The mythical pound for pound list in boxing has enraptured as many fans as it has divided over the years. What started out as a way to highlight greatness, especially at the lighter weights, since the days of Sugar Ray Robinson and beyond has now become a byword for legitimacy by many fighters looking to cement both their legacy and marketing potential. With so many publications and organisations frequently coming up with their own list of p4p rankings, an opportunity presented itself to share this writer’s own view of who belongs on the most talked about list in boxing.
As with any list of this kind, the material is purely subjective and any opinion given is the opinion of the writer alone.
To begin, this list will be in descending order with some notable exceptions given at the end.
No. 10 – Shawn Porter
Some may consider ‘Showtime’ Shawn a rather puzzling inclusion on this p4p list considering he holds 2 losses in his last 4 fights. However, upon closer examination you realize the merits of those losses. Both fights were extremely close and a sizeable proportion of the boxing public gave Porter the decision over Keith Thurman in their fight last summer. Whatever side of the argument you may fall on concerning that decision there is no denying Shawn Porter’s attributes in the ring. Combining power, athleticism and a ferocious two handed attack he has seen off multiple champions in his rise to welterweight elite and ducks no-one.
No. 9 – Jorge Linares
The current WBA & Ring Magazine lightweight title holder Jorge Linares was an extremely late addition to this list. A fighter who until recently looked liked he hadn’t quite fulfilled the expectation attached to him as a youth. Being stopped by average fighters in Salgado, Thompson and DeMarco were among the top reasons for many p4p list omissions. However, it was Linares quintessential performance last Saturday night that garnered him a spot on this list. While one performance, no matter how comprehensive, is enough to warrant getting a place on the p4p list, it is Linares fulfillment of his original potential that we witnessed last weekend and one that if he can maintain it, will give serious trouble to any fighter from 135-140lb.
No. 8 – Danny Jacobs
Most of the boxing media downgraded Gennady Golovkin after the Kazakh star only narrowly beat Danny Jacobs on March 18th of this year, however I believe the narrow win had more to do with a serious underestimation of Jacobs rather than any over-valuing of Golovkin. Danny Jacobs has been a serious threat for a number of years in the middleweight division, but until recently was largely denied the limelight. Losing via stoppage to another under-valued fighter in Dmitry Pirog a number of years ago, Jacobs has been on a tear through the middleweight division since, looking better and better everytime he steps into the ring. A total destruction of former champion Peter Quillin in just one round put the boxing world on notice and Danny’s narrow loss to p4p superstar GGG only solidifies his claim further of being on this list.
No. 7 – Andre Ward
A controversial ranking for a fighter who many believe is the current p4p no. 1 right now. Andre Ward is a fighter who dominated the super-middleweight division and now looks to do the same at light-heavyweight, Ward is an obvious inclusion on this list. The reason I rank Andre Ward no. 7 is quite frankly I believe he lost the infamous title fight to Sergey Kovalev (a fighter who’s ranked no. 5 on this list) some four months ago. Combine this with being Ward’s only meaningful fight in about four years and while I am a huge fan of S.O.G’s ability as a boxer, I believe others warrant higher position on this list due to both activity and higher profile wins.
No. 6 – Saul Alvarez
Do I believe there are more technically gifted fighters than Saul Alvarez? Sure. But no-one on this list has fought the level of competition that Canelo Alvarez has at such a relatively young age. Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto.. Canelo’s resume reads like a who’s who of hall of famers in boxing. While some were razor thin victories along the way, especially against Erislandy Lara, he has nevertheless beaten everybody put in his path (bar Mayweather) and arguably hasn’t even hit his prime yet. A showdown against middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in the near future will no doubt prove how good Canelo and his patented left hook to the body really are.
No. 5 – Sergey Kovalev
The highest rated fighter on this list over the middleweight limit, Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev is an absolute beast. A true boxer-puncher, Kovalev has a terrific jab and power in both hands, which he uses to devastating effect. The biggest mistake many Kovalev opponents make is assuming ‘Krusher’ is a straight up power puncher, but Kovalev has continually shown his merits as a boxer throughout his career. Giving Bernard Hopkins one of the worst beatings of his career and dropping Andre Ward for the first time in his career also, Kovalev makes a solid case for being high up in the p4p conversation. A rematch in the very near future between Kovalev and Ward will hopefully settle the debate of who is the best light-heavyweight in the world.
