The heavyweight division is booming at the moment. Many top class heavyweights challenging each other to become a mandatory contender. The best of all, the division will continue to thrive for many years to come.
Numerous up-and-coming heavyweights are now accentuating their profile and proving themselves on the world stage. Which heavyweights will supplant the current era?
Here are my personal top 5 heavyweight prospects to challenge for world titles later in their career.
Heavyweight Daniel ‘DDD’ Dubois 🇬🇧
Heavyweight prospect Dubois is a 23 year old boxer who accumulated a vast amateur experience with the England and GB squad boxing all over the world in his teenage years. Having made his debut at the young age of 19, many analysts foresee him as the next world heavyweight champion from the UK, annihilating his opponents one by one and shooting himself up the rankings to becoming a prestigious contender.
Conversely after his loss against Joe Joyce, experts questioned whether he was just a hype job or just put in too early against a quality Olympian like Joyce.
Nonetheless, his comeback fight against Bogdan Dinu just shows how big of a prospect he really is. It showed he has enough time to develop into an elite level fighter at championship level.
Heavyweight Guido “il gladiatore” Vianello 🇮🇹
The 27-year-old heavyweight from Rome, Italy signed by top rank promotions back in 2017. As an amateur he won a silver medal at the EU championships in 2014. He competed in the super-heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympics, against Lenier Peró in the round of 16. He lost
During his professional career, Guido sparring partners included Joseph Parker, Joe Joyce & Tyson Fury as preparation for their championship fights. He has the potential to become the next Italian champion since Francesco Damiani in 1991.
Efe ‘the one and only’ Ajagba 🇳🇬
After the amazing success African fighters have had in the UFC with the likes of Ngannou, Usman and Adesanya, the heavyweight champion could be next with 2016 Olympian Efe Ajagba. The 27-year-old won the gold medal at the African Qualifying tournament. He represented Nigeria in the Olympics and was also the only Nigerian Boxer to qualify for the tournament.
After losing to 2x Bronze medalist Ivan Dychko in the quarter finals, he decided to turn pro and had built up an undefeated record of 15 wins with 12 KO’s. The 6’6 heavyweight with his 85 inch wingspan will fight under the Wilder v Fury III on July 24th against Cuban prospect Frank Sanchez, which will be his toughest test to date and could open up further opportunities for him to challenge for a world title if he wins!
Bakhodir Jalolov 🇺🇿
Uzbekistan has experienced a surge of young boxing talents having the most successful campaign in the 2016 Olympic games. One of the talents is the 26-year-old southpaw heavyweight named Bakhodir Jalolov. He unfortunately lost to Joe Joyce in the quarter finals. A decorated amateur having won gold 3 times at the Asian championships, and once at the world championships.
His extensive experience and incredible conditioning is a threat to any heavyweight in the world, and now after 8 straight wins via KO, he’s ready to make the next step before challenging a credible contender!
Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson 🇺🇸
Jared “big baby” Anderson could be the next big time boxer coming from American soil. This flamboyant 21-year-old won the U.S. National championship in 2017 & 2018 during the amateur and could have even competed for the USA team at the 2020 Olympics. He decided to turn professional in 2019 with top rank promotions where he built up an undefeated record compiled only of knockouts.
If he continues in the path he’s currently going, Anderson will become a serious threat in the division and subsequently end up as a world champion. He’s organised to fight Vladimir Tereshkin on the Wilder v Fury undercard. This could expose his name to the global audience and make his voice heard.
Of course these are only a few names on the current heavyweight landscape. This just displays how much talent there currently is. The heavyweight division hasn’t been this exciting since the Mike Tyson era in the early 90s. Boxing fans could potentially see many of them clashing in the next few years!