The Top Boxing Prospects from the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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The Top Boxing Prospects from the 2014 Commonwealth Games
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The Commonwealth Games don't make a huge splash on the international boxing scene, but in recent years they have been part of the learning process for several world champions.

When Daniel Geale and Darren Barker contested the IBF middleweight title last year, few commentators noted that this was a clash between two Commonwealth gold medallists from 2002, the duo having triumphed at light welterweight and welterweight, respectively.

At the same games, the future world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal took gold for Canada in the light middleweight division.

Four years later, another Canadian light heavyweight champ to be, current WBC king Adonis Stevenson, took silver, losing to Jarrod Fletcher in the middleweight final. Fletcher, the present-day Australian contender, had beaten James DeGale in the semis.

It is too early for the Class of 2010 to have made its mark in the pros, but Callum Smith stands out as being the most hyped of that group for now.

With the exception of DeGale, none of the mentioned boxers won medals at either the Olympics or World Championships, proving the Commonwealth Games can showcase future champions who otherwise slip through the cracks.

The 2014 games in Glasgow, Scotland, were a triumph for the traditional home nations—England topped the table with five gold medals and two more, Northern Ireland won two golds from an incredible total of nine, with hosts Scotland winning a respectable four medals including two golds.

Given that this was the first games to be contested under the new amateur boxing rules, which more closely resemble the professional code (the most conspicuous change being the removal of headgear), it might be expected that the bouts will provide a better guide to the potential of the competitors than before.

Here are the top boxing prospects from Glasgow 2014.

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