Boxing’s P4P Rankings – Who Missed Out?

Boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings are highly subjective, with fighters only being as good as their last bout.

Whether it is unbeaten records, the number of world titles, or successful defenses, there are many factors that go into deciding which fighter ends up in the top-ten pound-for-pound rankings. Following two major fights this month, Shakur Stevenson and David Benavidez’s respective performances showed the nature of public perception when it comes to who is the best pound-for-pound fighter.

Stevenson beat Edwin De Los Santos to win the vacant WBC lightweight title and become a three-division champion. However, the performance was heavily criticized, with Stevenson being booed throughout the fight. The boxer fought on the back foot behind his jab, while De Los Santos struggled to land despite pressing the action. Although Stevenson had a hand injury which came out in the aftermath, his stock amongst the boxing fanbase fell.

As for Benavidez, the Mexican Monster may not have a belt. However, the manner of his latest win impressed the boxing community. The Mexican Monster stopped Demetrius Andrade after round six as the latter’s camp threw in the towel in a one-sided fight. Prior to that, Andrade was undefeated, as Benavidez’s stock grew massively with talks over a Canelo Alvarez fight for undisputed at 168 beginning to gather pace. Despite those contrasting performances, neither fighter made the Ring Magazine’s top ten pound-for-pound rankings.

Ring Magazine’s P4P Rankings

1. Terence Crawford – welterweight

2. Naoya Inoue – super bantamweight

3. Oleksandr Usyk – heavyweight

4. Canelo Alvarez – super middleweight

5. Dmitry Bivol – light heavyweight

6. Errol Spence Jr. – welterweight

7. Devin Haney – junior welterweight

8. Gervonta Davis – lightweight

9. Teofimo Lopez – junior welterweight

10. Vasiliy Lomachenko – lightweight

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