1. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1 34 KO’s)
The whole institution of this article was Krzysztof Wlodarczyk’s upset victory over Russia’s amateur talent Rakhim Chakhkiev. Wlodarczyk has had his close calls. He was outfought early by Danny Green and was well behind on scorecards before a TKO win late. Wlodarczyk rallied up rounds late against Francisco Palacios to capture two very close decision victories to retain his title last year. Wlodarczyk was also overmatched against the clean-hitting Steve “USS” Cunningham. He didn’t win both of those fights but scored knockdowns to level the playing field. The bottom line is this man has the marks of a true champion — no matter how much one doubts him.
2. Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1 17 KO’s)
Uchiyama may be fighting at home in his native Japan. He may be a blank shade to the casual American boxing fan. Most refuse to accept him as the true Super Middleweight champion over Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa. The fact is this WBA titleholder is the most aesthetically pleasing fighter at 130lbs to all that have seen him lace up the gloves. Power, speed, agility, the intangible factors, the measurable skills, he has it is. That is a real world champion.
3. Argenis Mendez (21-2-0 11 KO’s)
After destroying Juan Carlos Salgado with one almost-invisible right hook in March to earn this belt. I am shocked this man isn’t getting more career-hype! He’s powerful, he’s fast, he is precise, I am surprised he isn’t being coined as one of the next big champions in the lower weight classes. Keep your eyes peeled.
4. Roman Gonzalez (35-0-0 29 KO’s)
The Nicaraguan born Gonzalez floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. He’s an undefeated titleholder at Light Flyweight. It’s rare that this amount of zing can be found in such a small fighter. Gonzalez is one of boxing’s best kept secrets.
5. Robert Stieglitz (44-3-0 23 KO’s)
Stieglitz is a flawed fighter, no denying such theories. In my opinion, Stieglitz is as good as any other titleholder from 160-175lbs. I had him winning the fight fight against Arthur Abraham. He was in belief he won as well. Stieglitz has pulled forth pass virtually any form of adversity since his 2007-2008 knockout defeats to Alejandro Berrio and Librado Andrade. In April Stieglitz scored his biggest win to date — a KO over “AA” in their rematch. Stieglitz will be rated at the top of 168lbs for a lot time.
Juan Fransisco Estrada