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10 best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing today

Feb 22, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Deontay Wilder in their WBC heavyweight title bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fury won via seventh round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The month of June has been exciting for the sport of boxing seeing many of its top stars returning to the ring including bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue and middleweight champion Jermall Charlo while top lightweights Vasyl Lomachenko and Gervonta Davis were each victorious in returns this past Saturday.

As exciting as June was, July and August is sure to bring just as much, if not more, excitement. The biggest fight that has the world most excited is the trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on July 24. Meanwhile, there is so many more fights to look forward that could potentially shake up boxing’s pound-for-pound list.

These include a bout to crown an undisputed super welterweight champion between Jermell Charlo and Brian Carlos Castano, and the return of one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever in Manny Pacquiao facing unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in August among others.

We will see how those fights play out and if they have any bearing on the current boxing rankings, but for now, here are the 10 best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing today.

10. Gervonta Davis

  • Gervonta Davis record: 25-0, WBA Super World Super Featherweight champion, WBA Lightweight/Super Lightweight champion

As previously mentioned, Gervonta Davis is coming off a win against Mario Barrios Saturday night to claim the WBA Super Lightweight title. This gives him the rare feat of currently holding world titles in three different weight classes.

Davis has been WBA Super Featherweight champion since April 2018 successfully defending the belt three times. He won the WBA Lightweight title in December 2019 defeating Yuriorkis Gamboa. He successfully defended these titles against Leo Santa Cruz October via a spectacular 6th round knockout.

9. Teofimo Lopez

10 best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing today
Aug 7, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sofiane Oumiha (FRA, red) faces off with Teofimo Andres Lopez Rivera (HON, blue) during a match in the preliminaries during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
  • Teofimo Lopez record: 16-0, unified IBF, WBA and WBO Lightweight champion

At just 23 years old, Teofimo Lopez is has already reached great levels of success that most would hope to achieve. Prior to becoming world champion, he rose through the ranks winning minor title beating credible opponents including Diego Magdaleno and Masayoshi Nakatani.

In December 2019, Lopez captured his first world title when he defeated Richard Commey to win the IBF lightweight title. His very next fight he would unify the IBF with the WBA and WBO belts when he defeated Vasyl Lomachenko.

Lopez was set to have his first title defense this weekend against George Kambosos Jr. but it was postponed due to Lopez testing positive for COVID-19. The fight has been rescheduled for August 14.

8. Anthony Joshua

  • Anthony Joshua record: 24-1, unified IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight champion

While Anthony Joshua holds three of the four major belts in the heavyweight division, the one difference between him and the fighter with the remaining belt is the single loss on his record.

Had it not been for his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr., Joshua would almost easily rank in the top three pound-for-pound. He has recovered well winning back his belts in a rematch against Ruiz switching his style up from his usual aggressive

While his planned undisputed title fight against Tyson Fury was shut down, Joshua is slated to step back in the ring in September facing tough mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

7. Jermell Charlo

10 best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing today
Jun 17, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Professional boxer Jermell Charlo throws out the first pitch before the Houston Astros play the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jermell Charlo record: 34-1, unified IBF, WBA and WBC Super Welterweight champion

While his middleweight champion twin brother Jermall Charlo just barely missed the list, Jermell Charlo came very close to ranking in the top five. Charlo has been at the top of the super welterweight division since May 2016 when he defeated John Jackson to win the WBC title.

After successful title defenses against the likes of Erickson Lubin and Austin Trout, he suffered a minor setback in a controversial decision loss to Tony Harrison losing his title and his first professional fight.

Charlo would bounce back regaining his belt defeating Harrison in a rematch. He’d go on to knock out Jeison Rosario to unify his WBC belt with the IBF and WBA belts. He will have his chance to become undisputed champion when he faces WBO champion Brian Carlos Castano on July 17.

