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 June 2015

Junior Middleweight Division Champion:


Our 154lbs Championship has been made vacant, with Floyd Mayweather no longer pursuing dual-citizenship at Welterweight and Junior Middleweight.

Top 10 Junior Middleweight Contenders

  1. Canelo 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. Dispatched of James Kirkland. Now seems headed to middleweight, but until that’s official, we’ll leave him here.
  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. Easily got past Ishe Smith and Delvin Rodriguez.
  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, while also bypassing some opportunities. We’ll see how that works out for him.
  4. 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, and stayed busy in December after a fight with Demetrius Andrade fell through. Got past his toughest fight to date in defeating Vanes Martirosyan.
  5. Vanes Martirosyan – Vanes reemerged in the top 10 following his win over Willie Nelson, who had been on a tear. His only losses are to Andrade and Charlo, and his fight against Lara was called a Technical Draw through 9 rounds. Deceptive skill in some ways, and toughness for days.
  6. Austin TroutIt’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. Three light wins since.
  7. Cornelius Bundrage – Thought you could get rid of K9, didn’t you? Well, not so fast. Upset the apple cart by winning a clear decision over Carlos Molina, scoring several knockdowns along the way. In the mix for some big name fights once again.
  8. Jermall Charlo – Up to now the “second” Charlo, Jermall seemed likely to land the first title shot amongst the twins. But the fight against K9 Bundrage fell through. Been staying busy against relatively middling opposition.
  9. 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 after the Molina loss, stepped up for a very difficult assignment, against Lara. He lost that one too, and there’s certainly no shame there, either. Defeated Cecil McCalla in his last fight.
  10. Julian Williams – The unbeaten Williams makes his debut into the top 10 at 154 lbs. Not on the strength of any particular win, really, but in recognition of his standing and rise, and due to the horrific beating that James Kirkland just took, leaving an open slot.

The rest of the pack:  James Kirkland, Willie Nelson, Carlos Molina, Hugo Centeno, James De La Rosa, Alfredo Angulo, Glen Tapia, Delvin Rodriguez, Luciano Cuello, 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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