The new 4 Kings in Boxing 👑🥊

When boxing was at its prime during the 1980s, four elite boxers have reigned supreme in the lower weight classes and have given joy to the boxing world for some time.

I am obviously talking about Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler & Roberto Duran, dominators in welterweight all the way to super middleweight.

All these boxers have achieved marvellous success in their career. It aspired a new generation to take on boxing. We most importantly we remember all iconic fights they have had against each other in their prime. Many consider those brawls to be some of the most memorable fights in history.

1. Hagler, 2. Duran, 3. Hearns, 4.Leonard

It’s about 35-40 years, that era dissipated, but there is another era on the rise in the lightweight division between four young and hungry boxers desperate to fight each other. Every single one of them is destined to become a multiple world champion with elite challengers to prove they belong on the big stage.

These four young lions have displayed world class talent in the past year but to prove who the number one is, they would have to replicate the previous era and all face each other in the ring.

Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez

Lopez is a young American fighter who was born to Honduran immigrants in 1997 in Brooklyn and took on Boxing at the age of 6, to then develop a very prosperous amateur career by winning the golden gloves in 2015 and then qualify for the Honduran Olympic team.

He competed in the men’s lightweight division at the 2016 Olympics but lost to silver medalist Sofiane Ouhima, which ultimately led him to transition to the pro ranks and sign for Toprank Boxing on the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas undercard.

After 14 fights he elevated himself to a mandatory position to fight IBF world champion Richard Commey in December 2019. Many envisaged Lopez’s’ toughest test and a few even favoured Commey to win the fight.

In the second round however, Lopez landed a straight right hand on Commey’s chin which he couldn’t recover from . His crown, the new IBF world champion.

After his win he was placed in an undisputed fight against pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko. Due to the pandemic, the fight was pushed to October and against all odds, beat Lomachenko via unanimous decision to win the WBA, WBO, IBF & Ring magazine belt.

Lopez vs Lomachenko – Lopez win 116-112, 117-111, 119-109

He is now ranked number 1 in the division, but is still regarded as a novice with just 16 fights and 23 years of age, which makes his accomplishments even more remarkable.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis

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Davis has had a very triumphant amateur career having won the golden gloves in 2012 and obtaining a record of 206-15 before turning professional at the age of 18 by signing a deal with Mayweather promotions.

Davis acclaimed a professional record of 16-0 once he challenged the super-featherweight world title against Jose Pedraza and stopping him in 7 rounds. Unfortunately, he had to vacate his belt after missing weight on the Mayweather vs McGregor undercard but subsequently won another version of the world title in 2018 vs Jesus Cuellar and later beating Gamboa for the WBA (regular) lightweight title.

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Davis vs Gamboa – Davis win via TKO round 12

After beating 4x world champion Leo Santa Cruz in October 2020, he accumulated a record of 24 victories with 0 lossed and knocked out 23 of his opponents in the process, making him a massive threat in the division for many years to come.

Ryan “The Flash” Garcia

The young American from California has also had a decorated amateur career, becoming a 15x national champion and establishing a record of 215-15 before turning professional at the age of 17 under Golden Boy Promotions in 2016. Garcia’s exhilarating hand speed and enormous punching power was becoming very noticeable, and generated a huge social media following in that process.

In January 2021, he was ready to face his toughest test to date in Luke Campbell, an Olympic gold medalist and avid world title challenger, and a win would position Garcia in the top 5 lightweight rankings.

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Garcia vs Campbell – Garcia win via KO round 7

In the early rounds, Campbell gave Garcia some difficulties. He even knocked him down in the 2nd round, but Garcia’s performance was ameliorating in the later stage of the fight and knocked Campbell out with a brutal body shot in round 7.

Garcia established a record of 21-0 with 18KO’s making becoming a credible contender in the lightweight division and the next superstar in U.S. boxing.

Devin “The Dream” Haney

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Lastly, we finish off with the last rising superstar in the U.S. named Devin Haney, also known as “the dream”. Devin Haney was also a highly prestigious amateur with a 138-8 record and being one of Floyd Mayweather’s prodigies for some time.

He Inevitably turned pro at 17 and had to box in Mexico due to minimum age regulations in the U.S. but then appeared on the Pacquiao vs Bradley undercard in 2016 in Las Vegas.

5 years as professional, his 25-0 record with 15 KO’s elevated him up to WBC champion, but Lomachenko became designated franchise champion. Haney has beaten quality operators as a champion but is also portrayed as the weakest fighter because he has not fought world class contenders in the division.

He finally got the chance to face former 3x world champion Jorge Linares last Saturday on the 29th of May whom he outclassed for 12 rounds, and suffered some serious shots which proved his resilience in the fight.

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Haney vs Linares – Haney win 116-112 x2, 115-113

Furthermore, other 3 prospects that he isn’t some sort of hype job from the Mayweather Boxing Gym, but a serious force reckoned with in the future with his profound skillset and excellent jab that could outclass many world champions today.

All 4 of these talents will become icons in the sport with the massive following they generating on various platforms, but in order to replicate the golden era in the 1980s, they will need to fight each other to unanimously pin down who the best fighter is.

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