Lotierzo Looks at the Lightweight Division (135 LBS) – Boxing’s lightweight division had a solid 2017 with WBC world champion Mikey Garcia emerged as the top gun in the division. Longtime champion Jorge Linares is looking for a showdown with Garcia and there is talk that the fight could happen in 2018. There are also whispers that their bout may happen at 140 pounds as both men vacate the division and move to super lightweight.
Veteran slugger Raymundo Beltran is slated for another world title shot this coming February when he faces Paulus Moses for the vacant WBO title. Another world championship in the division is in the hands of Robert Easter Jr who holds the IBF belt. The 26-year-old Easter is long, tall and undefeated at 20-0 and he will be looking to supplant Garcia and Linares at the top of the weight class.
The British contingent in this division is strong. Anthony Crolla is coming off a pair of losses to Linares that leave him looking to get back on track heading into 2018. Another fighter who is heading out of the division is Terry Flanagan, the long-time holder of the WBO belt who is also moving up in weight. Former Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell is coming off a loss to Linares himself but he figures to be a player at 135 pounds in the coming year.
In this wrap-up installment for 2017, we are once again joined by our “killer” analyst Frank Lotierzo to talk more in-depth about the crowded Lightweight division heading into calendar year 2018. Do not miss what Frank has to say right here at TBC.
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Mikey Garcia scored the early KO win over Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC world lightweight title.