No. 4 – Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman is the current king of the welterweight division and awaits the eventual winner of the upcoming Brook/Spence clash to truly determine who is the best at 147. With recent narrow wins over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia (both p4p candidates themselves), Thurman nevertheless deserved both decisions and a win over Brook or Spence in the near future will arguably put ‘One Time’ at the very top of this list. With terrific power and fluid boxing skills, Thurman is steadily making his case for top p4p inclusion.
No. 3 – Gennady Golovkin
GGG, up until very recently, was viewed as perhaps one of the two best boxers in the sport p4p by most ranking organisations. That all changed two weeks ago with Golovkin’s narrow unanimous decision over Danny Jacobs. However, with his opponent weighing in at a cruiserweight range of 183lb (and forfeiting his chance at the IBF belt because of this), Golovkin vs. Jacobs looked to any casual observer like man against boy. Yet despite this, Golovkin dropped Jacobs hard in the 4th round, pounded the bigger man with his jab in the middle rounds and landed the more clinical and numerous power punches throughout the fight. Frankly, no-one has looked as dominant as Golovkin has in recent years, and a points victory over an excellent Danny Jacobs only solidifies his high place on this list.
No. 2 – Mikey Garcia
The lightweight divison is boxings current hot division right now. With Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia, Jorge Linares and Terence Crawford all within a few pounds of each other, there are a literal plethora of super-fights to be made should these fighters be willing to put ink to paper. Mikey Garcia holds the WBC lightweight title and despite a protracted layoff, he stormed back and captured the WBC crown in only his second fight back at the end of January in Las Vegas. This sets him up with a unification clash against WBA champion and current p4p fighter himself, Jorge Linares in the very near future for all the marbles. Whoever emerges from that clash should rightly consider themselves p4p no. 1.
No. 1 – Terence Crawford
What can be said about Terence Crawford? Since soundly beating the current WBA super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns over in Scotland three years ago Crawford has been unstoppable, and not even outside the ring problems can derail the current unified WBO/WBC super-lightweight champions success. Crawford makes good fighters look decidely average. Yuriokis Gamboa? Broken down and stopped. John Molina Jr? Completely outboxed. Not even a showdown against then unbeaten champ and Freddie Roach trained Viktor Postol could slow down ‘Bud’ Crawford. Over a completely lopsided 12 rounds, Crawford gave the excellent Viktor Postol a boxing lesson and for much of the fight the big Ukranian simply looked lost as he was getting systematically undressed by the far superior Crawford. At 29 years of age Crawford is perhaps at the height of his powers and with both lightweight and welterweight superfights beckoning for the Nebraska native, it will be interesting to see what he does from here.
Roman Gonzalez – A tough loss to Srisaket just drops Gonzalez off our list as he looked extremely fatigued against Cuadras also. The higher weights may finally be taking their toll on the former p4p no.1.
Naoya Inoue – While ‘Monster’ certainly looks like a future p4p star, at only 12 fights in he has to be omitted until a true test emerges.
Chayaphon Moonsri – Despite being 45-0 and the recognised miniumweight world champion, ‘Kaiyanghada’ has never fought outside of his native Thailand and this relegates him from our top 10 p4p list.
Kell Brook – Kell Brook was a difficult omission from this list. Despite beating Shawn Porter, a fighter who did make this list, in a razor thin decision back in August 2014, I felt Porter maintained the stronger momentum of the two. For various reasons (difficult matchmaking, a machete attack) Brook has regressed since then and a series of wins against Frankie Gavin and Joe Joe Dan did little to lift his profile. May’s showdown against Errol Spence should clarify if Kell Brook belongs back on this list or not.
Vasyl Lomachenko – Some are already calling the former Olympic champion the best in the sport today, but at only 8 fights in and a career best win against a one dimensional Nicholas Walters, I have yet to be convinced. The one serious pressure fighter Lomachenko came up against, Orlando Salido, beat him and questions remain still about Lomachenkos ability against a high pressure style. A move up to the deep waters of 135lb should determine how much Lomachenko has improved since his loss to Salido or whether there are still holes in his game. Time will tell.
So there you have it! A comprehensive breakdown of my current top ten pound for pound list. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and who you believe I left out of this list.
Thanks for reading!
Crawford/Khan & Garcia/Granados Prediction
Bud Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) VS. Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs)- First of all, I love Khans bravery, the kid is always willing to lock horns with anybody. Thing is that bravery and overconfidence is what has always hurt Khan in his battles.
