Pound for Pound Rankings

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Pound for Pound Rankings December 2016

By: Jerome Souza (@Jerome510)

My pound-for-pound rankings are based on record, level of current competition, activity, and skills. In other words, boxers who are fighting top level competition frequently and exhibiting world class skills to make someone believe that they’re among the best fighters in the world. The top boxers I believe fit this category are as follows.


  1. Carl Frampton – Featherweight (23-0, 14 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Leo Santa Cruz & Scott Quigg

Next Opponent: Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KO) – January 28th, 2017

Carl Frampton is slated for three quality championship fights in under 12 months. Frampton handed Santa Cruz his first professional loss back in July and didn’t hesitate to take the rematch for his fight in January. At 29 years old, Frampton is in his prime. If successful against Santa Cruz, we can look forward to fights down the road against Featherweight young guns Oscar Valdez and Joseph Diaz Jr.  

  1. Gennady Golovkin – Middleweight (36-0, 33 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Kell Brook & Dominic Wade

Next Opponent: Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO) – March 18, 2017

Gennady Golovkin is one of the most exciting fighters today. 23 Knockouts in a row is a very impressive feat. No one in the middleweight division has shown GGG any sort of trouble. GGG is not higher on this list because of his last two opponents. Though both undefeated going into their fights, Dominic Wade was too overmatched and Kell Brook was a welterweight. GGG’s fight with Danny Jacobs (who carries a 88% KO rate into the fight) will definitely be the biggest test of his career and give fans a realistic idea of how good GGG really is.

  1. Keith Thurman – Welterweight (27-0, 22 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Shawn Porter & Luis Collazo

Next Opponent: Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KO) – March 4, 2017

Keith “One Time” Thurman has kept undefeated by collecting wins against very good competition in Porter, Collazo, Guerrero, Bundu, and Soto Karass. The Porter fight was very entertaining and thanks to PBC was viewed by many. The matchup with Danny Garcia will also be the sixth time Thurman takes on an undefeated opponent. If Thurman wins in March, I would expect him to jump into the top five.

  1. Manny Pacquiao – Welterweight (59-6-2, 38 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Jessie Vargas & Timothy Bradley

Next Opponent: TBA

Pacquiao had a combined seven fights with Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in which on paper Pacman won five but in reality it was six. Pacquiao was part of the most financially successful fight of all time. After a major shoulder surgery and a legitimate run at politics, Pacquiao showed he could still bang against Timothy Bradley last April and Jessie Vargas in November.

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko – Super Featherweight (7-1, 5 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Nicholas Walters & Roman “Rocky” Martinez

Next Opponent: TBA

Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko dominated undefeated Nicholas Walters and forced him to quit on the stool in late November. Lomancheko’s star power and skills continue to grow and he is looking to avenge his only profession defeat, Orlando Salido, in March of 2017.

  1. Canelo Alvarez – Junior Middleweight (48-1-1, 34 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Liam Smith & Amir Khan

Next Opponent: TBA – May 6, 2017

Personally I don’t think Canelo ducks or runs from anyone. I believe he puts his career in the hands of his management to make decisions. In doing so he’s become the face of Mexican boxing which was previously held by his promoter Oscar De La Hoya. Canelo has wins over Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, Miguel Cotto, and Shane Mosley. Not a bad resume. However, fighting Liam Smith over Golovkin didn’t do him any favors, but stopping him did. Canelo was expected to fight December 10 but an injury kept him sidelined until next year. If asked when Canelo is so far ahead of GGG, just look at the list of opponents. Canelo is looking at a possible matchup with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 165 lbs in May 2017.

  1. Terence Crawford – Junior Welterweight (30-0, 21 KO)

Last Two Opponents: John Molina & Viktor Postol

Next Opponent: TBA

Crawford did what was expected of him against an overmatched John Molina Jr. Molina, who’s spent many times fighting as an underdog against bigger name had a great opportunity against Crawford. However, Molina couldn’t make weight and really didn’t show much against Crawford. Crawford was #1 on the list last month, but I feel Ward’s victory, Kovalev officially winning 5 rounds against Ward, and Gonzalez’s last two victories all hold more weight than a victory over a John Molina Jr who really didn’t show up to fight.

  1. Sergey Kovalev – Light Heavyweight (30-1-1, 26 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Andre Ward & Isaac Chilemba

Next Opponent: TBA

According the to official judges from Kovalev-Ward, Sergey Kovalev won five rounds against Andre Ward. Kovalev also sent him to the canvas with a solid right. Many felt Kovalev won the fight by as many as 8 rounds. A rematch is needed for clarification and for the money it would generate for both fighters. Based on record, it’s difficult to place Kovalev above Gonzalez, but #3 on the list is very realistic.  

  1. Roman Gonzalez – Super Flyweight (46-0, 38 KO)

Last Two Opponents:  Carlos Cuadras & McWilliams Arroyo

Next Opponent: TBA

Gonzalez is working on a rematch with Cuadras that would hopefully be the co-main event of GGG-Jacobs. However, Gonzalez isn’t happy with his current fight purse and is looking to negotiate for what he deserves. Unfortunately in boxing, the little guys usually get little guy money. Either way, Gonzalez is a top pound-for-pound fighter that holds a stellar professional record.

  1. Andre Ward – Light Heavyweight (31-0, 15 KO)

Last Two Opponents: Sergey Kovalev & Alexander Brand

Next Opponent: TBA

As stated in November’s pound-for-pound rankings, the winner of Kovalev-Ward will be the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world. I will keep my word. Though controversial and debated, all three judges had Ward winning 7 rounds over Sergey Kovalev and some of those rounds differed on the scorecards. Ward was dropped in the 2nd round, but got off the canvas and rose to the occasion. Ward boxed his way to a decision and became the first man to defeat Kovalev. Less than a month later, Sullivan Barrera, who Ward dropped and won a decision victory over in March for his first Light Heavyweight fight, put up a gutsy and tough leading to a stoppage over undefeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. Barrera’s last fight showed he was much tougher opponent than he was given credit for. 3 wins, 2 against undefeated quality opponents, convince me that Andre Ward is the #1 pound-for-pound.

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  1. Mayweather at 1 is fair. But pacquaio, marquez, klitcshko and froch are the boxers looking out of their depth, froch had a couple of domestic fights with groves,, A win against the lets say, the least brave boxer to ever step in a ring.? and a win against kessler, who was semi retired and best years wayyy behind him, funny enough calzaghe beat him at his peak, and calzaghe past his best, froch is a hardman but to put him top 10 p4p list in any era is beyond me, I am unsure of articles date, but pacquaio and marquez speaks for itself, both looked poor recently, klischko is granted a difficult one, the era he has been champion is worse than when marciano was champion..so I would maybe sneak him in at 10. Kovalev and walters make the list along with near the top Andre ward, I am sorry but if were talking best p4p, being far and away best super middle in the world, with or without a fight makes him deserving, along with saul alvarez and terence crawford..so After Mayweather, 2: govolkin 3: Ward, 4:Alvarez..5:.Kovalev..6: Crawford. 7.Roman.Gonzalez..8,Walters.9:Rigondeaux. and just because he has held title so long really 10: Klitchsko. equal with Bradley ,,, o k thats 11 but??? the likes of Lamechenko, , and maybe Kell brook, and frampton will be on next list, manny, marquez, froch, are unlikely to re climb.just my humble opinion

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