Abdullah Mason and the next generation of lightweight stars

By Phil Rogers

Abdullah Mason will be stepping into the ring for his 13th professional fight against Ronal Ron on Saturday night as part of Top Rank’s heavyweight doubleheader in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The undefeated lightweight has been impressive in the pro circuit, boasting 12 wins and 10 stoppages, including a memorable ‘KO of the Year’ performance against Benjamin Gurment in his last fight.

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, the 20-year-old Mason is part of a family of boxing brothers all trained by their father, Valiant Mason.

High praise has been given to the young southpaw by Tim Bradley Jr and former sparring partner Shakur Stevenson, who believes Mason is the best young prospect in boxing, destined to be a formidable opponent for many.

With fierce competition in the 135lbs division, other talented fighters are also making their mark on the boxing scene. Boxing News presents a look at seven fighters who are seen as the future of the lightweight division.

Emiliano Vargas (9-0, 7 KOs)

This Top Rank fighter seems to have inherited his father and trainer Fernando Vargas’ impressive skillset.

Andy Cruz (3-0, 1 KO)

The two-time Olympic gold medallist from Cuba has ventured into the professional boxing world through Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing after dominating the amateur scene for years.

Sam Noakes (13-0, 13 KOs)

British and Commonwealth Champion, Noakes, has consistently impressed in the ring, with an upcoming fight for the vacant European lightweight title against Yvan Mendy on April 20.

 Albert Batyrgaziev (10-0, 7 KOs)

Former kickboxer turned Russian Olympic gold medallist, Batyrgaziev, has been quietly building a strong professional record over the past four years in his homeland.

Keyshawn Davis (10-0, 7 KOs)

Davis, hailed as a future star in boxing early on, has lived up to the expectations with his impressive amateur skills translating well into the professional arena.

Floyd Schofield (17-0, 12 KOs)

Golden Boy prospect, Schofield, known as “Kid Austin”, has sparred with boxing greats and gained a fan in Floyd Mayweather Jr., showcasing his confidence and talent in the ring.

Ashton Sylve (11-0, 9 KOs)

Having earned numerous national titles as an amateur, Sylve’s quick hands have made an impact in the pro scene. Teaming up with Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, Sylve is a valuable addition to the talent pool at 135lbs.

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