America’s eight elite boxing stars of the future, including Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez and other under-25 fighters

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Teofimo Lopez defeated Vasyl Lomachenko on Saturday night to usher in a new era for US boxing.

Although he is not the first of America’s fresh set of young prospects to become a world champion, Lopez became the first to show his full potential and conquer a pound-for-pound great.

But Lopez, 23, is not the only future star of US boxing, as talkSPORT looks at the next generation – all of who are under 25

Lopez dethroned Lomachenko with a brilliant boxing display

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Lopez dethroned Lomachenko with a brilliant boxing display

Teofimo Lopez: Age 23

Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) impressed as he proved his class by blitzing Richard Commey to claim the IBF lightweight world title last December.

He then jumped straight into the unification with Lomachenko and has emerged as WBA, IBF, WBO and WBC ‘Franchise’ champion.

Lopez boxed intelligently in the opening rounds and built a lead by preventing the Ukrainian from getting started.

He provided a consistent deterrent throughout the night, keeping Loma at bay with strong jabs and counter rights to head and body.

Although the 32-year-old battled back in the second half, it proved too little too late as the younger man came on strong in the final round to secure glory.

Lopez is the WBA, WBC ‘franchise’, IBF and WBO lightweight world champion

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Lopez is the WBA, WBC ‘franchise’, IBF and WBO lightweight world champion

Tyson Fury reacts to Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez

Gervonta Davis: Age 25

Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) burst onto the scene in not too dissimilar fashion to Lopez as he knocked out Jose Pedraza for the IBF super-featherweight title in 2017.

However, rather than jump straight in with Loma as Lopez did, he has gone down a different route.

Floyd Mayweather’s protégé was stripped of the belt for missing weight later that year and then won back a WBA version of the super-featherweight title in 2018.

Davis has since moved up and claimed the WBA ‘regular’ lightweight belt, but will now finally look to improve his best win as he is scheduled to face Leo Santa Cruz on October 31.

Gervonta is the WBA ‘regular lightweight belt-holder and a former super-featherweight world champion

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Gervonta is the WBA ‘regular lightweight belt-holder and a former super-featherweight world champion

Gervonta Davis training with Floyd Mayweather

Devin Haney: Age 22

Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) caught the eye as a prospect in the past few years and became world champion in late 2019.

However, he is yet to truly face a world class opponent.

This is because when the highly talented young American captured the WBC ‘interim’ lightweight belt by stopping Zaur Abdullaev, he was supposed to be mandatory for Lomachenko.

But the WBC accepted a request from Loma’s team for him to be elevated to become ‘franchise’ champion, meaning that Haney has been upgraded to the standard WBC lightweight world champion.

Yuriorkis Gamboa is the next defence for Haney on November 7.

Haney is the WBC lightweight world champion

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Haney is the WBC lightweight world champion

Floyd Mayweather gives Devin Haney a tour of his house

Ryan Garcia: Age 22

Garcia 20-0 (17 KOs) is a social media sensation boasting a ludicrous following of 7.4million on Instagram.

Two underwhelming displays in 2018 saw him come in for serious criticism as he was tested for ten rounds by both Jayson Velez and Carlos Morales, with the latter bout against Morales being too close for comfort as the unfancied opponent had late success.

However, in his two most recent performances, Garcia came up against two men who were supposed to be his toughest tests to date and knocked them both out in round one.

Now he faces his first serious step up towards world level against Luke Campbell for the WBC ‘interim’ belt on December 5.

Garcia is a top lightweight contender

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Garcia is a top lightweight contender

David Benavidez: Age 23

Benavidez 23-0 (20 KOs) impressed on his road to becoming boxing’s youngest world champion back in 2017.

The bludgeoning puncher has had his ups and downs since, though, with a couple of impressive title defences being overshadowed by issues outside of the ring.

He lost his WBC super-middleweight title after testing positive for cocaine in 2018.

Benavidez recovered and fought to win the belt back a year later, only to then lose it once more as he failed to make weight for his most recent defence.

Benavidez is a former super-middleweight world champion

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Benavidez is a former super-middleweight world champion

Shakur Stevenson: Age 23

Stevenson (14-0, 8 KOs) is the only name on this list with Olympic amateur success.

He won a silver medal at Rio 2016 and made fast progress through the featherweight division as a pro.

Late last year, Stevenson won the WBO featherweight world title by beating Joet Gonzalez.

Now he’s vacated and moved up to super-featherweight in search of further glory.

Stevenson is a former featherweight world champion

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Stevenson is a former featherweight world champion

Vergil Ortiz Jr: Age 22

Ortiz Jr (16-0, 16 KOs) has attracted plenty of attention within his first 16 fights.

He is the only boxer on this list who holds a 100 per cent KO ratio having stopped every opponent he’s faced so far.

The youngster is yet to compete at world level, but is blowing away lower level opposition in convincing fashion.

It’s a big jump up to the world stage at welterweight with elite fighters such as Errol Spence, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao currently ruling the division.

Ortiz is a top welterweight contender

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Ortiz is a top welterweight contender

Jaron Ennis: Age 23

Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) is in a similar position to Ortiz Jr.

He too has appeared very impressive in his fights thus far, but is yet to compete against top opposition.

A bout between these two prospects could be hugely significant for world boxing in five to ten years’ time.

It will be intriguing to see which of the pair can reach a world title triumph first.

Ennis is a top welterweight contender

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Ennis is a top welterweight contender





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