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Not many people are conversant with the term, “Pound for pound”. This is a term used in boxing or martial arts to assess and rank fighters, regardless of their size or class. The fighters are not in direct competition with one another, and these rates are somewhat subjective and may vary from one organization or magazine, to another. These ratings look at the fame of the boxer, their flair in the ring, and other factors such as these. Here is a list of the 10 best pound for pound boxers today, and just as the boxing countdown begins from ten and counts down to one, so shall we start with the 10th and move down to the 1st.
Top 10 pound for pound boxers
Tenth - Tyson Fury
This is a 27 year old fighter, who entered this list by beating 40 year old Wladimir Klitschko in November. He took the IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts and put an end to Klitschko’s 22-fight winning streak. Tyson Fury is poised to be one of the leading heavyweight fighters, in the future, and all eyes are on him.
Ninth - Danny Garcia
Danny Garcia, in January beat Roberto Guerrero through a unanimous decision, to take the WBC welterweight title, which had been vacant. He put up a furious fight and was ready to go toe-to-toe with his opponent towards the end of the fight. It is this spirit that finally won him the fight. He was later beaten by Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan so his future is uncertain.
Eighth - Kell Brook
Two years ago, he took the IBF welterweight title from Shawn Porter, and has defended it three times. The third time he knocked out Kevin Bizier after 2 rounds. He is still to face contender Errol Spence, but that is only if Errol can beat Konstantin Ponomarev, in an eliminator match ordered by the IBF.
Seventh - Andre Ward
For quite a while, Andre Ward was not listed in any pound for pound listing due to inactivity. However, he made a comeback in a light heavyweight fight where he won in a unanimous decision against the undefeated Sullivan Barrera. He is looking forward to challenge the WBA, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in November; he is scheduled for another fight in July, but he may skip it.
Sixth - Terrence Crawford
Terrence Crawford is the WBO light welterweight champion and landed on the top 10 list by beating journeyman Hank Lundy in a five round TKO at Madison Square Garden in February 2016. In July he fought against Viktor Postol in Las Vegas, for the added bonus of winning the vacant WBC 140 pound title. He emerged victorious, making him a candidate for this list.
Fifth - Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez had a running streak of 10 KO bouts but that ended when he fought against McWilliams Arroyo to win with a 12 round unanimous decision in April, and retained the WBC flyweight title. He is one of the darlings of the boxing world, with some saying that he is the best current pound for pound fighter. He has a high level of boxing skills and has accomplished a lot.
Fourth - Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao won a comeback fight by a decision against Timothy Bradley Jr. however, he was elected as a Senator in the Philippines, leaving the WBA champion Keith Thurman as the top welterweight fighter of the world. Thurman will face several challengers who believe he got his position through the default brought about by the election of Manny Pacquiao.
Third - Sergey Kovalev
Sergey Kovalev “krushed” Jean Pascal in a very furious fight in January. The fight was so intense and punishing that the trainer was forced to retire Pascal before the 8th round. He is set to fight Andre Ward in the future. Kovalev is the IBF, WBO and WBA light heavyweight champion. He is a furious fighter and one of the most feared.
Second - Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
This is a fighter who adds “names” to a list of victims who fall due to his great right handed punch. On May 7, he added Amir Khan to his list of “names”. Many say that it was a mismatch, with Khan upgrading to 155 pound catch weight. Alvarez is the WBC middleweight champion and has to face his mandatory challenger, Gennady Golovkin.
First - Gennady Golovkin
Just like Joe Louis had the “Bum of the Month” club, Gennadt Golovkin, the IBF and IBO middleweight champion has a run of 22 straight KOs. The 22nd one was the defeat of Dominic Wade only after 2 rounds. He is a vicious fighter and critics have companied about his resume. Only those who are brave can face this top fighter; Canelo Alvarez is one of the brave contenders.
Pound for pound lists can be different depending on the criterion that is used.In this case, we have used the fighting prowess of each contender. These are boxers who are at the top of the world rankings in their respective classes, and we just added flair and strength into the considerations. The best pound for pound boxers in this list are very prominent and hard working fighters. They train and fight hard in order to maintain their rankings in their classes. What remains to be seen is how long they can maintain their rankings, given the numerous challengers just waiting to take them down.