Lightweight Boxing Rankings: Best boxers in division today

Lightweight Boxing Rankings: Best Lightweight Division Boxers Today
May 2, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vasyl Lomachenko celebrates with his trainers after defeating Gamalier Rodriguez (not pictured) during their WBO featherweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If there is one thing boxing fans could takeaway from the lightweight division it’s that the future of boxing is in good hands. Of the 10 fighters on this list, five of them are in their 20s including three fighters under the age of 25.

This division is stocked with fighters that have the ability and potential to be dominant in the sport of boxing for years to come. So that begs the question where do the lightweight boxing rankings currently stand? That’s what we’re here to find out.

Here are the top 10 lightweight boxers in the world today.

10. George Kambosos Jr.

Lightweight Boxing Rankings: George Kambosos Jr.
Jan 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; George Kambosos Jr (white/black trunks) celebrates after defeating Rey Perez (not pictured) in a lightweight boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kambosos Jr won via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
  • George Kambosos Jr. record: 19-0, 10 KOs

George Kambosos Jr. is the only fighter on this list that has not challenged for a world title in the lightweight division yet. In each of his first 13 professional fights, Kambosos fought exclusively in Australia. Up until his most recent fight, he had yet to face a former world champion or even a world title contender.

That is, until this past October, when he beat former IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby by split decision in what was an IBF title eliminator. Teofimo Lopez tweeted a world title fight between him and Kambosos is reportedly set to go down on June 5th but it has since been deleted.

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9. Luke Campbell

  • Luke Campbell record: 20-4, 16 KOs

While Luke Campbell is a very talented fighter, he has yet to claim the signature win to put him amongst the elite in the lightweight division. That being said, he does have a solid list of accomplishments including the WBC Silver Lightweight title, the WBC International Lightweight title as well as beating former WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez and former IBF Super Featherweight champion Argenis Mendez.

Campbell has received two world title shots at lightweight against Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko losing both by decision. His most recent bout saw him lose to Ryan Garcia suffering his first professional knockout loss.

8. Javier Fortuna

  • Javier Fortuna record: 36-2-1, 25 KOs

Javier Fortuna previously reigned as the WBA world champion in the super featherweight division winning the belt from Bryan Vasquez in May 2015. After a successful title defense he would lose the belt to Jason Sosa. Fortuna moved up to the lightweight division after losing his WBA belt. He received his first world title fight at lightweight after winning his first four fights in the division ending three fighter’s undefeated streaks.

In that title fight, he unsuccessfully challenged Robert Easter Jr. for the IBF Lightweight title losing by split decision. Fortuna has won each of his last three fights including a win over former featherweight champion Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar.

7. Jorge Linares

Lightweight Boxing Rankings: Jorge Linares
Sep 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Referee Jack Ries raises the arm of Jorge Linares as he stands next to Oscar De La Hoya after winning his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Lightweight Title fight against Luke Campbell (not pictured) at The Forum. Linares won by decision. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jorge Linares record: 47-5, 29 KOs

Jorge Linares is the oldest fighter on this list at 35-years-old. Prior to moving up to the lightweight division, Linares won world championships in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions. He won his first world championship in the lightweight division in 2014 when he beat Francisco Javier Prieto for the vacant WBC Lightweight title.

After two successful title defenses, Linares then went on to win the WBA Lightweight championship after beating Anthony Crolla. He successfully defended the belt three times including a rematch against Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell. He would lose the belt to Vasyl Lomachenko by 10th round TKO. In spite of losing to Lomachenko, he holds the distinction of being the first fighter to drop him in his professional career.

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6. Richard Commey

  • Richard Commey record: 30-3

Off an unsuccessful attempt in his first world title fight against Robert Easter Jr. in September 2016, Commey went on to win the IBF Lightweight title three years later when he beat Isa Chaniev by 2nd round TKO. This made him the first African born lightweight champion in the division’s history.

Following a successful title defense against Raymundo Beltran, he would lose the belt to Teofimo Lopez after getting knocked out in the 2nd round. Last month, Commey returned to the ring for the first time since losing his IBF belt beating Jackson Martinez by 6th round knockout.

