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BoxNation Prospects: 15 Fighters on The Rise For 2015

BOXING WRITER GLYNN EVANS picks 15 domestic prospects from the BoxNation axis - all still to feature in 12 round championship action - who he expects to set home fires burning in 2015.

15. Isaac Macleod

This Sunderland welterweight topped the podium at the European Youth Championships in Hungary and was also a World Youth finalist in the Ukraine, prior to shedding his singlet.

And the mighty Mackem fully justified his 'can bang' ring moniker by toppling a Hungarian with a single meaty left hook in round three of his pro bout earlier this month.

Trained by 'Arnie' Farnell in Manchester and a stablemate of ex-IBF Bantam boss Paul Butler, expect the 19-year-old carpet fitter to lay out several more opponents as he races up the ladder.

14. Joe Costello

The classy Brummie lightweight first laced up aged just six and bagged half a dozen national junior titles under the tutelage of his father John, an ex amateur.

In 2008, joltin' Joe upgraded to European schoolboy champion, a feat which brought recognition as the BBC Midland's Young Sportsman of the Year.

A rift with amateur powerbrokers hastened the 21-year-old's entry to the pros last May and he already has three wins, two by stoppage.

13. Romeo Romaeo

Could the maverick 19-year-old switch-hitter succeed Naseem Hamed and Chris Eubank as the next great showman of British boxing?

Outspoken, cocksure and hugely charismatic, the Bristol born super-feather can certainly skip, somersault and flip the ring ropes. However, the verdict is still out as to how well he can actually fight.

Unbeaten in six, whispers from around the gyms suggest he's mugged off several rival prospects and champions in spar wars.

Presently, as many seem keen for him to falter as flourish... but that's never been bad for box office business!

12. Josh Leather

The touted Guisborough light-welter first learned to scrap by sparring twin brother Callum in the living room of the family home. Both advanced to win national junior titles.

Josh later captained England and won a senior English ABA title in 2012. Tall and skilful, the 23-year-old ex-roofer has won six straight since debuting in September 2013 and could be on the cusp of title contention this time next year.

11. Gary Corcoran

One of 12 kids to an Irish travelling family, 'Hellraiser' struggled to make an impact in the sanitised amateur sphere.

But his wild aggression and fearlessness have made the 24-year-old from Paddington a cult hero as a pro, both in the small halls and on TV screens.

Unbeaten in 10 with five early nights, expect the Mark Tibbs-trained starlet to feature at 10 round title level during the early part of 2015.

10. Tommy Langford

The 25-year-old from Bideford hopes to become Devon's first British champion since fellow middleweight Scott Dann in 2005.

A Sports Science graduate from Birmingham University, the six-foot stylist scalped feted Callum Smith during an amateur career that saw him captain England.

A stable mate of British welter boss Frankie Gavin, the Tom Chaney trained prospect is yet to concede a single round in 11 pro gigs.

9. Tom Baker

A graduate of the heralded Repton amateur academy, copper-topped Tom twice made it to the English Senior ABA final whilst just a teenager.

One of 13 children from a travelling family in Chingford, Essex, the 23-year-old super-middle is another who mastered Callum Smith in a singlet.

Coached by Mark Tibbs in east London, Baker has raced to 10 straight wins as a pro and his ramrod left jab renders him exceptionally hard to beat.

8. Thomas Stalker

The 2012 Team GB skipper suffered an unexpected loss last time out when he got his tactics wrong and was stopped, still upright, by Chorley bull Jack Catterall.

Already 30, time is against the likeable Scouse southpaw. Nevertheless his quality is evident in its bringing him medals at the Commonwealth, European and World amateur championships and suggest that, given the right matches, Captain Stalker could yet have a say in the wide open domestic light-welter division.

7. Craig Evans

The Blackwood southpaw first drew attention by skating to the British senior amateur crown, aged just 17.

He later extended amateur great and present WBO Featherweight boss Vasyl Lomachenko to the scorecards during a painful encounter at the 2009 World Seniors in Milan.

Five years on, the Welsh Wizard is unbeaten in 13 as a pro. Regular competitive spars with championship grade stablemates Lee Selby and Gary Buckland suggest the Tony Borg-groomed Evans is ready for major title action, sooner rather than later.

