There is no doubt throughout history the heavyweight division in boxing has took the headlines and the most exposure in the general media. People often used the term ‘the champ’ when talking about who is the current best heavyweight champion. Now with a welterweight American in Floyd Mayweather being the main focus of the sport worldwide we have something a little bit special happening in the UK with a crop of very talented Super-Middleweights.
Carl Froch was laughed at when he consistently called out Joe Calzaghe before the welsh former 2 weight world champ hung up the gloves for good. We had a somewhat similar situation last year with Londons George Groves knocking on the door to become Carl’s IBF mandatory challenger. Every boxing fan worldwide knows what happened with the controversial stoppage leading to the record breaking immediate rematch at Wembley football stadium.
Now that Carl has cleared up conclusively that he can beat George, we ask who is the next in line to try to knock Carl off the pedestal he has put himself on as ‘Britain’s best Super-middleweight’.
Across the seas there are possible challenges from the Middleweight knockout machine Genady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, Chavez Jr, Mikkel Kessler for a 3rd time or any of the other active champions in Anthony Direll (WBC) the younger brother of previous Carl Froch oponent Andre Dirrel and Arthur Abraham (WBO) who Carl froch has already beaten in the past.
But the real threat we believe comes from within the home snakepit as Olympic gold medallist James Degale has become the IBF mandatory challenger and theres a nice queue forming behind him in the shape of Callum Smith, Rocky Fielding, Paul Smith Jr and with George groves now mandatory challenger for Antony Dirrell’s title there is also potential for the third in that trilogy.
Callum Smith has forced his way into the highlight reels over the last 18 months with back to back stoppage victories including several first round KOs.
He has been tipped by many magazines and pundits both in the UK and USA to be one of the most exciting talents to watch.
Degale who was struggling with depression whilst trying to force a WBC shot and fighting on channel 5 has shaken off those cob webs well and truly as he signed with Matchroom and on the undercard for Froch v Groves 2 he stopped unbeaten prospect Gonzales creating his own path to the IBF title and is now waiting to find out when he will get his shot at the Cobra for the IBF and WBA titles.
Rocky Fielding has been busy also with a string of wins and will be looking to try and break up the party and many people want to see him and Callum Smith fight each other in all scouse fight wich would no doubt sellout the Echo arena in Liverpool. Unfortunately for the fans Callum and his trainer Joe Gallagher have all but ruled the fight out saying it would be a step down and instead are trying to stir up interest in a shot at George Groves should he overcome Anthony Dirrell when they meet.
Groves has bounced back from his 2 stoppage defeats to Carl Froch with a hard fought win over Rebrasse picking up the European title and a mandatory shot at Dirrell for his troubles. The fight didnt set the world alight though as many tipped Groves to win inside the distance but it took a wides points win to get passed the Frenchman.