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Hart to Heart: What’s Next For Hard Working Jesse Hart at 175 Pounds?

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Super middleweight contender turned light heavyweight contender 26-2 Jesse ‘Hard Work’ Hart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has transitioned from 168 to 175 pounds with his recent 10 round unanimous decision win over perennial Cuban contender Sullivan Barrera. World Super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez of Matzatlan, Mexico, has also moved up to the light heavyweight division with his fourth-round stoppage win over Tommy Karpency at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in April 2019.

If Hart goes for broke next and a title shot, which seems unlikely without at least a few more contender bouts in the light heavyweight division, hart will have his heartful choice of the top of the division. 33-3-1 Sergey Kovalev holds the World Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight title. 27-0 Oleksandr Gvozdyk holds the World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight title. 16-0 Dmitry Bivol holds the World Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight title. 23-0 Marcus Browne holds the interim World Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight title. 14-0 Artur Beturbiev holds the International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight title. 15-1 Sven Fornling holds the International Boxing Organization world Light Heavyweight title.

Transitioning into a new higher weight division offers a whole new degree of challenge. Hart could face ex-champion Eleider Alvarez, the winner of Maxim Vlasov versus Isaac Chilemba, the winner of Marcus Browne versus Jean Pascal world title bout, or the winner of Igor Mikhalkin versus Timur Nikarkhoev interim International Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight title bout coming up. 17-0 Anthony Yarde holds the International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title. 17-1 Umar Salamov holds the International Boxing Organization International Light Heavyweight title. 15-0 Fankong Meng holds the International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title. 11-0 Joshua Buatsi holds the World Boxing Association International Light Heavyweight title. 14-0 Leon Bunn holds the International Boxing Federation International Light Heavyweight title.

These names would be considered the best names out there for Hart, whatever direction he chooses. Of course, the superior option would be for Hart to go back to the 168 pounds super middleweight division and dominate it as a future world champion. For some, like Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., once you transition upwards in weight-you cannot go back down. For others like Joe Calzaghe, 168 pounds is where you are most comfortable. It all depends on the training habits, diets, routines, and motivation of the individual fighter.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.