Who Will Rule The Welterweight Roost In 2021?

With potential unifications, rising starts and plenty of competition in the UK, 2021 could be a monstrous year for the 147-pound division.

Outside of the potential undisputed heavyweight championship fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, the welterweight division has a potentially mouth-watering unification between two superstars.

Could 2021 be the year we see Spence and Crawford step through the ropes to face each other? (Photo credit: Talksport)

Featuring in most people’s top 10 pound-for-pound lists, a potential fight between Terrence Crawford and Errol Spence most certainly has boxing fans on the edge of their seats. Two undefeated champions, both with genuine P4P status, what isn’t to like about a fight between the pair?

Although it is one of the most highly talked about fights in the world of boxing, it still seems a long way away from becoming reality.

Elsewhere on the world scene, the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and Mikey Garcia are still hanging about, hungrier than ever to prove that they are the best in the division.

With Spence currently holding the WBC and IBF belts, Crawford the WBO champion and Pacquiao the WBA king, boxing fans are hopeful of at least one unification fight in the coming year. Whether that be Spence v Crawford - the spectacle everyone wants to see - or either one of them facing the elder statesman of the division in Pacquiao.

Boxing fans all around the world are praying for Spence v Crawford, which is undoubtedly the biggest fight the sport of boxing has to offer at this moment in time, outside of the heavyweight division.

Ones to watch

Outside of the champions, the 147-pound division is still absolutely stacked. With rising stars from both sides of the Atlantic, there is every possibility that we could see some up and comers making their mark on the division in the coming year.

Could Josh Kelly fight for world honours before the year is out? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)

Firstly, two fringe title contenders who will be hopeful of securing a fight for world honours this year, battle it out on February 20th. David Avanesyan and Josh Kelly are finally set to meet in the ring in just a few weeks’ time, in what is the fourth time the pair have been scheduled to fight. Avanesyan’s European title will be on the line in what he will be hoping is a successful fourth defence.

Both men last fought in December of 2019, but have had over 12 months to concentrate solely on each other, as this fight was always going to happen next. The winner is surely not too far away from fighting for a world title, which makes this a compelling fight between two welterweight stars.

Another potential danger man in the division is Yordenis Ugas. Ugas has come back strongly since losing to another fringe contender in Shawn Porter almost two years ago, and last time out he captured the WBA ‘Regular’ title. The Cuban will be hopeful himself of possibly getting a shot at one of the champions in the not so distant future.

Although coming off the back of a comprehensive defeat to Errol Spence, Danny Garcia still has plenty to offer the 147 pound division, and it is likely we will continue to see his name floating around world level for another while yet.

Additionally, former super-lightweight king, Maurice Hooker, has stepped up to welterweight and is looking to get himself into the title picture imminently. However, that will be easier said than done as it is rumoured that he is set to face Vergil Ortiz Jr in March, who is one of the hottest prospects in world boxing.