POUND FOR POUND RANKINGS

BoxingScene's writers use their expertise to determine their Pound-for-Pound Top Ten. As always, feel free to agree... and disagree. This list is for entertainment purposes only.


Last Updated Jan 01, 2022

  1. 1

    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez

    57-1-2, 38 KOs
    AGE

    31


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBA Super Middleweight (2020-Present, 3 Defenses); WBC Super Middleweight (2020-Present, 3 Defenses); WBO Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense); IBF Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses) World Middleweight (2015-21, 4 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBC Super Welterweight (2011-13, 6 Defenses); Ring Super Welterweight (2013); WBC Middleweight (2015-17, 2 Defenses; 2018-19, 1 Defense); WBO Super Welterweight (2016-17); IBF middleweight (2019); WBO Light Heavyweight (2019); WBA Middleweight (2018-21, 1 Defense); TBRB/Ring Magazine Middleweight (2015-17, 1 Defense; 2018-21, 1 Defense); Ring Magazine Super Middleweight (2020-Present, 3 Defenses); TBRB Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    17-1-1, 10 KO (18-1-1, 11 KO including WBA secondary title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Caleb Plant TKO11; Billy Joe Saunders RTD8; Avni Yildirim RTD3; Callum Smith UD12; Sergey Kovalev KO11


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    The end of the Golden Boy/DAZN/Alvarez partnership took a twist into Alvarez fighting on DAZN three more times. The Callum Smith win gave Alvarez a cemented claim as a four-division titlist. Alvarez exerted his control of the super middleweight division further with a stoppage of Saunders. There are still those who argue about the outcomes of the two fights with Golovkin but they are getting farther in the rear view with every passing round. Alvarez’s star has never been brighter, drawing 70,000 or so for the Saunders clash. Caleb Plant has the only belt left at super middleweight to win, Golovkin still presumably wants a rubber match, and names like David Benavidez, Jermall Charlo, and Demetrius Andrade are out there as well. Alvarez has options and most are likely to get their turn as long as Alvarez keeps winning.


  2. 2

    Terence Crawford

    38-0, 29 KOs
    AGE

    34


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBO Welterweight (2018-Present, 5 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Lightweight (2014-15); World Jr. Welterweight (2016-17, 3 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBO Lightweight (2014-15, 2 Defenses); TBRB/Ring Lightweight (2014-15); WBO Light Welterweight (2015-17, 6 Defenses); WBC/TBRB/Ring Super Lightweight (2016-17, 3 Defenses); WBA Super Lightweight (2017); IBF Jr. Welterweight (2017)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    16-0, 13 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Shawn Porter TKO10; Kell Brook TKO4; Egidijus Kavaliauskas TKO9; Amir Khan TKO6; Jose Benavidez Jr. TKO12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBD


    THE TAKE

    Crawford had an opponent to get excited about arguably for the first time at welterweight and Crawford did what he’s always done: win. Shawn Porter was stopped for the first time in his career and now it’s wait and see for Crawford’s next move. The best fight in the division on paper hasn’t changed in several years. It’s Crawford facing Spence. There will be still more fights before the sport can get there, if it ever does.


  3. 3

    Naoya Inoue

    22-0, 19 KOs
    AGE

    28


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    IBF Bantamweight (2019-Present, 4 Defenses); WBA “super” Bantamweight (2019-Present, 2 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBC Light Flyweight (2014, 1 Defense); WBO Super Flyweight (2014-18, 7 Defenses); Ring Bantamweight (2019-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    15-0, 13 KO (17-0, 15 KO including WBA secondary title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Aran Dipaen TKO8; Michael Dasmarinas KO3; Jason Moloney KO7; Nonito Donaire UD12; Emanuel Rodriguez KO2


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBD


    THE TAKE

    While his reign at Jr. bantamweight wasn’t all it could have been, Inoue has been making the most of his prime since moving to bantamweight. Five straight legitimate top ten opponents, five straight wins. It’s the longest current streak of top ten wins in the sport. With a little more luck on the count against Donaire, it could have been five straight top ten stoppages. Regardless, Donaire gave him some scary moments and we learned Inoue is more than an offensive dynamo. Foes who know what sort of frightful finishing pop awaits them now have to reckon with the evidence that Inoue can take as good as he gives and come back harder. Losing a unification bout with Johnriel Casimero to COVID was unfortunate but considering the growing war of words (and tweets), there’s no reason Casimero can’t be revisited once Inoue and Casimero have cleared their decks. Inoue has a mandatory on tap and Casimero will have to get by cagey veteran Guillermo Rigondeaux.


  4. 4

    Oleksandr Usyk

    19-0, 13 KOs
    AGE

    34


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World/TBRB/Ring Cruiserweight (2018-19, 1 Defense)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBA Cruiserweight (2018, 1 Defense); WBO Cruiserweight (2016-19, 6 Defenses), WBC Cruiserweight (2018-19, 2 Defenses); IBF Cruiserweight (2018-19, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    8-0, 3 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Anthony Joshua UD12; Dereck Chisora UD12; Chazz Witherspoon RTD7; Tony Bellew TKO8; Murat Gassiev UD12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBD


    THE TAKE

    As expected, the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist at heavyweight from Ukraine reached the final of the excellent World Boxing Super Series at Cruiserweight. He closed it out in style, turning one of the most anticipated fights of 2018 into a showcase and picking up a rare four-belt unification. That it came in one of boxing’s deepest and most competitive divisions was a bonus. A win over Tony Bellew after the tournament, Bellew having never lost the WBC belt at cruiserweight in the ring, providing a resounding clean out of his era. Usyk’s delayed move into the unlimited class was anti-climactic and the follow-up against Chisora leaves questions about his physical limits above 200 lbs. That’s a small sample. Usyk can set sights on Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua to discover if he is the most viable Cruiserweight threat to the whole heavyweight throne since Evander Holyfield.


