My current Pound-for-Pound rankings follow this post. As always, respect the fact that p4p lists are full of shit. Its an imaginary criteria and I think you are always open for hypocrisy. You can question one fighter’s resume and then ignore another one for whatever reason.
Inactive fighters could find themselves on the back part of these lists but fighters are mostly removed (unless with clear injury) after about a year of inactivity. Enjoy and debate:
- Terence Crawford – Bud Crawford might have lost about four rounds over the past two years. Viktor Postol was a consensus top-3 140-pounder and Crawford dismantled him. Felix Diaz is a solid fighter, not a world-beater, but one who should’ve been undefeated heading into the Crawford fight. Then for all the belts, to become the first undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins, Crawford blasted out Julius Indongo. Honestly, you can make an argument that he’s #1 but no lower than #2 as he’s simply one of the current greats. A move to welterweight could be next. After Andre Ward’s retirement, you have to put Crawford as the best fighter on the planet.
- Vasyl Lomachenko – Lomachenko is a superb technical boxer who is similar to Crawford in that he wins with accumulation over power (though both can bang). Perhaps one of the greatest amateur boxers in history, Lomachenko has hit the ground running in just ten professional bouts. A loss to Orlando Salido, controversial due to the awful officiating, is still a loss. Like Crawford again, Lomachenko has been dominant and it’s hard to think of a round HE has lost in his past five fights. Lomachenko’s next fight against another decorated amateur in Guillermo Rigondeaux will truly match the best against the best.
- Gennady Golovkin – GGG is my favorite fighter. However, has he looked vulnerable as of late? Yes. However, his draw in a highly anticipated matchup against Canelo Alvarez should actually boost his stock. While Golovkin’s slow hands might’ve been on display, his aggressive come-forward style can tire out a fighter, and most do feel that he won the fight. This might’ve been the best match of his career in terms of importance and performance. A rematch has to be on the docket though no one would complain about a Billy Joe Saunders unification match or a Danny Jacobs rematch.
- Guillermo Rigondeaux – Rigondeaux finally gets his fight against Lomachenko and it has to be exciting for those invested in his career. Rigo can crack at 122 but can he go up to 130 and do the same? This could be a star-making performance and easily the best opponent Rigo has faced in his young career.
- Canelo Alvarez – Canelo’s destruction of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., should’ve been predictable but we all fell into the hype of the spectacle. Then Canelo faced Gennady Golovkin in a fight the boxing public has anticipated for two years. While the match was a draw, Canelo seemed to have last narrowly. However his resume and his quick, excellent counters against Golovkin were on display. It would be foolish to drop him.
- Naoya Inoue – The Monster came to America and blasted out the overmatched Antonio Nieves. Inoue probably should’ve won earlier but his excellent power and precision were on display throughout. A showdown against Juan Francisco Estrada could boost his stock even more.
- Keith Thurman- Thurman’s “One Time” nickname might not be as applicable as it once was but he has developed into an all-around fighter who has kept opponents at bay with activity and power. An elbow injury is likely to keep him out until 2018.
- Sergey Kovalev – Krusher has lost back-to-back fights against #1 Andre Ward and while match #1 was controversial, the end of #2 was a lot more definitive. Kovalev looks to bounce back with an HBO card against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in late November. A decisive win or knockout there should help reboost his stock.
- Jorge Linares – Linares’s clear victory against Anthony Crolla was probably not the rematch we wanted to see but further showed the gains he has made since being knocked out three times in three years. Linares makes his HBO debut next weekend against British challenger Luke Campbell.
- Donnie Nietes – The flyweight titlist flies below the radar but has been one of the most dominant boxers on the planet over the past five years. Nietes skills have translated well to 112 and at age 35, time is probably not quite on his side. Still, dominance over three weight classes is noteworthy and should be celebrated.
- Errol Spence Jr. – Errol Spence Jr.’s win over Kell Brook was ended brutally by and I am convinced he will top these lists in the future. Having one big scalp and looking that good closing it out is terrific. The power, speed and precision are all there. A fight against Luis Collazo is rumored though we’d love to see a matchup against Thurman or Crawford.
- Mikey Garcia – A fairly lopsided win over Adrien Broner at 140 pounds gives Garcia a big named scalp on his resume while also helping set up the stage for a potential superfight. Options such as Lomachenko, Crawford or even another move up to 147 are in the thankfully active again fighter’s future.
- Leo Santa Cruz – A rematch against Abner Mares, who Santa Cruz comfortably beat in 2015, is on the dock as we let the trilogy between LSC and Carl Frampton “marinate”. Santa Cruz adapted to his strengths against Frampton and I, for one, do want to see the trilogy completed.
- Oleksandr Usyk – The top cruiserweight currently on the planet is the Ukranian Usyk. While some of the sheen has faded a tad thanks to some spots of vulnerability against Thabiso Mchunu and Michael Hunter, Usyk still closed the deal (though Hunter somehow was allowed to see the final bell). Usyk recently dominated and battered the resilient Marco Huck in a showdown to help determine the top cruiserweight on the planet.
- Anthony Joshua – C’mon, I have to put the best current active heavyweight on the top-20. Joshua had a potential fight of the year against long-time icon Wladimir Klitschko that nearly saw Joshua get knocked out in the 6th. The vulnerability should help AJ in the long run and I could see him being heavily favored if Wlad takes the rematch.
- Carl Frampton – Frampton’s loss against Santa Cruz was close but clear but his victory in their first match was more decisive. Frampton is a scrappy fighter who has victories over LSC and Scott Quigg which are solid. A trilogy fight against Santa Cruz can help his case to move up more though I wouldn’t be shocked to see a domestic match against Lee Selby.
- Erislandy Lara – Much like countryman Guillermo Rigondeaux, inactivity is killing the future prospects of who I believe is still the best 154 pounder in Erislandy Lara. Lara hasn’t fought since an unneeded destruction of an over-the-hill Yuri Foreman in January. Still his slick defense and surprising pop, as well as a close (and some say, controversial) loss to Canelo Alvarez are worth mentioning.
- Miguel Berchelt – The more I think about it, the more I am impressed by Berchelt. Berchelt not only vanquished the incredibly tough (and talented) Francisco Vargas in January but retired Takashi Miura in a defense this past July. Sure, both guys have been in brutal wars but Berchelt has a lot of ability that I certainly believe in.
- Sri Rungvisai – He vanquished a consensus #1 pound-for-pound fighter in Roman Gonzalez in a controversial decision. Then he backed it up by knocking out Chocolatito. This previously unknown fighter is a legitimate threat and a true pound for pound ranked fighter.
- Danny Garcia – Mum is the word on who lies next for Garcia who has remained quiet following his narrow March loss to Keith Thurman.
- Jermall Charlo
- Badou Jack
- Kell Brook
- Juan Francisco Estrada
- Gervonta Davis
- Danny Jacobs
- Gary Russell Jr.
- James DeGale
- Artur Beterbiev
- Miguel Cotto
Roman Gonzalez, aka Chocolatito, is off the list following his fourth round knockout against Sri Rungvisai. Rungvisai has proven to be a legitimate contender and maybe Chocolatito did bite off more than he could chew at 115. If this is the end for him, please do not forget his sheer dominance at 105, 108 and 112 as well as some success at 115.