Pound for Pound Rankings

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POUND-FOR-POUND RANKINGS

Pound for Pound Rankings September 2017

Our 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 we believe fit this category are as follows.

 

  1. Keith Thurman – Welterweight (28-0, 22 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Danny Garcia & Shawn Porter

Next Opponent: NBA

Thurman is currently out with an elbow injury and looks like he will sit out the rest of 2017. The WBC and WBA world champion has remained unbeaten by collecting wins against very good competition in his last two outings and will no doubt have plenty of challengers wanting to face him when he returns in 2018, including IBF champion Errol Spence Jr.

  1. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai – Super Flyweight (44-4-1, 40 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Roman Gonzalez twice.

Next Opponent: TBA

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai makes the list due to his outstanding performances against Roman Gonzalez in the rematch. Gonzalez was in everyone’s P4P top five just a year ago. The first fight ended in a majority decision win for the Thai fighter, with some folk believing ‘Chocolatito’ should of been the one with his hand raised. However, Srisaket didn’t let it go to the judges in the rematch – stopping Gonzalez in the fourth round. Hopefully this win will set up a mouth-watering contest against Naoya Inoue.

  1. Sergey Kovalev – Light Heavyweight (30-2-1, 26 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Andre Ward twice.

Next Opponent: Vyacheslav Shabranskyy – November 25, 2017.

This might be a controversial choice at eight, due to the fact Kovalev is coming off two back-to-back defeats (many thought he won the first fight) at the hands of former P4P king Andre Ward. The Russian has the opportunity to get back to winning ways when he faces Ukrainian Shabranskyy.

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux – Super Bantamweight (17-0, 11 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Moises Flores & James Dickens.

Next Opponent: Vasyl Lomachenko – December 9, 2017.

Since the breakout fight in 2013 against Nonito Donaire the Cuban wizard has been trying to get a big name to fight him and now at 36 years of age he will finally get the name and the stage to shine when he faces another world class operator in Vasyl Lomachenko on Dec. 9. However, Rigondeaux will have to move up two weight divisions if he wants the big scalp on his record.

  1. Naoya Inoue – Super Flyweight (14-0, 13 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Antonio Nieves & Ricardo Rodriguez

Next Opponent: TBA

The lighter weight classes hardly ever get a mention when it comes to P4P lists, but here we have two and this young Japanese monster deserves his spot on this list. The 24-year old is only 14 fights in to his pro career but, is already a two-weight world champion. Anyone want to see a fight made with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai?

  1. Mikey Garcia – Lightweight (37-0, 30 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Adrian Broner & Dejan Zlaticanin

Next Opponent: TBA

Mikey Garcia won the WBC lightweight title in only his second contest after spending over two years out. Garcia moved up to the 140lb division to face Adrien Broner, who he beat by a unanimous decision. The 29-year old has stated he is happy to face anyone between 135-147 pounds, but it is likely he will face Jorge Linares in early 2018.

  1. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – Middleweight (49-1-2, 34 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Gennady Golovkin & Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Next Opponent: TBA

Canelo deserves his elite status and his spot in the P4P list. His fight against Golovkin the 27-year old Mexican showed off his skill-set, defence and his chin. Canelo also showed that he isn’t scared to face the top guys and it will be interesting to see if the rematch against ‘GGG’ will happen.

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko – Super Featherweight (9-1, 7KO)

Last Two Opponents: Miguel Marriaga & Jason Sosa

Next Opponent: Guillermo Rigondeaux – December 9, 2017.

Lomachenko is without doubt the most technically gifted fighter active today. His movement and his ability to throw shots from any angle frustrates his opponents, who find it hard to land a punch of their own. Next up ‘Hi-Tech’ will come up against fellow southpaw and two-time Olympic gold medallist Rigondeaux in what is a intriguing contest between to technical fighters.

  1. Terence Crawford – Light Welterweight (32-0, 23 KOs)

Last Two Opponents:  Julius Indongo & Felix Diaz

Next Opponent: TBA

Crawford was the first fighter in history to unify the 140 pound division when he stopped Julius Indongo back in August. Terence Crawford has yet to face a house hold name and will look for the big name and big money fights when he moves up to the talented stacked welterweight division.

  1. Gennady Golovkin – Middleweight (37-0-1, 33 KOs)

Last Two Opponents: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez & Daniel Jacobs

Next Opponent: TBA

With the retirement of Andre Ward, the winner of Canelo/Golovkin would of been the pound-for-pound #1. We didn’t get a winner as the fight was controversially scored as a draw, with the vast majority of people scoring the fight to Golovkin. Therefore we have put Golovkin at number 1. The Kazakh puncher is 35-years old now and it took him and his team five years to secure a big name fight, so the question is, how much does Golovkin have left? His last two fights he has failed to score the knockout blow we have all been used to witnessing. The only fight that makes sense for Golovkin at this stage in his career would be the rematch with Canelo, but does it make sense for Canelo?

Fighters that just missed out are; Errol Spence Jr., Badou Jack, Jorge Linares, Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton.

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3 thoughts on “Pound for Pound Rankings

  1. Good top ten. I really like Errol Spence though.

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