By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | September 15, 2018
As the world wakes up after last night’s mega fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, this writer remains focused on the current state of the welterweight division. The division is on fire and it appears that boxing will be giving fight fans championship bouts which will define each champion’s personal legacy in the sport.
With “Showtime” Shawn Porter’s defeat of Danny “Swift” Garcia last week at the Barclays Center, he has put pressure on the division, with the hopes of networks, promoters, and boxing organizations giving fight fans exactly what needs to take place: champions fighting champions.
Porter’s win and grab of the WBC Welterweight Championship puts him in a position to truly dictate who he’ll face next. Porter has continuously fought his way to the top of his division and by all means, he did not take an easy path.
Porter is considered one of the toughest fighters in his division. His style is ruthless, relentless, and causes problems for any opponent. This is what makes Porter such a loved fighter by the fans. A fighter like Porter, who is often called a “throwback fighter”, makes the welterweight division what it is.
Will the Truth set the division free?
Errol Spence Jr. (IBF Welterweight Champion) was on hand to watch his victory and both champions have expressed their desire to face one another. However, there are other champions in the division who want to state their claim as being the only champion at 147lb. Spence, one of the biggest welterweights in the division, has shown improvement in each of his fights, slowly becoming a knockout artist. With his infamous mantra of “Man Down” it’s hard for any opponent to get away from his brutal body attack and high volume amount of punches.
One Time, Once in a while, or Once and for all
Keith Thurman, recovering from a severe injury to his elbow, continues to hold the WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship. Thurman, who was riding a wave of sorts as he defeated both Garcia and Porter in back to back championship matches, remains the top welterweight that each champion wants to face. For Thurman, he is taking his time to return to ring. Recently he announced an expected return sometime in November or December (2018).
Take a hit of this Bud
Terence Crawford, the WBO Welterweight Champion, is preparing for his upcoming title defense on Oct. 13. Both Crawford and Spence have been feuding on social media of recent and many fight fans they are evenly matched with their respective skill sets. Both Crawford and Spence are considered the best in the division. Crawford dominated the 140lb division, becoming the Undisputed Champion, and in his first fight at 147lbs he defeated previous champion Australia’s Jeff Horn in TKO fashion. This is the same Horn that defeated eight division champion Manny Pacquiao.
Pacman, the greatest video game ever created
The ageless wonder Manny Pacquiao (WBA Regular Welterweight Champion) remains a viable threat to each current champion’s reign. The last time we saw Pacquiao we saw him dominating hard-punching Lucas Mathyesse. Pacquiao didn’t just dominate the former champion, he completely debunked everyone’s thought that his career may be over after losing his WBO Welterweight title to Australia’s Jeff Horn.
Pretty Boy, Money May, TBE
Before we move past Pacquiao, Mr. TBE himself Floyd Mayweather may be coming out of retirement to face Paqcuiao. Over the weekend he called out Pacquiao while both men were vacationing in Tokyo, Japan. Will that fight that place? Will the Mayweather put his perfect record on the line once again? Against an all-time great who he claims is “EASY WORK?” We’ll have to wait and see.
WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF vs Showtime and ESPN
There are four sanctioning bodies in boxing. Right now, there are five world champions. How’d that happen? Don’t ask. The question that needs to be answered is if the sanctioned boxing organizations work with the promoters and networks to bring these fights to fruition or will fight fans continue to be given the run around, while waiting for the golden-era of boxing to return?
With all that being said, the hope for 2019 is that each champion faces one another. Spence Jr., Porter, and Thurman are each signed up with Premier Boxing Champions meaning their respective fights will undoubtedly take place on Showtime Boxing. Crawford, who’s promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing, fights predominantly on ESPN. Pacquiao has all but stated that he is done with Top Rank Boxing and will be handling and promoting his fights for the remainder of his career. As for Mayweather (if he returns) he’ll be sure to control everything under to favor his stance in a second fight against Pacquiao
I’m A Legend
As I close out this piece, I wonder how rising and current title contenders, respective mandatory challengers, and former champions feel about the oncoming battle to control the throne. Where do the likes of Danny Garcia, Andre Berto, Devon Alexander, Jesse Vargas, Luis Collazo, etc. fit in this war? Yes, we are watching the Game of Thrones play out in boxing. Now we just have to wait and see who will come out on top and be crowned “The King of All Kings.”