5. Devin Haney

  • Devin Haney record: 25-0, 15 KOs; WBC Lightweight champion

At 22-years-old, Devin Haney is the youngest world champion in boxing today. Haney is a rare case of a fighter that won a world championship without actually fighting for said world championship. In September 2019, Devin Haney beat Zaur Abdullaev by stoppage to win the Interim WBC title.

At the time, Vasyl Lomachenko was the WBC Lightweight world champion. When the WBC promoted Lomachenko to their franchise champion, Haney was thereby awarded the world championship. He has since successfully defended the title twice against Alfredo Santiago and Yuriorkis Gamboa respectively. He garnered criticism for his fight against Gamboa because he was unable to knockout or even drop a fighter known for having a weak chin.

4. Ryan Garcia

Lightweight Boxing Rankings: Ryan Garcia
Nov 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ryan Garcia (blue trunks) knocks out Romero Duno (black trunks) during their WBC silver and NABO lightweight title bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Garcia won via first round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
  • Ryan Garcia record: 21-0, 18 KOs

Most may know Ryan Garcia for his growing social media profile, but best believe he is a problem once he steps in the ring. Like Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia is also 22-years-old and is primed to become a star in the sport of boxing. His most notable wins include first round knockout victories against Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca as well as a win against Jayson Velez.

In Garcia’s most recent bout against Luke Campbell, he faced his first bit of adversity when he was knocked down for the first time in his career in the second round. He was able to recover and went on to win the fight via 7th round TKO with a body shot.

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3. Gervonta Davis

  • Gervonta Davis record: 23-0, 22 KOs

Gervonta Davis is a rare case of someone who currently holds belts in two different weight classes in the WBA Super World Super Featherweight title and the WBA Regular Lightweight title. His first world championship in came in January 2017 when he won the IBF Super Featherweight title by beating the previously undefeated Jose Pedraza. After a successful title defense against Liam Walsh, Davis was stripped of the title due to missing weight in his fight against Francisco Fonseca which he would also go on to win.

He would win the WBA Super World Super Featherweight title in April 2018 beating Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. In December 2019, after two successful defenses of his super featherweight title, he moved up to the lightweight division winning the regular WBA Lightweight title after beating Yuriorkis Gamboa. His last bout saw him successfully defend his lightweight and super featherweight titles against Leo Santa Cruz.

2. Vasyl Lomachenko

  • Vasyl Lomachenko record: 14-2, 10 KOs

Following a storied amateur career, that included winning two Olympic Gold medals, Vasyl Lomachenko stepped into the professional ranks as a featherweight receiving a world title fight in just his second bout. Fighting for the vacant WBO Featherweight title, Lomachenko suffered his first loss in a majority decision upset to Orlando Salido. However, the title remained vacant due to the title not being on the line for Salido due to missing weight. Lomachenko would subsequently win the title in his next fight beating Gary Russell Jr. by majority decision.

After three successful title defenses, would move up to the super featherweight division where he would win the WBO title after beating Roman Martinez. Lomachenko moved up to the lightweight division in May 2018 where he would win the WBA Lightweight title beating Jorge Linares. He would become unified champion in his next fight beating Jose Pedraza winning the WBO belt. Lomachenko lost his championships in October when he lost to Teofimo Lopez by unanimous decision in a bout where Lopez’s IBF title was also on the line.

1. Teofimo Lopez

Lightweight Boxing Rankings: Teofimo Lopez
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, 12 KOs; WBA, IBF and WBO Lightweight champion

Teofimo Lopez is the perfect example of what happens when a fighter believes in their own abilities and takes calculated risks. Unbeaten through his first 14 fights, Lopez got his first world title shot in December 2019 when he faced Richard Commey for the IBF Lightweight title. There he beat Commey via a dominant second-round knockout to claim the belt. His very next fight saw him take a unification bout against the now former number one ranked lightweight as well as WBA and WBO Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

Lopez went into the fight as a massive underdog as Lomachenko was not only looked at as the most skilled fighter in the lightweight division, but the most skilled fighter pound-for-pound. Lopez would take the fight to Lomachenko and walk out with a unanimous decision victory becoming the new unified WBA, WBO and IBF Lightweight champion.

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