All pound-for-pound arguments begin and end the same. However, this time let’s add in one more formula. If we compare boxing like any other sport then how about we include in the +/- of connection percent vs opponent connection percent. Most cases point to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs), Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1-0, 10 KOs), and Terence Crawford (35-0-0, 26 KOs) as the top 3 (in no particular order). Let’s take a look at each boxer to see who is most deserving of the title Pound-for-Pound King:
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Let’s start with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the reigning WBA Super Middleweight titleholder, who has a +/- of 11.6 and most recently beat Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-3, 29KOs ) in May. Alvarez’s last 10 opponents have an astounding combined record of 332-14-5, including two massive battles with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35KOs). Alvarez touts one of the best body shots in the sport of boxing and not many can withstand his power. Controversy has found its way into his career as some feel the draw and win over GGG were not correctly scored. The only blemish on his record is against the one-and-only Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (50-0-0, 27KOs). But some feel this may have been what catapulted him to the next level. A world champion in three different weight classes and in the works to win in a fourth in November as he is rumored to be facing Russian, WBO Light Heavyweight champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29KOs). Some have called his movement up the weight classes as strategic, so he can take on (and presumably beat) the right fighters at the right time. But he is no doubt one of the top fighters in the sport and the competition of his opponents has always been highly regarded. Does Alvarez have your vote?
Terence “T-Bud” Crawford
Next, let’s take a look Terence “T-Bud” Crawford. Crawford like his counterpart, Alvarez, is also a world champion in three different weight classes. He also supports a +/- of 14.9 and has dominated his competition. Crawford’s last 10 opponents have a record of (253-18-2) and his last bout was a win over Amir “King” Khan (34-5-0, 21KOs ). Many were disappointed by how that fight ended but Crawford was clearly winning before it was stopped. Crawford became undisputed at the 140lb division and then moved up to take titles at welterweight. The only ding on Crawford is that people will complain about his competition. If you stack his opponents up against the other two on this list, then it clearly falls short. But at the same time his ability and skills to move up and become champion at multiple weights and be the only undefeated of the three, still speaks volumes. In the coming months Crawford will defend his title again, but at some point he must face the best to be the best. For now he remains in the top three. Does Crawford have your vote?
Vasiliy “Hi-Tek” Lomachenko
Last but not least is “the matrix” Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1-0, 10KOs) who recently gained another title by defeating Englishman, Luke Campbell (20-3, 16KOs). His last ten opponent’s records are 265-21-11 combined and his +/- sits at 17.3. Lomachenko has some of the best footwork and movement in the sport of boxing not only in present day, but all time. His one loss came to Orlando Salido (44-14-4, 31KOs) in just his second pro fight, which was for the WBO title. The common flaw the public sees with Loma is the fact he has only fought 15 times. However, he fought almost 400 amateur fights and only lost once. He’s no rookie in the ring. Loma won a world title in his third fight and by his twelfth was a also a champion in three different weight classes. Although his resume touts some strong opponents, there is always room for improvement. Many want bigger fights and they could be coming in the New Year. He could also be well on his way to becoming an undisputed champion at lightweight. Does Lomachenko have your vote?
Each man possesses his own pristine talent and resume for the title of pound-for-pound king. We just added in one more stat to perhaps gain a little more insight into the mix. Until one of these men ends up on the canvas and receives the ten count or their hand is not raised at the end of a match, the conversation will continue. Who is my pound for pound number 1 you ask? I’ll let you figure out “the matrix” to get your answer.
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