6. Ahmet Patterson

The gifted East Dulwich dance master has been quietly waltzing through Britain's welterweight ranks and should feature at domestic title level in 2015.

Ahmet Patterson

The slick and mobile 27-year-old has already amassed Masters, Southern Area and English titles, en route to a 14-0 slate.

Much avoided due to his mobility and awkwardness, the Martin Bowers-coached 'punch picker' might be heading for a showdown with fellow Londoner Bradley Skeete sometime in the New Year.

5. Matty Askin

The 25-year-old Blackpool based 'Assassin' is probably more contender than prospect now.

English champion in both codes, the 6ft 4in cruiser bruiser is blessed with seriously heavy hands, as 10 stoppage wins on a 17-2 CV testifies.

Troubled by hand injuries in 2014, Askin should finally get an overdue shot at Jamaican dangerman Ovill McKenzie's British and Commonwealth belts before spring is through.

4. Hughie Fury

A distant relative of Bartley Gorman - much feared 'King of the Gypsies' - traveller Hughie comes from real fighting stock.

In 2012, the cousin of Tyson Fury nailed a gold medal at super-heavy at the World Youth championships in Armenia. Subsequently, 'Fists of Fury' galloped to 14-0 in his first 14 months as a prizefighter.

Lately, the 6ft 6in 20-year-old has been compromised by a blood disorder. Provided he overcomes that, we should learn more about his true potential if a mooted February match with 24-1 Ukrainian Andriy Rudenko comes to fruition.

Hughie possesses all the tools to evolve into a massive star.

3. Jack Catterall

The 21-year-old Chorley southpaw will be eager to build on a fabulous 2014 campaign which saw him trounce previously unbeaten Scouse rivals Nathan Brough (rsc2) and Tom Stalker (rsc8) back-to-back.

Schooled by respected Lee Beard, 'El Gato' served his ring apprenticeship in the hardened gyms of the US East Coast.

Now unbeaten in 10, with six early endings, the Lancastrian powerhouse would be at least an even money nap to dethrone either Commonwealth king Dave Ryan or veteran British champion Willie Limond, if the matches can be made. The northerner carries a serious dig in both gloves.

2. Frank Buglioni

The ruggedly handsome 'Wise Guy' from Winchmore Hill, possesses the lines and looks to evolve into a crossover star, provided he can continue to deliver between the ropes.

The massive hooking crowd favourite was forced to recalculate after enduring an unscripted stoppage defeat to Belarus iron man Sergey Khomitsky last April.

Relocating to Dublin, the 25-year-old north Londoner has returned to winning form under the tutelage of Steve and 'Packie' Collins and is ready to be unleashed again.

Given his commercial appeal, he is sure to be in the mix for the currently vacant Commonwealth belt, or any elimination series should British champ Paul Smith relinquish.

1.    Mitchell Smith

The two-fisted action man from Harrow Weald can box, fight or bang and he always brings an army.

Still only 22, 'The Baby Faced Assassin' shifted over 1500 tickets for his recent WBO European title win over a Hungarian (pts10) at London's ExCeL Arena, elevating his record to 10-0.

Trained by ex-British Light-Welter king Jason Rowland, Mighty Mitch is perfectly primed to contend, should stablemate Liam Walsh opt to abdicate his British or Commonwealth straps in pursuit of global glory.

In the long term, Smith has genuine world title potential.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by richardt on 01-03-2015

I would never call any guy (Evans) a prospect if they have had only 13 fights in 5 years. That's sounds like a part-time boxer disinterested in the sport or one who gets injured too much.

Comment by Sparked_26 on 01-03-2015

[QUOTE=JackTheLad;15248905]What a **** list! Frank 5hitillioni and 5hitchel Smith? Give me a ****ing break.[/QUOTE] You don't think Mitchell is the goods? Kid is decent.

Comment by JACK1190 on 01-03-2015

What a **** list! Frank 5hitillioni and 5hitchel Smith? Give me a ****ing break.

Comment by JayCho on 01-03-2015

Its a shame they are on boxnation, frank warren wont let them enter prizefighter on Sky

Comment by Mick Higgs on 01-03-2015

The prizefighter series is great to nurture these lads, area titles are also valuable stepping stones.

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