It’s when you look at the depth in quality of the Welterweight and Super-welterweight divisions that you start to understand the foothold that Premier Boxing Champions have in the sport of boxing.
With Hurd vs Williams and Harrison vs Charlo we see the best against the best, there are no weak fights where we know the winner before the first bell rings.
Harrison and Charlo’s first fight was controversial but it was a high quality matchup between two guys with high boxing IQ’s. It is a rematch where we expect Charlo to gain redemption but not with any degree of certainty.
Hurd is regarded as the No1 fighter in the division after his split decision win over Erislandy Lara. He knocked down the transplanted Cuban in the 12th round to seal the deal and unify the IBF, IBO, and WBA titles.
When Harrison and Charlo settle their feud on June 23rd at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, we can all look forward to seeing the winner face the victor of Hurd and Williams, because that is what PBC have been giving their viewers, the best against the best.
With Lara, Austin Trout, Kel Brook, Erikson Lubin, EBU champion Sergio Garcia and former WBO champ Liam Smith all waiting on a shot at a title the immediate future of the division is looking good.
WBA regular Super-welterweight champion Brian Carlos Castano of Argentina made a splash in the division when he fought to a split decision draw with former WBA Super champion Lara in March and is a welcome addition to the PBC ranks.
The only 154lb champion not with PBC is WBO champion Jaime Munguia. The unbeaten 22-year-old Mexican is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. With a 33-0 record, Golden Boy boss Oscar De La Hoya sees Munguia as a future replacement for the huge money making Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Munguia has started to look too big for the 154lb division with a controversial decision win in his last defence against Australian Dennis Hogan, and a move up to middleweight cannot be too far away.
It will be interesting to see who the WBO select to fight for the vacant title if Munguia does move up. Brook is currently at No1 and Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira the No2 ranked contender.
But it is Hurd and Williams that take center stage this weekend in a fight that should see the champion prevail but the challenger is a real talent and should make him earn it.
I can see Hurd wearing Williams down for a stoppage in the last half of the fight.