I cannot agree that all of the top boxers in the latest The Ring magazine Pound-for-Pound list as of January 27 (and posted online) deserve to be there. Also, the ranking of the boxers can invite some debate.
For starters, the latest The Ring Pound-for-Pound list includes the following (according to rank):
1.Roman Gonzalez (World Boxing Council [WBC] and The Ring flyweight champion) 44-0 with 38 KOs;
2. Sergey Kovalev (World Boxing Organization [WBO], International Boxing Federation [IBF] and World Boxing Association [WBA] light heavyweight champion) 29-0-1 with 26 KOs;
3. Gennady Golovkin (IBF and WBA middleweight champion) 34-0 with 31 KOs;
4. Andre Ward (light heavyweight) 28-0 with 15 KOs;
5. Guillermo Rigondeaux (The Ring junior featherweight champion) 16-0 with 10 KOs;
6. Terence Crawford (WBO junior welterweight champion) 27-0 with 19 KOs;
7. Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2 with 38 KOs;
8. Canelo Alvarez (WBC and The Ring world middleweight champion);
9. Shinsuke Yamanata (WBC bantamweight champion) 24-0-2 with 17 KOs; and
10. Timothy Bradley (WBO welterweight champion) 33-1-1 with 13 KOs.
Looking at the list, only three boxers—Gonzalez, Alvarez and Rigondeaux – are also recognized by The Ring as its champion in their respective weight classes.
Looking more closely at the accomplishments of those in the list, however, I question why fighters like Keith Thurman (WBA welterweight champion, 26-0 with 22 KOs), Tyson Fury (WBA, WBA, IBF and International Boxing Organization heavyweight champion, 25-0 with 18 KOs) and Nicholas Walters (WBA featherweight champion, 26-0-1 with 21 KOs), among others, are not in the list?
Also, I question how some fighters after Gonzalez are ranked.
While Kovalev has an impressive record, the most prominent fighters he has beaten so far are an aging Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2 with 32 KOs) and Jean Pascal (30-4-1 with 17 KOs) who is obviously past his prime.
I believe that Fury or Alvarez deserve to be at No. 2 because both of them beat more prominent opponents in Wladimir Klitschko (64-4 with 53 KOs) and Miguel Cotto (40-5 with 33 KOs), respectively. Alvarez also has wins over Austin Trout (30-2 with 17 KOs), Erislandy Lara (22-2 with 13 KOs), Alfredo Angulo (24-5 with 20 KOs) and James Kirkland (32-2 with 28 KOs). There is no need to explain the credentials of Klitschko.
While Golovkin deserves to be in the list, his being at No. 3 can raise questions, because even with his impressive knockout record, he has yet to take on opposition that type Fury and Alvarez have fought so far.
I have no question toward Ward because he was among the top dogs in junior middleweight. But Rigondeaux does not deserve to be at No. 5 because (here we go again) he has not taken better opposition after beating Nonito Donaire (36-3 with 23 KOs) in April 2013.
From where I stand, Walters, who stopped Donaire in October 2014, deserves to be in the list above Rigondeaux.
I would not question Pacquiao’s inclusion in the list because he was not really badly beaten in his recent fight by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Also, Crawford is proving to be one of the better fighters who are on the rise in the junior welterweight ranks.
As of Yamanaka and Bradley, I believe Walters, Thurman and Fury are more deserving to be included in The Ring list.
Thurman’s list of prominent opponents include Diego Gabriel Chaves (23-2-1 with 19 KOs) and Robert Guerrero (33-4-1 with 18 KOs).
So if I were to come up with my own list of the top 10 Pound-for-Pound boxers today, it would be:
I am sure many people will not agree.