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Is middleweight the deepest division?

Welterweight, junior welterweight, lightweight, middleweight, super middleweight…Which is the best weight division in boxing?

The welterweight and junior welterweight divisions have gotten the benefit of the doubt the last several years. With Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley, Tim Bradley, etc… it’s understandable why.

But the middleweight division is making a huge comeback. WBC champ Sergio Martinez (50-2-2) is considered the top man in the division these days. But he’s just one of many solid fighters at middleweight.

Gennady Golovkin (25-0), who battered a game Gabe Rosado, WBO Peter Quillin (28-0), IBF belt holder Daniel Geale (28-1), Dmitry Pirog (20-0) and Matthew Macklin (29-4) are all big time contenders.

You also have second-tier middleweights like Andy Lee (28-2), Martin Murray (25-0-1) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1), who are viable fighters. Demetrius Andrade (18-0), Darren Barker (24-1) and Anthony Mundine (43-4) are also fighters worth watching.

All of this means boxing fans should prepare themselves for what should be an exciting 2013. Golovkin vs. Martinez; Golovkin vs. Geale and Quinn vs. Lee are just a few of the fights people would like to see.

Quillin is set to take on a very talented Fernando Guerrerro (25-1) on February 2 at the Barclays Center.

There may not be any household names like Mayweather, Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez at the top, but the middleweight division might be the deepest in the sport.
 

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