When it comes to boxing, there is both good news and bad news. On one hand, the sport is growing in popularity, drawing in more fans and creating some truly exciting and intense bouts. On the other hand, controversy has marred the sport in recent years, with major title fights ending when referees intervene in favor of a certain combatant without any significant blows being landed.
However, one thing that remains constant in the ever-evolving landscape of boxing is the pound-for-pound rankings. These rankings are compiled by various sources, such as The Ring and Boxing Scene, which evaluate fighters based on their recent results, past performances, and overall skill. To determine the current top 10 pound-for-pound fighters, the Bleacher Report Combat team looked at these rankings as well as input from other respected sources before compiling their list.
At the top of the list is middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, who has been dominating the ring for the past few years and is currently the WBA and WBC middleweight champion. He sits atop the rankings due to his dominant showings in title bouts against other top-tier opponents, such as Daniel Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin.
The second spot goes to undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who has been a force to be reckoned with since winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. While he may not have the same level of name recognition as some of the other boxers in this ranking, Usyk has been putting on a clinic when it comes to boxing fundamentals.
In third place is WBC featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. Widely considered to be one of the most exciting fighters in the sport today, Santa Cruz has built a reputation for himself as a high-octane fighter who never fails to deliver thrilling matches.
The next spot in the rankings goes to WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter. After a close win against Keith Thurman in 2018, Porter has established himself as one of the top boxers in his weight class. His impressive victories over the likes of Yordenis Ugas and Danny Garcia show just how skilled he is.
The fifth spot belongs to unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev’s technical skill has been unmatched for years, and his razor-sharp reflexes have made him one of the most dangerous fighters in the division.
Sixth place goes to unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who has won titles in three different divisions. Lomachenko is revered for his masterful technique, and his relentless pursuit of perfection in the ring.
Seventh in line is lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, who is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters in the sport today. Garcia is undefeated in his combined pro and amateur career and has been a dominant force in the lightweight division.
The eighth spot belongs to WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez. His knockout power and superior footwork have allowed him to climb up the rankings in recent years, and he is now regarded as one the top boxers in the world.
Ninth place goes to unified super middleweight champion Claressa Shields, who is the first woman boxer to hold world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously. Shields also holds several world records, including the most wins ever by an active female boxer.
Finally, in tenth place is WBA super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, who is widely considered to be a boxing legend for his impressive feats. Chocolatito is known for his tenacious style of fighting, which has earned him numerous accolades over the years.
These are some of the best boxers in the world today, and each of them has proven that they can compete with the best of the best. Their remarkable skill and dedication to the sport of boxing is something that should be admired and appreciated. Let us know what you think about this list in the comments!