First Pound for Pound fighters of 2017 in action this weekend

Esther Lin

Erislandy Lara, James DeGale and Badou Jack kick-off a new year of big fights as the trio aim to build on their respective places in the WBN P4P Top 50.

Lara, currently at 26 in the ratings, defends his super-welterweight belts against former world champion Yuri Foreman on Friday, whilst DeGale (30th) and Jack (38th) unify the super-middleweight crown on Saturday night in New York.

All three solidified their positions in the P4P Top 50 in 2016 as Lara moved up from 29th, DeGale from 37th and Jack ten places from 48th in the system.

WBN’s pound for pound rankings are based on world title wins, multi-weight titles, calibre of opponents, manner of victories, longevity and activity in a calendar year.

Star ratings are based on achievement in the sport, whilst fighters who fail to arrange an upcoming fight for twelve months will forfeit their ranking.

For the full P4P list click here

This weekend’s Fight Schedule:


Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Florida, USA

12 – WBA/IBO Super Welterweight titles
Erislandy Lara 23-2-2 [26] v
Yuri Foreman 34-2

10 – Super Middleweight
Anthony Dirrell 29-1-1 v
Norbert Nemesapati 24-4

8 – Welterweight
Miguel Cruz 13-0 v
Alex Martin 13-0

8 – Bantamweight
Juan Carlos Payano 17-1 v
Isao Carranza 15-7-1


Barclays Center, New York, USA

12 – WBC/IBF Super Middleweight titles
James DeGale 23-1 [30] v
Badou Jack 20-1-2 [38]

12 – IBF Super Featherweight title
Jose Pedraza 22-0 v
Gervonta Davis 16-0

10 – Middleweight
Ievgen Khytrov 14-0 v
Immanuwel Aleem 16-0-1

10×2 – Women’s WBO Super Bantamweight title
Amanda Serrano 30-1-1 v
Yazmin Rivas 35-9-1

8 – Heavyweight
Adam Kownacki 14-0 v
Joshua Tufte 19-1

8 – Welterweight
Thomas Dulorme 23-2 v
Brian Jones 13-6

6 – Welterweight
Julian Sosa 6-0-1 v
Gabriel Solario 2-2-1

6 – Welterweight
Noel Murphy 7-0 v
Maxito Sainvil 4-0-1

4 – Welterweight
Kenny Robles 0-0 v

Teatro della Luna, Milano, Italy

8 – Cruiserweight
Giacobbe Fragomeni 33-5-2 v