Khan is the type of boxer that is so fast that he will always outbox you right until the second that he doesn’t anymore, I know, I know sounds strange. What I mean by that is that Khan builds up leads but then he get overzealous and so comfortable with his blinding hand speed that he then leads with his chin.
So with that being said, I am expecting to see Khan outbox Bud early and will beat Bud to the punch enough to take the majority of the first 6 rounds.
Bud will then pick his spots by switching to a southpaw stance and will time an overconfident Khan jumping in and will walk him into a big right hand. Bud’s body punching and ability to land his own jab over Khan’s rapid jab will be key.
Give me Bud to take it by 9th round TKO. Bud will step it up another level and put it on Khan so bad that he will stop Khan late forcing Khan’s corner to wave it off in round 9.
Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) VS. Adrien Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs)- I am expecting for Granados to be exactly who he is, so I see Granados pressuring Garcia enough to make it uncomfortable enough to dog Garcia out to bag in a handful of rounds.
Garcia must employ his heavy underrated jab to box Granados from the outside. Granados will need rough up Garcia as much as possible to keep the fight on the inside, similar to the Porter blueprint.
I see Garcia landing enough jabs and the harder judge friendly punches to take it in a 8 rounds to 4 unanimous decision that may appear closer due to a few hard to score rounds.
25th Annual Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night, A Charity Knockout Event
The stars came out last night to give, show support, perform, and to continue to raise money and awareness in hopes of one day find a cure to knockout Parkinson’s disease.
Going back to year number 1, The first ever event was held at the Ritz-Carlton operated on a much smaller scale than today, which is now held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
At the very first Celebrity Fight Night With the help of Phoenix Suns Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and the valley of the sun’s very own Louie Espinoza, Tony Baltazar, and boxing champion Michael Carbajal who by the way fought in the ring with over sized boxing gloves.
The ”Puttin on the Fists at The Ritz” first Celebrity Fight Night scored a knockout win and is STILL punching on through today for the Greatest Of All Time, The late great Muhammad Ali.
Last night I was honored to attend and speak to a few of the stars, one was NFL legendary kicker Nick Lowery, Mr. Lowery now spends most of his time at charitable endeavors and advocating for alternative medicine research and is also a spokesman for Kannalife, Inc to raise awareness for CTE and players safety in hopes of one day having intercellular “helmets,” like Kannalife’s CBD and KLS-13019, is so important to potentially treat the brain.
I asked Lowery what is his favorite Ali memory, and Lowery’s response: ” Taking Ali to the NBA All-Star game one year as we sat behind Jay-Z and Beyonce and watching Beyonce wave to Ali, Beyonce spoke to us, she is the sweetest person. Also taking Ali to the locker rooms and watching Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and all the other all stars turn into children at the sight of seeing their hero the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali walk through the doors, what an experience that was.”
In asking the very same question to R&B Singer Brian McKnight, ”I have so many Ali memories but my favorite was watching Ali knockout George Foreman at home with my dad. The odds were against Ali and Ali being the great fighter that he was he beat the odds and stopped a much younger powerful puncher in Foreman. You know, I am still a big boxing fan today, I enjoy watching Tyson Fury out of the current heavyweights.”
And what did legendary former champion boxer, Micheal Carbajal have to say? ”It’s truly an honor to attend this great event, at the very first one proceeds went to my 9th street boxing gym and now 24 years later it’s still going strong, a great charity”. Mr. Carbajal went on to talk some boxing with me,
Carbajal- ” You see Spence/Garcia?”
Me- ” Yes, it was brutal, what did you think?”
Carbajal- ” Not good for Mikey Garcia at all, but he is still my favorite current boxer, and he beats everybody at 135 pounds if he can make the weight there. Mikey would knockout Lomachenko in 4 rounds at 135.”
Me- ”Wow, you really think that? Both are great technical boxers but I can’t see a 4 round fight between them, so you really think it would only take Mikey 4 rounds to stop Lomachenko?”
Carbajal- ” I KNOW so!”
Special honorees for the evening include fabled American music producer and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Abraham Lieberman, the medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute and Renee Parsons of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.
“For 25 years, we’ve treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world’s greatest entertainers and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow,” said Jimmy Walker, Founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.”
About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night has gifted more than $86 million over the past 24 years benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities.
The black-tie event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner, and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visitwww.celebrityfightnight.org.