  5. 5

    Errol Spence

    26-0, 21 KOs
    AGE

    31


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    IBF Welterweight (2017-Present, 4 Defenses); WBC Welterweight (2019-Present, 0 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    6-0, 3 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Danny Garcia (UD12), Shawn Porter (SD12), Mikey Garcia (UD12), Carlos Ocampo (KO1), Lamont Peterson (RTD7)


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TDB


    THE TAKE

    Spence lost a year after an auto accident and now another to an eye injury. The Texan can be commended for taking real opponents off both layoffs. While not officially announced, all signs point to a unification showdown with WBA titlist Yordenis Ugas. A win there will only further amplify calls for a showdown with Terence Crawford that has yet to pass its sell by date.


  6. 6

    Josh Taylor

    18-0, 13 KOs
    AGE

    31


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    IBF Jr. Welterweight (2019-Present, 3 Defenses); WBA Super Lightweight (2019-Present, 2 Defenses); WBC/WBO Jr. Welterweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Jr. Welterweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    Ring Magazine Jr. Welterweight (2019-Present, 0 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    4-0, 1 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Jose Ramirez UD12; Apinun Khongsong KO1; Regis Prograis MD12; Ivan Baranchyk UD12; Ryan Martin TKO7


    NEXT OPPONENT

    February 26, 2022 vs. Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KO)


    THE TAKE

    Taylor cemented his position atop Jr. Welterweight with a commanding two-knockdown performance over Jose Ramirez to unify the class. Taylor will make a homecoming defense against the capable Catterall and then his slate could open up. A move up to challenge Crawford, a rematch challenge from Prograis, or even a rising Gervonta Davis would all be appealing foes. So too could a rehabbed Teofimo Lopez turn heads if the former lightweight champion can right his ship.


  7. 7

    Tyson Fury

    31-0-1, 22 KOs
    AGE

    33


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBC Heavyweight (2020-Present, 1 Defense)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Heavyweight (2015-Present, 7 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    : IBF Heavyweight (2015); WBA/WBO Heavyweight (2015-16); TBRB Heavyweight (2015-16; 20-Present, 1 Defense), Ring (2015-18; 20-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    7-0-1, 4 KO including all lineal title fights; 3-0-1, 2 KO including only sanctioning body title fights


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Deontay Wilder D12, TKO7, KO11; Otto Wallin UD12; Tom Schwarz TKO2; Francesco Pianeta W10; Sefer Seferi RTD4


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Tyson Fury outside the ring, and between fights, may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s hard to criticize once the bell rings. Fury has shown the ability to adapt and fight in multiple styles, displays incredible recuperative abilities, and carries a will to win that marks special talents. The best fight that can happen at heavyweight right now is a showdown with Oleksandr Usyk but the soonest we can likely look for it is in late 2022.


  8. 8

    Vasyl Lomachenko

    16-2, 11 KOs
    AGE

    33


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    13-2, 9 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Richard Commey UD12; Masayoshi Nakatani TKO9; Teofimo Lopez L12; Luke Campbell UD12; Anthony Crolla KO4


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Despite the loss to Lopez, Lomachenko remains highly regarded in part because since moving to lightweight he’s done nothing but fight real contenders and also because his form in two divisions prior was fantastic. One would have to go back to the summer of 2017 to find a Lomachenko opponent who was unrated by TBRB or Ring in any division. All of that is small consolation as Lomachenko seeks to return to the top at lightweight. He’s one of several who would surely love to see lightweight champion George Kambosos next.


  9. 9

    Juan Francisco Estrada

    42-3, 28 KOs
    AGE

    31


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBC “Franchise” Super Flyweight (2019-Present, 3 Defenses); WBA “Super” Super Flyweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World/TBRB/Ring Jr. Bantamweight (2019-Present, 3 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBA/WBO Flyweight (2013-16, 5 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    9-2, 5 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Roman Gonzalez (SD12), Carlos Cuadras (TKO11), Dewayne Beamon (TKO9), Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (UD12, L12), Victor Mendez (RTD7)


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Arguments about who really won their second fight continue and will carry into an expected third fight this spring with Roman Gonzalez. Their first two are among the best fights of this era, highly skilled classics at the heart of a golden era near their weights. Estrada can now say he holds a win over every man he’s ever faced. After a rubber match with Gonzalez, another rubber could be looming with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Both series are tied at 1-1.


  10. 10

    Gervonta Davis

    26-0, 24 KOs
    AGE

    27


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    None (Holds secondary WBA belts at lightweight and Jr. welterweight)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World/Ring Jr. Middleweight (2020-Present, 0 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    6-0, 6 KO (9-0, 8 KO including WBA sub-title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Isaac Cruz UD12; Mario Barrios TKO11; Leo Santa Cruz KO6; Yuriorkis Gamboa TKO12; Ricardo Nunez TKO2


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Davis has beaten tough outs in three different weight classes over his last three fights while emerging as one of the top ticket draws in the sport. The only thing missing for Davis is a win that makes him the very top dog in any of the weight classes he’s competed in. A win over George Kambosos would do it at lightweight. A win over Josh Taylor would do it one class higher.


Extras

FIVE MORE WHO COULD EASILY BE HERE

Artur Beterbiev, Jermell Charlo, Stephen Fulton, Gennady Golovkin, Kazuto Ioka


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 roldboxing@hotmail.com