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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
WHO SHOULD MAYWEATHER FIGHT NEXT?
12/13/14: Timothy Bradley 12/13/14: Miguel Cotto 12/6/14: Lucian Bute 12/6/14: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 11/22/14: Manny Pacquiao 11/22/14: Zou Shiming 11/22/14: Nathan Cleverly 11/15/14: Wladimir Klitschko 11/8/14: Tomasz Adamek 11/8/14: Bernard Hopkins 11/8/14: Sergey Kovalev 11/8/14: Luis Carlos Abregu 11/8/14: Felix Sturm 10/27/14: Alexander Povetkin 10/22/14: Shinsuke Yamanaka 10/18/14: Steve Cunningham 10/18/14: Gennady Golovkin 10/18/14: Nonito Donaire 10/18/14: Edwin Rodriguez 10/11/14: Carlos Molina 10/11/14: Cornelius Bundrage 10/4/14: Vanes Martirosyan 10/4/14: Chad Dawson 10/4/14: Jhonny Gonzalez 10/4/14: Jorge Arce 9/29/14: Johnathon Banks 9/27/14: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 9/27/14: Arthur Abraham 9/27/14: Tavoris Cloud 9/13/14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. 9/13/14: Marcos Maidana 9/13/14: Miguel Vazquez 9/13/14: Leo Santa Cruz 9/13/14: Alfredo Angulo 9/6/14: Adrien Broner 9/6/14: Lucas Matthysse 8/22/14: Austin Trout 8/16/14: Yoan Pablo Hernandez 8/16/14: Deontay Wilder 8/9/14: Danny Garcia 8/9/14: Lamont Peterson 8/2/14: Brandon Rios 7/19/14: Guillermo Rigondeaux 7/12/14: Erislandy Lara 6/28/14: Yuriorkis Gamboa 6/21/14: Robert Guerrero 6/21/14: Gary Russell Jr. 6/21/14: Devon Alexander 6/7/14: Sergio Martinez 5/31/14: Carl Froch 5/31/14: Vic Darchinyan 5/24/14: Adonis Stevenson 5/17/14: Juan Manuel Marquez 5/17/14: Mike Alvarado 5/3/14: Amir Khan 4/26/14: Keith Thurman 1/25/14: Miguel "Mikey" Angel Garcia 11/16/13: Andre Ward 10/26/13: Peter Quillin 10/23/13: Shane Mosley 10/12/13: Orlando Salido 9/14/13: Pablo Cesar Cano 9/7/13: Ricky Burns 9/7/13: Seth Mitchell 9/7/13: Chris Arreola 8/24/13: Abner Mares 8/23/13: Koki Kameda 8/17/13: Daniel Geale 8/17/13: Thomas Dulorme 7/27/13: Andre Berto 7/27/13: Jesus Soto Karass 7/6/13: David Price 6/22/13: Paul Malignaggi 6/15/13: Juan Manuel Lopez 6/8/13: Josesito Lopez 6/7/13: John Molina 5/25/13: Jean Pascal 5/25/13: Mikkel Kessler 5/25/13: Isaac Chilemba 5/4/13: Daniel Ponce De Leon 4/28/13: James Toney 4/27/13: Zab Judah 4/27/13: Fernando Guerrero 4/14/13: Chris John 4/8/13: Gamaliel Diaz 4/6/13: Roman Martinez 4/6/13: Brian Viloria 4/6/13: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. 3/2/13: Richard Abril 2/23/13: Andrew Golota 2/22/13: Roman Morales 1/26/13: Juan Carlos Salgado 1/25/13: Serhiy Dzinziruk 1/4/13: Jonathan Gonzalez 12/1/12: Billy Dib 2/23/13: Kelly Pavlik
11/29/14: Terence Crawford 11/29/14: Tyson Fury 11/29/14: Dereck Chisora 11/29/14: Mike Jimenez 11/22/14: Vasyl Lomachenko 11/22/14: Jessie Vargas 11/22/14: Antonio DeMarco 11/15/14: Matthew Macklin 11/15/14: Kubrat Pulev 11/8/14: Sadam Ali 11/1/14: Andrzej Fonfara 10/25/14: Randy Caballero 10/18/14: Nicholas Walters 10/8/14: Jermain Taylor 10/1/14: Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 9/27/14: Denis Lebedev 9/26/14: Anselmo Moreno 9/6/14: Carl Frampton 8/30/14: Marco Huck 8/23/14: Donovan George 8/16/14: Shawn Porter 8/16/14: Kell Brook 8/16/14: Sakio Bika 8/9/14: Daniel Jacobs 6/14/14: Ruslan Provodnikov 5/31/14: George Groves 3/1/14: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 9/28/13: David Haye 9/7/13: Rafael Marquez 8/17/13: Jhonatan Romero 8/16/13: Gabriel Campillo 8/16/13: Mike Mollo 6/29/13: Manuel Charr 6/14/13: Bryant Jennings 6/14/13: Ronald Cruz 6/8/13: Fres Oquendo 6/1/13: Hernan Marquez 5/18/13: Oliver McCall 5/17/13: Guillermo Jones 12/8/12: Mercito Gesta 12/8/12: Miguel Beltran Jr. 12/8/12: Brian Magee 12/6/12: Takahiro Ao 12/4/12: Hugo Ruiz 11/30/12: Joan Guzman 11/24/12: Ricky Hatton 11/17/12: Yusaf Mack 11/10/12: Robert Helenius 11/3/12: Firat Arslan 11/10/12: Jonathan Victor Barros 11/10/12: Mariusz Wach 11/3/12: Denis Grachev 11/3/12: Tomas Rojas 10/27/12: Marvin Quintero 10/27/12: Liborio Solis 10/20/12: Erik Morales 10/20/12: Randall Bailey 10/20/12: AJ Banal 10/20/12: Pungluang Sor Singyu 10/20/12: Hector David Saldivia 10/17/12: Omar Andres Narvaez 10/13/12: Toshiaki Nishioka 10/13/12: Audley Harrison 10/6/12: Jonathan Oquendo 10/6/12: Moises Fuentes 10/6/12: Ivan Calderon 10/6/12: Jorge Linares 10/6/12: Zaurbek Baysangurov 10/6/12: Lukas Konecny 9/29/12: Luis Orlando Del Valle 9/29/12: Zsolt Erdei 9/29/12: Hasim Rahman 9/29/12: Alexander Ustinov 9/29/12: Patrick Majewski 9/29/12: Julio Diaz 9/22/12: Kevin Mitchell 9/22/12: Francisco Palacios 9/22/12: Steve Molitor 9/21/12: Antwone Smith 9/21/12: Gabriel Rosado 9/21/12: Charles Whittaker 9/21/12: Efrain Esquivias 9/15/12: Robert Marroquin 9/15/12: Joachim Alcine 9/15/12: Mike Lee 9/15/12: Eric Morel 9/15/12: Troy Ross 9/8/12: Vitali Klitschko 9/8/12: Ajose Olusegun 9/8/12: Luis Ramos Jr. 9/8/12: Ivan Morales 9/8/12: Luis Maldonado 9/1/12: Moruti Mthalane 8/24/12: Manuel Roman 7/21/12: Vicente Escobedo 7/13/12: Glen Johnson



