POUND FOR POUND RANKINGS

BoxingScene's writers use their expertise to determine their Pound-for-Pound Top Ten. As always, feel free to agree... and disagree. This list is for entertainment purposes only.


Last Updated Jun 15, 2022

  1. 1

    Naoya Inoue

    23-0, 20 KOs
    AGE

    29


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    IBF Bantamweight (2019-Present, 5 Defenses); WBA “super” Bantamweight (2019-Present, 3 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Bantamweight (2022-Present, 0 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBC Light Flyweight (2014, 1 Defense); WBO Super Flyweight (2014-18, 7 Defenses); Ring Bantamweight (2019-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    16-0, 14 KO (18-0, 16 KO including WBA secondary title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Nonito Donaire TKO2, UD12; Aran Dipaen TKO8; Michael Dasmarinas KO3; Jason Moloney KO7; Emanuel Rodriguez KO2


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBD


    THE TAKE

    After a string of five straight wins over consensus top ten bantamweights, the effect of the pandemic on Inoue’s career became clear with a disappointing 2021 that saw Inoue all but lose a year of his prime in inconsequential affairs. 2022 is off to a different start. Inoue was breathtaking against Nonito Donaire in their rematch. It was only the second stoppage loss of Donaire’s career and no one had ever gone through him like that. Inoue might be boxing’s best combination of speed, skill, and power and may next test those attributes in his fourth weight class, the red hot Jr. featherweight.


  2. 2

    Oleksandr Usyk

    19-0, 13 KOs
    AGE

    35


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World/TBRB/Ring Cruiserweight (2018-19, 1 Defense)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBA Cruiserweight (2018, 1 Defense); WBO Cruiserweight (2016-19, 6 Defenses), WBC Cruiserweight (2018-19, 2 Defenses); IBF Cruiserweight (2018-19, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    8-0, 3 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Anthony Joshua UD12; Dereck Chisora UD12; Chazz Witherspoon RTD7; Tony Bellew TKO8; Murat Gassiev UD12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KO)


    THE TAKE

    Questions about Usyk’s viability at heavyweight were answered emphatically against Anthony Joshua. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion is now one win away from accomplishing the same feat in boxing’s flagship class. Usyk will have to repeat his victory over Joshua again before he can try. Bonus points go to Ukraine’s Usyk for winning ten in a row on the road, including all eight of his title fights.


  3. 3

    Errol Spence

    28-0, 22 KOs
    AGE

    33


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    IBF Welterweight (2017-Present, 6 Defenses); WBC Welterweight (2019-Present, 2 Defenses); WBA Welterweight (2022-Present, 0 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    7-0, 4 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Yordenis Ugas TKO10; Danny Garcia UD12; Shawn Porter SD12; Mikey Garcia UD12; Carlos Ocampo KO1


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TDB


    THE TAKE

    Spence lost a year after an auto accident and then another to an eye injury. He also lost a chance to end the career of Manny Pacquiao. Spence settled for defeating the man who got that assignment when Spence was injured, battering and stopping Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas. There is only one belt at welterweight Spence doesn’t have. Are we finally ready for Spence versus Terence Crawford?


  4. 4

    Terence Crawford

    38-0, 29 KOs
    AGE

    34


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBO Welterweight (2018-Present, 5 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Lightweight (2014-15); World Jr. Welterweight (2016-17, 3 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBO Lightweight (2014-15, 2 Defenses); TBRB/Ring Lightweight (2014-15); WBO Light Welterweight (2015-17, 6 Defenses); WBC/TBRB/Ring Super Lightweight (2016-17, 3 Defenses); WBA Super Lightweight (2017); IBF Jr. Welterweight (2017)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    16-0, 13 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Shawn Porter TKO10; Kell Brook TKO4; Egidijus Kavaliauskas TKO9; Amir Khan TKO6; Jose Benavidez Jr. TKO12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBD


    THE TAKE

    Crawford had an opponent to get excited about arguably for the first time at welterweight and Crawford did what he’s always done: win. Shawn Porter was stopped for the first time in his career and now it’s wait and see for Crawford’s next move. The best fight in the division on paper hasn’t changed in several years. It’s Crawford facing Spence. Neither man has anything scheduled. Boxing can’t ask for more.


  5. 5

    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez

    57-2-2, 38 KOs
    AGE

    31


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBA Super Middleweight (2020-Present, 3 Defenses); WBC Super Middleweight (2020-Present, 3 Defenses); WBO Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense); IBF Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 0 Defenses) World Middleweight (2015-21, 4 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBC Super Welterweight (2011-13, 6 Defenses); Ring Super Welterweight (2013); WBC Middleweight (2015-17, 2 Defenses; 2018-19, 1 Defense); WBO Super Welterweight (2016-17); IBF middleweight (2019); WBO Light Heavyweight (2019); WBA Middleweight (2018-21, 1 Defense); TBRB/Ring Magazine Middleweight (2015-17, 1 Defense; 2018-21, 1 Defense); Ring Magazine Super Middleweight (2020-Present, 3 Defenses); TBRB Super Middleweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    17-2-1, 10 KO (18-2-1, 11 KO including WBA secondary title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Dmitry Bivol L12; Caleb Plant TKO11; Billy Joe Saunders RTD8; Avni Yildirim RTD3; Callum Smith UD12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    September 17, 2022 vs. Gennadiy Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KO)


    THE TAKE

    Alvarez slipped from his perch atop the rankings but voters disagreed about how far he should fall. In much the same way college football powerhouses can lose and stay ahead of the foe who bested them, Alvarez stays slightly ahead of Bivol. Alvarez was riding a lengthy unbeaten streak that included unifying the super middleweight class and moves on to a third fight with middleweight rival Gennadiy Golovkin in the fall.


