Boxing fans already know all about the major players in the welterweight division. Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, and Manny Pacquiao rule the roost in the 147 lb. glamour division.
Right behind the top three are Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Keith Thurman– all capable of flipping scripts and overcoming anyone in the top three on any given evening. Then, there’s the middle tier of talent like Yordenis Ugas, Jamal James, and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov– again, all talented enough to give anyone a rough night.
The Best After The Best
But what about those who are not currently among the top names in the division or those who have yet to make it to the welterweight main stage? There’s plenty of depth in the weight class and many fighters currently flying below the radar who could turn the division on its ear. Here are some of the unsung or under-hyped potential impact players at 147.
Among prospects, Vergil Ortiz Jr. reigns supreme with impressive stoppage wins over Mauricio Herrera, Antonio Orozco, and Brad Soloman. However, mega-talented Jaron Ennis has nearly as much upside as Ortiz despite having nowhere near the publicity. Also, among prospects, the UK’s Josh Kelly deserves some attention.
Veteran former world champs from nearby divisions are also finding their way to the lucrative welterweight class. Former junior middleweight champ Austin Trout has announced his move to 147. Former junior welterweight champ Maurice Hooker is moving up to welterweight to also take a stab at welterweight glory. Both Austin and Hooker are good enough to make some waves in the division.
The welterweight division is also full of tough-guy contenders who can battle their way to upsets. Chief among them is Josesito Lopez, who, in his last two fights, nearly stopped Keith Thurman and DID stop John Molina Jr.
If technical ability and calm, cool precision are valuable assets, there’s also plenty of that to be found in possible welterweight contenders. Four-division world champ Mikey Garcia may have failed in his attempt to upset Errol Spence in March of last year, but he came back in a big way in February when he decisively beat former world champ, Jessie Vargas. Former junior welterweight champ Sergey Lipinets is also working his way towards the top of the division and has the skills to be competitive against anyone.
The Former Champs
Veteran former two-division world champ Amir Khan has been through the wringer and around the block a few times, but he still has the raw athleticism and ability to beat anyone on any given night. To a lesser extent, put veteran former champs Luiz Collazo, Sadam Ali, and Andre Berto into the same category as Khan.
The welterweight division is packed with interesting and able-bodied contenders. Don’t sleep on anyone in the top 20-30 at 147. Big fights are to be had and, maybe, big upsets.
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