2019 has been a memorable year so far, full of upsets and comebacks. As we reach the final months of the year, it’s time to review who the best fighters in boxing are. Who has cracked our pound-for-pound list ? Let’s see.
This Saturday October 26th marks what could be the beginning of the Shakur Stevenson era. The vacant WBO featherweight title on the line, which was left behind by Oscar Valdez (26-0, 20KOs) when he moved up to 130lbs. Shakur Stevenson (12-0, 7KOs) will take on fellow undefeated fighter Joet Gonzalez (23-0, 14KOs), in Reno, Nevada. This fight will pit the number one and two ranked WBO featherweights in the division against one another.
Whether you rank Lomachenko at number one, two, or three in your pound-for-pound list, he has certainly proved he is one of the best fighters in the world today.
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 how they stack up…
Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0, 21KOs) has vacated his WBA (Super) Lightweight title and moved up to the stacked super lightweight division. He automatically becomes the #1 contender for the 135 pound WBA title. Will his promotion team allow him to fight Vasiliy “Hi-Tek” Lomachenko straight away?
On Saturday, June 15, Lineal Heavyweight champ Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (27-0-1, 19KOs) will take on Tom Schwartz (24-0, 16KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. This will be Fury’s first fight on his new ESPN deal.
Ruiz Jr.’s victory shook up the sport for sure, but is he now considered the best heavyweight in the world? Is it Wilder or Fury? Where does Joshua stand in the heavyweight rankings now? Lets take a look.
Miguel Berchelt was coming into this fight as the favorite and rightfully so. Since defeating Francisco Vargas to capture the WBC Super Featherweight Crown in 2017 he went 4-0. He’s a seasoned champion and that’s exactly what he portrayed last night at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Should Crawford get past Khan this Saturday, he will have many options that he could face (barring boxing politics). But just how far can he go, what is his ceiling? If he maximizes his potential, where will that leave him?
On Saturday, April 20, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, Terence “Bud” Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) will defend his WBO welterweight title for the 2nd time since beating Jeff Horn in 2018. He will be fighting Amir “King” Khan (33-4, 20 KOs).
Next up for Khan is the fighter many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and boy what an upset would it be if Khan could pull it off…
Vasiliy Lomachenko is back and he has no shortage of opponents. Whether its a fellow champion, a solid contender, a rising star, or another elite fighter, Lomachenko has options. It will be interesting to see which fights get made and whether he can continue to prove he is among the pound for pound greats.
With that feather in his cap, Spence strengthened his position as the best welterweight on the planet, but where does he rank in the pound-for- pound list ? Does he crack the top 5 ? Lets see.
Former unified Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1 34KOs), has signed an official 3 year, 6 fight deal with DAZN. The deal will likely lock him up for the rest of his career.
It has been nearly 20 years since there was an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and that was Lennox Lews. Take a look at how we could see history repeat itself 20 years later as competition in the heavyweight division is currently white hot.