The welterweight division is one of the most talented and competitive weight classes in all of boxing. It’s worth taking the time to check out what’s what in the historical 147 lb. glamour division as the boxing world awaits a re-start to business as usual. Here’s our Welterweight Top 10
1. Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs)
Spence’s most recent win against Shawn Porter (via split decision) cements his spot atop the division. Other key welterweight wins have come against Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Chris Algieri, and Leonard Bundu.
2. Terence Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs)
Arguably the most versatile and skilled fighter in the division, Crawford lacks the depth of resume to be no. 1 at the moment. Key welterweight wins have come against Jeff Horn, Amir Khan, Jose Benavides Jr., and Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
3. Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs)
A living legend who beat top 3 welterweight Keith Thurman in his last bout. Pacquiao could very well be given the top spot on this list based on resume alone. Given that his biggest welterweight wins (other than Thurman) took place over 4 years ago, however, he sits at no. 3– for now.
4. Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs)
A top 3 (and some say no. 1) welter up until losing a close and competitive decision to Manny Pacquiao last summer. His body of work, which includes wins over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia, still demands a high ranking.
5. Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs)
He’s fought the best of the best and, win or lose, has given everyone a rough ride. Close decision losses to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook are offset by fairly recent wins over Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, and Andre Berto.
6. Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs)
As talented as anyone in the division, Garcia’s ranking is affected by close, competitive decision losses to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.
7. Yordenis Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs)
A split decision loss to Shawn Porter is offset by solid wins over high second-tier talent such as Omar Figueroa Jr., Ray Robinson, and Thomas Dulorme. The talented Cuban is skilled enough to give any of the top welterweights a tough challenge.
8. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs)
The 22-year-old phenom already holds dominant KO victories over Mauricio Herrera, Antonio Orozco, and Brad Soloman. A native of Dallas, TX, Ortiz is among the brightest young, up-and-coming stars in the sport.
9. Jamal James (26-1, 12 KOs)
James has beaten some solid second-tier opposition and has put together a 6-fight winning streak since losing to Yordenis Ugas in 2016. It remains to be seen whether he can compete at the highest levels of the sport just yet.
10. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9 KOs)
A technical decision victory over veteran former champ Luis Collazo tops the resume of the Uzbekistan native. Abdukakhorov is still relatively untested, however, against prime, high-end competition.
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