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With American boxing greats like Bernard Hopkins and Evander Holyfield approaching their half-centuries, it is time to look at the future American boxing prospects. Accordingly, I have compiled a list of who I believe to be the top five American boxing wonderkids. To qualify, a fighter must be twenty-five or under and must not have won a WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF or The Ring world title. Let’s have a look at the first prospect: 

5 – Danny Garcia 
21-0  14KOs
Twenty three year old Danny Garcia from Philadelphia sits unbeaten after twenty one fights and is one of the hottest prospects in the light welterweight division. Having beaten well-regarded Brit Ashley Theopane, and most recently former IBF Lightweight World Champion Nate Campbell, Garcia has proven he can step up in terms of opposition and fight in the big leagues.

Garcia only has youth belts to his credit thus far, but this will change soon. On October 15 he will face highly ranked contender Kendall Holt for the vacant WBO NABO light welterweight title. As well as this, the bout also serves as an eliminator for the number two IBF contender spot. If Garcia performs against Holt, a world title will soon come his way.

4 – Jose Benavidez
12-0  11KOs
Coming in forth on the list is Jose Benavidez, a nineteen year old light welterweight who has won no titles, has no Olympic amateur experience and has not yet fought anyone of note. You may be questioning his inclusion in a list of America’s top boxing prospects. I’ll explain why he deserves a place.

Quite simply, Benavidez is one of the most talented boxers to rise through the light welterweight ranks in years. Drawing comparisons to Floyd Mayweather, the youngster from LA is building up a steady following after winning eleven fights by knockout and displaying superb technical skill. He is so gifted that Bob Arum signed him up for Top Rank without ever seeing him fight professionally. Jose Benavidez is a fighter to keep a close eye on.

3- Miguel Angel Garcia 
26-0  22KOs
Moving on to number three we have Miguel Angel Garcia, a featherweight who is unbeaten from twenty-six fights. Garcia started off slowly; although he built up a winning record from the off, he rarely fought anyone of note in his first four years as a professional. In 2010, though, he won his first title - the USBA featherweight belt.

Since then, Garcia has collected the NABF featherweight and the WBO NABO featherweight belts in a short space of time, showing he is no longer willing to hang around. This might be why he tends to win his fights by knockout – he wants to turn up, collect a swift victory and then move on. Garcia’s next fight is October 22 but the opponent has not yet been named. Whoever it is, Garcia will want to put them down firmly and quickly. After that, a world title shot can’t be far off.

2- Jessie Vargas
16-0  9KOs
Jessie Vargas hit the boxing world headlines recently when he was lined up as a potential opponent for WBA and IBF World Light Welterweight champion Amir Khan. This didn’t come from a sanctioning body though – it was from the big mouth of Floyd Mayweather.

This may prove to be just another dose of Mayweather’s trademarked trash talk, designed to both wind up Khan and build up interest in a future fight between the two of them. There is a reason Vargas’ name was mentioned though – the twenty two year is one of the hottest prospects fighting from America.

With sixteen wins and no belts, he hasn’t achieved the most out of the fighters in this list. As a boxer, though, he has shown so much talent that a world title shot is not beyond him in the next eighteen months. Whether he will fight Amir Khan or not is another matter entirely.

1 – Adrien Broner
21-0  17KOs
Now we come to the biggest prospect in American boxing. Claiming number one spot through a mixture of achievement and talent, Broner is the closest fighter on the list to a world title belt. For the last month, talk has abounded through the boxing media over a fight between Broner, twenty-two, and WBO Super Featherweight champion Ricky Burns.

Talk of a title fight is entirely justified. Broner has already beaten some big names – fighters like Daniel Ponce de Leon, who recently lost to Yuriorkis Gamboa, and former IBF title contender Jason Litzau. In his belt collection, he proudly displays the WBO Inter-continental Super Featherweight title and the WBC USNBC belt. Sadly for Broner, the Ricky Burns fight fell through when the Scottish champion decided to move up a division. All is not lost, however.

On November 26 at the U.S. Bank Arena, Adrien Broner will face Eloy Perez for the WBO Super Featherweight title only just vacated by Burns. Perez, twenty-four, is also an unbeaten prospect and this will certainly be a test for both of them. It will be close, as Perez definitely cannot be written off, but you can expect Broner to come through the bout with his first ever world title.