In June, light heavyweight superstar Andre Ward stopped Sergey Kovalev in a rematch of last year’s most important fight. In September, Saul Alvarez meets Gennady Golovkin in a battle for middleweight supremacy.
But the months of summer have been all about the super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions. On July 19, WBC lightweight title holder Mikey Garcia stepped up to 140 pounds and easily defeated Adrien Broner. Last weekend, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko put on another boxing clinic, this time against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga.
On August 19, Terence Crawford gets his turn. The World Champion at 140 pounds will defend his title against Julius Indongo. In addition to the lineal title, Crawford holds the WBO and WBC belts. Indongo has the IBF and WBA straps. For the first time in years, all four alphabet soup trinkets will be involved in a legitimate world title fight at the same time.
Here are the top eight fighters in the world from 130 to 140 pounds.
1. Terence Crawford:World Super Lightweight Champion; WBO and WBC belt holder
Crawford has now made it a habit to defeat very good fighters with shocking ease. He will face another very good fighter later this month when he takes on Indongo.
2. Vasyl Lomachenko: WBO Super Featherweight Champion
Some observers would no doubt rank him over Crawford. I have to think a superfight between the two is destined to happen down the road.
3. Mikey Garcia: WBC Lightweight Champion
With his win over Broner at 140 pounds, he has now defeated top contenders in four different weight classes. Has yet to have a close fight against any of them.
4. Jorge Linares: Ring Lightweight Champion, WBA Lightweight Champion
Linares defeated a tough fighter in Anthony Crolla in back-to-back fights. Both times he did it in Crolla’s own backyard.
5. Miguel Berchelt: WBC Super Featherwieght Champion
An exciting fighter with a high KO percentage. He’s just 25, so he should continue to improve.
6. Jezreel Corrales: WBA Super Featherweight Champion
Came out of relative obscurity to knockout highly regarded Japanese star Takashi Uchiyama last year. Returned to Japan later in the year and beat Uchiyama by clear decision.
7. Julius Indongo: IBF and WBA belt holder at Super Lightweight
Knocked out relatively untested Russian Eduard Troyanovsky to claim the IBF belt last December. Defeated wily veteran Ricky Burns for the WBA strap in April. Crawford represents a huge step up for him. But he has earned the opportunity the hard way.
8. Robert Easter Jr.: IBF Lightweight Champion
At 5’11” and with a reach of 76″, Easter presents a style nightmare for the vast majority of fighters below 147 pounds. Has good technical skill and solid pop.