This week WBA 140-pound champion Adrien Broner was sentenced to 30 days in jail. This weekend, undefeated WBO champ Terence Crawford and unbeaten WBC title holder Viktor Postol face off in a unification bout. It’s a good time to look at the current super lightweight/junior welterweight top 10.
No. 1: Terence Crawford It’s really a toss-up between one and two for this list. Postol’s stoppage of Lucas Matthysse last October is the best win in the division. But Crawford has more high-quality wins and better knockout numbers. I’m also factoring in the eye-ball test.
No. 2: Viktor Postol If Postol manages to win this weekend, he’ll have the best two back-to-back wins in the sport. He’ll have to crack any credible pound-for-pound top 10.
No. 3: Lucas Matthysse I’m not sure Matthysse will fight again at 140 pounds. But for now, his resume there deserves to put him at this spot, even coming off from his devastating knockout loss to Postol last year.
No. 4: Adrien Broner Broner has been overhyped his entire career. But he’s also easily handled some pretty good fighters at 140 pounds, which is clearly his best weight.
No. 5: Antonio Orozco It might be a stretch to actually call Orozco a super lightweight, as he hasn’t managed to make the 140-pound limit since 2010. But he hasn’t been close to the 147-pound welterweight limit either and he’s defeated some very good contenders while compiling a 24-0, 16 KO record.
No. 6: Omar Figueroa Jr. The undefeated, former lightweight champion has two pretty good wins at 140 pounds, over former lightweight champions Ricky Burns and Antonio DeMarco.
No. 7: Eduard Troyanovsky The undefeated Russian has the IBF title. He won it by handing Cesar Rene Cuenca his first two losses in 50 professional fights. Of course, Cuenca had exactly two career knockouts.
No. 8: Adrian Granados Every single one of Granados four losses was by majority or split decision. Last November he turned in an outstanding performance to TKO red-hot rising contender Amir Iman in eight rounds.
No. 9: Ricky Burns A former world champion at 130 and 135 pounds, he’s now emerged as a legitimate contender at 140. I had him winning against Figueroa.
No. 10: Thomas Dulorme Dulorme got knocked out last year by Crawford, but that’s not exactly a disgrace at this point. Prior to that loss, he’d notched solid wins over Karim Mayfield and Hank Lundy.