Opinion | Jul 05 2018

THE BREAKDOWN The new hottest division in boxing

Aarron Morgan analyses the super-lightweight division and the new boxing stars it will produce
Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol - WBC World Super-Lightweight Title Final Eliminator  |  Action Images/John Clifton

HISTORICALLY the title of ‘boxing’s hottest division’ has been reserved for one of three weights; either the heavyweights, the middleweights or the welterweights. Right about now though a new sheriff has strolled into town. With the culmination of the very successful World Boxing Super Series tournaments in the cruiserweight and super-middleweight divisions, there is one division that is stacked with talent and crying out for clarity … the super-lightweights (or light-welters, whichever you prefer!).

Terence Crawford unified the titles, solidified himself as the best super-lightweight without doubt before moving up to 147lbs to start his assault on yet another division. Crawford left behind a void which needs to be filled and several hungry, talented fighters hope to be the one to do it. The general boxing consensus was that Mikey Garcia would be the man to take over the division after Crawford’s departure. Garcia won the IBF title vs Sergey Lipinets but decided to go back down to lightweight to take on Robert Easter in a unification bout hopefully leading to a showdown with pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko. Common sense would dictate that it made more sense for Garcia to go that direction than battle it out in the 140lbs weight class devoid of true household names and the mega-fights he craves.

What we have been left with now is a division of fighters who not only possess great skills but also the drive to prove themselves to be number one. The WBSS has been a revelation since its inception, a knockout tournament containing the best fighters in the division. The man left standing at the end is the undisputed number one of that division. The people spoke, and the boxing gods listened…