Vasyl Lomachenko, arguably boxing’s pound-for-pound king, is back on BoxNation this weekend in a top class unification clash.
The WBA Lightweight Champion will be lighting up New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday when he meets WBO ruler Jose Pedraza.
He has already proven himself as someone special in a boxing ring. He was a double world and Olympic amateur Champion and won three World Titles inside 12 professional fights.
In the opinions of most fans he and the WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford are boxing’s current top dogs.
It is subjective stuff, but today we present BoxNation’s top ten pound for pound rankings.
10: TYSON FURY
27-0-1, 19 KOs (Great Britain)
Some might scoff at the ‘Gypsy King’ getting a top ten tab, but his performance against Deontay Wilder on Saturday night recovering from being ‘knocked out’ was pound-for-pound stuff. Wilder might have retained his WBC crown but the draw decision left a sour taste. Fury has a strong claim as the world’s top Heavyweight.
9: SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI
47-4-1, 41 KOs (Thailand)
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The WBC Super-Flyweight Champion caused a huge upset when he outpointed Roman Gonzalez in March 2017 and proved that was no one-off, knocking out the Nicaraguan in four rounds when they met again. At the time of the first fight, Gonzalez was considered the best fighter in the world by some. He had another brilliant win earlier this year when defeating Juan Francisco Estrada.
8: ERROL SPENCE
24-0, 21 KOs (USA)
Spence is many people’s idea of a future pound-for-pound king. He looks special and is preparing for a third defence of his IBF Title against Mikey Garcia. A unification against Terence Crawford is the boxing match that will have the world drooling. He looks like he can go through the weights, also. Holds superstar potential.
7: MIKEY GARCIA
39-0, 30 KOs (USA)
Jumping two weight classes to challenge IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence has robbed fans of a dream 135lb showdown against Lomachenko, but who can blame him for daring to be great. In recent years he has proven himself as a top 10 fighter with a string of dominant World Lightweight Championship performances.
6: GENNADY GOLOVKIN
38-1-1, 34 KOs (Kazakhstan)
With his 37th birthday approaching GGG could be on the slide, but even at this stage of his career he has too much in the locker for many. He rightly felt aggrieved with the judges’ drawing his first fight with Canelo, but lost the second and is holding out for a third meeting.
5: NAOYA INOUE
17-0, 15 KOs (Japan)
The Japanese wrecking machine can be expected to soar further up the rankings if he wins the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series. He has 15 KOs to his name and already won world titles at light-flyweight, super-flyweight and bantamweight. In his last two fights quality operators Juan Carlos Payano and Jamie McDonnell were both hammered inside a round lasting a combined total of 182 seconds.
4: CANELO ALVAREZ
50-1-2, 34 KOs (Mexico)
The flame haired 28-year-old isn’t universally idolised given his contaminated meat storm. Love him or loathe him, he knows how to fight as he constantly proves, particularly in the second fight against Golovkin in September.
3: OLEKSANDR USYK
16-0, 12 KOs (Ukraine)
Lomachenko’s best friend has cleaned up the Cruiserweight division and is a rare four belt Champion. Boxing fans were wowed at his dissection of Tony Bellew. He is looking at Anthony Joshua and making the Heavyweight switch, but will he have the power to hurt the big boys?
2: TERENCE CRAWFORD
34-0, 25 KOs (USA)
Crawford is emerging as one of the sports true superstars. One of boxing’s dream fights would be a Welterweight unification against Spence. He has become a World Champion at three weights in a stretch of 11 fights, a run that started against Ricky Burns in March 2014.
1: VASYL LOMACHENKO
11-1, 9 KOs (Ukraine)
Despite an early career loss to Orlando Salido people are doubting whether he will ever lose again. The only thing that looks like beating him right now is his size attempting to go up through the weights. He has the ringcraft of a genius and enjoys inflicting punishment.
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