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.
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…
On Friday, September 13, Devin “The Dream” Haney (22-0, 14KOs) will battle Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7KOs) for the WBC Interim Lightweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The winner of this bout between the #2 and #3 ranked opponents, will become the WBC mandatory for (WBC,WBA,WBO) Unified Lightweight champion, Vasiliy “Hi-Tek” Lomachenko (14-1, 10KOs). Lomachenko just defeated Luke Campbell (20-3, 16KOs) for the vacant WBC title, which was vacated by Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30KOs).
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?
If Lomachenko were to win this fight he would hold 3 of the 4 major titles at 135lbs and he would be one step closer to his dream of being an undisputed champion.
IBF Lightweight champion Richard Commey (28-2, 25KOs) will meet tested warrior, Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran (36-8-1, 22KOs) on Friday, June 28 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.
This is very unusual and a bit controversial since Lomachenko is not ranked within the WBC, let alone ranked either #1 or #2. However, it’s still great news for boxing fans.
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.
On Saturday night, March 16, 2019 we witnessed undefeated the WBC Lightweight World Champion – Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30KOs) – move up not one but two weight classes to challenge the boogeyman IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) in a huge showdown. A lot of fans, experts, legends and current fighters had Spence as the huge favorite given his significant size advantage over Garcia.