By Wilmar Patino:
Welcome to a new series of articles written exclusively for smackhisface.com for your boxing pleasure. Today we will discuss what is part 1 of a 2-part series on “The most skillful fighters” of today. In this breakdown, we will discuss each fighter’s potential and unique skillset. Weather they are pound for pound stars or rising up the ranks there is plenty to get excited for as these fighters make their mark in the boxing world. I will keep this nice and short and breakdown some of today’s most skillful fighters below. Enjoy the video for visual confirmation on these talented boxers.
Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (25-0 22KO’s) is a Cuban standout from their highly regarded amateur system. Ortiz began his pro career at the late age of 30, and has been demolishing the heavyweight division one scalp at a time. After signing with Golden Boy Promotions, he was soon given a shot to capture our attention when he faced Bryant Jennings on HBO. He displayed some beautiful counter abilities and footwork on his way to stopping the sturdy chinned fighter from Philadelphia. Since then he picked up a KO win over veteran Tony Thompson before leaving golden boy and signing on to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. He can move swiftly or just tee off on you with power shots like a young George Foreman. The sky is the limit for Ortiz but the clock is ticking. Hopefully we will see him prove himself at the top level when given the opportunity to fight for a world title.
Demetrius “Boo boo” Andrade (23-0 16KO’S) is a 2-time national golden gloves champion, and currently ranked 5th in the world at the junior middleweight division. After some inactivity, he has picked his career back up by returning and stopping Willie Nelson earlier in June of this year. Standing at 6’1” and armed with an incredible reach of 73 ½ inches, Andrade makes great use of his height and length from a southpaw stance. He packs a good punch and has exceptional speed and agility. He has shown to have pretty much every punch in his arsenal. Hopefully he can get some fights made and we can watch more of Andrade’s unique and skillful talent.
Erislandy Lara (23-2-2 13KO’s) is a Cuban professional boxer. He has held the WBA light middleweight title since 2014 (promoted to Super champion in 2016), and the IBO light middleweight title since 2015. BoxRec and The Ring magazine rank Lara as the second best light middleweight in the world only behind Saul Canelo Alvarez. Do not be fooled by his record as many boxing fans and experts feel like Erislandy Lara could have possibly been undefeated at this point of his career. Most noticeably getting robbed in a decision loss to Paul “The Punisher” Williams. With his amateur background and defensive skills Erislandy Lara has made plent of former champions look foolish in the ring with him. He too fights as a southpaw and a wide stance. He has the height, reach, and physical advantages to give many world class fighter’s a problem. Regardless of your thoughts on his style he has proven to be very effective with it.
Errol Spence Jr. (21-0 18KO’s) is an Olympic gold medalist who has garnered a lot of attention for both his skills and power. Fighting at the welterweight division as a southpaw and most specifically known for his brutal body punching. What is it with these southpaws being so dominant? Errol Spence had his shot at getting the attention of the boxing public when he did what no man has done previously before in Knocking out Chris Algieri, and Leonard Bundu. Showcasing once again why he was held in such high regard at the beginning of his professional career up until the present date.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0 38KO’s) The best was saved for last. Standing at only 5’3” and a reach of 64” Roman Gonzalez has been praised for his amazing aggressive yet intelligent style. A four-division champion, and currently ranked as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, Gonzalez has been fighting some of the best fighters in each respective division for many years. He has speed, power, and beautiful footwork. He thinks on the fly and makes you pay when you engage. Most recently beating the previously undefeated WBC super flyweight champion in Carlos Caudras. That proved to be a tough fight and probably the limit of his rise in weight classes. Roman Gonzalez can do it all, from counterpunching to taking the lead with his nice head movement and quick feet. He has impressed many along the way to more titles and stands firmly at #1 as we await the results of Kovalev vs Ward.