In modern day boxing moving up multiple weight classes is very common for boxers. While this leads to nice sounding achievements such as becoming a four or five weight champion it does lead to boxers resume in a singular division being weaker than previous generations. I’ve gone through the champions in boxing today and picked out ones that are creating legacies and great resumes in one division.
The first boxer who is creating a legacy in one division is Anthony Joshua (Heavyweight). He unlike the other people on this list can’t move up or down a division but hes still building a solid resume with depth to it. He has unified all of the belts apart from the WBC and faced Wladimir Klitchscho and Joseph Parker in unification fights. Notable names on his resume are, Joseph Parker, Wladimir Klitchscho, Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz Jr x2, Charles Martin and Carlos Takam. His next fight will be a defence of his titles versus mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
The second boxer creating a legacy in one division is Mairis Briedis (Cruiserweight). He is a three time Cruiserweight champion of the world and holds an underrated resume. He has wins over Mike Perez, Marco Huck, Noel Gevor, Krzysztof Glowacki and Yuniel Dorticos. His only loss is to all time Cruiserweight great Oleksandr Usyk.
The third boxer creating a legacy in one division is Jermell Charlo (Super Welterweight). He recently unified the belts at Super Welterweight and now only needs the WBO belt to become undisputed. His notable wins include Jeison Rosario, Tony Harrison, Jorge Cota, Austin Trout, Erickson Lubin, John Jackson, Vanes Martirosyan and Gabriel Rosado. I think he has the best resume for a single division in the sport currently and to me thats a big thing as its more impressive than weight hopping to get vacant belts.
The fourth boxer creating a legacy in one division is Errol Spence Jr (Welterweight). Similar to Jermell Charlo he recently unified his IBF belt with Shawn Porters WBC belt. He has an often overlooked resume that includes the likes of Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Kell Brook, Leonard Bundu, Chris Algieri, Chris Van Heerden, Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas. He has an upcoming defence of his titles versus Danny Garcia.
The fifth boxer creating a legacy in one division is Josh Taylor (Super Lightweight). He is another one on this list who holds more than one world title and is clearly trying to become undisputed. He holds wins over, Regis Prograis, Ivan Baranchyk, Apinun Khongsong, Ryan Martin, Viktor Postol, Miguel Vazquez and Ohara Davies.
The sixth boxer creating a legacy in one weight class is Kenshiro Teraji (Light Flyweight). I think Kenshiro is one of the most underrated boxers in the sport and if he was in a bigger division would be talked about as having a resume worthy of P4P consideration. He has notable wins over Randy Petalcorin, Jonathan Taconing, Saul Juarez, Milan Melindo, Ganigan Lopez x2, Pedro Guevara and Kenichi Horikawa.
The seventh boxer creating a legacy in one division is Chayaphon Moonsri (minumumweight). He is currently the longest reigning champion in boxing with the most title defences of any singular belt among active fighters. He holds wins over Simpiwe Konkco, Tatsuya Fukuhara x2, Pedro Taduran, Leroy Estrada, Melvin Jerusalem, Saul Juarez, Go Odaira, Young Gil Bae, Jerry Tomogdan, Jeffrey Galero and Oswaldo Novoa.
The final boxer who is creating a legacy in one division is Miguel Berchelt (Super Featherweight). Miguel Berchelt only needs a few more wins at the weight to really solidify himself as an all time Super Featherweight great. He has wins over Francisco Vargas x2, Jason Sosa, Miguel Roman, Jonathan Victor Barros and Takashi Miura.
I personally value work done in one division over weight hopping to get titles in many divisions but never facing the best available. I’ll always root for these boxers over any others due to them creating a real legacy for themselves in one division where many will go down as top 20 all time in their respective weight classes.