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Superstar Canelo Alvarez hits top spot as boxing’s Pound for Pound king

World Boxing News 05/05/2019
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📸 Ed Mulholland

Canelo Alvarez finally became what promoter Oscar De La Hoya has labelled him for some time on Saturday night as the Mexican superstar claimed the pound for pound top spot in the World Boxing News rankings.

Overtaking Vasyl Lomachenko, Canelo made it to the summit of the WBN P4P Top 50 for the first time in his career.

It’s been some ride for the 28 year-old, who scored victory number 52 of a remarkable career against Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas.

Canelo picked up a sixth world title belt in the process, having unified a trio of straps in one weight class, adding to his current status a three-division champion.

The Golden Boy and DAZN star undeniably deserves the opportunity to lead the way, having proven his credentials time and again following a solitary loss to Floyd Mayweather.

Learning from the reverse, Canelo has come on leaps and bounds since 2013. During the Jacobs triumph, Canelo displayed unprecedented defensive skills unseen over 147 pounds at the top level since the ‘Money’ man retired.

Jacobs remains in the Top 25 after yet another good showing on the grandest stage.

Here’s the current WBN Pound for Pound Top 10:

1 Canelo Alvarez
MIDDLEWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 2 
RECORD IN 2019: 1-0

2 Vasyl Lomachenko
LIGHTWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 1 
RECORD IN 2019: 1-0, 1 KO

3 Terence Crawford
WELTERWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 5 
RECORD IN 2019: 1-0, 1 KO

4 Oleksandr Usyk
HEAVYWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 3 
RECORD IN 2019:

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5 Manny Pacquiao
WELTERWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 11 
RECORD IN 2019: 1-0

6 Gennady Golovkin
MIDDLEWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 6 
RECORD IN 2019:

7 Naoya Inoue
BANTAMWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 7 
RECORD IN 2019:

8 Errol Spence
WELTERWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 18 
RECORD IN 2019: 1-0

9 Mikey Garcia
WELTERWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 4 
RECORD IN 2019: 0-1

10 Juan Estrada
SUPER-FLYWEIGHT
RANKING IN JANUARY: 17 
RECORD IN 2019: 1-0


WBN’s pound for pound rankings are based on –  World title wins, multi-weight titles, caliber of opponents and manner of victories. Longevity and activity in a calendar year are also taken into consideration.

Fighters earn more ranking points for defeating opponents also rated in the Top 50. Star ratings are based on achievement in the sport.

*Fighters who fail to arrange an upcoming fight for twelve months will therefore forfeit their ranking (barring injury).

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RATINGS: The IBO Top 100 Computerized Boxing Rankings. Click HERE to view the world’s most unbiased, objective rankings of boxers brought to you only by the International Boxing Organization.

View the full history of Pound for Pound from 1970 – 2019 here

READ: A History of the Lineal Heavyweight Championship (1885 – 2019)

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