TBEN’s pound-for-pound boxing rankings

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The boxing landscape is arguably as intriguing as it has ever been.

Recent years have seen heavyweight epics between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder for centuries, they’ve seen Saul “Canelo” Alvarez establish himself as the face of the sport in the eyes of many fans, and they’ve regularly seen technical brilliance from champions in lighter weight classes.

There have been upheavals, title unifications and there has been no shortage of drama – the defeats of Anthony Joshua by Andy Ruiz Jr and Oleksandr Usyk stand out as prime examples.

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All of these fights and results have factored into: TBEN‘s own top 10 pound-for-pound men’s boxing rankings, which are updated monthly.

While there is no exact science to compile these types of lists, a number of factors have been taken into account when creating the rankings, including each fighter’s overall record, recent record, activity level, and opposition caliber.

TBEN’s pound-for-pound rankings

10. Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 knockouts)

Dmitry Bivol defeated Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for a stunning win

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Coming on our list from May 2022, after his stunning win over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The Russian went undefeated and retained the WBA light-heavyweight title with that result, which he achieved by fighting on the front foot, choosing his shots wisely and nearly doubling his opponent’s output. Bivol, 31, won by two points on all three judges’ scorecards, although the margins should have been much wider. A clinical display that greatly elevates the Russian’s profile and likely triggers a rematch with Canelo.

9. Shakur Stevenson (18-0.9 KOs)

Shakur Stevenson (right) dismantled Oscar Valdez last time

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The undefeated American will be added to our list after his clinic against Oscar Valdez at the end of April. Stevenson won by unanimous decision against the Mexican, retaining the WBC and WBO super featherweight titles. At only 25 years old, the best Stevenson is still ahead, who will surely only climb our rankings.

8. Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs)

Vasiliy Lomachenko defeated Richard Commey in his last fight

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Was defeated somewhat surprisingly by our former No. 10, Teofimo Lopez, but the 34-year-old has come back with two straight wins – most recently against Richard Commey – to maintain his status as one of the best boxers in the world. The Ukrainian southpaw (one of two on this list…) defeated Jorge Linares in 2018 to become WBA lightweight champion and a three-weight title holder, before adding more titles with notable wins against the likes of Luke Campbell and Jose Pedroza.

7. Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs)

Juan Francisco Estrada celebrates a 2017 win against Carlos Cuadras

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The little Mexican is a two-weight world champion, taking the WBA super flyweight title with his split-decision win over Roman Gonzalez in March 2021. That win saw Estrada, 32, avenge a 2012 defeat to “Chocolatito,” but its limited nature meant the old rivals would match again in March, until Estrada had to withdraw due to Covid symptoms. In any case, Estrada’s creative use of angles is one of its standout features, making it a fun watch every time.

6. Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs)

Tyson Fury after quitting Deontay Wilder in a 2021 heavyweight epic again

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Did Anthony Joshua eclipse as the well-known name in British boxing. Fury, 33, returned to the sport in 2018 after a three-year hiatus due to a long battle with his mental health. He has since established himself as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, dethroning Deontay Wilder to become WBC champion in the pair’s 2020 rematch after controversially drawing the American in their first showdown, in 2018.

In October, Fury Wilder retired for the second fight in a row to retain the title, which he did again in April by knocking out Dillian Whyte with ease after knocking out his compatriot for the best part of six rounds. A creative fighter who has shown remarkable resilience and heart in the ring, Fury previously held the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles and seems destined to win them back and reign as undisputed champion in the future – as long as he does not commit himself to retriement .

5. Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs)

Errol Spence Jr Leaves AT&T Stadium With Another Welterweight Belt

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The American has not been the most active fighter in recent years, but he is slowly building a nice resume. Spence Jr has racked up impressive wins against the likes of Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia and Carlos Ocampo. The southpaw held back the latter, notably finishing Kell Brook on the Brit’s home turf earlier in his career, and a canceled clash with Manny Pacquiao would certainly have built Spence even further had it come to fruition.

Last time he was out, 32-year-old Yordenis defeated Ugas by brutalizing the eye of the Cuban, collecting a new welterweight belt and soaring our rankings. If he can increase his activity, Spence will probably only continue to climb here, especially if a much-anticipated meeting with Terence Crawford takes place and Spence can win…

4. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs)

Saul Alvarez after his win over Caleb Plant in November

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In the nine years since the loss of Floyd Mayweather, the Mexican has established himself as the face of boxing, with victories against Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Gennadiy Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders and many more. The effectiveness of the 32-year-old’s counterpunch, the smooth movements of his head, and the beauty of his bodywork make him a joy to watch.

Opponents will point to Alvarez’s 2018 clenbuterol controversy and the fact that a few of his wins have come via controversial scorecards. Supporters will place more faith in Canelo’s admirable level of activity and the sheer number of formidable enemies he has fought and defeated. His three wins in 2021 – all interruptions – led him to eventually become boxing’s first undisputed super-middleweight champion. The Mexican, a four-weight title holder, failed to add a second light-heavyweight title to his collection when he was defeated by undefeated Russian Bivol in May 2022.

That result, which surprised some fans, marked only the second defeat in Canelo’s professional career. Don’t be surprised if the ambitious Mexican goes for the rematch in the future.

3. Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs)

Oleksandr Usyk (left) comfortably defeated Anthony Joshua in September

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Became the only undisputed cruiserweight champion of the era with four belts before moving to heavyweight where he has since become WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion. The Ukrainian, 35, is undefeated and most recently defeated Anthony Joshua with ease in London to take those heavyweight titles. The southpaw, an Olympic gold medalist, is as technical as they come in the heavier weight divisions, making a potential matchup with Fury an intriguing prospect – as long as Usyk wins his rematch with Joshua and Fury chooses not to retire .

2. Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs)

Terence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in his most recent fight

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The WBO welterweight champion has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport and it just keeps getting better. Four of the American’s last seven opponents were undefeated before facing him, and all seven were stopped by Crawford – who has a massive number of knockout and TKO wins to his name. Wins against great boxers Kell Brook and Shawn Porter in Crawford’s last two outings have further elevated the 34-year-old’s profile, especially his last-minute win. After Canelo’s loss to Bivol, Crawford moved up in our rankings to become our new No. 1 although he has since been replaced by the man below…

1. Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs)

Naoya Inoue (left) stopped Nonito Donaire in the pair’s rematch in June

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One of the lesser known names on this list for the more casual fan, the Japanese doesn’t lack in prowess what he might lack in profile.

Inoue has the best dropout rate of all the fighters on this list, which is what makes him such an exciting fighter to watch – along with his effortless dodging, brutal body attacks and terrifying output. Most recently, “Monster” lived up to his moniker by knocking Nonito Donaire out of his body in a rematch in June after narrowly beating the Filipino in their first fight. With that second win over Donaire, Inoue added the WBC belt to his collection of bantamweight titles, and he also rose to the top of this list from number 5.

At 29, the WBA, WBC and IBF title holder – who has also won gold in two other weight classes – still has a lot ahead of him.

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