Boxing is a notoriously complicated and difficult sport when it comes to making fights, with the best rarely fighting the best.
This weekend, however, the top two fighters at 154 pounds in Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano will square off for the undisputed super-welterweight crown.
In the first fight between the two last year, it ended in a controversial draw as it looked like Castano had done enough to claim victory, but a judge scored it 117-111 in favor. of Charlie.
This time, both men have sworn not to let the judges pass and if that’s true, we should see an undisputed champion in the super welterweight division.
Whoever it is, will join Canelo and Josh Taylor, who are both coming off slightly ironically poor performances, as boxing’s only other undisputed champions.
That being said, there are six other boxing divisions that are on the verge of crowning an undisputed champion and so if boxing finally pulls itself together and makes the right fights over the next year, we could see some clarity emerge. what is such a convoluted sport usually in.
The undisputed most anticipated potential matchup in world boxing would occur in the heavyweight division between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury has technically retired, but even his wife admitted an uncontested fight could inspire ‘The Gypsy King’ to return to the ring.
As for Usyk, he will have to beat Anthony Joshua a second time as they are set for a rematch in July, but if boxing history has taught us anything it’s that repetition is far more likely than repetition. revenge.
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In the welterweight division, fans have been calling Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford to fight for years, but boxing politics have always gotten in the way, with both men having signed with rival promotional companies.
Crawford, however, is now a free agent after parting ways with Top Rank and a clash with Spence Jr seems more likely than ever.
When Spence Jr beat Yordenis Ugas in his last outing, he added the WBA strap to his collection of WBC and IBF belts, with Crawford holding the final division title, the WBO.
After the fight, Spence Jr called Crawford saying, “Everyone knows who I want next, I want Terence Crawford next.
“This is the fight I want, this is the fight everyone wants and like I said I’m going to get those straps.
“I’ll go over there and take his shit too. Terence, I’m coming for this fucking belt.
Crawford responded on Twitter saying, “Now the real fight is happening. No more chatter no more street side lets go!!!”
These are very encouraging signs that we could finally get one of boxing’s most anticipated fights, although there has been no news recently as to whether negotiations for the fight have begun.
One undisputed matchup that has happened before is between George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney in the lightweight division.
Kambosos Jr won three of four lightweight titles beating Lomachenko winner Teofimo Lopez last year.
At the time, it looked like the Aussie would be crowned the undisputed champion, as Lopez also held the WBC “franchise” title, but for some reason that wasn’t the case and it was confirmed that at the instead, Devin Haney was the WBC lightweight champion.
Now, the titles will finally be unified and the WBC will no longer be able to wreak havoc on the 135-pound division with its lineup of made-up titles, as the winner will officially become the undisputed lightweight champion.
Elsewhere, Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue and Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire are set for a repeat of their 2019 ‘Fight of the Year’ when they meet on June 7.
The winner will have the WBC, WBA and IBF world bantamweight titles and could challenge British WBO champion Paul Butler for the undisputed 118-pound crown.
In the light heavyweight division, Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr are gearing up for an explosive clash on June 18 and the winner will be able to take on Dmitry Bivol, who recently beat Canelo, for the undisputed 175-pound titles.
Finally, the lesser-known duo of Stephen Fulton Jr and Murodjon Akhmadaliev currently hold all titles in the super bantamweight division.
They are both tied to other fights at the moment, but if they get through their upcoming challenges unscathed, an undisputed title fight at 122 pounds could be on the cards.
Almost every other sport in the world, be it football, tennis or golf, pits the best against the best every year and boxing has never followed suit.
But, the sport is perfectly poised to change that fact and we may see some progress over the next year with a clearly crowned “number one” in most weight classes.
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