6. Naoya Inoue

  • Naoya Inoue record: 21-0, unified IBF and WBA Bantamweight champion

When speaking about underrated fighters, Japanese phenom Naoya Inoue has to be mentioned. Due to many of his prior fights taking place in Japan and not airing on mainstream media channels, not many have gotten a chance to experience Inoue’s greatness. He is one of the most powerful bantamweights the division has ever seen in the modern era with 18 of his 21 wins coming by knockout.

Inoue won his first world title in the light flyweight division in just his sixth fight, then won a world title at super flyweight in his first fight in the division and now he has been bantamweight champion since 2018. He would go on to unify his WBA belt with the IBF belt in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series defeating legendary bantamweight Nonito Donaire in a Fight of the Year contender.

5. Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III finalized for July 24 in Las Vegas
Feb 22, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury stare at one another during their WBC heavyweight title bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fury won via seventh round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
  • Tyson Fury record: 30-0-1, WBC Heavyweight champion

To say Tyson Fury’s career has had its ups and downs is a severe understatement. He went from defeating Wladimir Klitschko ending his run as unified heavyweight champion, to sitting out three years citing mental health problems and cocaine addiction, to returning and going on to win the WBC Heavyweight title handing Deontay Wilder his first career loss.

The story from there gets even more interesting as a planned rematch against Wilder seemed to be dead and buried when negotiations fell through leading Fury to pursue other ventures. This led to Fury beginning talks for a unification bout to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion against Anthony Joshua. However, those plans were derailed by an arbitrary decision that ruled Wilder was entitled to a rematch which will take place July 24.

4. Terence Crawford

  • Terence Crawford record: 37-0, WBO Welterweight champion

Prior to moving up to the welterweight, Terence Crawford dominated at super lightweight becoming the division’s first four belt undisputed champion and sixth undisputed champion overall. His first fight at welterweight saw him win the WBO Welterweight title defeating Jeff Horn by 9th round TKO.

Crawford has successfully defended the belt four times including wins over Amir Khan and Kell Brook. Each of Crawford’s last six victories have come against either an undefeated opponent or a former world champion.

3. Josh Taylor

  • Josh Taylor record: 18-0, undisputed IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO Super Lightweight champion

Going from one undisputed super lightweight champion to another, Josh Taylor is arguably one of the more underrated fighters on this list. Each of his last five victories have come against undefeated opposition including Ivan Baranchyk to become IBF Super Lightweight champion and Regis Prograis to unify the IBF belt with the WBA belt.

After a successful title defense Taylor got an opportunity to become the seventh undisputed champion in super lightweight history when he faced Jose Carlos Ramirez who held the WBC and WBO belts. In a very close fight, two knockdowns helped give Josh Taylor the edge on the scorecards giving him the win and the undisputed crown.

According to reports, Taylor could move up to welterweight to face the man who was undisputed champion prior to him and the current WBO champion, Terence Crawford.

2. Errol Spence Jr.

  • Errol Spence Jr. record: 27-0, unified IBF and WBC Welterweight champion

The debate of who’s the best welterweight in boxing between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. is actually very close. While both make great cases for this spot, it’s Spence who gets the nod based on his superior resume.

Spence became welterweight champion handing Kell Brook his first loss at welterweight going on to successfully defend his title against Carlos Ocampo, Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Danny Garcia. In August, he will arguably have his toughest opponent yet when he steps in the ring with Manny Pacquiao.

1. Canelo Alvarez

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
  • Canelo Alvarez record: 56-1-2, unified WBA, WBC and WBO Super Middleweight champion

There is no fighter in boxing with the star power or a resume that compares to Canelo Alvarez. He is not only number one boxer in the world today, he is making a case for being the greatest Mexican fighter in boxing history.

In his last six fights, he has won world titles in three weight classes and unified in two (middleweight and super middleweight). This includes ending the unbeaten runs of two of the best super middleweights in the world Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. He is one belt away from becoming the first ever undisputed champion in the history of the super middleweight division.