It is no secret that there are too many World Titles in boxing, and way too many undeserving champions.  There are 4 major sanctioning bodies in boxing right now.  There is the IBF (International Boxing Federation), the WBC (World Boxing Council), the WBO (World Boxing Organization), and the WBA (World Boxing Association).  The IBF and the WBO each have 1 world title.  The WBC has a world champion, and a Interim world champion, which is still understandable.  The WBA went even further.  They have their regular world title, and then they have their “Super” champion.  This has gone too far, and this is when you end up with a lot of “World” champions, many of them undeserving of a title.  In the end, what is this all about?  Its about money.  Here is a list of all the undeserving world champions or “Paper champions” if you will:

CHARLES MARTIN  —  IBF Heavyweight Champion

Although Martin does have an impressive record (23-0-1, 21 KO’s), he has not fought any good competition.  If you look at the list of opponents he has faced, chances are you haven’t heard of any of them.  This is because Martin has been babied thus far in his career, taking easy fights against journeymen and nobodies.  Martin was thrown into a title fight for the vacant IBF title, after it was stripped from Tyson Fury.  His opponent was Vyacheslav Glazkov, who was by far the best fighter martin has ever faced.  Glazkov went down in the fight with a knee injury and was unable to continue due to it.  So by default, Martin became a world champion, in a fight he was actually losing.

ADONIS STEVENSON  —  WBC Light Heavyweight Champion

Although Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO’s) did not start off as a ‘paper champion”, he sure did become one.  Stevenson’s rise to champion was a very impressive one.  He took the lineal/Ring/WBC Light Heavyweight championships away from Chad Dawson in a 1 round KO victory, in which he knocked Dawson clear across the ring with one punch.  Since then, he has done nothing, and fought no one worth mentioning except Andrzej Fonfara, who almost knocked him out.  Even though his rise to world champion was super impressive, Stevenson has become nothing more then a place holder, for the eventual “Lineal” reign of Sergey Kovalev.

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS  —  WBO Middleweight Champion

Just like Stevenson, Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12KO’s) is a bridge between Gennady Golovkin and greatness.  Saunders has refused to fight Glolovkin, even though he was offered $4 million for the fight.  Saunders defeated Chris Eubank in the WBO title eliminator with a very controversial split decision, and then took the title from Andy Lee, who is essentially a one handed fighter.  The Middleweight division will eventually be unified, and every belt will be around Golovkin’s waist.

SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ  —  TheRing/WBC Middleweight Champion

Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is a great fighter.  The only reason he is on this list is because he is not a true Middleweight.  He defeated Miguel Cotto for the titles, who is also not a true middleweight, and he refuses to fight anyone at 160 pounds.  He has essentially created his own division at a catch weight of 155 pounds, which is something between Junior Middleweight and Middleweight.  For those who don’t know, this division does not actually exist.  His next fight will be against Amir Khan, who has never fought above welterweight.  Alvarez should fight at the full Middleweight weight of 160 pounds, or be stripped of his titles if he refuses.

DANNY GARCIA  —  WBC Welterweight Champion

Garcia made a huge name for himself at Junior Welterweight.  He beat everybody!!!  He beat Eric Morales twice, he beat Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, and even Amir Khan.  Thats an impressive resume.  But after the Matthysse fight, he started fighting nobodies.  Just like Canelo did, Garcia started fighting at catch weights, and even went as far as not defending his titles in these catch weight fights.  The one time he fought someone good (Lamont Peterson), he almost lost.  Then Garcia vacated his titles, and moved to welterweight.  He beat Paulie Malignaggi, who is way past his prime, and after that he was thrown into a title fight against Robert Guerrero for a vacant title.

ADRIEN BRONER  —  WBA Junior Welterweight Champion

All the natural talent will not save you, if you don’t have the right head on ur shoulders.  Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KO’s) is the prime example of that.  Broner was mowing everyone down early in his career, and people saw him as air-apparent to Floyd Mayweather’s thrown.  Since he has stepped up the level of completion he has fought, he has struggled mightily.  Gavin Rees gave him fits at the start of their fight, but Broner eventually beat him.  Many thought Malignaggi beat Broner in their fight but was robbed.  Then Marcos Maidana demolished him.  After that, Broner took 3 easy fights, before being beaten by Shawn Porter.  For some reason after that loss, Broner found himself in a fight for the vacant WBA title.  What exactly he did to deserve that was beyond me, and he had a very easy opponent to deal with in that one (Khabib Allakhverdiev).  That vacant title fight should have gone to Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov.  Instead, they fought a non title fight which was absolutely amazing.

‘ROCKY’ MARTINEZ  —  WBO Junior Lightweight Champion

After losing the WBO Junior Lightweight title to Mikey Garcia by knockout, Rocky Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KO’s) fought Herbert Quarty.  Who???  Exactly!  After that, he got another shot at the same title, this time against Orlando Salido who he would beat via unanimous decision.  In the rematch, Salido would railroad Marinez, but somehow lose via split draw, which in my opinion, and many others, was highway robbery.  Salido beat him all around the ring, and the final decision of the fight was an absolute joke.  The draw means that  Martinez remains champion, but we all know Salido should be the champion.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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