Who Are the Best of the “Big 12” Heavyweights?
By Ken Hissner: The “Big 12” heavyweights who are not world champions that are unbeaten or with only one loss are who to watch out for going into 2023.
Starting with Frank “The Cuban Flash” Sanchez, 21-0 (14), of Miami, Florida, whose best win was over Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba, then 15-0.
WBC International champion Martin Bakole, 18-1 (13), of Congo and Scotland, UK, whose only loss was to Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, 20-1-2. His biggest win was over Tony Yoka, 11-0.
EBU European Union champion Tony “La Conquete” Yoka, 11-1 (9), of France, lost in his last fight by majority decision to Martin Bakole. His best was a win over Petar Milas 15-0 of Croatia.
WBA No. 1 ranked Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, 20-1-2 (14), from Las Vegas, Nevada, whose only loss was to then WBA, WBO, and IBF World Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. His biggest win was over Martin Bakole, 18-1, when he was 11-0. His two draws are with former WBA World and Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin, then 35-2, and with Jerry “Slugger” Forrest, 26-5-1, in his last fight.
IBF International champion and WBA No. 1 ranked Filip “El Animal” Hrgovic, 15-0 (12), of Croatia, whose biggest win was over Olympic Silver Medalist China’s Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang, 24-0-1, in his most recent bout.
British champion Fabio Wardley, 15-0 (14), of the UK, in his last fight, won the title by stopping Nathan Gorman, 19-1.
WBO Global champion Evgeny Romanov, 17-0 (12), of Russia, whose biggest win was over former WBO World champion Siarhei Liakhovich, 27-9.
WBA Continental champion Agit Kabayel, 22-0 (14), of Germany, whose biggest win was over Derek “War” Chisora, 27-7, for the EBU European title.
Otto Wallin, 24-1 (14), of Sweden, whose only loss was to current WBC world champion Tyson “The Gypsy” King, Fury, though giving him 47 stitches above the right eye.
WBO European champion Ali “The Ice Man” Eren Demirezen, 17-1 (12), of Turkey, residing in Germany, whose only loss was to Efe Ajagba and best win over Adam “Babyface” Kownacki, 20-2 in his last bout.
Jared “Big Baby” Anderson, 12-0 (12), of Toledo, OH, whose biggest win was over Russian Vladimir Tereshkin, 22-0-1, in 2021. In his last fight in August, he knocked out Serbia’s Miljan Rovcanin, 24-2.
Efe Ajagba, 16-1 (13), of Nigeria, residing in Texas, whose only loss was to Frank Sanchez. His biggest win was over Ali Eren Demirezen.
Ajagba is scheduled on January 14th to meet the Colombian out of Canada Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas, 28-1 (19), at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.
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