In earlier eras, boxers often had to plug away for years before getting their title shot. There are all-time greats like Holman Williams who never fought for a belt.
But in today's alphabet-soup era, title shots are relatively cheap. A talented rising prospect like Thabiso Mchunu is more than ready for a world-championship fight. I'd argue that the veteran Luis Carlos Abregu is overdue.
In today's scene, it's not the belt that makes the fighter, it's the fighter that makes the belt. Still, collecting titles is an important step in a potential star's career.
The fighters on this list are ready to take the next step.