October 5, 2022

Canelo Alvarez’s defeat to Dmitry Bivol has shaken up the pound-for-pound listing.

With the universally recognised finest fighter in boxing now overwhelmed, he can now not maintain prime spot in talkSPORT.com’s listing and so Oleksandr Usyk has now taken his place as pound-for-pound king.

Usyk can also be now prime of the Ring Journal rankings and is the primary heavyweight to assert the place since Mike Tyson was undisputed champion in his prime over 30 years in the past.

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Canelo was outboxed by Bivol, struggling his first loss since 2013

Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world champion, and is now WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

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Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world champion, and is now WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

Previous to climbing his strategy to the highest of the heavyweight division, Usyk’s cruiserweight run was some of the spectacular achievements any fighter has produced in trendy boxing historical past.

Throughout the house of simply 15 fights, the Ukrainian turned the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world champion.

What made your entire marketing campaign extra spectacular was the very fact he did all of it on away soil.

When Usyk received his first world title in opposition to Krzysztof Glowacki in 2016, he did it in Glowacki’s house nation of Poland.

He went on to beat Michael Hunter in America, Marco Huck in Germany, Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew within the UK.

Now, as a heavyweight he has additionally overwhelmed Anthony Joshua in an enormous upset to assert the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are previous pound-for-pound kings

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are earlier pound-for-pound kings

The pound-for-pound argument might be some of the contentious within the sport and each supporter appears to have a singular opinion on it.

Some rank the perfect fighters on this planet based mostly purely on the way of their performances – how they give the impression of being.

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Some rank them based mostly purely on their résumés and weigh up who has the perfect recorded wins.

Some take different elements similar to exercise and official outcomes under consideration, too, which means the entire thing turns into one huge complicated mess.

Subsequently, talkSPORT.com goes to put out its standards (based mostly roughly on Ring Journal’s pound-for-pound standards) for this listing proper now:

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  1. End result – The official end result at all times stands and in the end trumps the opposite elements. The opposite three are all equally essential.
  2. Efficiency – The style wherein a fighter wins or loses.
  3. Résumé – The opponents overwhelmed/titles received.
  4. Exercise – How usually a fighter is combating in opposition to prime degree opposition

 

10. Shakur Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs)

Shakur Stevenson first won the WBO featherweight title at just 22 years of age. He then moved up and dethroned Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title, and has since outclassed Oscar Valdez to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine crowns at just 24.

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Shakur Stevenson first received the WBO featherweight title at simply 22 years of age. He then moved up and dethroned Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title, and has since outclassed Oscar Valdez to assert the WBC and Ring Journal crowns at simply 24.

9. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KOs)

‘Chocolatito’ was once pound-for-pound king having built a 46-0 record as a four-weight world champion. He was dethroned by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but stopped Kal Yafai to become champion again. Although he lost to Juan Estrada, many felt this decision went the wrong way and he has again bounced back with a victory over Julio Cesar Martinez.

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‘Chocolatito’ was as soon as pound-for-pound king having constructed a 46-0 document as a four-weight world champion. He was dethroned by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, however stopped Kal Yafai to develop into champion once more. Though he misplaced to Juan Estrada, many felt this determination went the mistaken manner and he has once more bounced again with a victory over Julio Cesar Martinez.

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

After an historic 396-1 amateur career, double Olympic gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko turned pro and jumped straight into world class match-ups. The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight champion, beating the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, but was dethroned by Teofimo Lopez.

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After an historic 396-1 beginner profession, double Olympic gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko turned professional and jumped straight into world class match-ups. The Ukrainian has since develop into a three-weight champion, beating the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, however was dethroned by Teofimo Lopez.

7. Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs)

Dmitry Bivol has for a long time been rated highly as an unbeaten light-heavyweight champion, and now has the standout win over Canelo Alvarez to crack the pound-for-pound top ten. He also holds victories over Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.

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Dmitry Bivol has for a very long time been rated extremely as an unbeaten light-heavyweight champion, and now has the standout win over Canelo Alvarez to crack the pound-for-pound prime ten. He additionally holds victories over Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.

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

After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury’s life and career famously spiralled out of control. However, he’s since remarkably turned everything around and returned to stop Deontay Wilder twice and KO Dillian Whyte, re-establishing himself as the best heavyweight in the world.

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After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury’s life and profession famously spiralled uncontrolled. Nevertheless, he’s since remarkably turned every little thing round and returned to cease Deontay Wilder twice and KO Dillian Whyte, re-establishing himself as the perfect heavyweight on this planet.

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

Errol Spence is the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight world champion, having won each belt directly from the champion. Spence took titles from Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yodenis Ugas, plus also holds dominant wins over Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.

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Errol Spence is the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight world champion, having received every belt straight from the champion. Spence took titles from Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yodenis Ugas, plus additionally holds dominant wins over Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.

4. Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs)

Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already blasted through the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a unified king at bantamweight. The 26-year-old conquered the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the 2019 ‘Fight of the Year’ with Nonito Donaire.

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Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already blasted by way of the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a unified king at bantamweight. The 26-year-old conquered the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence match within the 2019 ‘Battle of the 12 months’ with Nonito Donaire.

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

America’s Terence Crawford has won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming undisputed super-lightweight king. He is yet to face elite opposition, though recently improved his record by beating Shawn Porter. The WBO welterweight champion ranks highly based on achievements and the manner of his victories, but must unify with Errol Spence if he wants to become pound-for-pound king.

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America’s Terence Crawford has received world titles in three weight lessons, together with changing into undisputed super-lightweight king. He’s but to face elite opposition, although lately improved his document by beating Shawn Porter. The WBO welterweight champion ranks extremely based mostly on achievements and the way of his victories, however should unify with Errol Spence if he needs to develop into pound-for-pound king.

2. Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs)

Canelo has a number of impressive names on his win sheet, including the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Caleb Plant, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Austin Trout. Even though he has now been beaten by Dmitry Bivol and knocked off top spot, Canelo’s past achievements still outweigh his rivals on this list by far.

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Canelo has quite a lot of spectacular names on his win sheet, together with the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Caleb Plant, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Austin Trout. Regardless that he has now been overwhelmed by Dmitry Bivol and knocked off prime spot, Canelo’s previous achievements nonetheless outweigh his rivals on this listing by far.

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

Oleksandr Usyk cleaned out his entire division, becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion in 16 fights. The Ukrainian won all of his biggest tests in his opponents’ hometowns, travelling to beat Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK. He’s now repeating the feat at heavyweight having dethroned Anthony Joshua in London. A deserving pound-for-pound king.

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Oleksandr Usyk cleaned out his total division, changing into undisputed cruiserweight champion in 16 fights. The Ukrainian received all of his largest exams in his opponents’ hometowns, travelling to beat Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew within the UK. He’s now repeating the feat at heavyweight having dethroned Anthony Joshua in London. A deserving pound-for-pound king.