We should get another unified middleweight champion in 2019!
On October 27, Daniel Jacobs defeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko by split decision to win the vacant IBF middleweight title. With his victory, all four middleweight belts now belong to men who have ties to Eddie Hearn and DAZN.
Both new middleweight champions Daniel Jacobs and Demetrius Andrade are promoted by Matchroom Boxing. One figures a fight between them won’t be difficult to make; not if both men truly want to be recognized as “the man” at middleweight.
Then you have the recognized lineal champion, Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez holds the RING, WBC and WBA titles due to a split decision victory over Gennady Golovkin in September. While not promoted by Matchroom Boxing USA, he will call the online streaming service DAZN home for the next five years.
All three of these guys at one point or another have called each other out and expressed a desire to fight the absolute best. Often times though those words are just uttered to quiet the media and fans. Politics and the business side also play a big part of these “mega fights” not happening.
Nevertheless, neither champion can really use that as an excuse. They all fight on the same platform and hold a piece of the undisputed title crown.
While you still have Jermall Charlo, Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders all waiting in the wings for another opportunity, those guys have to be put on the back-burner for now.
If Eddie Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya and the three champions want to do right by the sport of boxing and the fans, they’ll make these unification fights happen and determine an undisputed middleweight champion in 2019!
By: Jerrell Fletcher