By Tyler Ruby on July 17, 2014
With Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao entering the twilight of their careers, the spotlight will shine brightly on the sport's rising stars. It's up to these boxers to keep the sport alive and well, and they certainly have those capabilities. Here are the top five rising stars in boxing.
Quigg just oozes bravado. He is unafraid to speak his mind, and that is perfectly fine just as long as he can back it up. Just ask Adrien Broner about that. So far, Quigg has backed his mouth up, and then some. He's the current WBA bantamweight champion, and he has an undefeated record of 28-0-2.
The welterweight division is loaded. Along with Floyd Mayweather holding the crown of the division, Keith Thurman is slowly working his way up the rankings. He's a true boxer, and he often reminds me of Mayweather in how he plays defense and counter-punches. He is undefeated with 21 knockouts. Thurman is a serious threat in the welterweight division.
Another welterweight, the 28-year-old Englishman is the fifth-ranked fighter in the division. Brook is 32-0, and he has perhaps his most important fight next month against Shawn Porter. The winner may get a chance at Floyd Mayweather in his next fight.
Porter may very well be the future of the welterweight division. He is undefeated, and in his last two fights, he dispatched Devon Alexander by unanimous decision and Paul Malignaggi by a fourth-round knockout.
If you haven't heard of this guy yet, you really should check him out. Golovkin has unbelievable punching power for a middleweight. He throws thunderous body shots that leave his opponents crippled. He isn't the most outgoing personality, so that's why he may not be a household name yet. But if he keeps winning, and if he keeps knocking people out, he will be a must-see.
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