10/05/14

 

The Best Boxers Today, 2014

 

By Joe Harrison

 

Below is my list of today’s best boxers in every weight division beginning with the best heavyweight all the way down to the best strawweight.

Plus, the list is concluded with today’s pound-for-pound king.

 

KlitschkoHEAVYWEIGHT (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, the WBC belt. For now, it can be found around the waste of Bermane Stiverne.

 

CRUISERWEIGHT (200 POUNDS)

Yoan Pablo Hernandez -

IBF and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Hernandez dethroned Steve Cunningham of the IBF title in 2011 and retained it in their rematch as well. How Hernandez matches up against the other champions, Grigory Drozd (WBC), Denis Lebedev (WBA) and Marco Huck (WBO), remains to be seen. Still, at least for 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. He appears to be lost in the shuffle for now as Bernard Hopkins and Andrey Kovalev will meet in a unification bout for the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Boxing fans can only hope that Stevenson will face the winner.

 

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (168 POUNDS)

Carl Froch -

IBF Champion:

Due to the inactivity of WBA and The Ring Magazine Champion, Andre Ward, we must give the leading position to the next best and the most obvious choice, Carl Froch. His victories over Arthur Abraham, Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler and George Groves are more than impressive when compared to the other “titleholders” in the division. These active titleholders consist of Anthony Dirrell (WBC) and Arthur Abraham (WBO).

