The winner of this Saturday’s Errol Spence Jr.-Yordenis Ugas welterweight title unification bout will personal three of the 4 belts within the 147 lb. glamor division. It’ll be the end result of a playoff-like run of contests that has featured Spence beating guys like Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia and Ugas defeating Manny Pacquiao. Extra importantly, the winner of this upcoming pay-per-view conflict at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will affirm his spot as shot-caller within the division.
WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford should still have a really legit declare at being the BEST welterweight on the planet in a theoretical sense, however Saturday’s winner will, rightfully, be “the person.”
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which works with each Spence and Ugas, has performed a fairly complete job in proudly owning as a lot of the welterweight division as doable for fairly some time now. Except Crawford and shockingly few others, the highest welters of the previous few years have fought below the PBC banner.
Whereas the variety of elite-level names, via boxing pure choice (i.e. preventing each other), has dwindled right down to only a small handful, PBC nonetheless just about runs the 147 lb. present.
They usually plan on preserving it that method.
The Al Haymon-run boxing firm is just not solely securing the highest canine’s standing atop the division with this Spence-Ugas unification, it’s additionally been buying expertise on the second tier degree with a watch on re-stocking their fundamental stage welterweight stock.
Saturday’s undercard provides a glimpse of the next-gen PBC expertise (and PBC-friendly gamers).
Canada’s Cody Crowley, coming off a win over undefeated IBF no.1 contender Kudratillo Abdukakhorov in December, is a tough-guy southpaw taking up the perpetually battle-ready Josesito Lopez.
On the non-PPV portion of the cardboard, undefeated Lithuanian, Eimantas Stanionis challenges for a lesser model of the WBA welterweight title when he faces PBC-friendly Radzhab Butaev.
Rashidi Ellis, who isn’t on Saturday’s card, just lately introduced that he had signed with PBC, abandoning Golden Boy, which had performed, nearly actually, nothing to advance his profession. At 28, the proficient boxer is in his bodily prime and will already be taking a stab at high-end fundamental occasions, not used as filler on small on line casino undercards. And, most positively, he shouldn’t have been sitting on the shelf since October, 2020.
PBC additionally nonetheless has a stable second and third tier of veteran 147-pounders, plus a few elite-level aces-in-the-hole in Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.
On the subject of, arguably, the highest younger welterweight on the planet, Jaron “Boots” Ennis, an odd working relationship will play out over the subsequent couple of years. The 24-year-old Ennis is just not a PBC contract participant, however he did simply signal a multi-fight take care of Showtime, which, in flip, has a take care of PBC. Ennis has been on PBC exhibits earlier than and shall be going through Custio Clayton in an IBF eliminator beneath the Might 14 Jermell Charlo-Brian Castaño junior middleweight title unification on Showtime.
This working relationship will go alongside simply high-quality, till Ennis’ ambitions deliver him to straight goal one of many PBC high canines. Then, issues ought to get actually fascinating. Though Ennis and his group are fortunately impartial, it’s not laborious to check a situation the place some kind of extra formal enterprise relationship with PBC materializes within the coming months.
There are additionally on-line rumors buzzing about with regards to Terence Crawford and the potential of him signing a take care of PBC to finally get a crack on the winner of Spence-Ugas.
Exterior of the PBC world, the one welterweight that registers as greater than a blip on the radar is Vergil Ortiz Jr., who’s neck-and-neck with Jaron Ennis with regards to being the perfect younger fighter within the division. However rumors have him not lengthy for 147 and, even when he have been to remain at welter, there’d be no person to battle to cement his legacy with out a deal, to some extent, between present promoter Golden Boy and PBC.
So, whereas this present run of fundamental stage welterweights seems to be working itself right down to only one or two names, the oldsters at Premier Boxing Champions don’t plan on relinquishing their maintain on the welterweight division anytime quickly.