Who was boxing's top prospect in 2011?
Many promising young names in the sport of boxing began 2011 shining brightly. Some of those flamed out before the year was done, and others took great leaps forward and seem to be locks to be world champions, potentially as soon as next year. But which fighter distinguished himself as the best of the bunch?
2011 Boxing Prospect of the Year: Gary Russell Jr.
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Super Featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell Jr. ended 2011 with a perfect 19-0 record with 11 knockouts. The 2008 Olympian and Maryland native fought six times in the year and scored three stoppage wins, culminating in his HBO debut, a one round destruction of the vastly outgunned Heriberto Ruiz.
Some of the other rising prospects in the sport may have fought stiffer opposition in 2011, but none has the complete package and skill set that Russell has. He's technically sound, he's extremely speedy and he clearly has some pop. Not to mention...