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Sep
2018

Comparing the World Pound for Pound Top 10 lists

WBN P4P 16/05/2018

World Boxing News has long been a champion of a good pound for pound list as with the decision to update the only Pound for Pound Top 50 rating system when the site first launched in 2010.

Many go through a Top 10, some even have a Top 15 or 20, but WBN welcomed the challenge of ranking the 50 best fighters on their career achievement, activity, caliber of opponents and manner of victory.

As nobody would ever agree with every position, the WBN P4P Top 50 is now simply a way of recognizing those boxers who have made a big breakthrough, whilst giving the very best their place in the top ten.

Inspired by Vasiliy Lomachenko‘s recent move to the summit following a superb win over Jorge Linares, WBN now looks at some of the other major lists compared to the current ten best of the World Boxing News list.

Here’s how the WBN Top 10 shapes up:

1 Vasiliy Lomachenko 
2 Gennady Golovkin
3 Terence Crawford 
4 Mikey Garcia
5 Anthony Joshua
6 Canelo Alvarez
7 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
8 Naoya Inoue 
9 Wanheng Menayothin 
10 Alexandr Usyk

View the full WBN Top 50 here

Compared to those of ESPN, The Ring and CBS Sports.

ESPN (Last updated March 2018)

1 Vasyl Lomachenko 
2 Gennady Golovkin 
3 Terence Crawford 
4 Canelo Alvarez 
5 Errol Spence 
6 Keith Thurman 
7 Mikey Garcia 
8 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 
9 Sergey Kovalev 
10 Deontay Wilder

The Ring (May 13, 2018)

1. Gennady Golovkin
2 Vasyl Lomachenko
3 Terence Crawford
4 Canelo Alvarez
5 Mikey Garcia
6 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
7 Naoya Inoue
8 Errol Spence Jr.
9 Sergey Kovalev
10 Guillermo Rigondeaux

CBS Sports (May 14, 2018)

1. Vasiliy Lomachenko
2. Terence Crawford
3. Gennady Golovkin
4. Errol Spence Jr.
5. Mikey Garcia
6. Canelo Alvarez
7. Keith Thurman
8. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
9. Naoya Inoue
10. Oleksandr Usyk

The closest to the WBN list comes from CBS Sports, although all three of the other outlets fail to recognize current four-belt heavyweight king Anthony Joshua, possibly due to his lack of real big names of his record.

At the end of the day, Joshua can only fight what’s in front of him, which the same could be said about Wladimir Klitschko, who featured in many a pound for pound list for years when in possession of the same titles and suffering the same fate.

Wanheng Menayothin, the current minimumweight ruler, has only been a world champion since 2014, so it’s understandable he’s expected to achieve more beforehand.

But the fact that the Thai fighter has made eight defenses and fought every stipulated mandatory challenger means he gets the nod for WBN – without even mentioning the fact that Menayothin recently reached a milestone of 50-0 to equal Floyd Mayweather – albeit against contrasting opposition.

Menayothin may have to move up a few weight classes and win several more titles before he gets full recognition for his achievements.

WBN dropped Keith Thurman due to inactivity (more than a year), whilst it can be argued Errol Spence is at least a victory away (versus Thurman or Garcia v Porter winner) from making that inevitable impact.

View the full history of Pound for Pound from 1970 – 2018 here