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Saturday, excitement wrapped its arms around a packed stadium. It was Park-Lee Gym’s annual “Future Boxing Star” gala, where 10-year-old kids showcased their skills for a chance to land a spot in the US Olympic Trials. Dominating the competition was Sebastian, who may have had an unfair advantage.
Future/ceiling/expectations: Munguia is on a long list of future opponents for Canelo Alvarez, one of boxing's biggest global stars. But as Munguia continues winning, an all-Mexican clash with Canelo at middleweight or super middleweight becomes a bigger possibility. In the meantime, Munguia can try to climb closer to the middleweight top -- he is ranked No. 10 in the latest ESPN divisional rankings -- and fights against rival contenders Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Liam Williams and Matt Korobov are good stepping stones over the next year. In time, and depending on which division Canelo and an aging Gennadiy Golovkin are operating at, Munguia is a potential global middleweight ruler. -- Parkinson
The fighter: The former WBO world junior middleweight titlist has stepped up a division and is expected to challenge that organization's middleweight titleholder -- Demetrius Andrade -- in the next 12 months. Munguia stepped up a weight class, as he was struggling to make the 154-pound limit with his 6-foot frame, and he made an impressive middleweight debut when he stopped Ireland's Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan in the 11th round in January. He is trained by boxing legend Erik Morales in Tijuana, Mexico. (Source: www.espn.com)
Accomplishments/biggest moment: Dubois was British and Commonwealth champion by the age of 21 and is already in the top 10 of two of the world's governing bodies. His punching power has ensured an end to nine of his 14 fights within the first two rounds. A fifth-round KO win over Nathan Gorman for the British crown a year ago is perhaps his best moment to date, and made him the third-youngest British heavyweight champion in history, behind Joe Bugner and Herbie Hide.
The fighter: Nakatani, a flyweight from Japan, is a tall, angular southpaw who likes to control the center of the ring and unfurl his left hand from distance. Since turning pro in 2015, Nakatani has developed steadily and now looks poised to be the next world champion from this country. He is now rated third by the WBO. (Source: www.espn.com)