PBC Hot List: Some of PBC's hottest fighters stay on fire in the early days of 2018

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.

Take a look at some of PBC's hottest fighters as 2018 begins.

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

Marcus Browne has registered five knockdowns and three straight knockout wins during the last 11 months. His most recent fight was a first-round stoppage of Francy Ntetu at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on January 20.

“Sir” Marcus is a left-handed, 27-year-old Staten Island native as well as a 2012 U.S. Olympian, and he is rocketing toward title contention. He has been a staple at Barclays Center since it opened and is 12-0 with eight knockouts at the New York venue.

Browne began his rise last year with KO victories over Thomas Williams Jr. and previously unbeaten Seanie Monaghan.

Mikey Garcia, 135-140 pounds (37-0, 30 KOs)

Mikey Garcia will pursue a fourth world championship in a different division against unbeaten 140-pound titleholder Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) on March 10. He debuted in the weight class with a unanimous decision victory over four-division champion Adrien Broner at Barclays in July.

Broner represented the highest-profile victory of Garcia’ stellar career, improving his record to 8-0 with six KOs against current or former world champions and setting him up to be a threat and a championship contender from 135 through 147 pounds.

In January 2017, the 30-year-old Garcia became a three-division world champion with a third-round KO of previously unbeaten 135-pound champion Dejan Zlaticanin.

Jarrett Hurd, 154 pounds (21-0, 15 KOs)

“Swift” Jarrett Hurd rose to the occasion in his first world title defense and most difficult fight of his young career as the 27-year-old came from behind for a 10th-round TKO of left-handed former champion Austin Trout at Barclays in October.

The first man to stop Trout in a Fight Of The Year-caliber affair, Hurd overcame a deep, bloody cut over his left eye to secure his seventh consecutive stoppage victory. Hurd won the title with a ninth-round TKO over Tony Harrison last February.

A 6-foot-1, Accokeek, Maryland, native with a 76½-inch reach, Hurd has a title unification against Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) coming up April 7. 

Harrison vs Hurd Highlights: February 25, 2017.

Jamal James, 147 pounds (22-1, 10 KOs)

Jamal “Shango” James took less than three rounds to end Argentina’s Diego Chaves’ three-fight stoppage streak in December. The third-round knockout represented a career-defining performance. He accomplished what former world champions Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley could not.

It was a left hook to the liver that secured the moment for the 6-foot-2, 29-year-old James.  It occurred six days after fellow Minnesotan Caleb Truax traveled to London’s Copper Box Arena and upset 168-pound champion James Degale, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

The victory was the second straight for James following a loss to 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas in August 2016. The victory made him a player in a division that includes champions Errol Spence, Keith Thurman and former champions Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Jessie Vargas, Andre Berto, Devon Alexander, Luis Collazo and Victor Oriz.

Chaves vs James Highlights: December 15, 2017.

Errol Spence Jr., 147 pounds (23-0, 20 KOs)

Errol Spence Jr. scored his 10th straight knockout victory and his first world title defense with an eighth-round stoppage of two-division champion Lamont Peterson on January 20 at Barclays.

The versatile 28-year-old lived up to his nickname of “The Truth” and perhaps the heir to the sport’s No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking following the 2017 retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Spence followed up his display of two-fisted power, speed, accuracy, resiliency and athleticism in an 11th-round knockout of Kell Brook in Sheffield, England in May.

Spence became 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.

Spence vs Peterson Highlights: January 20, 2018. (Showtime Sports)

Deontay Wilder, heavyweight (39-0, 38 KOs)

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has declared war on the division. Since his three-knockdown, first-round stoppage of Bermane Stiverne in November at Barclays his focus is on a title unification match against Anthony Joshua.

The 32-year-old Wilder earned his sixth-straight stoppage in title defenses since dethroning Stiverne in January 2015, and will face Luis Ortiz on March 3 in Brooklyn.

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