Here’s a list of some of PBC's top rising stars. Boxers on this list are on a hot streak, like a slugger in baseball on a hitting streak or a running back in football who keeps posting 100-yard rushing games. They’re not ranked in any particular order. We’ll leave that to you—the reader.

PBC Hot List

Deontay Wilder, heavyweight (40-0, 39 KOs)

Following three months of failed negotiations to make a heavyweight unification bout with England’s 6-foot-6 Anthony Joshua, 32-year-old WBC king Deontay Wilder’s focused on returning to action in the fall toward improving to 51-0 with 50 knockouts, a feat that would surpass Floyd Mayweather Jr’s all-time record for career victories without a loss.

The 6-foot-7 “Bronze Bomber” ended his seventh straight stoppage in title defenses with a three-knockdown, 10th-round TKO of previously unbeaten southpaw Luis “King Kong” Ortiz 928-1, 24 KOs) in March, and faces a mandatory defense against former title challenger and once-beaten 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale.

Ortiz followed Wilder’s three-knockdown, first-round stoppage of Bermane Stiverne in November in Brooklyn, representing a rematch of the fight in which Wilder won the world title with a 12-round unanimous decision in 2015.

Mikey Garcia, 135 pounds, (38-0, 30 KOs)

Mikey Garcia, 30, will put his WBC 135-pound title up against the IBF crown owned by Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) in a unification clash of unbeatens on July 28 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Garcia earned his fourth world championship in a different division with a unanimous decision over IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets in March, scoring a seventh-round knockdown—the first of Lipinets’ career. Garcia has since vacated that crown.

Garcia won the 135-pound title on a third-round KO of Dejan Zlaticanin in 2017, later in the year, making a successful 140-pound debut with a unanimous decision over four-division champion Adrien Broner at Barclays in July.

Leo Santa Cruz, 126 pounds (35-1-1, 19 KOs)

Leo Santa Cruz has won three straight since a majority decision loss to Carl Frampton dethroned him as 126-pound WBC world champion in July 2016.

In succession, Santa Cruz won his rematch the same way over Frampton in January 2017, an eighth-round stoppage of Chris Avalos in October, and a battle of three-division champions by unanimous decision over Abner Mares last month’s rematch of Santa Cruz’s majority decision in August 2015.

Santa Cruz-Mares was declared an eliminator for the WBC crown held by southpaw Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KOs), but Santa Cruz also craves a trilogy with Frampton if not other 126-pound unifications opposite WBO champ Oscar Valdez or IBF titleholder Josh Warrington.

Efe Ajagba, heavyweight (5-0, 5 KOs)

A 6-foot-5, 230-plus Nigerian, Efe Alagba’s coming off a 35-second stoppage of Dell Long in May that represented his fifth knockout and fourth in the first round of as many victories without a loss during a 10-month career.

Nicknamed “The One And Only,” the 24-year-old Alagba shares corner man Ronnie Shields with and trains alongside two-division champ Jermall Charlo and former 154-pound titleholder Erislandy Lara at the Houston-based Plex Gym.

“Efe’s has the height, power, speed and instincts to be heavyweight champion of the world,” said Shields of the gold and bronze medalist in the 2015 African Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Marcus Browne, 175 pounds (21-0, 16 KOs)

Marcus Browne registered five knockdowns and three straight knockout wins during an 11-month period through January, and will pursue his fourth consecutive stoppage against Lenin Castillo August 4 at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale New York.

“Sir Marcus’” most recent victory was a first-round stoppage of Francy Ntetu on January 20 at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, where the left-handed, 27-year-old Staten Island native is 12-0 with eight KOs and 13-0 with nine KOs in the state of New York.

A 2012 U.S. Olympian who is rocketing toward title contention, Browne began his rise last year with KO victories in the sixth and second rounds over left-handed title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. and previously unbeaten Seanie Monaghan in February and July.

Jermell Charlo, 154 pounds (31-0, 15 KOs)

Jermell Charlo declared himself “the best fighter at 154 hands down” before his third WBC title defense, last month’s majority decision over Austin Trout. In victory, “Iron Man” improved to 5-0 (four KOs) against southpaws in the past five years, and remained on a collision course with unified counterpart Jarrett Hurd, whose first title defense was a 10th-round TKO of Trout in October.

