Boxing in the UK is currently going through a exceptional period. Many talented fighters are stepping up to compete against the best opposition around the world. As well as building a brand that pervades across social media platforms and broadcasters like Sky and BT. There has been much of a debate on who will become the next fighter. Who will stand out on pay-per-view (PPV) platforms.
Momentarily only three fighters can be named that are regarded as PPV fighters. These are Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury,and Dillian Whyte.
All of them are on the box office platform for many years now. There is still a few years to come. However, many stakeholders in the industry are somewhat disconcerted on who the next stars will be replace them. A few names have popped up who can pave the way as the next PPV era.
Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, next PPV star
The first fighter in this bracket is Conor Benn, an undefeated welterweight who with the name itself, attracts a vast amount of media coverage. He is the son of former middleweight & super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn, who carried British Boxing along with Chris Eubank and Frank Bruno at the time.
This would have already put a lot of pressure on the prospect. If he did not display the similar adept and powerful level as his father did. It would tarnish his name as well as his father’s legacy.
His most recent fight against Samuel Vargas was considered a banana skin for many boxing analysts. His experience against elite level fighters and Benn’s inexperience on the world stage.
Despite all the altercations, Benn went in and upset everyone by knocking Vargas out. His devastating shots going to head and the body.
That fight attracted massive numbers on Sky and was across all social media platforms displaying his devastating knockout. Conor Benn will become a big draw in British Boxing and the Welterweight division, if he keeps this pace up
Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois
Huge heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois is part of the GB set up who represented England and boxed with the team all around the world.
Moreover, he’s a part of the GB squad getting ready for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He decided to opt out and turn professional instead under Queensberry Promotions & Frank Warren.
Dubois made his debut in 2017 at the age of 19 and started to precipitate up the heavyweight ranks by storm by attaining the British, Commonwealth and WBO international heavyweight title in just 15 fights.
The much-anticipated encounter between him and Joe Joyce was inevitable in early 2020. Due to the pandemic pushing it later that year on the 28th of November.
The buildup to the fight would secure a final eliminator for Anthony Joshua’s WBO title against Oleksandr Usyk. A recognized and righteous contender in the heavyweight division.
Although Dubois was the favourite against Joyce, he unfortunately suffered a broken orbital bone and nerve damage around the eye in the 10th round and discontinued making Joyce the winner of the contest.
Now does that mean it is the end for Dubois’ journey to championship glory? Absolutely not! At such an adolescent age in the sport, he can continue sharpening his skills and gathering further experience for several years.
Even though multiple novices are beginning to flourish across the board, Dubois will be a serious contender. He could likely dominate the British heavyweight landscape for many years to come.
His next bout will be against Bogdan Dinu for the WBA interim heavyweight title. It could put him right back up there as a contender if gets through the fight in style.
Campbell “Hurricane” Hatton
Campbell Hatton has been a recent debutant in the professional ranks that fights in the lightweight division. The reason why many believe the young prospect will flourish as a star is due to the Hatton family name.
Campbell is the son of British boxing legend Ricky Hatton who held multiple world champions in the light-welterweight & welterweight division. This were legendary fights against icons like Kostya Tszyu, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Now this does not mean that Campbell will reach the same level or obtain the same skillset. Already has a massive fanbase that is indispensable for the growth of a fighter.