November 2016


One of the most dynamic sports fields in the world is boxing. Unlike in other sports where some players may reign as champions for a very long time, it’s a little bit different in boxing. Here, you may find a much feared champion being knocked out in as early as the second round of his next event. It’s never quite a surprise to hear that a big name in boxing has conceded defeat to an opponent who is relatively unknown.
Of special interest are the World Boxing Association (WBA) fights. These fights tend to be tougher in comparison to other fights because first of all, they only pit together professional boxers and not amateur boxers as may happen in other boxing federations. Secondly, the WBA matches aren’t a child’s play because boxers crave the prestige of being a WBA champion and hence give their very best while in the ring.
Who are the best young WBA boxers?
We all know about WBA big names such as Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao, Jorge Linares, and Amir Khan among others. These are senior or relatively senior boxers who have over time stamped their authority in their respective WBA weight classes. Who, however are some of the best young talents the WBA currently has? Well, here is a list of seven boxers aged 27 and below who are proving excellence in WBA competitions:
1. Canelo Alvarez
A list young boxing sensations wouldn’t be complete without including Saul Canelo Alvarez. Having recently taken on a much dreaded Gennady Golovkin, the 26 year old Mexican boxer is probably the bravest and most spirited young boxer that the boxing world currently has The current WBO light middleweight champion and former WBA Unified light middleweight title holder has a record of 48 wins out of 50 professional matches. He has only 1 loss and a single draw. The Mexican also boasts of 34 knockout wins to his name.
Furthermore, Canelo has proved he is a force to reckon by facing a number of elite boxers in the past. His list of well known opponents include Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Erislandy Lara among others.
2. Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman is a decorated boxer. He has held the WBA welterweight title ever since 2013. He is also ranked 2nd best welterweight in the world by BoxRec and Ring Magazine.
The 27 year old American star has 27 wins out of 28 career matches and a total of 22 knockouts. He has previously fought notable stars such Julio Diaz, Robert Guerrero, and Luis Collazo among many more He certainly a star within the rings.
3. Adrien Broner
Adrien Broner is an American boxing star who has the feat of being a four weight champion at just the age of 27. He started out his professional boxing career as a super featherweight in 2008 and at the moment, he is competing at welterweight.
Broner’s list of titles include WBO Junior Lightweight, WBC Lightweight, WBA Welterweight, and WBA Super Lightweight among others. He is indeed a sterling sportsman.
4. Dmitry Bivol
The 25 year old Russian is the current WBA light heavyweight interim champion. Although he hasn’t been in the professional boxing realm long enough, he is proving to be a talent to watch out for as he has won all of his 8 professional matches. Out of these wins, he has 6 knockouts. His remaining two wins have been by the judges’ unanimous decision.
The promising boxer scooped the WBA light heavyweight interim title from Dominican Republic’s Felix Valera in May this year
5. Juan Francisco Estrada
Juan Francisco Estrada or El gallito as he is fondly referred to is a former WBA Unified flyweight title holder. The pugilist has had 34 wins in 36 professional matches and 24 of these have been by knockout.
El Gallito recently moved up to the bantamweight category where he floored Raymond Tabugon in his debut match. Estrada also proved he is made of steel in 2012 when he put up a spirited fight against Roman Gonzalez, only losing to him by marginal points. He had come down his natural weight division to face the Nicaraguan star at light flyweight.
6. Tony Lopez Jr
Some would want to argue that he doesn’t deserve a mention in this list but the young American has shown the world he has what it takes to be a boxing bigwig in the very near future. At only 22 years of age, the bantamweight fighter is already taking on more experienced fighters such as Stephon Young among others. The youthful boxer is a former WBC Youth International bantamweight champion and is ranked 7th by the North American Boxing Association (NASA).
Lopez Jr has only suffered 1 loss out of his 12 professional matches. He has 4 knockout wins which is quite encouraging considering his age and the fact that he has not had much amateur and professional experiences in comparison to his opponents. He further showcased his capability of becoming a star when he recently stopped a more experienced Jerren Cochran in the second round of a HBO event.
The world certainly has to keep its eyes open for this boxing starlet that is emerging from the North of America.
7. Randy Moreno
United States’ promising young talent doesn’t stop at Lopez Jr, there is also another American young boxer who is proving to be a star in the making. This is none other than super featherweight fighter Randy Moreno. The 20 year old vounaster who is sianed with Rov Jones Jr Boxina Promotions recently defeated Derick
Barthomley at the Knockout Night at the D event to improve his ranking to 2-0 with 1 knockout. His win came after a 4th round unanimous decision by the judges. Moreno has also previously taken on various experienced boxers in the U.S.
The Las Vegas star has just started but he certainly holds promise of becoming an ace very soon.
There you have it, seven of the young WBA boxers who are proving their capability within the ring. The list locked out some well known names such as Kell Brooks and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez because of the issue 01 26 years cutoff age. It is important to note that there apparently isn’t any definite criteria of ranking a boxer as either young or senior aged. The 26 years of age cutoff limit was just for the sake of this article. There are many other young boxers who haven’t been included in this list but are certainly doing great in their sport.