Charlo, 28, flattened previously unbeaten southpaw Erickson Lubin in the first round in October, and in his previous fight, similarly starched left-hander Charles Hatley in the sixth round in April 2017. Trained by Derrick James, Charlo has sparred with left-handed welterweight champion Errol Spence, Jr., before each of his past three bouts.

Charlo made history with an eighth-round KO of John Jackson in May 2016 to win his crown, joining his twin, Jermall, as the first siblings to simultaneously hold 154-pound titles. Jermall made his 160-pound debut with a fourth-round TKO of Jorge Sebastian Heiland in July before earning an interim crown by second-round stoppage of Hugo Centeno in April.

Carl Frampton, 126 pounds (25-1, 14 KOs)

A 31-year-old two-division champion, Carl Frampton next fights on August 18 in his native Belfast against 2012 Olympic team captain Luke Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) of Australia to follow up his unanimous decision over four-division title winner Nonito Donaire in April for the WBO’s 126-poud interim crown

“The Jackal” desires 126-pound unification bouts against WBO champ Oscar Valdez, WBC king Gary Russell Jr., or IBF titleholder Josh Warrington in order to force are a trilogy fight with WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton has split bout with Santa Cruz, dethroning him as WBA champ by majority decision in July 2016 before losing their rematch the same way in January 2017.

By defeating Santa Cruz, Frampton became the second Irish two-division champion and first Northern Irishman to do so, joining former 160- and 168-pound champion Steve Collins and being named the PBC’s 2016 Fighter Of the Year after winning world titles in two weight divisions against a pair of undefeated champions.

Stephen Fulton, 122-126 pounds (13-0, 6 KOs)

A 5-foot-7, 23-year-old boxer-puncher from Philadelphia, Stephen Fulton weighed 122 ¾ for last month’s ninth-round stoppage of Jesus Ahumada, who entered their bout at 14-1 with 9 KOs but was stopped for the first time on the undercard of 147-pound champion Errol Spence’s first-round KO of Carlos Ocampo at The Star in Frisco, Texas near his home of Desoto.

Fulton prepared by sparring with two-division world champion Carl Frampton at the VIP Boxing Gym in Manchester, England, before Frampton’s unanimous decision over four-division title winner Nonito Donaire in April.

“Stephen Fulton was very similar to Donaire, but fresher, younger and a little bit stronger. With his strength and his weight in sparring, Stephen made it more difficult,” said Frampton. “Stephen’s an enormous talent and I’m very impressed with him. I genuinely think Stephen has the potential to be a future world champion.”

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Tugstsogt Nyambayar, 126 pounds (10-0, 9 KOs)

Tugstsogt Nayambayar, a 26-year-old Mongolian silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics, rose from a first-round knockdown to secure a five-knockdown, third-round knockout of ex title-holder Oscar Escandon in May.

A threat at 122 or 126 pounds, “King Tug” has not faced a fighter with a losing record since his first pair of victories, and represents Mongolia’s biggest world title hope since Lakva Sim earned the WBA’s vacant 135-pound title via fifth-round TKO of Miguel Callist in April 2004.

Errol Spence Jr., 147 pounds (24-0, 21 KOs)

Errol Spence scored his 10th- and 11th- straight knockout victories in his first and second world title defense with one-knockdown eighth and first-round stoppages of two-division champion Lamont Peterson and previously unbeaten Carlos Ocampo.

“The Truth” vanquished Peterson in January at Barclays Center, and Ocampo (22-1, 13 KO) with a body shot in June at The Star in Frisco, Texas near his home of Desoto.

Spence, 28, earned his crown in May 2017 by 11th-round knockout of Kell Brook in Sheffield, England, making him the first American to earn a world title from an English champion on foreign soil since Tim Bradley upset Junior Witter in Nottingham, England for a 140-pound title in 2008.

Fight Night: Sat, Aug 04, 2018 - NYCB LIVE, Uniondale, New York

Andre Berto edges Devon Alexander in a 12-round battle between former welterweight champions.
Berto vs Alexander Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
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Alexander No data available No data available No data available No data available

LONG ISLAND, NY — Former world champion Andre Berto (32-5, 24 KOs) won a back-and-forth fight by split decision Saturday night against fellow former champion Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes from NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
 
"I knew he was going to be quick and I knew he'd come to fight," said Berto. "I had to get adjusted to his speed a little bit and then I started pressing him. I felt like I was in better shape and quicker to the target than he was."
 
Alexander struck first as his southpaw stance appeared to give Berto trouble early. Alexander connected with a series of powerful right hooks in round two before following up in round three with a straight right that landed on Berto and allowed Alexander to score a knockdown with follow-up hooks.
 
