Billy Joe Saunders facing Danny Jacobs in the co-feature on May 5th to the imminent rematch between huge rivals Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez has to be the main goal for the division moving forward.
A super event at the impressive T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas featuring the four best 160 pounders on the planet could represent a mini tournament and see the winners fully unify the weight class by the end of the year.
There’s only one stumbling block and it’s a big one…
The big question is…can Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren work together to bring the fans a huge event?
Both sides are at loggerheads in the media on several levels and continually give candid interviews dismissing the others efforts and achievements.
So how could they bury the hatchet for the spring? I’m afraid only Hearn and Warren can answer that.
Saunders is in limbo as Golovkin and Canelo prepare to put it all on the line once again in May, leaving only one solid option in Jacobs.
As Hearn represents Jacobs following a deal signed earlier this year, Warren would have to open talks with his main rival in a bid to put together the effective semi-finals.
Another option could be Jermall Charlo, although working with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy operation again would also seemingly be off the table.
The Charlo brothers were brought to the fore by GBP and De La Hoya, only to jump ship when Al Haymon set-up his own stable with Premier Boxing Champions.
Should Warren – as expected – avoid sharing an event with Hearn, it seems probable Saunders will head back to the UK for his next title defence if he intends to stay in the GGG v Canelo mix.
A further option would be moving up to 168 to chase a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr. should the Brighton man see off George Groves and Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
Whatever happens in 2018, Saunders has firmly enhanced his reputation with what was the best performance of his career as David Lemieux had no answer for the 28 year-old’s skill in front of his home fans in Canada.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay