By Cliff Rold
While there hasn’t been any movement in the top three spots, there has been plenty below them.
Saul Alvarez and Oleksandr Usyk picked up career best victories since the last update and move up accordingly. Which one should be higher?
The cruiserweight champion Usyk completed a full unification of one of boxing’s most competitive weight classes on the way to winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament. He did it the hardest way possible, going on the road in all three of his fights and saving his best for last with a dominant victory over Murat Gassiev.
Alvarez defended the lineal middleweight crown and picked up the biggest win of his career in becoming the first man to defeat Gennady Golovkin after a controversial draw in their first fight. This time around, the outcome didn’t earn the ‘controversy’ label but it’s damn sure still being debated. Debates after Alvarez fights are nothing new. There are still those who thought he was a little lucky against Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara even before the first Golovkin fight.
To his credit, none of those were easy outs and boxing’s biggest active star, like his promoter Oscar De La Hoya before him, is making the fights he should (if sometimes at the moment that is best for him).
So what gets the edge? Decisive form or the larger body of work?
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Last Update: June 3, 2018
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]