Three boxers who look set to become world heavyweight champions
The heavyweight division is booming right now, with established stars such as Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder all at the top of their game.
Outside of the top four positions in the rankings, there is a long list of upcoming boxers patiently waiting for their opportunity. Here’s a look at the best of these three men who have a high chance of becoming world champions.
Frank Sanchez is a heavyweight who will be watching the outcome of the fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte closely. He is currently ranked number four with the WBC, so he could face the winner later this year. The outcome of the fight is already announced for most bookmakers and fans: if you were to bet on boxing today in outright markets, you’d find Fury the 1/6 favorite for combat.
Meanwhile, Whyte is priced at 7/2 in the Fury v Whyte Latest Odds for their confrontation in London. The British boxer has been linked to a fight with Sanchez for 18 months. Should he become a full world champion, the Cuban would be even more interested in fighting with the Body Snatcher.
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Sanchez has yet to taste defeat so far in his professional career. He has 20 wins and one “no contest”, his last success being the one against Christian Hammer after 10 rounds. Although he doesn’t have a big name on his list yet, he is a boxer who seems to get better with every fight. The 29-year-old has a great future in the sport.
British boxer Daniel Dubois gained a reputation for being a huge puncher early in his professional career. Dynamite won 14 of his first 15 fights by stoppage, and his lone victory by points came against the experienced Kevin Johnson.
Dubois suffered a career setback when Joe Joyce beat him in their All-British showdown in November 2020: Triple D was defeated in the 10th roundsuffering damage to his left eye socket during the fight.
The 24-year-old from London has recovered well from the loss to Joyce. He only needed two rounds beat Bogdan Dinuwhile last time out in his United States debut he beat Joe Cusumano in the first round.
Once he has even more experience on his side, Dubois will become a boxer that the big names in the division will want to avoid.
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Congolese boxer Martin Bakole is the younger brother of WBC Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. With his stature so far, Bakole has shown he has the potential to become a world champion in the sport one day as well.
Bakole has a professional record of 17-1, his only loss being against Michael Hunter in 2018. The American stopped him in the 10th round of that fight in London. Since then he has picked up victories over Kevin Johnson and Sergey Kuzmin. The latter was for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.
The 28-year-old fought with Fury ahead of the WBC champion’s clash with Whyte, and that experience is sure to prove invaluable when he gets his first chance at a world title.
2022 could be a big year for the three boxers above as they are very close to a huge opportunity in the heavyweight division. They are all looking to have what it takes to be world champion one day.