Big changes are afoot for the World Boxing News Pound for Pound list as the sport prepares for the full coronation of a new king next week.
On Sunday, September 11 either dogged Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez or big-punching Kazakh Gennady Golovkin will take over from Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the recognised number one fighter on the planet with WBN.
Mayweather has been granted a twelve-month reprieve despite retirement, firstly due to his ring achievements – but secondly due to the fact that the American seemed likely to return for a 50th fight.
As it turns out, there couldn’t have been a better time to make the change as Gonzalez, currently recognised by most as Mayweather’s successor, and Golovkin fight on the same night (September 10) either side of the Atlantic.
Gonzalez bids for a fourth-weight world championship against Carlos Cuadras, and victory in any sort of dominant fashion should assure ‘Chocolatito’ of the top spot as a new era begins. For Golovkin, a win over Kell Brook in London may not be enough as the Yorkshireman is predominantly a welterweight and holds no extra kudos for the 34 year-old to gain.
A first round knockout in sensation style could elevate Golovkin above his HBO partner, although it may take Gonzalez being dropped or being run close for the WBC flyweight title holder to be pipped at the post.
A shock win for Brook may not be enough to see him overhaul Gonzalez, whilst Cuadras would gain a top ten place if he retains his super-flyweight strap.
The Official WBN P4P Top 50 will be released Sunday afternoon in what will be the biggest shake-up since Mayweather announced his return and subsequent Showtime time deal in 2013, with Gonzalez or Golovkin in place to be the new face of the sport.