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Welterweight is the new Welterweight

Not all that long ago welterweight was seen as one of, if not the, premier division(s) in all of boxing.

You remember the time: We had Mayweather, Margarito, Williams, Cotto, Mosley, Judah, Clottey, etc all together in the same weight class.

Of course, there were a couple of fights that should have happened but didn't (Mayweather- Cotto, Mayweather-Margarito) and then it kind of became all about the fight that currently won't happen ,Floyd vs Manny, and everyone else was an afterthought.

Mayweather-Cotto is finallly set to take place this year up at 154lbs but some might say it's not quite as anticipated as it would have been back then although it is still an intruiging fight, to say the least.

Divisions like featherweight, bantamweight, super-middleweight, and 147's close neighbour, light-welterweight became the deepest, most competitive divisions in the sport.

Just lately though 147lbs is starting to look something like it's old self again.

We still have the best two fighter's in boxing at the top (still refusing to fight each other) but we also have some young bucks looking to make a name for themselves. Guys like Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto (who rematches Ortiz on June 24), young, unproven (at the top level) hotshots like Kell Brook and Mike Jones, and Eastern European tough guys Jan Zaveck and Vyacheslav Senchenko.

The real reason 147 is again starting to look something special though is the amount of fighter's from the division below, 140lbs, who have moved up or are looking to do so in the near future. The current no.1 in the division, Timothy Bradley, makes his second venture (at the higher level) into the welterweight class when he meets Pacquiao on June 9.

Marcos Maidana and Devon Alexander fought at 147 for the first time this weekend just past and while Maidana will likely head back down to 140, Alexander looked impressive in dominating the fight and he will be a welcome addition to his new weight class.

It surely won't be long before Amir Khan and possibly Lamont Peterson (who meet in a 140lb rematch in May) make the move north.

I also have a feeling Brandon Rios will be at 147 in a year or so.

Not to forget guys like Robert Guerrero, Randall Bailey (who fights Mike Jones on June 9), Brad Solomon, Selcuk Aydin (who fights Guerrero on July 28) and Matthew Hatton (who fights Kell Brook on March 17) rounding out a division that could produce fireworks and no doubt Fight of the Year contenders in 2012.

Agree/disagree, what say yee?

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