The last 12 months or so have been among the most frustrating for fight fans who follow the Middleweight division. We've seen Saul Alvarez win the WBC and Linear titles before defending those belts against Welterweight Amir Khan and then abandoning the division, we've seen Gennady Golovkin chase Alvarez before ending up fighting against Kell Brook, also a Welterweight moving up. We've seen Danny Jacobs talk a big fight whilst fighting the shot to bits Sergio Mora. We've seen Chris Eubank Jr being linked to a variety of bouts, that later fell through, with his team being blamed for them failing to materialise, and we've seen almost nothing of interest happen between two top Middleweights all year.
Recently we saw WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12) announce that his next bout, set for Octoiber 22nd, would see him end 10 months of inactivity to face the unknown Arthur Akavov (16-1, 7). A further disappointment in the division that could have given us some brilliant fights this year had politics, greed and injuries not stood in the way.
We could have had things like Golovkin Vs Canelo, Saunders Vs Eubank II, Heiland Vs Khurtsidze, Jacobs Vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko and it now turns out we could have had Billy Joe Saunders Vs Ryota Murata (11-0, 8) [村田 諒太], with Saunders' promoter Frank Warren confirming an offer had been made by Murata's team in an interview with IFL, with that interview being featured below.
It could be that we end up getting some great bouts next year in the division, but it's fair to say that 2016 is a year that is best forgotten by Middleweight fans who have really had little to celebrate and more to be frustrated and angered by.
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