Boxing: Five Prospects to Look Out for in 2021

Published 12/21/2020, 11:35 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 08: Daniel Dubois of Great Britain celebrates after defeating Mauricio Barragan of Uruguay in their WBC World Youth Heavyweight Championship bout at Copper Box Arena on July 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)


Akin to every other sport, boxing faced one of its toughest calendars in 2020 as the COVID-19 outbreak forced the business into a shutdown and prevented the fans from entering the arenas.

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For a brief period, boxing matches were suspended until Matchroom came up with the Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte event in August. The only way that event could take place was behind closed doors.

Irrespective of all the turmoil, it was an exemplary year for the sport where several prodigies, young and advanced, entertained the fans.

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The scars of 2020 also brought some positive aspects which might pave the way for 2021. We have seen some exceptional performances this year, and it can have a tremendous impact on the road up ahead.

Let us look at 5 prodigies who can record similar success in the coming year, citing some nail-biting fights for the fans.

Boxing and it’s 5 best prodigies for 2021

There are umpteen on the record, and the sport will never run out of young talents. However, looking at the current scenario, these names can take a huge jump to glory in 2021.

Edgar Berlanga

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Edgar Berlanga celebrates after defeating Ulises Sierra at the MGM Grand Conference Center on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

The super-middleweight sensation had a great 2020, cementing 3 KO victories on the trot. He is currently 16-0 and poses a serious threat to the division.

While the super middleweight unit already has a new member in Canelo Alvarez, Berlanga can be a legitimate threat to him. After a significant year in the current calendar, ‘The Chosen One’ will undoubtedly garner immense attention in his upcoming fights.

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Caleb Plant

The IBF super-middleweight champion already billed himself as the best super middleweight boxer on social media. He has a fight against Caleb Truax on January 30th.

While he is also unbeaten in a looming division, ‘Sweet Hands’ might entertain us thoroughly in 2021. He is one big puncher to look forward to in 2021.

Terence Crawford

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Terence Crawford poses during the weigh-in for his welterweights fight against Amir Khan of the United Kingdom at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Following a huge contractual dispute with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Terence Crawford’s in-ring achievements have been overshadowed. We might see ‘Bud’ enter a new promotion soon.

That said, it will be interesting to see whether he remains the same without Top Rank Promotions or not.

Ryan Garcia

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

The Golden Boy couldn’t face Luke Campbell in 2020. So, the WBC lightweight title ride is on hold with the matchup for the Interim title being sealed for January 2th.

Ryan Garcia will kick off the year for boxing fans, and it will be great to see whether he can beat ‘Cool Hand’ for the Interim strap.

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Daniel Dubois

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Daniel Dubois celebrates victory after his fight against Dave Howe during the International Heavy Weight contest at Copper Box Arena on May 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old heavyweight puncher, posed as Mike Tyson, faced his maiden defeat against a veteran Joe Joyce. Although he is still an A-lister, the defeat might have affected the youngster’s confidence.

2021 will be important for Daniel Dubois, where he can regain his top-spot and continue his journey for the heavyweight titles.

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Considering how fans were permitted to watch Canelo Alvarez butt heads with Callum Smith at long last at the Alamodome Stadium on December 19th, the same trend might be maintained during the upcoming boxing events with complete normalcy only a matter or weeks away.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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