The coronavirus pandemic has brought the boxing world to a halt. Nearly all events worldwide are off through at least early May, and more cancellations and postponements are expected to be announced in the coming days.
So for a year-round sport that never has an offseason, this is a first. During this lull in the action, let’s check in on the light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions and see where things stand.
What’s the biggest question you have about this division?
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Canelo, by far, is the star of the division. He vacated a light heavyweight world title and is the reigning middleweight world champion, but Alvarez also owns a secondary super middleweight belt that he intends to defend in his next fight against fellow titlist Saunders. Alvarez is the biggest star in boxing with the possible exception of unified heavyweight world titlist Anthony Joshua.
Alvarez’s biggest competitor, however, is not a super middleweight. That would be middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin, a bitter rival against whom Alvarez is 1-0-1 in disputed decisions. They finally have a deal in place to fight each other for the third time in a bout that is supposed to take place at middleweight.
Who is a potential dark horse?
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Without question, the most attractive fight in the division would be a unification bout between young guns David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) and Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs). They have talked some smack, professed a desire to fight each other, and it is a very makeable fight given that both box under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. I think it is the kind of fight that still needs a little room to build, but it could blossom into a really big matchup. Both have fan bases and contrasting styles, with Benavidez being more of a brawler than boxer and Plant being a more refined boxer who is willing to mix it up if necessary. I love this fight and I really want to see it.