The Changing Face of the Middleweight Division
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Boston, MA (October 22, 2018)– Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, having defeated Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin in their epic middleweight world titular rematch, will fight Rocky Fielding for the World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight title in Madison Square Garden on December 15, 2018. The move to 168 pounds is more a tune-up for Canelo than impressive, as the 37-1 Fielding was dropped three times in the first round by Callum Smith at Echo Arena in Liverpool in November 2015 in a World Boxing Council Silver Super Middleweight title bout in which the vacant BBBofC British Super Middleweight title was also at stake. Fielding’s chin being suspect, the bout may not go more than a couple of rounds.
It seems fated Alvarez, Golovkin, and ex-WBA champion Danny Jacobs will somehow someway figure their way back soon into the reconfiguring 160-pound middleweight division, which is currently going through a metamorphosis of younger, hungry and enthusiastic fighters.
Daniel Jacobs, (34-2), Brooklyn, New York, will fight for the vacant International Boxing Federation on October 27, 2018, at Madison Square Garden against 12-0 Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a 2008 Beijing Olympian rising rapidly in the middleweight division.
(26-0) Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island, figures into the mix now. The former World Junior Middleweight champion won the vacant World Boxing Organization World Middleweight title this past weekend by 12 round decision over 17-0 Walter Kautondokwa. Hatfield, United Kingdom’s 26-0 Billy Jo ‘Superb’ Saunders, inactive a year, had held the WBO title as well, and figures into the mix upon return,
(27-0) Jermall Charlo of Houston, Texas, holds the interim World Boxing Council World Middleweight title after knocking out Hugo Centeno Jr. for that title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this past April. Martin Murray, 37-4-1, St. Helens, United Kingdom, the current WBC Silver Middleweight titleholder, previously lost a world title bout to GGG but remains in the middleweight mix, and perhaps could get another world title opportunity.
(27-1) Rob Brant of Dallas, Texas, currently holds the World Boxing Association World Middleweight title and is also at the top of the pack of 160-pound risers. Dangerous 18-0 Kamil Szeremeta of Bialystok, Poland, currently holds the European Middleweight title.
Irish Jason Quigley, now fighting out of Woodland Hills, California, holds the North American Boxing Federation Middleweight title and could get a shot a share of the middleweight title in 2019. He retained his NABF title by 10 round decision over Freddy Hernandez this past weekend at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Unbeaten yet unknown (17-0) Khasan Baysangurov of Kiev Ukraine holds the World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Middleweight title. (21-0) Mark Heffron of Oldham, United Kingdom holds the World Boxing Council International Middleweight title, and will fight for the vacant BBBofC Middleweight title at Manchester Arena in December 2018. (22-0) Esquiva Falcao of Vitoria, Brazil, is the middleweight ‘dark horse’. Falcao won a 10 round decision in Las Vegas this past weekend over Guido Nicolas Pitto, a 25 win fighter.
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