A Crowded Division Looking To Crown A King: Who Will Be The Undisputed Welterweight Champion?
Historically boxing’s welterweight division has produced the best fighters seen in the sport. Such names as Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Pernell Whitaker, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, and many others have gone down in boxing history. Many of these former champions are considered among the best fighters in boxing history. There are few divisions which have consistently produced the collection of talent and intriguing matchups as the welterweights, and with the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr., the 147lb class has once again produced a number of talented fighters fans are excited about.
The welterweight division is currently headlined by three undefeated champions: Keith Thurman is the unified WBC and WBA champion. Fan favorite Errol Spence holds the IBF title, and is coming off an impressive stoppage win of former champion Lamont Peterson. Australia’s Jeff Horn holds the WBO title. Added to this already talented group is the former Undisputed Light Welterweight Champion, Terence Crawford, who many believe is the best fighter in the sport. Terence Crawford will be challenging Jeff Horn for his WBO title this coming April, in a fight he is heavily favored to win. True to the division’s history today’s welterweights also has a number of talented contenders including former champions Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, and Jessie Vargas.
The boxing world is currently looking for an undisputed welterweight champion to emerge with future unification fights between Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, and the winner of Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford. Errol Spence made a powerful claim as being the best Welterweight in the world this recently in defeating Lamont Peterson. This coming April, Terrence Crawford has his opportunity to demonstrate he can dominate the 147lb division as he did the 135 and 140 pound weight class. As the only current multiple belt holder Keith Thurman recovers from an elbow injury, the debate over who is the best welterweight will continue to grow past its already fevered pitch.