World Boxing News lists the current Top 50 Pound for Pound Boxing Rankings from the sport’s top stars.

WBN’s pound-for-pound boxing rankings are based on world titles, multiple weight titles, opponent caliber and winning streak.

Along with reputation, ability, longevity and activity during the calendar year are also considered.

Fighters earn more ranking points for defeating opponents who are also in the top 50. Star ratings are based on achievements in sports.

WBN will remove any boxer due to inactivity, retirement or injury.

WBN POUND FOR POUND RATING OF BOXERS

1 ALEXANDER USYK

2 NAOYA INOUE

3 CANELA ALVAREZ

4 EROL SPENCE

5 TYSON FURY

6 Terence Crawford

7 DMITRY BIVOL

8 DEVIN HANEY

9 GERMEL CHARLO

10 ROMAN GONZALEZ

11 HERVONTA DAVIS

12 VASYL LAMOCHENKA

13 JUAN ESTRADA

14 SHAKUR STEVENSON

15 Hennadiy Golavkin

Boxers from 16 to 50

16 ARTHUR BETSERBIEV

17 KAZUTO IOKA

18 RAY VARGAS

19 JACK CATTERALL

20 STEVEN FULTON JR

21 GEORGE CAMBOSAS, JR

22 TEOFIMO LOPEZ

23 KOSEI TANAKA

24 LEO SANTA CRUZ

25 SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI

26 ANTHONY JOSHUA

27 DEONTHEUS WILDER

28 JERMAL CHARLOTTE

29 JOSE RAMIREZ

30 EMMANUEL NAVARRETTE

31 JOSH TAYLOR

32 DAVID BENAVIDES

33 REGIS PROGRAIS

34 NONITA DONNER

35 DEMETRIUS ANDRADE

36 ANDY RUIZ JR

37 KEITH THURMAN

38 JOHN RIEL CASIMERO

39 HILBERTA RAMIREZ

40 MYRIS BRIEDIS

41 MURADZION AHMADALIEV

42 JERVIN ANCAJAS

43 JESSE RODRIGUEZ

44 WANHENG MENAYOTHIN

45 HIROTO KYOGUCHI

46 CALLUM SMITH

47 JOSE ZEPEDA

48 JAIME MUNGIA

49 MRS PRADABSRI

50 KENSHIR TERADI

Recent pound for pound history

On September 22, 2017, Ward decided to step down by resigning Gennady Golovkin to take the reigns after an impressive performance against Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas. Golovkin lost what should have been a decisive victory over the Mexican superstar by two farcical scorecard judges at the T-Mobile Arena.

Five months after the pair announced their highly-anticipated rematch, Canelo has twice tested positive for banned substances, putting ‘GGG’ on the line.

A one-sided victory over Vanes Martirosyan, a dominant super lightweight, was never enough to cement Golovkin’s position. May 12, 2018 Vasyl Lomachenko used in seven days.

Lomachenko defeated Jorge Linares over the course of ten rounds after being knocked out earlier in the fight to add the professional number one crown to his legendary amateur status.

Following an injury sustained during the fight, “Loma” was sidelined until December 2018 when he returned to reunite the division.

THE CANEL ERA

Around the same time I’m sure Canelo Alvarez captured the world third-weight title with an impressive performance at MSG.

Months later, and after Lomachenko similarly dealt with the mandatory Anthony Crolla, Canelo finally seized the upper hand, unifying 160 pounds further.

An emphatic triumph against Daniel Jacobs was enough to push Canelo over the border in his 55th outing.

A few months later, Lomachenko regained the top position in the pound-for-pound rankings with a victory over Luke Campbell in London.

Adding the WBC featherweight version to his WBO and WBA titles was enough to see his opponent reconsider and rule again.

Soon after, Canelo regained the top spot with a spectacular knockout of Sergey Kovalev.

Canelo became the head of four weight classes and solidified his position as the greatest of all time.

At the start of 2020, Canelo has firmly established himself as the number one fighter in the sport. The Mexican superstar cemented his place as the undisputed super middleweight in 2021.

After winning the WBN Fighter of the Year award, Canelo entered 2022 as the most famous boxer in the world. A 175-pound fight with Dmitriy Bival in May was a downer for Canelo.

His lofty ambitions to move up through the divisions were thwarted by a superb performance by a great fighter in Bivol. Size matters, as Bivol proved.

THE ERA OF USIK

Canelo’s death was for good Alexander Usyk, who became the pound-for-pound king. His undisputed and unique accomplishments at heavyweight and heavyweight spoke for themselves.

Seven world title belts in three years meant that few publications needed to argue about who replaced Canelo.

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Pound for Pound Boxing Rankings – WBN Top 50

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