Who Will Be the Next Unified Boxing Champion?

By Ken Hissner - 12/03/2023 - Comments

With champions who held all the belts either moving up in weight or having one of the titles taken due to not defending them, it is getting harder than ever for one boxer to hold all the titles.

There has been talk of UK’s Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury, 34-0-1, and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, 23-0, unifying the Heavyweight title. Fury seems to announce every so often he is retiring, and after his last exhibition, it may come about.

The Cruiserweights have four champions in WBA Arsen Goulamirian, 27-0, out of France, WBC ‘s Norair Mikaeljan, 27-2, out of Armenia and Miami, FL, IBF’s Jai Opetaia, 23-0, out of Australia and WBO’s Chris Billen-Smith, 18-1 out of the UK.

The Light Heavyweights have a pair of Russians in WBC, IBF, and WBO champion Artur Beterbiev, 19-0, out of Canada, and WBA ‘s Dmitrii Bivol, 21-0.

The Super Middleweights have one in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 62-2, of Mexico.

The Middleweights with GGG vacating several titles have WBA’s Cuban Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, 19-3-3, of Houston, TX. The WBO and IBF have Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, 15-0, out of KAZ, and Jermal “Hit Man” Charlo, 33-0, out of Houston, TX.

The Super Welterweights with the vacancy of Jermel “Iron Man” Charlo, 35-2-1, of Richmond, TX, only Australia’s WBO champ Tim Tszyu, 24-0.

The Welterweights have WBA, WBC, and WBO champ Terence “Bud” Crawford, 40-0, out of Omaha, NEB, and IBF’s Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 31-0, out of Philadelphia, PA.

The Super Lightweights have WBO champ Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez, 19-1, out of Las Vegas, NV, WBA’s Rolando “Rolly” Romero, 15-1, out of Las Vegas, WBC’s Regis “Rougarou” Prograis, 29-1, out of Houston, TX, and IBF’s Subriel Matias, 20-1, out of Fajardo, PR.

Lightweights have Devin “The Dream” Haney, 30-0, out of Las Vegas, NV, vacating and moving up to super lightweight. WBC has Shakur Stevenson, 21-0, out of Houston, TX.

Super Featherweights have WBA’s Lamont Roach, 24-1-1, out of Upper Marlboro, MD, WBC’s Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster, 21-2, out of Houston, TX, IBF’s Joe Cordina, 17-0, out of Wales, UK, WBO’s Emmaneul “Vaquero” Navarrete, 38-1, out of San Juan Zitlaltepec, MEX.

Featherweights have WBA’s Leigh “Leigh-thal” Wood, 28-3, out of the UK, WBC’s Rey Vargas, 36-1, out of Otumba, MEX, IBF’s Luis Alberto Lopez, 29-2, out of Mexicali, MEX, WBO’s Cuban Robeisy Ramirez, 13-1, out of Las Vegas, NV.

Super Bantamweights have WBA and IBF’s Marlon “Nightmare” Tapales, 37-3, out of Kapatagan, Philippines, and WBC and WBO’s Naoya Inoue, 25-0, out of Japan. They are scheduled to meet December 26th in Japan, so they should be the next to unify unless it ends in a draw!

Bantamweights have WBA’s Tukoma Inoue, 18-1, out of Japan, WBC’s Aleksandro “Peque” Santiago, 28-3-5, out of Tijuana, MEX, IBF’s Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez, 22-2, out of Vega Baja, PR and WBO’s Jason “Mayhem” Moloney, 26-2, of New South Wales Australia.

Super Flyweights have WBA’s Kazuto Ioka, 30-2-1, out of Japan, WBC’s Juan Francisco Estrada, 44-3, out of Hermosilo, Sinola, MEX, IBF’s Fernando “Pumita” Martinez, 16-0, out of Bueno Aires, ARG, WBO champ Junto Nakatani, 26-0, out of Japan.

Flyweights have WBA’s Arten Dalakian, 22-0, out of UA, WBC Julio “El Rey” Martinez, 20-2, out of Mexico City, MEX, IBF’s Sunny “Showtime” Edwards, 20-0, out of London, UK, and WBO’s Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez, 18-0, out of San Antonio, TX.

Light Flyweights have WBA and WBC Kenihiro Teraji, 22-1, of Japan, IBF Adrian “Gatio” Curiel, 24-4-1, out of Mexico City, MEX, and WBO Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, 27-3-1, out of Catagus, PR.

Minimumweights have WBA Thammanoon Niyomtrong, 24-0, Thailand, WBC Yudai Shigeoka, 8-0, of JAP, IBF Gingiro Shigeoka, 10-0, out of Japan, and WBO Oscar “El Pupilo” Collazo, 8-0, out of Villaba, PR.

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