With Edwards’ win, United Kingdom adds another Champion to their list

As in the United States and Mexico, the Sport of Boxing is extremely popular in the United Kingdom. The latest proof in the pudding? Sunny “Showtime” Edwards’ (118-111, 120-108 and 115-113) the unanimous decision scores that cemented his victory over Moruti Mthalane of South Africa, who’s record now drops to (39-3). Like his brother and father before him, “Showtime” dominated Mthalane to remain at the top of his division just as heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua remain at the top of the heavyweight division with their combined five World Championship belts.

We thought it might be interesting to list all of the Championship belts now held by the oh so proud Brits beginning at the top. Heavyweight Tyson “The Gypsy Kid” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) from Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom, who is now 32 years-old and stands 6’9″ tall with his 85″ reach now holds the WBC World Heavyweight Title after defeating the 35-year-old, 6’7″ tall Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Fury’s compatriot, the 31-year-old heavyweight Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) from Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, who stands 6’6″ tall with an 82″ reach now holds the IBF World, the IBO World, the WBO World and the WBA Super World Titles after defeating the 31-year-old Andy “the Destroyer” Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) of Imperial, Calif. who is just 6’2″ tall and has a much shorter of 74 inches.

Next in line is Cruiserweight Lawrence “The Sauce” Okolie from Hackney, London, United Kingdom. He is 28-years-old and stands 6’5″ tall and has a record of 16-0 with 13 KOs. Okolie is now the current WBO World Cruiserweight Title holder after first defeating the 29-year-old, 6’3″ tall, #58 ranked Nikodem Jezewski from Koscierzyna, Poland by TKO and then defending that title against the 34-year-old, 6′ tall Krzysztof Glowacki (31-3, 19 KOs) of Walcz, Poland who was ranked #10.

In the Light Heavyweight division, holding down the World Boxing Organization’s Light Heavyweight Title, they have the 31-year-old, 6′ tall, 76″ reach Joe Smith Jr. (27-3, 21 KOs) who was born in the U. S. and currently resides in the United States on Long Island, New York. After battling Dmitry Bivol in March of 2019 and losing by a unanimous decision, Smith fought the 34-year-old, 6’3½” Russian Maxim Vlasov (45-4, 26 KOs) in April of 2021 at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma and won a 12 round Mixed Decision Victory to claim the vacant WBO World Light Heavyweight Title.

In the Super Middleweight Division, they have our much revered Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next opponent the 31-year-old, southpaw Billy Joe “Suberb” Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom who stands 5’11” tall and has a 71″ reach. Alvarez and Saunders will be battling it out on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a 12 rounder for Alvarez’s WBC World Super Middleweight Title, and WBA Super Middleweight Title and Saunder’s WBO Super Middleweight Title.

In Saunders’ last fight back on December 4, 2020, he won a “no doubt” Unanimous Decision victory over fellow Brit Martin Murray who then dropped to (39-6-1, 17 KOs). At that time, the gentlemen were returning to the ring after an unusual 13 month lay-off to battle for the WBO World Super Middleweight Title. And now on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas we’ll be seeing Billy Joe Saunders returning to the ring after a five and a half month layoff while his opponent Saul Alvarez has remained the busier, more dedicated, the more focused of the two. How Alvarez has done versus southpaws is the only real question worth pursuing. If you consider the fact that Canelo has manhandled his last three southpaws, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout, it appears there is little reason to pursue that angle at all. With Alvarez being focused as ever, it sure looks like this upcoming match is headed towards the Mexico coffers/treasury.

Next we have the Middleweight Division with stellar Champions like Gennadiy Golovkin, Erislandy Lara, Jermall Charlo, southpaw Zhanibek “Oazaq Style” Alimkhanuly from Kazakhstan and the still undefeated southpaw Demetrius Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island (30-0, 18 KOs) the WBO title holder who has now defended or won either the WBO World Super Welterweight crown or his present WBO World Middleweight Crown on nine occasions.

