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04/13/14

 

The Best Boxers Today, 2014

 

By Joe Harrison

 

Below is a list of today’s best boxers in every weight division beginning with the best heavyweight all the way down to the best strawweight, as provided by the staff of KOnews.net. Plus, our list is concluded with today’s pound-for-pound king.

 

HEAVYWEIGHT (UNLIMITED)

Wladimir Klitschko -

IBF, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Champion:

A champion since 2006, Wladimir continues to defeat every opponent placed in front of him, and rather easily. Now that big brother Vitali has vacated the WBC belt, Wladimir can actually go after the only relevant belt that is missing from his collection.

 

CRUISERWEIGHT (200 POUNDS)

Yoan Pablo Hernandez -

IBF and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Hernandez dethroned Steve Cunningham of the IBF title and retained it in their rematch as well. How Hernandez matches up against the other champions, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (WBC) and Marco Huck (WBO), remains to be seen. Still, as of now, Hernandez appears to be the best of the bunch.

 

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175 POUNDS)

Adonis Stevenson -

WBC and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Upon his defeat of Chad Dawson, our previous number-one light heavyweight, we placed Stevenson at the top of the 175-pound division. It seems that unification is around the corner as champions Beibut Shumenov (WBA) and Bernard Hopkins (IBF) will meet, with Adonis to meet the winner. Another champion, Sergey Kovalev (WBO), may be out of the mix for now.

 

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (168 POUNDS)

Andre Ward -

WBA and The Ring Magazine Champion:

With the division basically cleaned out, Ward may have to settle for the best middleweight or light heavyweight in the near future. The other titleholders include Carl Froch (IBF), Sakio Bika (WBC) and Arthur Abraham (WBO). Other notables are Mikkel Kessler and George Groves.

 

MIDDLEWEIGHT (160 POUNDS)

Sergio Martinez -

WBC and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Upon his victory over Kelly Pavlik in 2010, Martinez became the world’s best middleweight. Martinez continued to defeat each opponent placed on front of him, but he looked very poor in his last defense against Martin Murray. Most feel the next big name in the division is Gennady Golovkin (WBA), if not already. Other top names are Felix Sturm (IBF), Peter Quillin (WBO) and Daniel Geale.

 

JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT (154 POUNDS)

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez -

No title:

Before suffering his only loss to Floyd Mayweather Junior (WBC), Canelo appeared to be the king of the division. Now that Mayweather is back at the welterweight level, Canelo can regroup himself and reclaim the division. Other top names include Carlos Molina (IBF), Demetrius Andrade (WBO) and Erislandy Lara (WBA).

 

WELTERWEIGHT (147 POUNDS)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. -

WBC and The Ring Magazine Champion:

A man who needs no introduction, Mayweather is coming off a huge win over Saul Alvarez. Will this man remain undefeated forever? Currently, other top welterweights are Many Pacquiao (WBO), Marcos Maidana (WBA) and Shawn Porter (IBF). Other notables are Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Devon Alexander.

 

JR. WELTERWEIGHT (140 POUNDS)

Danny Garcia -

WBC/WBA and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Following his victory over Lucas Matthysse, Garcia is undoubtedly the best at 140. Now there is the question of how long Garcia remains in this division before moving up to 147. Other notables in the division are Ruslan Provodnikov (WBO), Lamont Peterson (IBF) and Jessie Vargas (WBA regular).

 

LIGHTWEIGHT (135 POUNDS)

Miguel Vazquez -

IBF Champion:

With Antonio DeMarco dethroned and Adrien Broner moving up to 147, Miguel Vazquez is alone at the top of the 135-pound division. Well, he is almost alone. Other top names include Terence Crawford (WBO), Richard Abril (WBA), and Omar Figueroa (WBC).

 

JR. LIGHTWEIGHT (130 POUNDS)

Takashi Uchiyama -

WBA Champion:

Victories over Juan Salgado and Jorge Solis provide evidence of this Japanese boxer’s potential. As Uchiyama continues to defend his title successfully, all eyes are on two-division champion, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (WBO), although he may be moving up in weight again. Other top names include Takeshi Miura (WBC), Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy (IBF).

 

FEATHERWEIGHT (126 POUNDS)

Jhonny Gonzalez -

WBC Champion:

Just when it appeared that the top name in the division was Abner Mares, he was knocked out in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez. The rematch should prove to be very interesting, if it ever happens. Other top names include Evgeny Gradovich (IBF), Simpiwe Vetyeka (WBA) and Nonito Donaire.

 

JR. FEATHERWEIGHT (122 POUNDS)

Guillermo Rigondeaux -

WBA, WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion:

This two-time Olympic gold medalist recently defeated top pound-for-pounder Nonito Donaire to unify the WBA and WBO titles. He recently defended his titles against Joseph Agbeko. He may not be the most exciting boxer, but he is certainly one of the best. Other top names include Leo Santa Cruz (WBC), Kiko Martinez (IBF) and Carl Frampton.

 

BANTAMWEIGHT (118 POUNDS)

Anselmo Moreno -

WBA champion

A champion since 2008, Moreno appears to be the best in the 118-pound division. On the other hand, other names should not be ignored such as Shinsuke Yamanaka (WBC), Stuart Hall (IBF), and Paulus Ambunda (WBO).

 

JR. BANTAMWEIGHT (115 POUNDS)

Omar Andres Narvaez -

WBO Champion:

Narvaez has shown time and time again that he can compete with the best in boxing, especially at junior bantamweight as well as flyweight, where he previously held a championship belt. He has multiple defenses at 115 on his resume, and he is ready to move forward. Other top jr. bantamweights include Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (WBC), Kohei Kono (WBA), and Carlos Cuadras.

 

FLYWEIGHT (112 POUNDS)

Juan Estrada -

WBA/WBO Champion:

Estrada scored a huge win over Brian Viloria to claim two of the major alphabet belts. Other top names to look out for are Akira Yaegashi (WBC & The Ring Magazine Champion), Brian Viloria, Edgar Sosa and Amnat Ruenroeng (IBF).

 

JR. FLYWEIGHT (108 POUNDS)

Donnie Nietes -

WBO Champion:

This two-division champion appears to be alone at the top now that Roman Gonzalez has moved up in weight. Okay, so he’s not completely alone, especially since the man he fought to a draw with last year, Moises Fuentes, is back for the rematch in May. Other top names include Naoya Inoue (WBC), Johnriel Casimero (IBF), and Kazuto Ioka (WBA).

 

STRAWWEIGHTS (105 POUNDS)

Hekkie Budler -

WBA Champion:

In a division where names revolve regularly, Budler earned the full WBA title with a first-round KO over Karlius Diaz in March. Other top names include Oswaldo Novoa (WBC), Francisco Rodriguez (WBO), and Katsunari Takayama (IBF).

 

POUND-4-POUND #1

Floyd Mayweather Jr. -

WBC Welterweight Champion:

WBC Super Welterweight Champion:

There is no doubt that Floyd Mayweather Junior stands alone as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Mayweather most recently defeated Canelo Alvarez and he also had big win over Robert Guerrero last year. Perhaps a strong case could be made for Andre Ward, but he’s only cleaned out the 168-pound division so far, and refuses to try other weights at this time, let alone fight at all. Mayweather, undefeated in his 45 fights, has held titles in every division from super featherweight to super welterweight. Until he loses, no one should doubt that he is boxing’s king.

 

 

 

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