Former world champion turned Sky Sports pundit Carl Froch has revealed an eye-opening pound for pound top ten this week with Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev sitting on top of the pile.
Froch, a three-time ruler at super-middleweight, placed ex-opponent Andre Ward at number three and WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez at number two.
Surprisingly, 160-pound king Gennady Golovkin could only make it to number eight on Froch’s list as ‘The Cobra’ says: ‘For all the talk of fighting from 154-168lbs, Triple G just hasn’t fought anyone to justify his lofty place for me,” in his Sky Sports feature.
That’s a bold statement considering Froch as placed Tyson Fury at number four as the heavyweight ruler really only has Wladimir Klitschko as a top name on his C.V.
Fury only makes it to 16 on the WBN list due to inactivity, down from 15 last year when he broke through with that Klitschko upset, but its hard to fathom how ‘GGG’ is so low.
On the Kazakh puncher, Froch added: I’ve literally never heard of some of his recent victims – it’s a shame there isn’t a prime Kelly Pavlik or Jermaine Taylor at 160lbs nowadays. Even the early 160lb Arthur Abraham or the pre-Pavlik Edison Miranda would have took it to him and then we could gauge him.
“He’s looked great in all his outings, but it’s opponents we need to see and not just hear gym stories. I don’t think he’ll run through Kell Brook like many others are saying at all. I also think Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr would give him a fight.”
The Briton’s P4P list reads as follows:
1 – Sergey Kovalev
2 – Roman Gonzalez
3 – Andre Ward
4 – Tyson Fury
5 – Guillermo Rigondeaux
6 – Terence Crawford
7 – Saul Alvarez
8 – Gennady Golovkin
9 – Carl Frampton
10 – Kell Brook
Compared to the WBN Top 10:
1 – Floyd Mayweather (loses place on September 11)
2 – Roman Gonzalez
3 – Gennady Golovkin
4 – Terence Crawford
5 – Sergey Kovalev
6 – Manny Pacquiao
7 – Andre Ward
8 – Guillermo Rigondeaux
9 – Canelo Alvarez
10 – Vasyl Lomachenko
11 Carl Frampton (ranked 10 from September 11)