The only time the (41-1-1, 36 KOs) Gennadiy Golovkin tripped up was against Saul Alvarez back on September 15, 2018 when Alvarez won a split decision. Lara has remained the WBA Super Welterweight Title holder for three years. The British representative Chris Eubank Jr. (30-2, 22 KOs) stopped Matvey Koroboz early, a second round TKO on 12-07-19 to win the WBA Interim World Middleweight Title and then stopped fellow Brit Marcus Morrison (23-4, 16 KOs) on 5-1-21 with no belt on the line.

In the Middleweight Division, Jermell Charlo holds down three belts, the IBF, the WBA Super World and the WBC World Light Middleweight title while Erislandy Lara controls the IBF and WBA. There are no representatives from the United Kingdom in the running. Perhaps Prince Harry should represent the monarchy in one of the seven now vacant World Boxing Organizations.

Next, you have the Welterweight Division which is controlled by Errol Spence Jr. and Terrence Crawford from the U. S. while in March of 2021, Britain’s only challenger within this weight division Michael “MikeytheProblem” McKinson (20-0, just 2 KOs) from Portsmouth, Hampshire, U. K. defeated a host of lightweights to include Chris Kongo (12-1, 7 KOs) to secure the WBO Welterweight Title. The only other up and comer with in this division is the 23-year-old Vergil Ortiz Jr. (17-0, 17 KOs) from Grand Prairie, Texas who recently KO’d Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker to win the WBO’s International Welterweight Title.

In the next weight class, the Super Lightweight Division, you have a virtual free-for-all. Our current local fan favorite is 28-year-old, 5’10” tall Jose Carlos “Jaquar” Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) from Avenal, Calif. Then you have two southpaws, the 30-year-old Josh Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) from Prestonpans, Scotland, United Kingdom and the 32-year-old Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs) from Houston, Texas. The 25-year-old Liam Paro (20-0, 13 KOs) from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is also on a roll.

From this point to the Flyweights, the British are hurting

The Lightweight Division certainly has everyone’s attention after the 23-year-old Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez (16-0) from Jonesboro, Arkansas by way of Brooklyn, New York, the current IBF, WBA, and WBO World Champion took Vasyl Lomachenko’s world titles. After Lomachenko’s successful surgery, everyone is now wondering how long will it take him to make his “successful” comeback. Yvan Mendy (46-5-1, 22 KOs) from Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Olise, France by way of Paris, France is now 35-years-old. You have 26-year-old southpaw, tough guy Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) from Baltimore, MD. making all sorts of noise. People are wondering if Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (37-2-1) from Rosemead, Calif. can rebound and that KO loss to Gervonta Davis. People are also wondering how the less tested Kevin Haney (25-0), the current WBC Caretaker, will do against a real force like Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs).

Like the Lightweights, the Super Featherweights have a very interesting cast of characters led by Jamel Herring (23-2, 11 KOs), Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) from Sonora, Mexico, southpaw Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23 KOs), Chris Colbert (15-0, 6 KOs), Michael Magnesi (19-0, 11 KOs) and will Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (37-2, 33 KOs) the former WBC Champion be able to make his comeback after dealing with the affects of COVID 19? Southpaw Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs) from Alexandria, Virginia is also getting impatient. Stevenson’s match-up with Jeremiah “Low Key” Nakathila (21-1, 17 KOs) of Walvis, Namibia should be a very competitive.

Above, we have the 5’4½” tall, 32-year-old southpaw Gary Allen Russell Jr. (31-1, 18 KOs) from Capitol Heights, Maryland who continues to control the Featherweight Division ever since December 20, 2014 the night he fought Chris “the San Diego Kid” Martin, now-retired/part owner of the Azteca Boxing Gym in Bonita, Calif. With Russell’s lightning fast maneuvering, quick hands and the fact that over his career he’s gone from fighting six times a year in 2009 to just twice in 2012, twice in 2013 to three times in 2014, then just once in 2015, once in 2016, once in 2017, once in 2018, once in 2019 and then just once in 2020. His strategy has become, if you don’t fight you can’t lose. The man who can defeat Russell is Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete the current WBO Featherweight World Champion from San Juan Zitlaltepec, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Will that fight ever get made? It looks doubtful.

For those hoping to see Russell fight either Emanuel Navarrete, the 27-year-old Can “Monster” Xu of Beijing, China, or the 23-year-old Brock Jarvis (19-0, 17 KOs) from Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia. Good luck!

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