"We knew that we had enough power to hurt him and I felt like I was doing that early in the fight," said Alexander. "I slowed down in the middle of the fight, but there's no excuses. We both came to fight."
 
The bout saw numerous clashes and tie ups, but as the rounds went on Berto's relentlessness allowed him to score against a tiring Alexander. Berto had success in the seventh round tagging Alexander on the inside as he began to break through his opponent's defense.
 
"I've been off for a while but I felt good in there," said Berto. "He was pulling back on a lot of his punches so I stepped in for my combinations and made him pay."
 
The back-and-forth fight concluded with both fighters slugging it out until the final bell and appearing to have worn each other down from the 12-round bout. The scores reflected the close nature of the bout as once judge scored it 114-113 for Alexander, but was overruled by two judges scoring the bout 115-112 for Berto.
 
"I thought I edged it out, but it was a close fight," said Alexander. "We're climbing back still. This happens. I'm going to talk to my team and see what the best move is going forward."
 
"This is a tremendous feeling," said Berto. "I'm looking forward to getting in there and doing it again."
 
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WBC heavyweight champion reacts to British titleholder's failure to agree to a big unification bout and discusses what contenders he could face next.

A bout between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua would yield one of boxing’s most lucrative matchups and the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.

Following a roller coaster three months of failed negotiations, it won’t happen in the near future. So, Wilder has shifted his focus. He will now concentrate on improving to 51-0 with 50 knockouts, a feat that would surpass Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s all-time record for career victories without a loss.

It’s not that much of a stretch for Wilder, who boasts a record of 40-0 with 39 KOs. But he is frustrated that the negotiations for a match with Joshua were fruitless.

“I’m not surprised but it’s ridiculous that this situation’s ended like it did - them wasting three and a half months of peoples' time,” said Wilder.

“They never wanted the fight in the first place, and it showed. I wish they would have come out and just said ‘We don’t want to fight at this point in time, maybe we can try back another time.’ That would have been more respectable. Instead, they played this back and forth game like they’ll knock me out in three rounds, he’ll ram his jab down my throat, and that I haven’t done enough, and, look at my resume, like Joshua’ resume is so much better. It doesn’t add up.”

Wilder, 32, is now open to facing any highly-ranked heavyweight contenders to reach his goal and is facing a mandatory defense against Dominic Breazeale.

Wilder’s major sticking point with the contract offered, after accepting all of Joshua’s other terms, was a one-way rematch clause favoring Joshua  (21-0, 20 KOs) in the event Wilder won the fight. Joshua also demanded that he be allowed to select the bout’s referee and judges without input from Wilder’s side.

“As champions, it’s either both have a rematch or we don’t. It’s another example of saying, ‘I don’t wanna fight.’ We already took a low-money offered deal, and are willing to come to your country. But if he beats me, we move on? Hell nah. They should have just come out and said Joshua’s not ready. They’re not going to let Joshua fight me until [Joshua’s trainer] Rob McCracken says he’s ready,” said Wilder.

Joshua will never be ready for somebody like me. That’s why Eddie Hearn is trying to sign me to sign me to a three-fight deal because he needs me. But I don’t need an Eddie Hearn to tell me when I can fight or when I can’t, or, if he’s not pleased with me to sit me on the shelf. The only fighters who do are those who need help. But they’ve seen a promoter who contradicts like a compulsive liar, failing to get his own top fighter the biggest purse of his life, so how can he help them? They took this route and messed up their own reputation.”

Wilder was initially offered $12.5 million to fight in England by Hearn, who subsequently failed to respond to Wilder’s $50 million counter to compete in American – something Joshua requested to make the fight.

Citing the failure of Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, to return the final contract within 48 hours and before the WBA ordered Joshua to face Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) Hearn moved on. He has directed his attention toward Povetkin now.

Finkel said he asked for a week concerning the draft on June 22. He denied that Hearn requested him to return the contract within two days of receipt.

“If Eddie told us he was having a problem with WBA, you gotta get it back sooner, we would have gotten it back sooner,” said Finkel, adding that the contract listed no date or venue.

Wilder was encouraged about a potential clash with Joshua after he stopped Luis Ortiz on a 10th round TKO on March 3.  Joshua scored a decision over Joseph Park on March 31, and indicated after the fight that he was open to facing Wilder in a match for the undisputed heavyweight championship. The timing for both men meshed perfectly for one of the most anticipated matches in boxing.

