In honor of all of the big boxing bouts, I’m presenting an updated top 10 for the welterweight division:
No. 1: Timothy Bradley Bradley is a bit past his best at this point, but his resume still demands this position. Even setting aside his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao, he has victories over a large number of former champions and top contenders. Until he loses to another contender, I’m keeping him at the top at 147 pounds.
No. 2: Kell Brook The IBF champion from Britain looked absolutely fabulous when he captured his title from Porter in August 2014. But he’s fought nothing but fringe contenders since. He’s way overdue for a true challenge.
No. 3: Keith Thurman The undefeated WBA champion has received criticism for his KO percentage dropping as his level of competition has gone up. But he won more rounds against Robert Guerrero on the judges’ cards than Floyd Mayweather did.
No. 4: Shawn Porter Losing to Kell Brook doesn’t make you a Palooka. Porter is a smart, physical fighter with great athletic gifts. Has simply out-worked very slick boxers like Devon Alexander and Adrien Broner.
No. 5: Danny Garcia The undefeated WBC champion “just can’t get no respect.” It’s true that he should defend that WBC belt against either Amir Khan or else the winner of Porter and Thurman, or receive justified criticism. But he’s also defeated some very good fighters at 140 and now 147 pounds.
No. 6: Amir Khan Khan put up a game fight against Saul Alvarez, a far bigger man who ultimately knocked him out. He very much deserves a rematch against Danny Garcia.
No. 7: Errol Spence Jr. If we come back and look at this list five years from now, Spence might very well have eclipsed everybody else. His five round destruction of the very skilled Chris Algieri was a boxing clinic.
No. 8: Jessie Vargas The only loss on Vargas’ resume was to Timothy Bradley and even in that fight, he landed a huge punch late that nearly earned a last second victory. His knockout in March of Sadam Ali was outstanding work.
No. 9: Frankie Gomez The undefeated East Los Angeles native looks like a future star. He handed tough veteran Mauricio Herrera a shutout UD last May. A physical, entertaining fighter with technical ability.
No. 10: Sammy Vasquez A veteran of two combat tours, Vasquez is the pride of every Army grunt out there. A solid all-around fighter with technical skill and some pop. He has a test in front of him in Luis Collazo this July.