DEMETRIUS HOPKINS, 26
Philadelphia, Light Welterweight, 25-0-1
The Gladiator, who trains with his uncle Bernard, had
an amateur record of 125--11 and was national Golden Gloves champion in 1999.
Last month he won an IBF title-elimination fight against Rogelio Castaneda Jr.
to qualify for a shot at a major belt.
MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA, 32
Mexico City, Super Featherweight, 63-4-0
A fan favorite after his electrifying trilogy against
Erik Morales, Barrera ignited a new rivalry this year with two controversial
decisions over Rocky Ju�rez. Barrera appears to be on a collision course to
fight Manny Pacquiao, by whom he was TKO'd in 2003.
VICENTE ESCOBEDO, 25
Woodland, Calif., Lightweight, 12-1-0
A 2004 U.S. Olympian, Escobedo has climbed the pro
ranks quickly with a mix of power and technical proficiency. He suffered his
first professional loss last April but then hired Hall of Fame trainer Freddie
Roach and won his next three fights.
KASSIM OUMA, 27