Pound-For-Pound Rankings

UPDATED: 12/20/2017

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 eleven professional bouts.  His dismantling of Nicholas Walters and now Guillermo Rigondeaux (who did come up two weight divisions) has made me realize I am watching more than just a special talent but an all-time great.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sergey Kovalev – There is no shaming in losing to an all-time great like Andre Ward.  The fact that most observers think Kovalev won the first fight against him, speaks volumes to both fighters.  A brutal, two-round knockout against a capable (though clearly overmatched) Vyacheslav Shabranskyy sees Krusher regain his status and assert himself as a top light heavyweight.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.  The fact he only fought once in 2017 is poor matchmaking but he will be facing veteran Lamont Peterson in late January which should be a fun scrap.
  10. 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.  While a potential superfight against Lomachenko is possible, Garcia will go for another belt against the tough 140-pounder Sergey Lipinets.
  11. Guillermo Rigondeaux – Rigo’s loss against Lomachenko shouldn’t hurt him but when you think of the inactivity beforehand, eventually you have to drop a 37-year old.  I still think he gives most fighters from 118-126 many problems but Rigo dropping out does hurt his stock.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.  A faceoff against Mairis Breidis is next which should really boost the winner’s career.
  14. Jorge Linares – I’m a huge Linares fan but a close win against Luke Campbell, a tough but limited fighter, drops his stock a tad.  Nonetheless, Linares is brilliant and while easy to cut; should still be considered a top draw.  An HBO showcase against Mercito Gesta is next before a potential Lomachenko or Mikey Garcia bout.
  15. 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.  A dominant win over a tough Carlos Takam did nothing to hurt his stock.
  16. Carl Frampton – Frampton’s loss against Santa Cruz was close but clear but his victory in their first match was more decisive.  Frampton is scrappy and a win over the nondescript Horacio Garcia was more challenging than some anticipated.  Nonetheless, I’m giving Frampton benefit of the doubt.
  17. Erislandy Lara – Lara has a fighting style that could be negatively portrayed as boring.  His win over Terrell Gausha in October did not do him any favors but his dominance was clear.
  18. 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 lopsided but entertaining defense this past July.  Sure, both guys have been in brutal wars but Berchelt has a lot of ability that I certainly believe in.  I, for one, would love to see a unification match against Lomachenko or at least a solid defense.
  19. 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.  A win against Juan Francisco Estrada could catapult Rungvisai into the top-10.
  20. Danny Garcia – Mum is the word on who lies next for Garcia who has remained quiet following his narrow March loss to Keith Thurman.
  21. Jermall Charlo
  22. Badou Jack
  23. Dmitry Bivol
  24. Juan Francisco Estrada
  25. Danny Jacobs
  26. Gary Russell Jr.
  27. Murat Gassiev
  28. Artur Beterbiev
  29. Gervonta Davis
  30. Kell Brook

 

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