SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS

1. Arthur Abraham

2. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

3. Librado Andrade

4. In Chul Baek

5. Nigel Benn

6. Markus Beyer

7. Charles Brewer

8. Lucian Bute

9. Joe Calzaghe

10. Steve Collins

11. James DeGale

12. Andre Dirrell

13. Antwun Echols

14. Chris Eubank

15. Carl Froch

16. Bruno Girard

17. George Groves

18. Thomas Hearns

19. Lindell Holmes

20. Badou Jack

21. Roy Jones Jr

22. Mikkel Kessler

23. Jeff Lacy

24. Mads Larsen

25. Ray Leonard (Sugar)

26. Frankie Liles

27. Steve Little

28. Tim Littles

29. Eric Lucas

30. Thulani Malinga

31. Byron Mitchell

32. Michael Nunn

33. Sven Ottke

34. Chong Pal Park

35. Vinny Pazienza

36. Peter Quillan

37. Robin Reid

38. Graciano Rocchigiani

39. Dana Rosenblatt

40. Omar Sheika

41. Callum Smith

42. Merqui Sosa

43. Robert Stieglitz

44. Thomas Tate

45. Tony Thornton

46. Christophe Tiozzo

47. James Toney

48. Syd Vanderpool

49. Mario Veit

50 Andre Ward

51. Richie Woodhall

THE SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Here are the 51 fighters who will most likely make up the Super Middleweight divisional card set. The fighters whose names appear in "red" are boxers who had fewer than 5 significant bouts in the Super Middleweight division. In the cases of Leonard and Hearns, the two men fought only 3 significant bouts in the division. At this point it becomes a matter of looking at previous Leonard and Hearns cards and determine if there is enough difference to warrant a separate card for the SMW division.

Why include Saul "Canelo" Alvarez? Alvarez is a special case due to the fact that his prime is likely over. That doesn't mean Alvarez can no longer fight, but it does mean that his skills will more than likely begin to decay. How soon and what skills might diminish first, who knows. At this point, Alvarez has fought 9 significant bouts as a super middleweight. The "average" number of significant bouts fought by all 51 super middleweights is 11. Close enough!

SPEAKING OF CANELO ALVAREZ:  I constantly hear or read about Alvarez being a "sure Boxing Hall of Fame fighter" and that he should be included in any discussion concerning on the all-time best . . . what? Super Middleweight or Middleweight or Super Welterweight? Breaking down Canelo's record, I believe Alvarez, at this point in his career, was at his best as a Super Welterweight.  Is Saul "Canelo" Alvarez a great fighter? I don't think so. I believe he's a very good fighter and, though it isn't his fault, had he fought better competition in their primes, Canelo might have earned the "great" appellation. But as impressive as Alvarez' record look on paper, it really isn't. Want proof? Read my argument in an upcoming article "How Good is Canelo Alvarez, Really?"  Let's see if I can convince you as to my stance.