Sandwiched between the middleweights and light heavyweights, the super middleweight division has historically been overlooked.
However, with Joe Calzaghe’s magnificent undefeated run at super middleweight, which culminated in a unification victory over Mikkel Kessler, the boxing world started to take serious notice of a division that had often been ruled by international fighters.
It is this international flair and overall depth that gave rise to Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic. While it struggled through its fare share of speed bumps, this innovative tournament pitted six of the world’s best super middleweights against each other in round-robin (sort of) matchups with an incentive-based points system.
The Super Six crowned American Andre Ward as the definitive, recognized super middleweight champion, which is an increasingly rare distinction given the current plethora of world titles and sanctioning organizations.
What is so interesting about the super middleweights is the mix of quality American and international boxers. The Super Six was evenly split between three Americans and three Europeans, and this diversity and overall depth is reflected in the rankings that follow.
A quick note on some exclusions: because he recently obliterated Allan Green in a light heavyweight fight, I have left Mikkel Kessler off this list in case he decides to pursue title opportunities in a higher weight class.
Also, Glen Johnson’s next fight is slated to be against Andrzej Fonfara, who has fought his last nine bouts at light heavyweight, meaning Johnson is also moving up in weight.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the top 15 super middleweights.