Last year Terrance Crawford became the undisputed champion at 140lbs and as a massive Crawford fan it was bitter sweet for me as i had long known Crawford was the best in the 140lbs division and although this verified what i had known i couldn’t help but think this was just prolonging Crawford moving up to welterweight (147lbs). Since unifying Crawford has now moved to the welterweight division and will fight Jeff Horn this summer for the WBO title , but more excitingly with Crawford out of the picture at the Super lightweight division has burst into life with the lime light now turning on emerging talents like Josh Taylor , Mikey Garcia , Regis Prograis and Jose Ramirez all looking to fill the void left by Crawford .
Now at Super Welterweight (154lbs) we are seeing something similar happen since the departure of Canelo Alverez from the division . Now i know you will be saying to yourself right now ” He’s talking shit as Canelo wasn’t the unified champion at 154lbs ” and you might right , but with the massive superstar that is Canelo out of the division he is no longer eclipsing guys like Jermell Charlo , Jerrett Hurd, Lara or Julian Williams they can now get the attention there skill’s deserve . On Saturday night we were treated to one of the best boxing cards you will see this year which featured two great fights in relevance to the 154lbs division , which will be attached at the bottom of the page . We seen Jroc Williams vs Nathaniel Gallimore fight in what became an entertaining fight with loads of inside action , but in the end Jroc just had to much in the tank for Gallimore and beat him convincingly on the cards .
Then we had our main event when WBA Super Champion Erislandy Lara took on the giant IBF Champion Jerrett Hurd in a unification in what turned out to be a contender for fight of the year . It has always be aimed at Lara that he is a boring fighter but on Saturday he needed every bit of his skill if he was to stand any chance against Hurd . Jarrett Hurd stands at 6ft 2inch which is massive for this weight and as much as Lara showed just how good a boxer he was , he just couldn’t escape , Hurd walked him down and then broke him down , putting the Cuban on the canvas in the last round which was so decisive when it came to the cards . Hurd won a very close split decision by one point on two cards in a great fight against a top level opponent , infact an opponent a lot of people thought beat Canelo and all the credit must go to Hurd as he has become unified champion at 154lbs within a year of winning his title .
Sitting ring side was Errol Spence Jnr who thinks he might have a part to play 154lbs and beside him was stablemate Jermell Charlo who for me is the best in the division . After the fight we seen Hurd call out Charlo and i have no doubt that this one will be made soon as i don’t know how Hurd makes the weight but i don’t think he can do it for much longer . Whats next for Jroc ? well i think he will have a close eye on the WBO title fight between Saddam Ali vs Liam Smith , if he can get that WBO title i think he will be in there amongst the big boys . Britain’s Kel Brook will also have an eye on Ali/Smith as Spence Jnr has promise Brook a rematch if he can pick up a title at 154lbs .
I just wanted to write this peice to say that i had never been that big a fan of the 154lbs division but after that watching Charlo Ko Lubin last year and then be treated to two really good fights at the weekend the division has new fan .