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2018-01-04
2017 IN REVIEW- The Middleweights
Pictured: Multi-belt holder Gennady Golovkin, TTR's #1 contender for the vacant lineal World Middleweight Title


The fifth part of TTR's review of 2017 centers on the eleven TTR-ranked contenders for the lineal world middleweight title last held by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

1. Gennady Golovkin (P4P #3; 37-0-1, 33 KOs)
- 3/18- Daniel Jacobs.....W UD 12
(retained WBA Super, IBO, IBF, and WBC World Middleweight Titles)
- 9/16- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.....Draw 12
(retained WBA Super, IBO, IBF, and WBC World Middleweight Titles; for Ring Magazine and vacant lineal World Middleweight Titles)

2. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (P4P #4; 49-1-2, 34 KOs)
- 4/11- stated he was no longer the (lineal) middleweight champion
- May 2017- vacated WBO World Junior Middleweight Title
- 5/6- Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr......W UD 12
- 9/16- Gennady Golovkin.....Draw 12
(retained Ring Magazine World Middleweight Titles; for WBA Super, IBO, IBF, WBC, and vacant lineal World Middleweight Titles)

3. Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs)
- 3/18- Gennady Golovkin.....L UD 12
(for WBA Super, IBO, IBF, and WBC World Middleweight Titles)
- 11/11- Luis Arias.....W UD 12

4. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs)
- 9/16- Willie Monroe, Jr......W UD 12
(retained WBO World Middleweight Title)
- 12/16- David Lemieux.....W UD 12
(retained WBO World Middleweight Title)

5. Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs)
- 2/17- vacated IBF World Junior Middleweight Title
- 7/29- Jorge Sebastian Heiland.....W TKO-4

6. David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs)
- 3/4- Curtis Stevens.....W KO-3
- 5/6- Marcos Reyes.....W UD 10
- 12/16- Billy Joe Saunders.....L UD 12
(for WBO World Middleweight Title)

7. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs/33-1, 16 KOs including WSB bouts(
- 3/14- Kemahl Russell.....W TKO-5
- 8/25- Tureano Johnson.....W TKO-12

8, Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs)
- 5/20- Hassan N'Dam.....L SD 12
(for WBA World Middleweight Title)
- 12/22- Hassan N'Dam.....W TKO-7
(won WBA World Middleweight Title)

9. Hugo Centeno, Jr. (26-1, 1 NC, 14 KOs)
- 8/25- Immanuwel Aleem.....W KO-3

10. Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs)
- 3/11- Golden Jack Culcay.....W SD 12
(won WBA World Super Welterweight Title)
- 10/21- Alantez Fox.....W UD 12
- 10/21- vacated WBA World Super Welterweight Title

11. Andy Lee (35-3-1, 24 KOs)
- 3/18- KeAndrae Leatherwood.....W UD 8
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt