Super bantamweight Carl Frampton and newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter are two rising fighters poised to have breakout years in 2014.
A breakout year can mean different things for different fighters in the early parts of their career. Although some years stars seem to explode onto the scene out of nowhere, in most cases, successful boxing careers are built steadily over years, with multiple years in a row trending up.
Danny Garcia, for example, has been a breakout star two years in a row. He broke out onto the world-champoionship level in 2012, and then he broke out into the pound-for-pound considerations in 2013.
Guillermo Rigondeaux was another breakout star this year, but he was heavily trending in that direction coming over from 2012.
Most of the names on this list have already taken major steps toward establishing themselves this year. And now they have set themselves up in position to get major fights in 2014.