Boxing Junkie decided to wait until Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford recently fought to update their pound-for-pound list.
Alvarez put in another impressive performance, preventing Caleb Plant from becoming the first undisputed super-middleweight champion on Nov. 6. And Crawford, facing the biggest challenge of his career, took it down. beat Shawn Porter in 10 rounds last Saturday.
So how have those performances impacted rankings? It didn’t.
Crawford, who has held the No. 1 spot since Teofimo Lopez Jr knocked Vasiliy Lomachenko out of the perch last October, retains his spot. In fact, he reinforces it. And Alvarez, No. 2 since Lopez-Lomachenko, is also kept.
What knocks Crawford down is that he has never faced anyone at Porter’s level. Now he has. And he performed beautifully, patiently breaking the two-time champion and then stopping him for 10 rounds.
Can we argue who should be number 1 – Crawford? Alvarez? Naoya Inoue? Oleksandr Usyk? – but everyone must agree that Crawford now has a stronger case.
This is how the list looks:
- Terence Crawford – No scheduled combat.
- Canelo Alvarez– It was announced that he plans to challenge the WBC cruiser championship belt Ilunga Makabu but no date or location has been set.
- Naoya Inoue – Scheduled to defend his IBF and WBA bantamweight titles against Alan Dipaen on December 14 in Tokyo.
- Oleksandr Usyk – Expected to fight Anthony Joshua a second time in the spring but no deal has been done.
- Errol Spence Jr. – No scheduled combat.
- Teofimo Lopez Jr. – Scheduled to defend his lightweight title against George Kambosos Jr. on November 27 in New York.
- Tyson Fury– No scheduled combat.
- Vasiliy Lomachenko – Scheduled to fight Richard Commey on December 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- Juan Francisco Estrada – In talks to defend his WBA and WBA bantamweight titles in his third bout with Roman Gonzalez in November.
- Gennadiy Golovkin – Schedule a match against Ryota Murata in a middleweight unification match on December 29 in Japan.
- Jermell Charlo – Expected to face Brian Castano for the second time in February but no deal has been done.
- Josh Taylor – Scheduled to defend his undisputed junior welterweight championship against mandatory challenger Jack Catterall on February 26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Artur Betterbiev – Scheduled to defend his light heavyweight title against Marcus Browne on December 17 in Montreal.
- Gervonta Davis – Scheduled to face Isaac Cruz in a lightweight game on December 5 in Los Angeles.
- Jermall Charlo – WOMENo scheduled combat.
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Mairis Briedis (scheduled to play Artur Mann on October 16 in Riga, Latvia); Kazuto Ioka (talking to Jerwin Ancajas for a junior bantamweight title match); Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (expected to meet Carlos Cuadras as part of a children’s bantamweight tournament but nothing is official); Yordenis Ugas (no scheduled combat); and Oscar Valdez (no scheduled combat).
* -Due to an editing error, Kazuto Ioka was removed from the list when he shouldn’t have been. He’s back in this version.
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