“Being a Black man, I’m disappointed in Joshua for not standing up for what’s right and refusing to take life-changing money. He’s going to have bad dreams about that,” said Wilder.

“But at the same time, I feel like I’m free - an inmate who just got out of prison. Everyone in the world has seen that I’ve tried everything in the world to make this fight happen. I’m content with the situation and I feel like I’m free. I’ve already moved on. Whoever’s next is going to take a beating.”

Wilder believes he and Joshua need to meet face-to-face to workout a potential future matchup, similar to what happened when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao met one-on-one in a Miami hotel room to pave the way for their mega-match in 2015.

“Me and Anthony Joshua have had many behind-closed-doors conversations. I’ve shown him every e-mail that’s been sent, who has been lying, who is not responding to e-mails and who is holding this fight up. He even, at one point, asked me to show him the proof of the $50 million offer,” said Wilder,” who, with Finkel, offered to send the terms’ sheet to Joshua’s attorney only to never hear back.

 “As terrified as he is of fighting me, Joshua would have fought for that $50 million. But he can’t do nothing because he’s signed with Eddie Hearn. I think Joshua’s team has their best interest in mind before Joshua’s best interest and that no one around Joshua has confidence in him to beat me. Joshua’s lost fans while I’m gaining more fans every day. Anyone still saying this is my fault is an Eddie Hearn zombie.”

To see more on Deontay Wilder, check out his fighter page.

In this episode of PBC Jabs, unified super welterweight champ Jarrett Hurd checks in to discuss his recent shoulder surgery and to give his thoughts on who he'd like to face next once he's back in fighting shape.

Plus, July is just around the corner which means it's time to pick PBC's June 2018 Moment of the Month. We've narrowed it down to three nominees: Jermell Charlo's majority decision victory over Austin Trout, Leo Santa Cruz's unanimous decision win over Abner Mares in their action-packed rematch, and Errol Spence Jr.'s first-round KO of Carlos Ocampo. Which of these moments do you think deserves to be called PBC's Moment of the Month for June 2018?

Heavyweight contender talks about how fighting is in his family's DNA and how he plans to dethrone heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Heavyweight contender Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale has been seeking a title shot against champion Deontay Wilder for more than a year. His desire to face Wilder increased following impressive stoppages of Izu Ugonoh and Eric Molina on the undercards of the WBC champ’s title defenses last year.

While the wins didn’t solidified Breazeale (19-1-0, 17 knockouts) as Wilder’s mandatory challenger, they propelled him into the WBC’s No. 2-ranked position. Being so close to his long-awaited title shot has whetted Breazeale’s appetite and has him eagerly awaiting the call that will place him in the ring across from Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

When that call arrives and the offer to challenge Wilder is presented, the 32-year-old Breazeale—who fell short in his title bid against Anthony Joshua in June 2016—vows to immediately accept it. And he is very confident of dethroning Wilder.

Since the death of his mother, Christina, who die from a heart attack in December 2015, Breazeale’s determination to become world heavyweight champion has increased. Shortly after his mother’s passing, the former starting quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado, learned that his father, Harold Lee Breazeale, was an amateur boxer. The elder Breazeale, however, was incarcerated for much of Dominic’s childhood. He died eight years ago.

Though Harold Lee Breazeale did not play an influential role in his son’s life, his success as an amateur boxer left an impression on the California native as he now knows that boxing is deep in his genes.

What have you done, conditioning-wise, since your last fight?

I’ve been treating my situation as if the phone is going to ring at any moment or any day and that I’m going to be fighting this weekend, so I’ve continued to stay on my P’s and Q’s. I’m an individual who knows that boxing isn’t going to last forever, and I want to end it as soon as I can and as fast as I can.

Of course after every fight I take a couple of days off—usually about 10 days—to enjoy the family. Then, I get back to the drawing board. Boxing-wise, I’ve been with my trainer, Manny Robles, at Legendz Boxing Gym in Norwalk, California.

Of course, we’re always working on right-hand power, a good jab, balance, good general fundamental technical skills and things like that. We’ve been doing a little sparring with light heavyweights and cruiserweights to work on the speed and defense.

Strength and conditioning-wise, my trainer, Darryl Hudson, has been doing a phenomenal job. We’ve been doing plyometrics and hitting the tracks, working on speed and agility. We’ve been doing a ton of Olympic lifts like power cleans, deadlifts, squats and a more structured core workout.

