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Divisional rankings: Junior welterweight

Julius Indongo will put his belts on the line in an attempt to unify the junior welterweight division in a bout against Terence Crawford in August. AP

Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below. If there is a lineal champion in a weight class, he is ranked No. 1.

For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results through August 14. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date rankings, ESPN.com's division-by-division boxing rankings will be updated every Tuesday.

More Divisional Rankings


Heavyweight - Cruiserweight - Light heavyweight - Super middleweight


Middleweight - Junior middleweight - Welterweight - Junior welterweight


Lightweight - Junior lightweight - Featherweight - Junior featherweight


Bantamweight - Junior bantamweight - Flyweight - Junior flyweight/Strawweight


JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION (UP TO 140 POUNDS)

1. Terence Crawford (31-0)

Crawford, the 2014 fighter of the year, scored the biggest win of his career in July 2016 when he scored two knockdowns and shut down formidable titleholder Viktor Postol in a lopsided unanimous decision to unify titles and stamp himself as the indisputable best 140-pounder in the world. In his Dec. 10 return, Crawford shellacked John Molina, who had zero chance to win and took a savage beating until the fight was finally stopped in the eighth round. Crawford's next defense came May 20 and he put on a masterful performance as he stopped Felix Diaz in the 10th round of an entertaining but one-sided fight. Crawford's next fight will be ESPN in his home region of Lincoln, Nebraska against Namibia's Julius Indongo (22-0) -- who was ringside for Crawford-Diaz on a scouting mission -- in an attempt to unify all four major titles
Next: Aug. 19 vs. Indongo

2. Julius Indongo (22-0)
In his first fight outside of his home country of Namibia, the heretofore unknown Indongo impressed mightily on Dec. 3 when he traveled to Moscow and scored a sensational one-punch knockout of Eduard Troyanovsky in just 42 seconds to win a world title. It was a devastating overhand left that was reminiscent of Manny Pacquiao's brutal second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton in 2009 in the same division. Indongo then went right into a title unification fight, traveling to Ricky Burns' hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, and easily outpointing him on April 15 to collect another title in a surprisingly easy win. Next up he will face Terence Crawford (31-0) for all the marbles at 140 pounds as they seek to unify all four major belts on ESPN.
Next: Aug. 19 vs. Crawford

3. Antonio Orozco (26-0)
San Diego's Orozco, who fights in a relentless, fan-friendly style, headlined the April 1 "Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN" card and looked terrific in a fourth-round knockout of previously undefeated KeAndre Gibson. Orozco's next fight will take place on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin undercard when he will face Mexico's Roberto Ortiz (35-1-2), whose only loss was a second-round knockout to Lucas Matthysse in 2014.
Next: Sept. 16 vs. Ortiz

4. Ricky Burns (41-6-1)
The former junior lightweight and lightweight titlist knocked out Italy's Michele Di Rocco in the eighth round in May 2016 to win a vacant 140-pound belt, making him the first fighter from Scotland to win world titles in three weight classes. He lost the belt in his second defense, dropping a lopsided decision in a unification fight with Namibia's Julius Indongo. Now Burns is headed back to lightweight for a true crossroads fight with England's Anthony Crolla (31-6-3), a former lightweight world titleholder.
Next: Oct. 7 vs. Crolla

5. Eduard Troyanovsky (26-1)
Russia's Troyanovsky made two successful title defenses but then ran into the unknown Julius Indongo, a 2008 Olympian from Namibia, and shockingly got knocked out in 42 seconds on Dec. 3. He made his return on July 1 against former title challenger Michele Di Rocco, of Italy, and looked good as he scored four knockdowns -- all with right hands -- en route to a fourth-round knockout victory.
Next: TBA

6. Felix Diaz (19-2)
Diaz, who won an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic in 2008, is a very good fighter and deserved the long sought-after shot at unified world champion Terence Crawford he got on May 20. However, Crawford is superb and dominated Diaz in a one-sided fight that ended after the 10th round when Diaz's trainer, Joel Diaz, did the right thing and stopped the fight.
Next: TBA

7. Adrian Granados (18-5-2)
Chicago's Granados, who scored a massive upset of Amir Imam in 2015 to knock him out of a mandatory title shot, has a deceiving record. All five of his losses are either by majority or split decision, including an action-packed Feb. 18 welterweight fight against friend and former titlist Adrien Broner, who edged him by split decision in a fight that could have gone either way. He was in the mix to possibly challenge world champion Terence Crawford (30-0) in May but won't be ready in time.
Next: TBA

8. Sergey Lipinets (12-0)
Lipinets, a native of Kazakhstan fighting out of Los Angeles, earned a mandatory shot at unified titleholder Julius Indongo when he knocked out Lenny Zappavigna in the ninth round of their elimination fight in December. Lipinets maintained his status in a stay-busy fight on March 4 by drilling Clarence Booth in the seventh round. He is supposed to get the next shot at the winner of the Terence Crawford-Indongo unification fight or he'll fight for a vacant belt if the winner relinquishes a belt.
Next: TBA

9. Regis Prograis (20-0)
Prograis, with good skills and power, has been making his way up the ladder for the past few years but made a major statement on June 9 when he dropped then-unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. four times in a second-round knockout victory in the main event of Showtime's "ShoBox: The New Generation." Prograis' biggest issue now is going to be convincing top opponents to fight him.
Next: TBA

10. Rances Barthelemy (26-0)
Cuban defector Barthelemy, a former junior lightweight and lightweight world titleholder, moved up to junior welterweight and won a debatable unanimous decision against Belarus' Kiryl Relikh (21-2) in a May 20 title eliminator. A rematch was ordered.
Next: TBA