Best Middleweight Boxers of Our Time

It is important to keep the all-time greats like Sugar Ray Robinson, Roy Jones Jr. Jake LaMotta, and Carlos Monzón in our hearts, but they are stars of an era gone by. It is more relevant and important for boxing fans to stay updated with what is going on in the world of boxing today. With that goal in mind, here is a brief introduction to the best middleweights of our time that everyone should know about.

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Ryōta Murata (Japan)

Ryōta Murata from Japan is the current WBA Middleweight & Super Middleweight Champion, which automatically makes him one of the best middleweight boxers in the world. Prior to joining pro boxing, Murata won the Gold Medal for his country at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The WBA Middleweight Champion of the World has a win percentage of 88.9% (16/18) and an even more impressive knockout percentage of 81.25% (13/16), but it will be tested soon against Gennady Golovkin.

Ryōta Murata will be fighting to defend his WBA Middleweight and Super Middleweight Titles on December 29th, 2021, while Golovkin will be defending his own IBF and IBO World Middleweight Champion titles in the same match. To place bets, check out the expected odds and boxing predictions on

Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin (Kazakhstan)

Officially and unanimously ranked as the World’s Number 1 Active Middleweight Boxer by BoxRec, The Ring, and TBRB, Golovkin has been the reigning IBF and IBO World Middleweight Champion since winning the vacant titles against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2019. He will be defending his titles, while attempting to win the WBA Middleweight and Super Middleweight titles against Ryōta Murata on December 29th, 2021.

Gennadiy Golovkin is considered to be the best middleweight boxer of our time, as well as one of the best middleweight boxers of all time. Between 2014 and 2018, GGG was undefeated and had simultaneously held on to the Middleweight Champion’s titles from WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO, thus keeping them unified for years on a stretch. Gennadiy Golovkin has an incredible win rate of 95.34% (41/43), with both his only draw and loss coming against Canelo Álvarez in 2017 & 2018 respectively. With a knockout rate of 87.8% (36/41), Murata has his work cut out for him.

Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (Mexico)

Álvarez has held multiple world championships across five separate weight divisions from welterweight to light heavyweight. An amazing counterpuncher with lighting reflexes, the following are just some of the legendary Mexican boxer’s major achievements:

• Santos Álvarez is the first and the only middleweight boxer to become an Undisputed Champion of the World

• With 2 draws and just 1 loss, he has a win rate of 95% (57/60), despite being in more fights than any of his contemporaries

• Álvarez has held and defended the WBO, IBO, Ring, WBA (Super), and WBC Middleweight Champion Titles simultaneously

Many experts consider Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán to be the best middleweight boxer of all time. Although that is debatable, Canelo Álvarez is the only boxer to have defeated Gennadiy Golovkin, and his only loss came after going 12-rounds against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013. It should be noted that the controversial decision was not unanimous, but a majority decision (2/3 in favour) in favour of Mayweather. As of November 2021, Álvarez was unanimously declared by BoxRec, The Ring, TBRB and ESPN as:

• The World's Best Active Boxer (pound-for-pound)

• The World's Best Active Super Middleweight Boxer

Jermell Charlo (USA)

Not to be confused with his identical twin Jermall Charlo, Jermell is the Unified Light Middleweight Champion of the World. He has held the WBC, the WBA (Super), the IBF and the Ring Light Middleweight Championships between 2016–2021. Jermell has a win rate of 94.44% (34/36) with 18 knockouts. He lost his WBC belt against Tony Harrison in 2018, which is his only loss till date. Jermell Charlo won his WBC title back in 2019 again by defeating Tony Harrison in a rematch.

If you like a good game of the fisty cuffs and would rather not miss out on some of the best action that the sport has to offer now, keep an eye on these champions and their upcoming fights. Those are going to be some of the best fights overall and not just in middleweight boxing.

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