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Junior Middleweight Division Rankings

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The junior middleweight division is not a historically famous one. Rather, it has more been the spot of great welterweights on their rise up through further weight divisions or smallish middleweights who couldn't compete with the bigger bangers at 160. However, that is thankfully no longer the case. And a crop of rising stars makes the future of the division very promising. Here's a look at boxing's super welterweight or junior middleweight weight class rankings, one of the sport's hottest and most exciting divisions.

Junior Middleweight Division Rankings (154 lbs.) Last Updated August 2014

Credit: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / GBP

Credit: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / GBP

Junior Middleweight Division Champion:

Floyd Mayweather

  • Record: 46 (26) - 0
  • Next Fight: Rematch vs. Marcos Maidana on September 13th

Floyd Mayweather is the only two-division champion we currently recognize. Certainly, he's a rare exception, and it's not just his skill or his prolonged reign of dominance, but also the fact that he does indeed remain active in both divisions, basically alternating between 147 and 154 lbs. By dominating Saul Canelo Alvarez, there's no doubt that he's the man here, as well as Welterweight. His rematch against Maidana is technically for his title strap in this division too -- but NOT our World Championship. He'll need to come back to 154 lbs next to maintain status here, but who's there for him to face?

Top 10 Junior Middleweight Contenders

  1. Saul Alvarez - After earning his stripes against Austin Trout, coming up very, very short against Floyd Mayweather, and coming back against Alfredo Angulo, Canelo scored a close, but deserved, victory over Erislandy Lara. The 117-111 scorecard was ridiculous, but there was no robbery there. What's next? Without many big options for him here, he may be moving up in weight.
  2. Erislandy Lara - Ultimately, Lara wasn't able to convince the judges that he did enough to defeat Canelo, which is exactly the problem he has always had, haunting him in performances against Carlos Molina and Vanes Martirosyan. He's had plenty of bad luck along the way, including the all-time stinker of a decision against Paul Williams years ago. After completely dominating Trout, who seemed clueless against him, the Canelo performance was a touch uninspired.
  3. Demetrius Andrade - The highly talented Andrade had been brought along agonizingly slowly. Finally got a big fight, and a big win, over Martirosyan. Suffered a flash knockdown, but really outclassed his fellow U.S. Olympian in the bout, and now has the title and credit to be able to land an even larger fight. Blew right past Brian Rose, as was expected, and is now looking at big names. We'll see if anybody wants to face him, though.
  4. Carlos Molina - Hard luck Carlos Molina finally picked up a title strap against Ishe Smith. Wasn't exactly an inspiring performance, but nevertheless, he got the job done. Has that draw against Lara, and that absurd DQ against Kirkland by the ridiculous Texas boxing commission. Had his fight against Jermall Charlo cancelled after running into past legal issues. Unfortunately, that only further slows his momentum. Looks to be back in action this October against Cornelius Bundrage.
  5. Jermell Charlo - Charlo stepped up against Gabriel Rosado, and really had a chance to display his skills. Was dominant, if not exciting, against Charlie Ohta after that. Now he's in line for a big fight, it would seem, but it won't come against stablemate Lara or twin Jermall, so who?
  6. Willie Nelson - Nelson has been on a tear since the lone setback of his career in 2011. He handed two undefeated fighters their first L, in John Jackson and Yudel Jhonson, knocked out Michael Medina in Round 1, and then got past a tougher than expected challenge against Luciano Cuello. Was hoping to get a fight against Andy Lee, but ended up on the outside looking in. Fought twice in two months after being on the shelf for a year following the Cuello win.
  7. Andy Lee - Andy Lee scored perhaps the knockout of the year with his devastating one-punch counter finish against John Jackson. Lee had been hurt and in trouble in the fight, but showed that he has legit fight-changing power in his new division. Coupled with his size, he can be a difficult outing for most guys if he can protect his own chin along the way.
  8. James Kirkland - The Mandingo Warrior is back once again. You can't ever say goodbye to him for good. Thrashed the unbeaten Glen Tapia in a Fight of the Year caliber showing in his return to action for the first time in 18 months. A must-watch fighter, and a nightmare opponent, for anybody.
  9. Austin Trout - It's hard to mark him down much for the Canelo fight, which was close, and he holds that win over Miguel Cotto as well. But he really looked miserable against Erislandy Lara. Inept. Confused. Clueless. Whatever descriptors you want, it was an ugly, ugly one-sided loss that hurts his standing. Styles make fights, of course, but Trout needs somebody with a style that matches up well with his in a hurry to come back with.
  10. Ishe Smith - There's not too much shame in losing a split decision to Carlos Molina. Smith had finally broken through with a title-strap win over Cornelius Bundrage, and he seems hungry to fight himself back into position for another major fight. We'll see.

The rest of the pack: Vanes Martirosyan, Jermall Charlo, Alfredo Angulo, Gabriel Rosado, Julian Williams, Glen Tapia, Delvin Rodriguez, Luciano Cuello, Cornelius Bundrage, Sergey Rabchenko, Brian Rose

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  1. one day i’m whoop all they ass and im coming.

  2. i was wondering were i can get my ranking posted up
    2 wins 48 kos i dont know a web site i can go to

  3. I don,t now how you score this devision , I don’t agree with you here.
    If we goes by Undefeated record you point out Floyd yes ofcosure we all know ho is floyd best defencer and faster guy in boxing, but does he has a decent Resume, hummm ok with good names passing they prime OK.

    Now you point out Canelo you must be ranking by Undefeated record, Canelo has been figth with real BUMS every body know this, for me ho are those name on he’s receord that can support he ranking, Papa Moshley that he perform Horrible and ,Cintron ,Baldomir. Josesito lopes was a totaly ABUSE over a figther, you can look that win over Victor Ortiz he was loseing the figth big time,that lucky puch fuck up Otiz.

    The you point out Lara #3, with a Draw against Vanes Martirosyan . Even will not say anithing on this resume becuase dont impress me.

    then you point out Cotto#4 this is where I desagree with you.. How this guy Cotto under your Ranking is #4 . Just look he’s resume over hes Win..

    he lost over Margarito “HMMMM” , over Paquio is OK but “CatchWight..”
    Lost Over Floyd a hell of Combat, where cotto ease win 4-5 rounds that alot say was another rob by VEGAS Judges.. I can’t say he win over floyd but a decent call will be a Draw…

    My Rank at 154

    1# Floyd
    2# Cotto
    3# Canelo
    4# Vanes
    the ho ever be there is fine..

    but lets rank they figter by the resume not over a win cherry pick our BUM.

  4. Canelo and Trout – Jake Eman says “The fight was a close and really could have gone either way”.??? What fight were you watching, Jake? Canelo beat Trout just about every round. It was a sound drubbing not a “close fight”. Unanimous decision 115-112 116-111 and 118-109.
    He’ll beat Moneymay, too. Canelo comes to fight. Money is a showboat who fights just enough to win. He’s a good defensive fighter, not great. Canelo will make him fight or get out of the ring.

    • What fight were you watching??? The fight was extremely close and could of went to Trout. Floyd only a good defensive fighter? You haven’t got a clue

  5. demetrius andrade fighting for the world championship SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2013

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  7. Man, I dare Mayweather to get in the ring with Kirkland!

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