This weekend was supposed to be all about 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, this weekend we will see 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.
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 Expect Golovkin to batter an over-matched Martiroysan this weekend. If he does not, that will say more about GGG than it does about the challenger.
No. 2: Daniel Jacobs Jacobs was less than dominant when he fought Maciej Sulecki last weekend 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 last weekend, 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 gets a crack at Saunders in June.