FIGHTERS at the lighter weights have been making moves this week in both MMA and boxing.
The WBC have appointed another franchise champion in pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.
The status sees the boxer represent the World Boxing Council “regardless of any specific conditions or title being associated with all future fights.”
The franchise champion status was awarded to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at middleweight earlier this year causing the same controversy. This elevates interim champion and rising star Devin Haney into the ‘regular champion’ spot.
The rising star, who is destined for a clash with Lomachenko in the future spoke out on Twitter: The youngest world champion in boxing!”
In the wake of the WBC ruling, the Ring Magazine have updated the pound-for-pound list:
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Terence Crawford
- Saul Alvarez
- Naoya Inoue
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Errol Spence Jr.
- Gennady Golovkin
- Juan Estrada
- Artur Beterbiev
- Manny Pacquiao
Lomachenko recently told ESPN that he would be open to a bout with Naoya Inoue.
Japanese fighter Inoue has held world titles at light flyweight, super flyweight and is currently IBF and WBA champion at bantamweight.
He has carried flatline knockout power throughout the weights leading many to believe that he is the pound-for-pound hardest puncher in boxing.
With Lomachenko the slickest and trickiest in the game, the bout would surely determine who is the modern boxing great.
Lomachenko showed interest in the fight on the condition that Inoue move up to super-featherweight. Although Lomachenko is currently WBC, WBA and WBO champion at lightweight, he has hinted at a move back down to super-feather.
Over in the welterweight division, an expected clash between WBC/IBF world champion Errol Spence and Danny Garcia has been confirmed.
Garcia has been made mandatory challenger to Spence’s WBC belt, which he won from Shawn Porter in a thriller last month.
In the world of MMA, former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will make his bantamweight debut against Marlon Moraes at UFC 245.
The two time world champion will fight Moraes at 135 pounds on December 14 in Las Vegas.
Moraes has defeated many of the top fighters at bantamweight including Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Riveira, John Dodson and Aljamain Sterling.
Aldo has recently revealed that should he win in December, he is chasing a bout with bantam and flyweight world champion, Henry Cejudo.
UFC 245 is the final UFC PPV of the calendar year.