  6. 6

    Dmitry Bivol

    20-0, 11 KOs
    AGE

    31


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBA Light Heavyweight (2017-Present, 9 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    9-0, 2 KO (12-0, 4 KO including interim title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Saul Alvarez UD12; Umar Salamov UD12; Craig Richards UD12; Lenin Castillo UD12; Joe Smith Jr. UD12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Bivol was building an impressive resume but his career quieted after a lopsided win over future titlist Joe Smith Jr. It’s roaring now. Bivol was masterful in outboxing super middleweight king Saul Alvarez. The division has serious challengers like Gilberto Ramirez and a three-belted champion coming in the winner of Smith-Beterbiev. Can Bivol move from Alvarez to a chance at undisputed?


  7. 7

    Jermell Charlo

    35-1-1, 19 KO
    AGE

    32


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBC Super Welterweight (2019-Present, 1 Defense); Ring/WBA/IBF Jr. middleweight (2020-Present, 1st Attempted Defense)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Jr. Middleweight (2020-Present, 2 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    WBC Super Welterweight (2016-18, 3 Defenses); Ring Jr. Middleweight (2020-Present, 2 Defenses); TBRB Jr. Middleweight (2022-Present, 0 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    7-1-1, 6 KO


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Brian Castano KO10, D12; Jeison Rosario KO8; Tony Harrison KO11, L12; Jorge Cota KO3; Austin Trout MD12


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    There were doubts about who deserved the decision the first time Charlo faced Brian Castano. There were none after the rematch. Charlo once again showed he’s one of those fighters who get better when they see an opponent a second time. Charlo has now been a centerpiece of the Jr. middleweight division title picture for six years, crowing his time there with an undisputed title. We can begin to ask where Charlo ranks with the greats of his weight of his division.


  8. 8

    Tyson Fury

    32-0-1, 23 KOs
    AGE

    33


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBC Heavyweight (2020-Present, 2 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Heavyweight (2015-Present, 8 Defenses)


    ADDITIONAL TITLES

    : IBF Heavyweight (2015); WBA/WBO Heavyweight (2015-16); TBRB Heavyweight (2015-16; 20-Present, 1 Defense), Ring (2015-18; 20-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    8-0-1, 5 KO including all lineal title fights; 4-0-1, 3 KO including only sanctioning body title fights


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Dillian Whyte TKO6; Deontay Wilder D12, TKO7, KO11; Otto Wallin UD12; Tom Schwarz TKO2; Francesco Pianeta W10


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Tyson Fury outside the ring, and between fights, may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s hard to criticize once the bell rings. He proved it again against veteran contender Dillian Whyte, dominating and stopping him in front of a massive Wembley crowd. Fury says he’s retired but he hasn’t vacated the WBC belt to prove it. The tune could change once the dust settles on Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua II.


  9. 9

    Shakur Stevenson

    19-0, 9 KO
    AGE

    24


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    WBO Jr. Lightweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense); WBC Super Featherweight (2022-Present, 0 Defenses)


    LINEAL TITLES

    World Jr. Lightweight (2022-Present, 0 Defenses)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    3-0, 1 KO (4-0, 1 KO including interim title fights)


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Oscar Valdez UD12; Jamel Herring TKO10; Jeremia Nakathila UD12; Toka Kahn Clary UD12; Felix Caraballo KO6


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    In consecutive fights, the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist dominated arguably the two best Jr. lightweights in the world, barely losing a round. Sound defensively, quick, and patient, Stevenson shows excellent maturity belying his youth. His best days lie ahead and it’s only a matter of time until he’s knocking on the door for gold in his third weight class.


  10. 10

    Stephen Fulton

    21-0, 8 KO
    AGE

    27


    CURRENT ALPHABET TITLES

    None (Holds secondary WBA belts at lightweight and Jr. welterweight)


    LINEAL TITLES

    WBO Jr. Featherweight (2021-Present, 2 Defenses); WBC Super Bantamweight (2021-Present, 1 Defense)


    RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS

    3-0


    LAST 5 OPPONENTS

    Daniel Roman UD12; Brandon Figueroa MD12; Angelo Leo UD12; Arnold Khegai UD12; Isaac Avelar KO6


    NEXT OPPONENT

    TBA


    THE TAKE

    Fulton has impressed in his first three title contests, unifying half of the red hot Jr. featherweight class. Could fellow unified titlist Murodjon Akhmadaliev or bantamweight king Naoya Inoue be in Fulton’s future?


Extras

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Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at roldboxing@hotmail.com