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The Best Boxers Today, 2015


By Joe Harrison


KlitschkoBelow 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.



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. Most recently, “Dr. Steelhammer” knocked out top-ranked Kubrat Pulev in five rounds. Is there anyone who can dethrone the king? Other top heavyweights include Bermane Stiverne (WBC), Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings. Heavyweight Rankings



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. Unfortunately, Hernandez has only fought four times since winning the title while other top names continue to gain momentum. These names include Marco Huck (WBO), Grigory Drozd (WBC) and Denis Lebedev (WBA). Cruiserweight Rankings



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. An argument can also be made for Andrey Kovalev, who recently defeated Bernard Hopkins to unify the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. Light Heavyweight Rankings



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). Super Middleweight Rankings



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. An argument can also be made for Gennady Golovkin (WBA), one of the most dominant boxers in the sport today. Other top names include Andy Lee (WBO), Jermain Taylor (IBF), Daniel Jacobs (WBA ‘regular’) and Peter Quillin. Middleweight Rankings



Saul “Canelo” Alvarez -

No title:

Before suffering his only loss to Floyd Mayweather Junior (WBC/WBA), Canelo appeared to be the king of the division. Since Mayweather is back at the welterweight level, and with his victory over Erislandy Lara (WBA), Canelo has reclaimed the division. Other top names include Demetrius Andrade (WBO) and Cornelius Bundrage (IBF). Junior Middleweight Rankings



Floyd Mayweather Jr. -

WBC, WBA and The Ring Magazine Champion:

In 2014, Mayweather defeated hard-hitting Marcos Maidana by decision twice. Will this man remain undefeated forever? More importantly, will he ever face Manny Pacquiao (WBO)? Other top names include Kell Brook (IBF), Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Amir Khan. Welterweight Rankings



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. Following an off year in 2014 with a controversial win over Mauricio Herrera and a knockout over un-ranked Rod Salka, the world awaits Garcia’s next move. Other top names include are Lamont Peterson (IBF), Jessie Vargas (WBA regular) and Lucas Matthysse. Junior Welterweight Rankings



Terence Crawford -

WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion:

In 2014, Crawford solidified his spot as the best lightweight in the world with victories over Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran. He will most likely move up to 140 pounds for his next fight. Other top names include Mickey Bey (IBF), Richard Abril (WBA), Jorge Linares (WBC) and Omar Figueroa. Lightweight Rankings



Takashi Uchiyama -

WBA Champion:

A champion since 2010, Uchiyama holds impressive wins over names including Jaider Parra, Bryan Vasquez and Takashi Miura. Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (WBO) could be a force in the division, but he continues to remain inactive instead. Other top names include Takeshi Miura (WBC), Rances Barthelemy (IBF) and Orlando Salido (WBO). Junior Lightweight Rankings



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 other available names, such as Jorge Arce most recently. Other top names include Nicholas Walters (WBA), Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO) and Evgeny Gradovich (IBF). Featherweight Rankings



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. Clearly the best in the division, the other top names seem reluctant to step into the ring with him. These names include Leo Santa Cruz (WBC), Carl Frampton (IBF) and Scott Quigg (WBA ‘regular’). Junior Featherweight Rankings



Shinsuke Yamanaka -

WBC champion

A champion since 2011, Yamanaka has impressive victories over names such as Christian Esquivel, Vic Darchinyan and Malcolm Tunacao. Other top names include Juan Carlos Payano (WBA), Randy Caballero (IBF) and Paulus Ambunda (WBO). Bantamweight Rankings



Naoya Inoue -

WBO Champion:

In only his sixth professional bout, this junior flyweight world champion jumped up two divisions to dominate top super flyweight champ Omar Narvaez in two rounds. With the victory, he grabbed the attention of boxing fans worldwide. Other top names include Carlos Cuadras (WBC), Zolani Tete (IBF) and Kohei Kono (WBA). Junior Bantamweight Rankings



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 seven 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 include Amnat Ruenroeng (IBF), Juan Carlos Reveco (WBA ‘regular’) and Brian Viloria. Flyweight Rankings



Donnie Nietes -

WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion:

With only one loss dating back to 2004, this two-division champion continues to be on a roll, making the fifth successful defense of his 108-pound title last November. Other top names include Pedro Guevara (WBC), Ryoichi Taguchi (WBA) and Javier Mendoza (IBF). Junior Flyweight Rankings



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, and a unanimous decision win over Xiong Zhao Zhong in October. Other top names include Wanheng Menayothi (WBC) and Katsunari Takayama (WBO/IBF). Strawweight Rankings



Floyd Mayweather Jr. -

WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion:

WBC/WBA 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. 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. Pound-For-Pound Rankings


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