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Pound for Pound Rankings – Top 50 boxers

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World Boxing News provides an up-to-date list of the Top 50 Pound for Pound Boxing Rankings from the top stars in the sport.

WBN’s pound-for-pound boxing rankings get based on world title wins, multi-weight titles, opponent caliber, and manner of victories.

Ability, longevity, and activity in a calendar year are also considered, along with reputation.

Fighters earn more ranking points for defeating opponents also rated in the Top 50. Star ratings get based on achievement in the sport. WBN will remove any boxer for lack of activity, retirement, or injury.

Pound for Pound Rankings

Rank Name Name Weight
1 Oleksandr USYK
Heavy
2 CANELO Alvarez
Super Middle
3 Naoya INOUE
Bantam
4 Errol SPENCE JR
Welter
5 Tyson FURY
Heavy
6 Terence CRAWFORD
Welter
7 Dmitry BIVOL
Light Heavy
8 Devin HANEY
Light
9 Jermell CHARLO
Super Welter
10 Roman GONZALEZ SuperFly
11 Gervonta DAVIS Super Light
12 Kazuto IOKA
Superfly
13 Vasiliy LOMACHENKO Light
14 Juan ESTRADA
Superfly
15 Shakur STEVENSON
Super Feather
16 Artur BETERBIEV
Light Heavy
17 Rey VARGAS
Feather
18 Jesse RODRIGUEZ
Superfly
19 Stephen FULTON JR.
Super Bantam
20 Jack CATTERALL Super Light
21 George KAMBOSOS JR. Light
22 Teofimo LOPEZ Super Light
23 Kosei TANAKA Superfly
24 Leo SANTA CRUZ
Feather
25 Emanuel NAVARRETE
Feather
26 Deontay WILDER Heavy
27 Jermall CHARLO
Middle
28 David BENAVIDEZ Super Middle
29 Gennadiy GOLOVKIN
Middle
30 Andy RUIZ JR. Heavy
31 Jose RAMIREZ Super Light
32 Regis PROGRAIS Super Light
33 Demetrius ANDRADE Middle
34 Gilberto RAMIREZ Light Heavy
35 Knockout CP FRESHMART
Minimum
36 Keith Thurman Welter
37 John Riel CASIMERO Super Bantam
38 Murodjon AKHMADALIEV Super Bantam
39 Srisaket Sor RUNGVISAI Superfly
40 Callum SMITH Light Heavy
41 Hiroto KYOGUCHI
Light Fly
42 Josh TAYLOR Super Light
43 Jose ZEPEDA Super Light
44 Jaime MUNGUIA Middle
45 Payna PRADABSRI
Minimum
46 Kenshiro TERAJI
Light Fly
47 Fernando MARTINEZ
SuperFly
48 Jai OPETAIA
Cruiser
49 Hector GARCIA
Super Feather
50 Lawrence OKOLIE
Cruiser

Recent Pound for Pound Rankings History

On September 22, 2017, Andre Ward retired, leaving Gennady Golovkin to take the reigns after an impressive performance against Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas. Golovkin lost out on what should have been a defining win over the Mexican superstar by two judges who carded farcical scores at the T-Mobile Arena.

Five months after the pair announced the highly-anticipated rematch, Canelo shockingly tested positive for a banned substance twice, leaving ‘GGG’ susceptible to being overtaken. A one-sided win over Vanes Martirosyan, a predominant super-welterweight, was never enough to secure Golovkin’s position.

On May 12, 2018, Vasyl Lomachenko took advantage seven days later. Lomachenko defeated Jorge Linares over ten rounds after being dropped earlier in the fight to add the professional number one crown to his legendary amateur status. Following an injury suffered during the fight, ‘Loma’ was out until December 2018, when he returned to unify the division.

Canelo Era

Around the same time, a confident Canelo Alvarez claimed a third-weight world title with an impressive performance at MSG. Months on, and after Lomachenko similarly dealt with mandatory Anthony Crolla, Canelo finally grabbed the top stop by unifying at 160 pounds further.

A polished triumph against Daniel Jacobs was enough to push Canelo over the line in his 55th outing. Lomachenko reclaimed his pound-for-pound number-one position with a dominant win over Luke Campbell in London a few months later.

Adding the WBC lightweight version to his WBO and WBA titles was enough to overhaul his rival and rule once more. It wasn’t long before Canelo clawed back the top spot with a spectacular knockout of Sergey Kovalev. Canelo became a four-weight ruler and cemented his position as an all-time great.

Established

At the beginning of 2020, Canelo had firmly established himself as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. The Mexican superstar strengthened his place by becoming undisputed at super-middleweight in 2021. Landing the WBN Fighter of the Year Award, Canelo went into 2022 as the most famous boxer in the world.

However, taking on Dmitry Bivol at 175 pounds in May, it all crumbled for Canelo and his aura of invincibility. His high ambitions of going through the divisions got halted by a superb performance by a great fighter in Bivol. Size does matter, as Bivol proved.

Oleksandr Usyk Pound for Pound

USYK ERA

Canelo’s demise was for the gain of Oleksandr Usyk, who became the pound-for-pound king. His undisputed and unified achievements at cruiserweight and heavyweight spoke for themselves. Seven world title belts in three years meant few outlets needed little argument about who replaced Canelo.

A second dominant win over Anthony Joshua, one in London and one in Saudi Arabia, only cemented that Usyk is the best boxer in the world.

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