For me it'd have to be 168lbs. If you include the WBO, you have four
champions each different from the other, followed by a legion of talented
and evenly matched contenders to make any unification series interesting.
Most fights by my reckoning would be pick 'em fights. All though not as
talent rich as other divisions, definitely one of interest.
As well, current standings in the division would make unification a bit
simpler than in other division (As in, not one of the current champions is a
marquee fighter that wishes to protect his image by remaining undefeated).
So much so, that it appears that Ottke and Mitchell are ready to get things
Here are the potential brackets for a four way unifications series. I will
try to order them giving some credit to the vacant WBA title (super titles
in existence and all). In a perfect world we could just say let's match the
best 8 in the division, but titles matter to these guys, so I'm trying to
keep it as realistic as possible. I'll simply collect opinions posted, and
then post results.
Also, I'm working under the assumption that all fighters want to compete,
and are aiming for unification, as are the sanctioning bodies (sheesh). I
won't give results myself, as my bias would probably see Mundine as
Undisputed 168lbs king. The first few bouts listed are either confirmed or
1. Mitchell-Ottke (IBF&WBA, almost set)
2. Echols-Mundine (Vacant WBA title, rumoured for just after Ottke-Mitchell
3. Lucas-Beyer (WBC title, confirmed)
4. Calzhage-Barr (WBO title)
5. Starie-Haussler (for WBC #1)
6. Shkalikov-Kessler (for WBA #1)
7. Larsen-Brewer (for IBF #1)
8. Vanderpool-Veit (for WBO #1)