Was it helpful to have sparred Gerald Washington in advance of his loss to Wilder?

Gerald and I spar a lot, and we always give each other good rounds. Prior to him getting his call for Wilder, we did so again. It was a last-minute call, so he didn’t get a lot of time to prepare for Deontay. But I thought he did well for the first two or three rounds.

Gerald boxed really well and was giving Deontay a ton of problems, but then, little by little, with the experience that Deontay has, he started picking Gerald apart and landing his shots. But when I was getting ready for the Izu fight, Gerald was a big help, being that I had a big, well-conditioned fighter in front of me.

What did you see from ringside in Wilder's victory over Washington?

Sitting at ringside and watching what Gerald was able to do with Deontay for the first couple of rounds, I definitely knew at that point that I could beat Deontay. I was literally champing at the bit. I thought maybe the first round was a flaw, but when Round 2 came, Gerald was still doing it.

I was thinking that when I get my opportunity against Deontay,  it’s going to be an easier day at the office than it was against Izu or Molina. Deontay is very awkward, which is crazy knowing that he’s gotten so far being a former U.S. Olympic bronze medalist in 40 professional fights and doesn’t really have any fundamental skills.

What do you mean?

You would think that he would be more under control when he’s gotten somebody hurt, but he’s almost like a street fighter in there. You get a lot of people making fun of the heavyweight champion of the world.

You also have individuals who don’t even know who he is. That’s because of the fact that his art is not as honed-in as it should be, if that makes sense.

If Deontay Wilder ends up fighting Anthony Joshua, I’ll be rooting for Wilder because I want my payback and the only way for me to get that is one-on-one inside of the square. Heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale

How beneficial was fighting on two of Wilder’s undercards, and what are your thoughts on his stoppage of Ortiz?

I’ve paid close attention to Deontay’s last three fights, and I’ve seen a lot more weaknesses than I’ve seen strengths, particularly when he has someone hurt. When you smell blood, you’re supposed to go in for the kill, but his fundamental skills aren’t there and he falls apart.

With his big, wild, looping shots, Deontay is so unorthodox that it’s not even funny. It’s almost like a circus act. Strength-wise, we all know that he’s got a big right hand, but at the same time, I don’t know if he’s ever knocked anybody down or knocked anybody out who has been tested or has a chin.

How do you see yourself matching up with Wilder?

Well Deontay and I are about the same height, but I believe that what he weighed for Ortiz was at 214. You’re 14 pounds away from fighting at cruiserweight, so there is no way in hell that you should be getting any respect from anybody who is above 230 pounds.

I respect anybody who gets into the ring. But when you’re talking about me at 6-foot-7, 250, or Anthony Joshua at 6-foot-6,  254 pounds, those are two big, heavy-handed guys who get respect the first time that they hit somebody in the first-or second round.

Deontay has shown me nothing that I go into the gym worrying about. It just seems like Deontay Wilder, time and time again, has been getting lucky to land that right hand because he’s just been lucky to fight guys who haven’t had their chins truly tested.

Given Wilder could be on a collision course with Joshua—and you’ve lost to Joshua—who would you rather face?

I won my last fight to become the WBC’s mandatory. Deontay Wilder has the WBC title, and that’s the one that I want. If Deontay Wilder ends up fighting Anthony Joshua, I’ll be rooting for Wilder because I want my payback and the only way for me to get that is one-on-one inside of the square.

But at the same time, if Joshua-Wilder does happen, I’ll call [Joshua’s promoter] myself and I’ll tell him that I’m coming to camp to spar with Joshua because I want to help him put the baddest beat-down on Deontay Wilder possible.

You discovered after your mother’s passing that your father, whom you never met was a boxer—meaning the sport’s in your blood—and now your youngest son, Dominic, wants to box?

I’m not sure if it’s because he feels as if his back is against the wall or he’s being treated like the younger brother or what have you. But he’s the aggressive one who is not taking anything from anybody. He’s always ready to fight at the drop of a dime.

It’s one of those things that when your 4-year-old comes to you and says, “Dad, I want to learn how to box,” you think to yourself: “Well, why is my son thinking this way? Who’s threatening him? What’s going on?”

But that’s just his mentality. He’s eager to learn self-defense and how to stand up for himself. It’s going to help him when it comes to the times [when] his older brothers are gonna pick on him. It’ll be his way to get back at them.

For a closer look at Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, check out his fighter page.

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