Back in May we were supposed to see the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, with the Middleweight Championship of the World on the line. Instead Canelo tested positive for clebuterol and instead of the year’s biggest Superfight, we saw GGG in a stay-busy fight against Vanes Martiroysan, a career junior middleweight who has not even been in the ring in almost two full years.
Betting on USA and World Championship boxing online during the last few years has been at an all-time high because of the exciting match-up possibilities that keep everyone guessing. If you are doing your homework you are checking the boxing betting odds at 888 sport US and other sites like it.
Regardless, it’s a good time to update the Middleweight Top 10.
Champion: Saul Alvarez
I might not be crazy about the circumstances that led to Alvarez winning the World Middleweight Championship but facts are facts. Alvarez has a lineal claim that goes directly back to Bernard Hopkins, the last great middleweight king.
No. 1: Gennady Golovkin
We expected Golovkin to batter an over-matched Martiroysan. The challenger was just too weak for GGG.
No. 2: Daniel Jacobs
Jacobs was less than dominant when he fought Maciej Sulecki in Brooklyn. But let’s give the tough Pole credit for some of that.
No. 3: Billy Joe Saunders
The Brit has the only alphabet-soup belt at middleweight at 160 pounds not owned by Golovkin–the WBO trinket. Last year Saunders picked up a pair of impressive wins, over Willie Monroe Jr. and David Lemieux.
No. 4: Jermall Charlo
The larger of the two fabulous Charlo twins may ultimately be the best fighter in the division. Expect him to take part in some mega fights in the coming years.
No. 5: Sergiy Derevyanchenko
At 12-0 with 10 KOs, the Crimean native looks to be the next dangerous boxer-puncher from the former Soviet Bloc. Recorded a great TKO of Tureano Johnson last August.
No. 6: Maciej Sulecki
He took the first loss of his career in the spring, but also demonstrated that he can hang in there against elite talent.
No. 7: Ryoto Murata
The Japanese contender fought a pair of bouts with rugged Hassan N’Dam last year. He lost the first by split decision and stopped N’Dam in the rematch.
No. 8: Demetrius Andrade
The slick southpaw is one of the most avoided fighters in the sport.
No. 9: David Lemieux
The Canadian might lack a bit of finesse, but his explosive punching makes him a dangerous opponent for most middleweights.
No. 10: Martin Murray
The long-time fixture at middleweight got a crack at Saunders in June and fought well.