The super welterweight division is one of the most underrated weight classes in boxing today. The one thing that keeps them from being mentioned with heavyweight or welterweight divisions is the lack of real main event stars.
But when talking about skills in the ring, the super welterweight deserves to be mentioned as one of the best weight classes in boxing. This is one of the only weight classes where nothing is guaranteed, with many notable upsets taking place over the past couple of years.
These are the top 10 super welterweight boxers in the world today.
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10. Tim Tszyu
- Tim Tszyu record: 17-0, 13 KOs
Most fight fans may not be too familiar with Tim Tszyu (son of International Boxing Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu) because he has exclusively fought in Australia. However, he has had excellent success in his young career, winning the WBO Global Super Welterweight championship and successfully defending it three times. His most notable win came against former WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn. His next fight will come against former super welterweight and middleweight world title contender Dennis Hogan on March 31st.
9. Michel Soro
- Michel Soro record: 35-2-1, 24 KOs
Another lesser-known fighter, Michel Soro has fought all but three of his 38 career fights in France. After losing his only career world title match so far in 2012, Soro dusted him off, going 13-0-1 in his next 14 fights on his way to challenging for the WBA Interim Super Welterweight title against Brian Carlos Costano. In that fight, Soro would lose in a spectacular bout that ended in a close split decision. Soro recently became the first-ever WBA Gold Super Welterweight champion, beating Greg Vendetti via 2nd round TKO and successfully defended the belt against Anderson Prestot. His last fight came in November 2019, when he beat Cedric Vitu by 5th round TKO.
8. Erickson Lubin
- Erickson Lubin record: 23-1, 16 KOs
Unfortunately for Erickson Lubin, he took the biggest fight of his career well before he was ready. In October 2017, Lubin was 22 with an 18-0 professional record. Set to face Jermell Charlo for the WBC Super Welterweight title, Lubin was coming off a 4th round TKO win against Jorge Cota and was extremely confident. He ultimately lost via first-round knockout, suffering the first loss of his pro career. Since then, he has recovered well, winning each of his last five fights, including the WBC Silver Super Welterweight title.
7. Julian Williams
- Julian Williams record: 27-2-1, 16 KOs
Each of the next three entries are interchangeable as each fighter went on to win world championships in upset wins only to lose their first title defenses. Julian Williams ranks the lowest of the three because he won in his second world title fight, losing his first world title shot via fifth-round KO to now middleweight Jermall Charlo (not mistaken with twin brother Jermell Charlo who is a super welterweight).
In May 2019, Julian Williams won the unified WBA, IBF and IBO Super Welterweight titles, upsetting previously undefeated Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision. He would unsuccessfully defend his titles, losing to rising prospect Jeison Rosario.
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6. Tony Harrison:
- Tony Harrison record: 28-3, 21 KOs
Tony Harrison also became super welterweight champion in his second opportunity losing his first world title fight by 9th round TKO to Jarrett Hurd. He got his second opportunity at a world championship in December 2018 when he fought WBC Super Welterweight champion Jermell Charlo. The fight was very close, but in the end, it was Harrison taking the win by a narrow unanimous decision giving Charlo his first loss as a pro. Charlo would get his revenge in their rematch, winning by 11th round TKO to reclaim his championship.
5. Jeison Rosario:
- Jeison Rosario record: 20-2-1, 14 KOs
Prior to his fight with Julian Williams, Rosario won the biggest fight of his career to that point beating Jorge Cota by split decision. He came in to the Julian Williams fight as a massive underdog added by the fact that the fight was in Williams’ hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After losing the first round, Rosario began to take control of the fight battering the champion’s face with destructive power shots. The fight was waived off in the 5th round when the punishment left Williams on shaky legs awarding Rosario the unified WBA, IBF, and IBO Super Welterweight titles. Rosario would lose the belts in a unification bout against Jermell Charlo.
4. Brian Carlos Castano:
- Brian Carlos Castano record: 17-0-1, 13 KOs; WBO Super Welterweight Champion
Of the three world champions on this list, Brian Carlos Castano won his belt most recently. Prior to winning the world title, Castano had an impressive resume winning the WBA super welterweight interim and regular world title (not to be confused with the WBA Super world championship). His notable wins include Emmanuel De Jesus, Michel Soro, and Cedric Vitu. He also fought Erislandy Lara to a draw. In his most recent bout on February 13th, Castano won his first official world title beating Patrick Teixeira by unanimous decision to win the WBO Super Welterweight championship.
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3. Jarrett Hurd
- Jarrett Hurd record: 24-1, 16 KOs
While Jarrett Hurd is the only fighter in the top three that does not hold a belt currently, he sits in the third spot due to his resume. Hurd won his first world title in February 2017 when he beat Tony Harrison to win the vacant IBF Super Welterweight title. After successfully defending his title against Austin Trout, Hurd would unify the IBF title with the WBA and IBO titles after beating Erislandy Lara by split decision with a 12th round knockdown, helping him edge the decision in his favor. He would lose the belts in May 2019 when he lost to Julian Williams by unanimous decision. His last fight came in January 2020, which he won by unanimous decision.
2. Erislandy Lara
- Erislandy Lara record: 27-3-3, 15 KOs; IBO Super Welterweight Champion
All three of Erislandy Lara’s losses have seen him be the victim of close decisions going against him. Critics panned his first professional loss against Paul Williams in 2011 as they believed he deserved to be awarded the decision win. Elsewhere, Lara has been a decorated champion in the super welterweight division, winning the WBA interim, regular and super world super welterweight titles and the IBO super welterweight title.
In January 2017, Lara became WBA and IBO unified super welterweight champion after knocking out Yuri Foreman. After successfully defending the belt against previously undefeated Terrell Gausha, he lost the belts in a close split decision to Jarrett Hurd. He would regain the WBA regular championship after beating Roman Alvarez and the IBO belt in his most recent bout against Greg Vendetti.
1. Jermell Charlo
- Jermell Charlo record: 34-1, 18 KOs; IBF, WBA and WBC Super Welterweight Champion
No fight has the resume or championship pedigree close to Jermell Charlo in the super welterweight division. He won his first world championship in May 2016 when he beat John Jackson for the WBC Super Welterweight title. He successfully defended the belt three times, including wins against Erickson Lubin and Austin Trout, before losing the belt in a controversial unanimous decision loss to Tony Harrison. He would regain it after beating Tony Harrison in a rematch by 11th round TKO. Charlo would go on to unify the WBC title with the WBA and IBF belts after knocking out Jeison Rosario in the 8th round.