Prospect of the Month: Jahi Tucker

In what was a pretty slow and unspectacular month for the sweet science, as January usually is, it was actually a pretty prospect-centric month. Plenty of young guns and highly touted upstarts. Perhaps none shined brighter than then 18-year-old Long Island Native Jahi Tucker. On a card that took place in the state of New York and featured one Long Islander, Joe Smith Jr, who finally got to the top of the mountain top and was able to enter the ring as the World Champ, it was another Long Island native, Tucker, who left the audience in awe at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino with his sensational second-round knockout of Akeem Black to move his record 6-0 (4), celebrated his 19th birthday just days later and takes home our prestigious Prospect of the Month award. 

Tucker entered the ring just a notch above his typical weight of 140 and took on the biggest and best challenge of his career in Akeem Black, who is best known for going the distance with the much larger Joey Spencer, who PBC has twice crowned their prospect of the month. It was no small task for the Long Islander, so he got off to a quick start. Staggering Black with a right hand just about a minute into the fight. The long rangy prospect continued pressing forward missing up head and body shots. With about 20 seconds left in the first round, the writing was on the wall and the end was just a matter of time for black. As Tucker landed another thudding right hand followed by a left hook to the temple of his opponent that sent Black reeling. Tucker remained calm and in control and fired off a picturesque right uppercut that put his outmatched opponent on the canvas for the first time of his career just as seconds before the bell sounded to end the opening stanza. The second round was more of the same and just past a minute into the second another perfect uppercut against hurt Balck, and this time Tucker smelled blood and unleashed a few more power shots bringing in referee Mark Nelson to call a halt to the bout with just about 100 seconds remaining in the second. Giving Tucker his sixth in and fourth stoppage in his six professional bouts.

For a long time Buddy McGirt was the face of Long Island boxing the hall of famer’s name was synonymous with boxing on the Island then came along names like Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr and they took the torch and ran with it. While both of those guys are well into their 30’s  Long Island boxing is still in good hands with its newest era of young prospects that include the former prospect of the month Tyrone Jackpot James as well as Alex Vargas, none of them shine brighter or have a higher upside than Tucker. The 140-pound prospect has an incredibly bright future and having just turned 19 he has an entire future in front of him. Black represented a pretty solid step up but he should continue to be moved along quickly and take aggressive step-ups. Opponents like Dakota Linger, Willie Shaw, and Jerome Conquest would all mark good steps and represent a fair gauge on how quickly the blue-chip prospect is progressing. Should he pass those tests he could be ready for the likes of fellow New Yorkers Cletus Seldin, Daniel Gonzalez, or perhaps a showdown with the likes of fellow prospect Yomar “The Magic” Alamo. A win over a name like that would put the teenage standout in the world title picture by as early as 2023! 

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