5 British Boxing Prospects To Watch

Jack Catterall – Light Welterweight – 22 years old – 12-0 (8 KO)

Jack Catterall is an undefeated southpaw from Chorley, Lancashire, who currently holds the WBO Intercontinental belt, and is already being tipped for the top. His record currently stands at 12-0 (8 knockouts), and he was earmarked by none other than Floyd Mayweather to help him spar before his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Jacks most recent win came against Argentinian, Gabriel Calfin, who looked to hold, and generally make it awkward for Catterall. He was deducted a point in the second round for hitting Calfin on the back of the head, and another point in the third for throwing his opponent into the ropes, but the referee stopped the fight in the sixth round. There is a lot of learning to be done by Catterall, but what a prospect he is.

Tommy Martin – Light Welterweight – 21 years old – 12-0 (4 KO)

Tommy Martin is the current English light welterweight champion, but also could have had a career as a professional footballer. When he was 15, he was asked by Peterborough United to train with the first team once a week, but Tommy turned down the chance of playing at London Road and instead headed to the gym. In January, he became the youngest man in boxing history to win a national belt, and at just 21, he has an extremely exciting future. Who knows, maybe Martin and Jack Catterall will be fighting for a world title one day?

Tyler Goodjohn – Welterweight – 24 years old – 11-4 (4 KO)

For me, Tyler Goodjohn is one of the most exciting British boxers to watch. He claimed the English light welterweight title in October of last year in a domestic classic against Ricky Boylan, in what many said was the fight of the year, before being stopped by John Wayne Hibbert for the WBC International light-welterweight title in January. His career has seen many ups and downs, and Tyler decided to step away from the ring in May to start his own personal gym. However, he is back in training, and we will hopefully see him back fighting soon. Goodjohn has the heart of a lion, and his fights always provide outstanding value for money.

Callum Smith – Super Middleweight – 25 years old – 17-0 (12 KO)

Probably the most well-known of the 5 to watch, Callum is the youngest Smith brother from the fighting family from Liverpool. A tall Super Middleweight, Callum possesses devastating power in his right hand, and his body punches are particularly deadly. Smith showed great maturity last month, going 12 rounds with George Groves’ former opponent, Christopher Rebrasse. He aims to become the fourth brother to become British champion when he takes on Rocky Fielding for the vacant title later in the year, before surely competing for world honours. James DeGale, George Groves, Martin Murray, Paul Smith… The British Super Middleweight scene is thriving at the moment.

Sam Eggington – Welterweight – 21 years old – 15-2 (9 KO)

Sam Eggington is the current Commonwealth champion, with a record of 15-2. Eggington once asked his manager to make him into a journeyman, but a superb twelve months have seen the Birmingham man go on a meteoric rise. Now signed to Matchroom Sport, Eggington will now fight for the vacant British welterweight title against Glenn Foot, on the Scott Quigg vs Kiko Martinez undercard this coming Saturday. Having already beaten the likes of Denton Vassell and Shayne Singleton, Eggington is certainly one to keep an eye on in the superb welterweight division.

@Jackoakley