5. ROCKY FIELDING (22-1)
The 5th spot was a tough pick between Rocky Fielding and Paul Smith but I have decided to go with Fielding, purely because he is still relatively early on in his career and Smith is declining. Fielding has a good record as a professional at Super-middle but has struggled recently especially after the defeat to Callum Smith. Both fighters went into the bout undefeated with people expecting it to be a close fight, but Fielding couldn’t handle Smith’s power and was knocked out within a round. Fielding had to bounce back quickly after the defeat and did so with a split decision victory over Christopher Rebrasse to win the WBC International Super-middleweight title. Fielding is certainly someone to look out for and a rematch further down the like with Smith could be closer than the first originally was.
4. MARTIN MURRAY (33-3-1)
The next two in my top 5 are due to fight each other next month so their places could well swap round, but in 4th I have gone with Martin Murray. The Brit has been unlucky in his career, losing in 3 of his 4 world title fights and drawing the other, both at Middleweight and Super-middleweight. As a Super-middleweight, he fought Arthur Abraham for the WBO world title but lost by split decision. Despite being 33 years of age and never really being able to show that he is a world level boxer, he still has some talent left and the fight with Groves could possibly be one of the most important of his career.
3. GEORGE GROVES (23-3)
The man who fought Froch in front of a sell out crowd at Wembley is yet again trying to revive his career after a third world title defeat. Groves’ most recent world title fight was against Badou Jack last year, a fight he lost by split decision. Groves was once looking like he would be on top of the Super-middleweight decison, especially being the only person to have beaten number 1 in this list. His world title defeats have really put a stop in his charge but he is on the comeback trail and looked good in his last fight. The fight with Murray will be interesting to see if he still has the ability to compete at the top of the game, a fight I expect him to win which would certainly open doors for him at world level again.
2. CALLUM SMITH (19-0)
Callum Smith is a man on the rise within the Super-middleweight division and is looking like becoming a world champion. The Liverpudlian beat Hadillah Mohoumadi in his last fight for the EBU Super-middleweight title, a fight many expected to be his toughest but ended up as a 1st round KO for the Brit. Smith is mandatory to Badou Jack’s WBC crown but many expect a unification fight to happen between Jack and DeGale fist. A domestic fight between DeGale and Smith has the potential to be a classic and one I expect to happen in the near future.
1. JAMES DEGALE (23-1)
Probably the best Super-middleweight in the world right now, James DeGale is looking a class act. He holds the IBF world title after beating Andre Dirrell in his own back garden last year and has continued to fight out in America. His last fight however was not is best as most people expected him to knock out Medina, but instead it went to the scorecards and ended as a unanimous decision. DeGale has shown signs of tiring mid-way through his fights due to the tempo of his fighting style and a world-class boxer could take advantage of that if he doesn’t adapt his game. Nevertheless, he is number 1 in the division and I expect him to stay there. A unification fight with Jack should happen later this year and if it does, I think we will see him up his game and unify the divison.