CAN A FLATLINING MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION BE SAVED?

CAN A FLATLINING MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION BE SAVED?

The middleweight division has long been one among boxing’s glamour divisions, only at the back of heavyweight and, arguably, welterweight in ancient value.  

With Saul Alvarez officially leaving middleweight at the back of– and maybe pulling some of the suitable one hundred sixty lb. ability to vie for a large-money Canelo conflict at 168– issues seem to be bleak for the division of Robinson, Hagler, Monzon, Greb, Hopkins, and so on.

WBC middleweight champ Jermall Charlo recently told the world that he changed into greater than willing to move up to super middleweight if it meant getting a shot at Alvarez. WBO champ Demetrius Andrade become alleged to test the waters at super middleweight this past November except his opponent’s nice Covid examine obtained the combat cancelled. He also simply issued a challenge to tremendous middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders. in the meantime, IBF champ Gennadiy Golovkin will most really must flow to 168 if he even wants the hint of a chance at getting a third bout with Alvarez.

however Charlo, Andrade, and Golovkin make a decision to stay put at a hundred and sixty, there may be now not going to be all that a great deal intrigue in the division. Golovkin might not battle Andrade, Charlo may not battle Andrade, and Andrade, if he stays at a hundred and sixty, stinks up most every thing he touches. With politics, enterprise, and/or general stubbornness standing within the means of making any fights among the new massive three, the division appears to be diving headlong into the doldrums. 

24-12 months-historic Jaime Munguia is earnest and exciting, however awfully prone– and that’s the reason why Golovkin appears intent on concentrated on a combat with the Mexican battler subsequent.

Chris Eubank Jr. is an fascinating character and a great fighter, however the old six fights earlier than his KO of Matt Korobov at middleweight closing December had been at tremendous middleweight. it be 50-50 even if he’ll opt for the money one hundred sixty can convey him versus the funds talents at 168.

Japan’s Ryota Murata, who recently inherited the complete WBA middleweight title when Alvarez vacated it, and the united kingdom’s Liam Smith are strong 2d tier fighters, however no longer real leading stage material. The identical can be stated about hard and tenacious Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who probably won’t get one more shot any time quickly to earn a spot among the many correct canine. 

past that, there is very little on the immediate horizon. there may be Rob Brant, an unproven Kanat Islam, equally unproven Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, Brandon Adams, Hugo Centeno Jr., all-guts, no-ability Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, and the dark horse former junior middleweight champ Carlos Molina, who has been the most lively fighter in the pandemic boxing world with a 5-0 list considering that February.

there is an out of doors opportunity that we might also see some defections to 160 from the ability and parity-weighted down junior middleweight division. huge-boned Jarrett Hurd can also quickly discover himself at middleweight (if he ultimately finds himself within the ring once more). Tony Harrison could movement up and Jermell Charlo might circulate up  at some factor quickly, specifically if twin brother Jermall goes as much as 168. 

Boxing’s a weird activity and it’s all the time feasible that some fighter will come instantly to develop into a major factor at 160. however, realistically, that’s no longer possible. 

For now, it appears like the division could be in for a deep, deep recession unless a next technology of skill comes along.