It’s understandable that Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer sounds rushed when asked to discuss the most promising fighters in his talented promotional stable, all of whom range in age from 19-to-28 years old.
“The depth of our stable is not a hype-job. These are real fighters with real excitement. These are guys who are the real deals. What these guys have in common is that they’re all exciting,” said Schaefer.
“They’re all there to fight, they have the punch, they have the power, and that makes them very exciting fighters that fight fans want to see. I think that there is going to be an overwhelming demand of fight fans to see that next generation of great Golden Boy fighters.”
Below is a list of Golden Boy’s young guns, listed in alphabetical order:
Saul Alvarez (37-0-1, 26 KOs, junior middleweight): A budding Mexican star, the 21-year-old is has a date with tough Alfonso Gomez on the under card of a main event featuring Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez earned his crown with a unanimous decision over England’s Matthew Hatton in March, and last month, dominated his 12th-round knockout of mandatory challenger Ryan Rhodes of England.
Alvarez will be after his 34th straight win and his 12th knockout of past 14 bouts against Gomez.
Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs, junior lightweight): The 21-year-old has become the mandatory challenger to WBO beltholder Ricky Burns (39-2, 9 KOs) of Scotland, who has won 17 consecutive fights since losing a decision to Carl Johanneson in 2007.
A Cincinnati resident, Broner is coming off of a first-round knockout of Jason Litzau, whom he blasted with 11 unanswered blows over the final 16 seconds last month on HBO.
“We started the negotiations, but we might be doing tune-up fights in between for both Burns and Broner,” Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez said of Broner, whose streak of KOs ended in March at 10 stoppages when Broner out-pointed former 122-pound titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon on HBO. “We’re just trying to figure out a date for Broner.”
Danny Garcia (21-0, 14 KOs, junior welterweight): The 23-year-old Philadelphia resident is being considered for a bout with former titleholder Kendall Holt, according Schaefer. Their clash will likely take place on the Oct. 15 under card of a main event featuring RING/WBC light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson.
“This is something that is being discussed with [promoter] Gary Shaw,” said Schaefer of Garcia, who has stopped four of his past five opponents.
Frankie Gomez (10-0, 8 KOs, junior welterweight): The 19-year-old boxer from Los Angeles has a tough opponent in Adrian Granados of Chicago. Gomez will meet Granados (8-1, 5 KOs) in the latter’s home town of Chicago.
Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 28 KOs, junior welterweight): The 28-year-old southpaw from Gilroy, Calif., will make his 140-pound debut against Marcos Maidana. Coming off of April’s triumph over Australia’s hard-punching Michael Katsidis, Guerrero earned his fourth and fifth career title belts (the WBA and WBO interim titles) over his third weight class and has won 13 consecutive fights, nine of them by knockout.
Amir Khan (25-1, 18 KOs, junior welterweight): Khan added the IBF title to the WBA belt that he already owned when he stopped Zab Judah in the fifth round on July 23.
The Englishman of Pakistani decent has won eight consecutive fights, four of them by knockout, including December’s unanimous decision win over Maidana that was named Fight of The Year by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America.
December possibilities for Khan include Erik Morales or the winner of Friday night’s IBF eliminator bout between Lamont Peterson and Victor Cayo.
Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs, junior middleweight): The Cuban is coming off of a controversial majority decision loss to three-time titleholder Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) which most ringsiders thought Lara won.
The polished, 28-year-old southpaw boxer-puncher would be pose problems for any titleholder in the division.
“There’s nothing in the works right now,” said Gomez, “but we’re trying to get him the biggest fight out there.”
Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs, bantamweight): The 25-year-old has vanquished former titlists Yonnhy Perez and Vic Darchinyan and has an Aug. 13 clash with IBF beltholder Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) in the finals of the Showtime Bantamweight tournament.
Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs, junior welterweight): The hammer-fisted 28-year-old Argentine is looking to bounce back from consecutive losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander by narrow, controversial decisions.
Ranked No. 3 by the WBO, Matthysse is angling for a shot at the organization’s No. 1-ranked Cesar Rene Cuenca (40-1, 1 KO).
“They’re trying to secure a fight, and they’re in negotiations now,” said Gomez. “They’re looking at the end of September.”
Marcos Rene Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs, junior welterweight): The hard-hitting, 28-year-old Argentine is coming off of April’s majority decision victory over former three-division titleholder Erik Morales, a victory that helped him to rebound from December’s decision loss to Khan.
Maidana is tough, durable and never stops coming. Among his big victories was a knockout of Victor Ortiz, whom he dropped twice during a fight in which he, himself, rose from three knockdowns.
Seth Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KOs, heavyweight): The 28-year-old Mitchell of Brandywine, Md., will pursue his eighth straight stoppage, his 10th knockout in his past 11 fights, and his 21st consecutive win opposite 31-year-old Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) on the Guerrero-Maidana undercard.
A former high school and collegiate football linebacker, Mitchell is considered America’s best shot at a heavyweight titleholder. Mitchell’s overall skills will be on display against Mollo, who is 1-2-1 in his past four fights and coming off of October’s eight-round draw with Gary Gomez.
Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs, welterweight): The 24-year-old enters his toughest bout to date opposite six-time titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. on on Sept. 17. Ortiz has gone 5-0-1, with three stoppages over the course of his past six bouts, including April’s unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Andre Berto, whom he dethroned for the WBC belt in his welterweight debut.
A former junior welterweight, Ortiz rose from two knockdowns and scored a pair of his own against Berto, who exited the ring with a mark of 27-1 with 21 KOs.
Ronnie Rios (15-0, 7 KOs, super featherweight): The 25-year-old is coming off of a first-round knockout over Noel Lopez Jr. that was accomplished on July 23 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
Gary Russell Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs, featherweight): The 23-year-old southpaw faces once-beaten Jesus Rojas (17-1, 12 KOs) of Puerto Ricao in what Gomez calls “a step up fight” against “a tough kid” on Sept. 3. Russell hails from Capitol Heights, Md.
Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KOs, heavyweight): Nicknamed, “The Bronze Bomber,” for the fact that he was an Olympic bronze medalist, the 25-year-old knockout artist has 12 first-round stoppages and has gone into the fourth round only once.
A resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wilder “is going to do a fight in the fourth week of August in his hometown,” said Gomez. “Deontay’s still in the development stages. We’re just trying to keep him fighting often and getting the experience that he needs.”