Top 10 Under The Radar boxers [February 2018]
The idea for this monthly article will be to feature and spotlight talent who are either not signed to a major promoter or not getting much television attention and with a smaller promoter. The goal though is to focus more so on unsigned talent to help readership follow some exciting young talent.
List will be updated monthly
01. Ryan Martin, weight class: lightweight, trains in Cleveland, Ohio w/ Joe Delguyd and in Big Bear, Ca
One of the best lightweights in the world and as far as I know is not officially signed to a promoter though Tom Loeffler has expressed a keen interest in him. Martin has all the tools to be great from skills to size for the division, it is no wonder why his nickname is “bluechip”.
02. Murodjon Akhmadaliev, weight class: bantamweight, from Uzbekistan
This might seem like an obnoxious obscure pick, but this decorated amateur boxer has a far from amateur style as he fights like a seek and destroy missile with intentions only to harm. Potentially could see him on a fast track if signed by a major promoter.
03. Devin Haney, weight class: super lightweight, trains with Floyd Mayweather Sr in Las Vegas, Nevada
This is sort of cheating as Haney is technically his own promoter, but that being said Devin Haney is a very talented fighter, who is not receiving finical backing from a major promoter. Haney has Floyd Mayweather Sr.’s endorsement, fast hands, 18 professional fights and at 19 years of age, the sky is the limit for Haney.
04. Nico Hernandez, weight class: flyweight, trains in Kansas
The forgotten about Olympian, who broke the Team USA’s medal drought, who secured a bronze medal at 2016 games. The flyweight, Hernandez has been seemingly promoting himself in his Kansas and showing off not just his talent, but power as well as he already has three KOs in just four fights.
05. Derry Noble, weight class: super flyweight, trains with his father Adrian Noble in Vallejo, CA
What would of been a future Olympian, Vallejo, CA’s Derry Noble has turned professional and is now looking at promoters. Though Noble will more than likely not be on this list for too long, because of his talent, he is currently unsigned and highly skilled.
06. John Joe Nevin, weight class: lightweight, not many details are readily available
The Irish silver medalist and the Olympics in 2012 feel into obscurity is now fighting in Philly on regional cards. When I saw Nevin in the Olympics I thought of him as quite the talent, but he disappeared, hopefully he can rekindle some of the magic from the amateurs to the professional ranks.
07.Victor Morales, weight class: featherweight, trains with father Victor Morales Sr.
A slick featherweight from Oregon, who spends his training camps in Hollywood at the Wild Card Boxing Gym has the ability to fight coming forward and moving backwards. A decorated amateur as well.
08. Rudy Macedo, weight class: junior welterweight, trains with Ace Johnson in Vallejo, CA
Rudy Macedo has been one of my favorite fighters for quite sometime, but for some reason promoters have not picked up the decorated amateur with an explosive style that is prone to leave his opponent knocked out. Macedo is still young and signed with a managerial pact with 8 count media recently, Macedo was at one time trained by Nonito Donaire Sr. as well as managed by Cameron Dunkin, but now work with neither.
09. Jose Haro, weight class: featherweight, trains in Utah
Jose Haro is a talented Utah fighter, who has consistently pulled off upsets in his career as he beat Efrain Esquivias and knocked out Daniel Franco, the knockout that lead to Franco’s unfortunate injuries. Haro is a talented boxer, who is worthy even with one loss being touted as a prospect, but where he lives in the country limits him.
10. Ector Madera (also written Hector), weight class: junior welterweight, trains with Felipe Martinez in Stockton, CA
The young brother of Quilisto “Kilo the Kid” Madera is unsigned, but highly talented at junior welterweight. The young boxer had amateur accolades has sparred some of the best in the world and is not afraid of any fighter in the world.