Through Ken Hissner: Although no date has been set, IBF and WBC welterweight world champion Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. 27-0 (21), of Desoto, TX, and WBA Super World champion Cuban Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas, 27-4 (12), of Miami, Fla., are in talks for the first of the unification fights hopefully in 2022.
It was a year since Spence fought when he beat former WBC Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, 36-3 (21), who has also not fought since. In August, Ugas beat former WBA and WBO Champion Manny âPac Manâ Pacquiao, 62-8-2 (39), of General Santos City, PH, who is speaking of retirement but is still in the game.
With the losses in December of No.1, IBF ranked Kudratillo “The Punisher” Abdukakhorov, 18-1 (10), of UZB and Malaysia, against Canadian Cody “The Crippler” Crowley, 20-0 ( 9), of Las Vegas, NV, and former IBF and WBC No. 2 ranked IBF world champion Shawn âShowtimeâ Porter, 34-4-1 (17), of Las Vegas, NV, who was stopped by the champion WBO Terence âBudâ Crawford, 38-0 (29), Omaha, NEB, in November by retiring Porter, he leaves the No. 1 spot in the IBF open. Crawford is talking about gaining weight at the moment.
The No. 1 IBF spot is expected to go to No. 3-ranked Jaron âBootsâ Ennis, 28-0 (26), of Philadelphia, PA, the division’s most feared contender. In October, Ennis scored a sensational first round knockout over Thomas Dulorme, 25-6-1 (16), of Puerto Rico.
Dulorme had just suffered back-to-back defeats to WBA No.1-ranked Eimantas Stanionis, 13-0 (9), Lithuania, who in August was no-decision with former WBA champion Luis Collazo, 39-8 (20) . In April, Ennis also arrested former IBF light welterweight champion Sergey âSamuraiâ Lipinets, 16-2-1 (12), of KAZ.
Dulorme’s other loss was to former WBA Champion Jamal “Shango” James, 27-2 (12), of Minneapolis, MN, who lost to Radzahab “No Mercy” Butaev, 14-0 (11), of Russia, by judgment in October.
Vergil Ortiz, Jr., 18-0 (18), of Grand Praririe, TX, ranked WBC and WBO No.1, who fought twice in 2021, stopping former WBO welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo “Hooker, 27-2-3 (18), in March. Then in August, Ortiz stopped Egidijus Kavaliaukas, 22-2-1 (18), of Lithuania, to defend his WBO International title.
Former IBF light welterweight champion Mikey Garcia, 40-2 (30), of Moreno Valley, Calif., Ranked No.3 by the WBO in October, is still in the game but stopped by EBU European champion Sandor Martin, 39-2 (13). , from Spain.
Former WBA and IBF Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, 29-1 (22), of Clearwater, Fla., Who has not fought since July 2019, losing to Pacquiao, is expected to fight Mario “El Azteca” Barrios, 26 year. -1 (17), from San Antonio, TX, in February. Barrios just suffered a loss to WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis in June.
WBA ranked No.3 contestant Abel Ramos, 27-4-2 (21), of Casa Grande, AZ, is also in the mix, after a save by Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Jr., 28-2-1 (19), in May. Ramos is set to face WBA No.10 contestant Josesito âThe Riverside Rockyâ Lopez, 38-8 (21), of Riverside, Calif., In February.
Others in the mix are WBC’s No.3-ranked David âAvaâ Avanesyan, 28-3-1 (20), of Russia and the UK, who won twice in 2021, stopping Josh âPretty Boy. Kelly, 10-1-1, in February and Liam âDynamoâ Taylor, 24-2-1, in October.
Michael “The Problem” McKinson, 21-0 (2), of the UK, ranked No 4 in the WBO table, has won twice in 2021. He stopped Chris “2Slick” Kongo, 12-1, in March and defeated Przemyslaw Runowski, 19-2, in August. Two impressive victories.
Interim WBA champion Gabriel Maestre, 4-0 (3), of VZ, in December, arrested competitor Mykal “The Professor” Fox, 22-3. Former IBF light welterweight champions Amir “King” Kahn, 34-5 (21), of the United Kingdom, and IBF champion Kell “Special K” Brook, 39-3 (27), of the United Kingdom are expected to meet. beat in February. The winner could fight future prospect and No.7 WBC contender Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, 20-0 (13), of the United Kingdom.
As you can see, the welterweight division is full of possibilities and unification fights. The best bet to end 2022 is a fight between top welterweight Crawford and Ennis, beating winner Spence and Ugas.