Canelo Alvarez/ Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs L.A. Press Tour Quotes & 5th Annual Box Fan Expo News & Spence/Garcia Fight Pick
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the final stop of their three-city press tour with a spectacular press event at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Below is what the participants had to say at the event:
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:
“I know Jacobs is a tough opponent and it’s going to be work, but I’ve always believed to be the best you must beat the best. I love challenges. I want people to experience a good fight when they come watch my fights. I may lose, but my heart is a winning heart and I want to give the fans a spectacular finish and I’m going to put up a good fight.”
DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion:
“I have the will and desire to go inside to go in that ring and be victorious and I see myself with my hand raised by the end of night. I know the odds are stacked against me and Canelo’s resume speaks for itself, but he’s never faced a tall, fast and big guy all at once and that’s what I’m going to give him. We’re going to give you what you’re looking for and the fans going to get a great fight come May 4.”
EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:
“Our objective this year is win all the belts and become the first Mexican to win the all the world championships.”
JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:
“The moment he set foot in the gym we knew he was something special, the day he debuted he was great, but the day he retires the world will know how great of a fighter he is.”
ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:
“Jacobs is the best middleweight walking on this planet, his capabilities, skillset and gentleman ship will be what wins the fight on May 4.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“I guarantee this is going to be the fight of the year. You have two fighters who don’t have a quit in their game, this is a fight for the ages. The fact that Jacobs and Canelo both want to be great, there’s no other way than to make this one great for the fans, they will get their money’s worth come May 4.”
FRANK SMITH, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:
“We believe Jacobs will unify all of those belts and he’ll take on Canelo and win that fight.”
JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:
“We’re deeply honored and proud to be exclusively showing this champion versus champion fight in the U.S.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.
Devin Haney to make an appearance at the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on May 4
Undefeated boxing phenom Devin Haney has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.
Haney will make his 1st appearance at this years’ Expo, and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Haney will also have merchandise and products to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing sensation also known as “The Dream”.
Haney joins Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo.
About Devin Haney
Devin Haney is quickly becoming the new sensation of boxing today, building an undefeated record of 21 fights, 13 of them by KO, since his debut on December 11, 2015. Haney has defined his aspirations to shape up and become the new star of boxing and to become world champion. A young man who has dedicated his life to the sport since he was seven years old, he has won 7 national championships as amateur, shaping a record of 130-8. He became the youngest member of the national Junior Team and was the youngest boxer to win the Junior World Championship in Nevada. On January 11, Haney took another significant step towards becoming a world champion, by defeating South Africa’s Xolisani Ndongeni by a wide unanimous decision in 10 rounds, in the main event of a card at the StageWorks in Shreveport, Louisiana and capturing the WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight Titles. Haney was born in San Francisco, and raised in Oakland, California but has been living in Las Vegas since he was 7 years old and he’s managed by his father William Haney. Devin knows that this is only the beginning of a brilliant career, hoping, planning and working hard to become the next boxing idol.
About Box Fan Expo
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Andre Ward, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares Maricela Cornejo, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment’s, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.
Throughout the next couple of months leading up to the event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:
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March 16: Arlington, Texas (Fox PPV)
Errol Spence Jr.(24-0) Vs. Mikey Garcia(39-0) For Spence’s IBF Welterweight Title- For starters, I would like to point out that I really admire Garcia for daring to be great in jumping up 1 or 2 weight classes(depending on who you ask) to face the much bigger Spence.
Thing is though, that there are weight classes for a reason and in this bout, Mikey may have bitten off more than he can chew. I mean on paper, Mikey is the sharper more technical boxer, yet thing is that no fight is ever fought on paper.
Mikey is a brilliant boxer that takes subtle steps towards his foe in which doing so it places him at all times within striking distance. So in short, Mikey never over extends himself so he never wastes punches or motion.
Spence on the other hand is a big and strong welterweight that is known to carve up his opponents mid section. Spence also has a hard stiff jab that he employs often and very well.
In this clash I am expecting Spence to hurt Mikey with right hook body shots and short left hooks upstairs. Mikey will need to box in and out and must look to keep Spence turning.
I see Spence taking this in a 8 rounds to 4 comfortable unanimous win. But I also would be far from shocked if Spence lands something nasty to stop Garcia in his tracks late in the fight around the 9th round.
Bonus Pick: David Benavidez(20-0) over J’ Leon Love(24-2-1) by a brutal 8th round TKO.
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