Along Ken Hissner: Only two world champions have all the belts. The super-middleweight champion was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who lost his last fight, but it was at light heavyweight. The super-welterweight champion was Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo.
Alvarez was cleared to defend against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, who holds the belt at middleweight. Previously, Canelo tried to reclaim the title at light heavyweight, where WBA champion Dimitri he lost to Bivol, but never defended his super against any of his middleweight contenders.
Charlo has had one title defense, but his scheduled fight was called off after he injured his hand in training.
WBA, WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr., 28-0 (22) WBO World Welterweight Champion Terrence “Bud” Crawford, 39-0 30), when they meet they are then up to super welterweight.
Crawford was allowed to go a year without fighting, then allowed to fight rank 6 contender David “Ava” Avanesian (29-3-1), whom he knocked out in the sixth round on December 10. I was. Both Crawford and Spence force him to fight a rank 1 contender at least once a year.
Spence went 18 months without a fight, battling WBA Super World Champion Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas, but was not one of his contenders. Errol may be fighting former WBA Super World Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman.
Spence, on the other hand, seems to be as good as he has been since his injury.
Meanwhile, two of the top contenders, undefeated Yaron “Boots” Ennis (29-0 (27)) and WBO International Champion Virgil Ortiz Jr. (19-0 (19)), are Crawford and Both are evaded by Spence.
Ennis made his final appearance in May, beating previously undefeated Custio “War Machine” Clayton 19-0-1 before taking on Karen Chukhadzhian 21-1 (11) on January 7th. The last time Ortiz fought him was in August when he defeated previously undefeated Michael McKinson 23-0, but nothing is planned at this time.
Crawford and Spence may be waiting for Ennis and Ortiz to meet each other.
So what is holding back the unification of the welterweight division?