Pound for pound boxing rankings

World Boxing News provides a list of the current top 50 pound-for-pound boxing rankings of the sport’s top stars.

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

Capacity, longevity and activity over a calendar year are also taken into account, as well as reputation.

Fighters earn more ranking points by defeating opponents who are also ranked in the Top 50. The star ranking is based on achievements in the sport.

WBN will withdraw any boxer for lack of activity, retirement or injury.

WBN BOXING RANKINGS POUND FOR POUND

1 OLEKSANDR USYK

2 NAOYA INOUE

3 CANEL ALVAREZ

4 ERROL SPENCE

5 TYSON FURY

6 TERENCE CRAWFORD

7 DMITRY BIVOL

8 DEVIN HANEY

9 JERMELL CHARLO

10 ROMAN GONZALEZ

11 GERVONTA DAVIS

12 VASYL LOMASHENKO

13 JUAN ESTRADA

14 SHAKUR STEVENSON

15 GENNADIY GOLOVKIN

Boxers 16 TO 50

16 ARTUR BETERBIEV

17 KAZUTO IOKA

18 REY VARGAS

19 JACK CATTERALL

20 STEPHEN FULTON JR

21 GEORGE KAMBOSOS JR

22 TEOFIMO LOPEZ

23 KOSEI TANAKA

24 LEON SANTA CRUZ

25 SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI

26 ANTONY JOSHUA

27 WILDEST DEONTAY

28 JERMALL CHARLO

29 JOSE RAMIREZ

30 EMANUEL NAVARRETE

31 JOSH TAYLOR

32 DAVID BENAVIDEZ

33 REGIS PROGRAM

34 NONITO DONAIRE

35 DEMETRIUS ANDRADES

36 ANDY RUIZ JR.

37 KEITH THURMAN

38 JOHN RIEL CASIMERO

39 GILBERTO RAMIREZ

40 MAIRIS BRIEDIS

41 MURODJON AKHMADALIEV

42 JERWIN ANCAJAS

43 JESSE RODRIGUEZ

44 WANHENG MENAYOTHIN

45 HIROTO KYOGUCHI

46 CALLUM SMITH

47 JOSE ZEPEDA

48 JAIME MUNGUIA

49 PANYA PRADABSRI

50 KENSHIRO TERAJI

Pound-for-pound recent history

On September 22, 2017, Ward decided to retire, leaving Gennady Golovkin to take the reins after an impressive performance against Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas. Golovkin lost what should have been a game-defining victory over the Mexican superstar by two judges who recorded wacky scores at T-Mobile Arena.

Five months after the pair announced the highly anticipated rematch, Canelo has shockingly tested positive for a banned substance twice, leaving ‘GGG’ likely to be overwhelmed.

A one-sided victory over Vanes Martirosyan, a predominant super-welterweight, was never enough to secure Golovkin’s position. On May 12, 2018, Vasyl Lomachenko enjoyed seven days later.

Lomachenko beat Jorge Linares in ten rounds after being dropped earlier in the fight to add the number one pro crown to his legendary amateur status.

Following an injury sustained during the fight, ‘Loma’ was out until December 2018 when he returned to unify the division.

CANELO PERIOD

Around the same time, a confident Canelo Alvarez won a third-weight world title with an impressive performance at MSG.

Months later, and after Lomachenko treated the obligatory Anthony Crolla the same way, Canelo finally grabbed the top stop by unifying 160 pounds further back.

A polite triumph over 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 dominating victory over Luke Campbell in London a few months later.

Adding the WBC lightweight version to his WBO and WBA titles was enough to reshuffle his rival and reign supreme once again.

It wasn’t long before Canelo reclaimed 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.

By the start of 2020, Canelo had firmly established himself as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. The Mexican superstar cemented his place by going undisputed at super middleweight in 2021.

Picking up the WBN Fighter of the Year award, Canelo entered 2022 as the most famous boxer in the world. Going up against Dmitry Bivol at 175 pounds in May, it all came crashing down for Canelo.

His lofty ambitions to cross the divisions were halted by a superb performance from a great fighter in Bivol. Size matters, as Bivol has proven.

USYK ERA

Canelo’s disappearance was for the gain of Oleksandr Usyk, who became the pound-for-pound king. His undisputed and unified heavyweight and heavyweight accomplishments spoke for themselves.

Seven world title belts in three years meant few outlets needed little argument over who replaced Canelo.

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