10 best boxers fighting today
June 12, 2015; Chicago, Illinois, United States; Erislandy Lara (R) celebrates a victory against Delevin Rodriguez in the first boxing championships at the UIC pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The super welterweight division is one of the most underrated weight classes in boxing today. The only thing preventing them from being mentioned with the heavyweight or welterweight divisions is the lack of real stars at the main event.
But when it comes to in-ring skills, the super welterweight deserves to be mentioned as one of the best weight classes in boxing. This is one of the only weight classes where nothing is guaranteed, with many notable upheavals occurring over the past two years.
They are the top 10 super welterweight boxers in the world today.
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10. Michel Soro
- Profile of Michel Soro: 35-2-1, 24 KOs
Lesser known fighter, Michel Soro has fought all but three of his 38 career fights in France. After losing his only career world title match so far in 2012, Soro dusted it off, going 13-0-1 in his next 14 fights en route to the WBA Interim Super Welterweight title against Brian Carlos Costano. In this fight, Soro would lose in a spectacular fight that ended in a close split decision. Soro recently became the very first WBA Gold Super Welterweight Champion, defeating Greg Vendetti via TKO in the 2nd round and successfully defending the belt against Anderson Prestot. His last fight took place in November 2019, when he beat Cédric Vitu by TKO in the 5th round.
9. Julien Williams
- Julian Williams review: 27-2-1, 16 KOs
One theme on this list is fighters who have won world titles in upset victories over high ranking world title holders. Julian Williams is the first to be mentioned on this list, but his road to becoming the world champion has been bumpy to say the least. His first world title shot saw him face Jermall Charlo (not to be confused with his twin brother and unified super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo) losing by knockout in the fifth round.
After winning each of his next four fights, Julian Williams had another chance to fight for a world title when he faced unified IBF, WBA and WBO super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd in May 2019. He would become champion. unified by removing the upheaval by defeating it via unanimous decision. Williams’ reign was short as he unsuccessfully defended his titles, losing to rising prospect Jeison Rosario the following January. He hasn’t returned to the ring since losing his titles.
8. Jeison Rosario:
- Jeison Rosario file: 20-3-1, 14 KOs
Ahead of his fight with Julian Williams, Rosario won the biggest fight of his career, defeating Jorge Cota by split decision. He entered Julian Williams ‘fight as a massive underdog added by the fact that the fight was in Williams’ hometown of Philadelphia, PA. After losing the first round, Rosario began to take control of the fight by hitting the champion’s face with powerful destructive blows. The bout was called off in Round 5 when the punishment left Williams on shaky legs, awarding Rosario the unified WBA, IBF and IBO Super Welterweight titles. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse for Rosario since that victory, losing his belts in a unification fight against Jermell Charlo and losing to Erickson Lubin in a WBC title eliminator.
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7. Tim Tszyu
Most fighting fans may not be too familiar with Tim Tszyu (son of International Boxing Hall of Fame Kostya Tszyu) as he fought exclusively in Australia. However, he had great success in his young career, winning the WBO Global Super Welterweight Championship and successfully defending it three times. Tim Tszyu is currently on a five-game knockout streak with notable wins over former world champion Jeff Horn and former world title contender Dennis Hogan.
6. Erickson Lubin
- Erickson Lubin’s record: 24-1, 16 KB
Unfortunately for Erickson Lubin, he won the biggest fight of his career long before he was ready. In October 2017, Lubin was 22 with a professional record of 18-0. Scheduled to face Jermell Charlo for the WBC Super Welterweight title, Lubin had just claimed a 4th round TKO victory over Jorge Cota and was extremely confident. He ultimately lost by knockout in the first round, suffering the first loss of his professional career. He has since recovered well, winning each of his last six fights, including the WBC Silver Super Welterweight title and most recently a victory over unified champion Jeison Rosario.
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5. Tony Harrison:
- Tony Harrison’s Record: 28-3, 21 KB
Tony Harrison also became super welterweight champion on his second opportunity by losing his first world title fight by TKO in the 9th round to Jarrett Hurd. He got his second chance at a world championship in December 2018 when he faced WBC super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo. The fight was very close, but in the end it was Harrison who took the win by close unanimous decision, giving Charlo his first loss as a pro. Charlo would take revenge in their rematch, winning by TKO in the 11th round to reclaim his championship. Harrison returned to the ring in April with his fight ending in a draw.
4. Jarrett Hurd
- Jarrett Hurd Record: 24-2, 16 KB
While Jarrett Hurd is the only top-three fighter not currently holding a belt, he sits third because of his resume. Hurd won his first world title in February 2017 when he defeated Tony Harrison to claim the vacant IBF Super Welterweight title. After successfully defending his title against Austin Trout, Hurd would unify the IBF title with the WBA and IBO titles after defeating Erislandy Lara by split decision with a 12th round reversal, helping him make the decision in his favor. He would lose the belts in May 2019 when he lost to Julian Williams by unanimous decision. Although he rebounded from his loss to Julian Williams, he would suffer his second career loss to Luis Arias by split decision.
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3. Erislandy Lara
- Erislandy Lara record: 28-3-3, 16KB; IBO Super Welterweight Champion
Erislandy Lara’s three losses saw him fall victim to tight decisions going against him. Critics criticized his first professional loss to Paul Williams in 2011 because they believed he deserved the decision victory. Elsewhere, Lara has been a decorated champion in the super welterweight division, winning the WBA interim, regular and super world super welterweight titles and currently holds the IBO super welterweight title.
In January 2017, Lara became the WBA and IBO Super Welterweight Champion after knocking out Yuri Foreman. After successfully defending the belt against previously undefeated Terrell Gausha, he lost the belts in a close split decision against Jarrett Hurd. He would return to the regular WBA championship after beating Roman Alvarez and the IBO belt in his fight against Greg Vendetti. In addition to her two super welterweight belts, Lara now holds the regular WBA middleweight title, winning by first round knockout in April.
2. Brian Carlos Castano:
- Review of Brian Carlos Castano: 17-0-2, 13 KO; WBO Super Welterweight Champion
Prior to winning the world title, Castano had an impressive resume winning the interim and regular WBA super welterweight world title (not to be confused with the WBA Super World Championship). His notable victories include Emmanuel De Jesus, Michel Soro and Cédric Vitu. He also fought Erislandy Lara for a draw. In his last fight on February 13, Castano won his first official world title by defeating Patrick Teixeira by unanimous decision to win the WBO Super-Welterweight Championship. Last Saturday, Castano fought Jermell Charlo to crown the first undisputed super welterweight champion in the four-belt era. The fight was thrilling from start to finish, but no undisputed champion was crowned as it ended in a draw.
1. Jermell Charlo
No fighter on this list has the CV or championship pedigree close to Jermell Charlo in the super welterweight division. He won his first world championship in May 2016 by defeating John Jackson for the WBC super welterweight title. He successfully defended the belt three times, including wins over Erickson Lubin and Austin Trout, before losing the belt in a controversial unanimous loss to Tony Harrison. He would win it back after beating Tony Harrison in a TKO rematch in the 11th round. Charlo would go on to unify the WBC title with the WBA and IBF belts after eliminating Jeison Rosario in the 8th round. After a draw in an incredible unification fight against Brian Carlos Castano, fans anxiously await a potential rematch between the two.