y-o

THIS KID LOOKS FANTASTIC ! Only 5’ 9” , but he fights “tall.”

A really lovely style, and fantastic power. - And PATIENCE !!!!!!
Incredible footwork & balance.
Knows how to safely attack the body.


So far he’s fought only cans, but he has crazy potential.
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## And let us not forget: (How could we forget, we never even heard of the guy!)

Shohjahon Ergashev
birth name: Шохжахон Эргашев
nickname (I'm not kidding) "Descendant of Tamerlane."

This guy is a SLW, with a 71" reach, and a record of 18-0 with 16 KO's.
I still consider him a prospect, because nobody knows about him.
And yeah, you've never heard of him, but his last three opponents had VERY respectable records, and he took out two of them.

I've only seen 2 of his fights, be he looks the goods to me. Solid fundamentals, super-fast hands, decent defense, & HUGE, thudding power. He's patient, but then aggressive as hell when it's time to go for the kill.

He probably has lousy management, otherwise he'd be on everybody's radar by now.
Well, maybe it's that nickname. lol ........
 
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I would have mentioned a couple top ranked Cuban amateurs / semi-pros but one is now a middleweight instead of a lightweight (Torriente), the other, well:
 
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Thanks for the replies. I'll be having a look at the suggestions. Madrimov looks powerful, I watched Sonny Conto's last fight he's fast and accurate for a heavyweight, looks promising. Not sure if I'm having Martin Bakole as prospect, as he is already well known and is too lazy. But he is fun to watch. Alimkhanully looks familiar. Was he the guy who beat Billy Joe Saunders in the Olympics or something? :cheers
 
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Alimkhanully looks familiar. Was he the guy who beat Billy Joe Saunders in the Olympics or something?

Correction: it was Anthony Fowler that he beat. Knew I'd seen him before, somewhere.
 
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Hey, for all you lovers of blatant boxing corruption:

I just watched the one fight that Khuseyn Baysangurov "lost." Good lord, he completely dominated his opponent, turning his face into hamburger, but the judges gave it to the other guy.

Here's the highlight vid, and believe me, this accurately reflects the entire full fight:

 
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