Boxing’s elite have been ranked with Canelo Alvarez topped pound-for-pound No 1, Tyson Fury labelled ‘World Class’ whereas Anthony Joshua sits three tiers beneath his heavyweight rival.
Mexican celebrity Canelo is clearly the king of the game. The 30-year-old takes on – and beats – the perfect, regularly improves and boasts success throughout a number of weight lessons.
Fury is joined in ‘World Class’ by slick, unbeaten welterweight duo Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, Canelo’s rival Gennady Golovkin and a spectacular KO puncher: Japan’s bantamweight Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue.
‘Rising Stars’ highlights boxers who’re on their technique to ‘World Class’ standing. Specifically Britain’s unbeaten light-welterweight Josh Taylor, one other fearsome puncher in Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and America’s Charlo twins.
However ‘Overrated’ incorporates fighters who’re lucky to even be on any pound-for-pound listing. Mikey Garcia and Keith Thurman, who drift out and in of boxing, plus Andy Ruiz Jr who regarded much less ‘pound-for-pound; and extra ‘pounds-to-spare’ in his 2019 rematch with Joshua.
Conversely, ‘Underrated’ consists of silky super-flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada and bearded 175lb banger Artur Beterbiev: undoubtedly among the many world’s greatest however boxers who arguably do not get the credit score they deserve.
‘Good’ may sound damning – however competitors is fierce and the likes of Joshua (rebuilding with two dominant wins after that Ruiz loss) and Leo Santa Cruz are joined by Manny Pacquiao.
Particularly, we imply the 42-year-old model of Pacquaio after all, as the height Pac Man is already confirmed an all-time nice.
Damningly, we needed to label Deontay Wilder ‘Not A Boxer’. Firstly as a result of – whereas one of many world’s biggest punchers – he’s merely a rank common boxer who’s been out-boxed not solely by Tyson Fury however by loads of different opponents (till he landed his nuclear proper hand).
Additionally, his weird post-Fury excuses have left many questioning if Wilder is definitely mentally match to field proper now or whether or not he wants a lengthier timeout from the game.
Pound-For-Pound King: Canelo Alvarez
World Class: Tyson Fury, Terence Crawford, Teofimo Lopez, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Errol Spence, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gennady Golovkin, Oleksandr Usyk
Rising Star: Gervonta Davis, Josh Taylor, Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Emanuel Navarrete
Underrated: Artur Beterbiev, Juan Francisco Estrada, Kazuto Ioka, Gary Russell Jr, Regis Prograis, Miguel Berchelt, Luis Nery
Good: Anthony Joshua, Jose Ramirez, Shawn Porter, Leo Santa Cruz, Kosei Tanaka, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Nonito Donaire, Manny Pacquiao, Moruti Mthalane
Overrated: Mikey Garcia, Daniel Jacobs, Andy Ruiz Jr, Keith Thurman, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Wanheng Menayothin, Dmitry Bivol, Mairis Briedis
Not A Boxer: Deontay Wilder
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