 

MIDDLEWEIGHT (160 POUNDS)

Miguel Cotto -

WBC and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Upon his victory over Sergio Martinez in June, Cotto became Puerto Rico’s first four-division champion. He also beat the division’s best, which is why he earns the number-one spot here. Most feel that the throne will soon be taken by Gennady Golovkin (WBA), and it may only be a matter of time. Other top names are Sam Soliman (IBF), Marco Antonio Rubio (WBC ‘regular’), Daniel Jacobs (WBA ‘regular’) and Peter Quillin.

 

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, WBA and The Ring Magazine Champion:

A man who needs no introduction, Mayweather is coming off of two victories over Marcos Maidana. Will this man remain undefeated forever? Currently, other top welterweights are Manny Pacquiao (WBO), Kell Brook (IBF), Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

 

JR. WELTERWEIGHT (140 POUNDS)

Danny Garcia -

WBC/WBA and The Ring Magazine Champion:

Following victories over Amir Khan, Zab Judah, and 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 Lamont Peterson (IBF), Chris Algieri (WBO), and Jessie Vargas (WBA regular).

 

LIGHTWEIGHT (135 POUNDS)

Terence Crawford -

WBO Champion:

Since Miguel Vazquez was dethroned by Mickey Bey for his IBF belt, we re-calculated our lightweight ranks and it is widely believed that Crawford is the top talent. His victories over Ricky Burns and Yuriorkis Gamboa provide plenty of evidence. Does anyone stand a chance against the Nebraska native? The other titlists are Omar Figueroa (WBC) and Richard Abril (WBA) as well as Mickey Bey (IBF).

 

JR. LIGHTWEIGHT (130 POUNDS)

Takashi Uchiyama -

WBA Champion:

A champion since 2010, Uchiyama holds impressive wins over names including Jaider Parra, Bryan Vasquez and Takashi Miura. Still, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (WBO) may be a force in the division, but his future is unclear at the moment. Other top names include Takeshi Miura (WBC) 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. Mares doesn’t appear to want a rematch, so Gonzalez will take on available names, such as Jorge Arce most recently. Other top names include Nonito Donaire (WBA), Evgeny Gradovich (IBF), Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO) and Nicholas Walters (WBA ‘regular’).

 

JR. FEATHERWEIGHT (122 POUNDS)

Guillermo Rigondeaux -

WBA, WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion:

This two-time Olympic gold medalist defeated top pound-for-pounder Nonito Donaire to unify the WBA and WBO titles. He may not be the most exciting boxer, but he is certainly one of the best. Other top names include Leo Santa Cruz (WBC), Carl Frampton (IBF) and Scott Quigg (WBA ‘regular’).

 

BANTAMWEIGHT (118 POUNDS)

Shinsuke Yamanaka -

WBC champion

A champion since 2011, Yamanaka has impressive victories over names such as Christian Esquivel, Vic Darchinyan and Malcolm Tunacao. Other champions are Juan Carlos Payano (WBA) 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 title defenses at 115 on his resume, although he most recently won by a majority decision over Felipe Orucuta. Other top jr. bantamweights include Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (WBC), Zolani Tete (IBF) and Kohei Kono (WBA).

 

FLYWEIGHT (112 POUNDS)

Roman Gonzalez -

WBC and The Ring Magazine Champion:

This three division titlist is taking the boxing world by storm as he continues to knock out most of his opponents, a streak of six at this time. Gonzalez also holds a win over the current WBA & WBO champion Juan Francisco Estrada, a unanimous decision win back in 2012. Other top names to look out for are Amnat Ruenroeng (IBF),  Juan Carlos Reveco (WBA ‘regular’) and Brian Viloria.

 

JR. FLYWEIGHT (108 POUNDS)

Donnie Nietes -

WBO and The Ring Magazine 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. Other top names include Naoya Inoue (WBC), Kazuto Ioka (WBA) and Johnriel Casimero (IBF).

 

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. He also defended the title with an eight-round knockout over Pigmy Kokietgym in June. Other top names include Oswaldo Novoa (WBC) and Francisco Rodriguez (WBO/IBF).

 

POUND-4-POUND #1

Floyd Mayweather Jr. -

WBC/WBA 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. Perhaps his wins over Marcos Maidana revealed signs of slippage, but Floyd came out victorious none-the-less. 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 47 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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