The competition for the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world has taken an interesting turn in recent months.
Not only are there many names in the conversation for the top overall position, there is a group of talented fighters – including Stephen Fulton Jr., Jermell Charlo and Gervonta Davis – out there looking for someone who can easily be included in the roster. everyone’s seniors. 10.
The former king of P4P, Vasily Lomachenko, who has been on this list for a long time, returned last week after spending almost a year in the service of his country Ukraine in the conflict with Russia. Although Lomachenko was able to knock out undefeated Jamaine Ortiz, his former partner, he was forced to work harder than usual to do so, which raises questions about whether it’s time for the youngster to fill in. serving in the heavyweight division.
Undisputed 135-pound king Devin Haney makes his debut in this series after some convincing wins over former champion George Kambosos Jr. in Australia. That, combined with Lomachenko’s recent victory, could set up a four-fight ban between the two in 2023, although another name on that list – former two-division champion Shakur Stevenson – could be in the running for forward after recently rising. in weight.
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The distribution that can use the purity of P4P is a heavy burden, which continues the work of revitalizing it in recent years. The dream of an undisputed boxing champion in real boxing could become a reality next year if Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury agree to fight. Usyk’s recent injuries, combined with Fury’s bad habit of juggling retirement teases while calling out a new fighter every week, didn’t help.
Using a scale that takes into account everything from achievements to current form, let’s take a look at the greatest fighters in the ring. Below is the updated Pound for Pound rankings after Lomachenko’s win in October.
1. Naoya Inoue
Unified bantamweight champion (20-0, 18 KOs) | Previous position: No. 1
The Japanese “Monster” needed just two rounds to finish off 39-year-old Nonito Donaire in their June bout to unify the three-out-of-four titles at 118 pounds. Inoue’s power is intimidating, but his skill and IQ are often overlooked. Next up is a December 13 bantamweight title fight with Paul Butler.
2. Spence Jr.’s mistake.
Unified Welterweight Champion (28-0, 22 KOs) | Previous position: No. 2
Despite a 17-month layoff and surgery to repair an eye strain, Spence came back better than ever to demolish Yordenis Ugas to collect three of the four world titles. The only fight that makes sense in the future is the uncertain WBO champion Terence Crawford, who falls in 2022 in a decision.
3. Terence Crawford
WBO Welterweight Champion (37-0, 27 KOs) | Previous position: No. 3
No one ever questioned Crawford’s talent. But the 35-year-old boxer pulled out of talks to fight Errol Spence Jr. in November for the lightweight championship. Ending a one-year layoff, Crawford will instead defend his title against David Avanesyan on December 10.
4. Canelo Alvarez
Undisputed super middleweight champion (58-2-2, 38 KOs) | Previous position: No. 4
A combination of a light heavyweight title loss to Dmitry Bivol and a lopsided decision against 40-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin in their trilogy has Alvarez slipping at the age of 32. Left wrist surgery is expected to keep him out. at least May. 2023, if not September.
5. Oleksandr Usyk
Unification Heavyweight Champion (19-0, 13 KOs | Previous Rank: 5
Usyk’s professional run is as embellished as it is perfect. The undisputed former cruiserweight champion even has a strong case for the world champion after defeating Anthony Joshua in their fight in August. A title fight with Tyson Fury can’t be saved until 2023 as Usyk recovers from his injury.
6. Tyson Fury
WBC Heavyweight Champion (32-0-1, 24 KOs) | Previous position: 6th
With joint champion Oleksandr Usyk nursing a number of injuries, the 34-year-old “Gypsy King” chose to stay busy in his December 3 fight against Dereck Chisora. With the constant threat of retirement to gauge Fury’s true intent from the off.
7. Shakur Stevenson
WBO junior heavyweight champion (19-0, 9 KOs) | Previous position: No. 8
Although he was removed from two titles of 130 on the scale, Stevenson still participatedformer Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao in September. The move to heavyweight is ahead and the 25-year-old has already called out boxing champion Devin Haney.
8. Devin Haney
Bantamweight Champion (29-0, 15 KOs) | Previous position: No. NR
It’s time for “The Dream” to take his prime as one of the best boxers in the game. The 23-year-old player strongly criticized the selection of the player of the year with a second consecutive victory over former champion George Kambosos Jr. in Australia. Haney can do just about anything.
9. Vasily Lomachenko
Light Heavyweight (16-2, 11 KOs) | Previous position: No. 7
After spending almost a year working in the conflict field in his country Ukraine, the former king of P4P is almostand ex-partner Jamaine Ortiz in October. Lomachenko made the necessary adjustments to secure the victory and keep his hopes alive for a fight with Devin Haney.
10. Dmitry Bivol
WBA Heavyweight Champion (20-0, 11 KOs) | Previous position: 9
Criticized at times for playing it safe in the past, Bivol was anything but in his victory over pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. Bivol played the part of the big man and failed to show Alvarez any respect in the way he fought him. Back on November 5th with the next mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez.
Released: Stephen Fulton Jr.
Great quote: Fulton, Jermell Charlo, Gervonta Davis, Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev