Amir Khan and the Junior Welterweights: Are the Next Four Kings Among Them?

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Amir Khan and the Junior Welterweights: Are the Next Four Kings Among Them?
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Roberto Duran fights Sugar Ray Leonard one last time in 1989.

In the 1980's, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Tommy "Hit Man" Hearns, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler defined an era of the best fighting the best.

They gave no excuses. Their promoters hyped fights that, get this, actually lived up to their potential.

Now we are in an era where we look to the junior welterweights, since there is an abundance of talent among the140-pounders, for the next boxing superstars.

Now some say it's blasphemous to suggest any of today's fighters could be Hall of Fame legends, let alone produce legends on par with Hagler, Hearns, Duran, and Leonard.

I say that you can't properly judge an era until its long passed. We could be in an era where legends are being made one great fight at a time.

Marcos Maidana vs Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson vs Timothy Bradley and many other fights have proven to be pure adrenaline-filled encounters with the highest awesome that current boxing has to offer.

Let's take a look at the top 10 junior welterweights who can create a golden era in this time of the sport.

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