Sports Talk With Troy’s Top Ten Pound For Pound Boxers August 2018
Pound 4 Pound Aug 2018
Even if we have strict criteria, rankings are always subjective. So I won’t pretend that this reflects anything other than my opinion. I may or may not be an expert, but I am a long time fan with an informed and knowledgeable opinion. (You might or might agree with my rankings), but I fell that my rankings reflect an informed and knowledgeable opinion.
I try my best to have constant criteria. There are guys who are extraordinary good boxers, who for whatever reason haven’t done enough in the given timeframe to be ranked.
Based on the quality of opposition and quality of win/performance Aug 1, 2016- Aug 1, 2018. I fell that 2 years is the right timeframe. Active Pound 4 Pound should be about who is the best Active boxer Right Now. Not A career achievement award. That is for career ATG Pound 4 Pound.
Wins and losses before are not taken into consideration.
Does Not Reflect my opinion about possible head to head matchups.
The Four Who Can Be King! I fell there are only four boxers who can make a claim to being the sports best at this time. I fell The first two have a greater claim than the next two.
Terence Crawford 4(4)-0-0. John Molina Jr TKO 8/12, Felix Diaz R 10/12, Julius Indongo KO 3/12, Jeff Horn TKO 9/12. I have considered Terence Crawford to be the best boxer in the world for some time. It is only recently that I feel others have joined him in the debate for the title of best boxer in the world.
2. Vasyl Lomachenko. 5(5)-0-0. Nicholas Walters R 7/12, Jason Sosa R 9/12, Miguel Marriaga R 7/12, Guillermo Rigondeaux R 6/12, Jorge Linares TKO 10/12.
I had at one time considered Bud and Loma 1A & 1B. However, given time to consider my opinion. I fell that Lomachenko is gaining ground, but Crawford is still in the lead. You can poke holes at the quality of opposition for both Crawford & Lomachenko, but I honestly don’t think any argument against the quality of their opponents can explain their absolute dominance of their opponents.
3. Oleksandr Usyk. 6(2)-0-0. Krzysztof Glowacki UD 12/12, Thabiso Mchunu KO 9/12, Michael Hunter UD 12/12, Marco Huck TKO 10/12, Mairis Briedis MD 12/12, Murat Gassiev UD 12/12.
All things considered, Briedis and Gassiev are higher quality opponents than anyone Crawford & Lomchenko beat in the allotted timeframe. While the quality of Usyk’s opposition is better than Crawford’s & Lomachenko’s. Despite his great showing against Gassiev. He struggled a bit against Hunter & Briedis.
4. Mikey Garcia. 4(1)-0-0 Dejan Zlaticanin KO 3/12, Adrien Broner UD 12/12, Sergey Lipinets UD 12/12, Robert Easter Jr. Now that I am taking an even harder look at this resume. It’s hard to argue against it. However, Zlaticanin has since taken another KO loss, Broner would have been a more interesting fight a few years before, I think Lipinets is good but inexperienced. Unlike Lomachenko and Usyk Lipinets has a limited amateur career and a background in kickboxing. Easter had a lot of hype before winning the IBF Lightweight Championship, but hs not really lived up to it.
Filling out the next 5.While I fell there is a gap between #1 & #4. I fell there is a bigger gap between #4 & #5.
5. Anthony Joshua. 4(3)-0-0. Eric Molina TKO 3/12, Wladimir Klitschko TKO 11/12, Carlos Takam TKO 10/12, Joseph Parker UD 12/12. Not bad in overall quality. However, Molina, Takam & Parker all took losses after Joshua beat them. There might be circumstances to explain Takam’s & Parker’s losses, but they are still l legit losses. Klitchko was coming off a loss and a long layoff.
6. Errol Spence Jr 4(4)-0-0. Leonard Bundu KO 6/12, Kell Brook KO 11/12, Lamont Peterson R 7/12, Carlos Ocampo KO 1/12. Is The Truth’s resume as good as the boxers above him? No, and I’m not arguing that it is. However, it’s a pretty good resume. Bundu is a more than solid veteran who’s only other loss was to Keith Thurman, who if active would probably be on this and your top 10. I give the Brook win more weight because it took place in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield. To me going into a champion’s backyard (even if he was coming off a bad loss). Is really impressive. Peterson is not elite, but he’s still a championship-worthy boxer. I will say that even though Ocampo was the IBF’s top contender. I look at it more of a hometown showcase fight & the week link on his resume.
7. Gennady Golovkin. 3(2)-0-1, Kell Brook TKO 5/12, Daniel Jacobs UD 12/12, Saul Alvarez D 12/12, Vanes Martirosyan KO 2/2. Did I rank GGG to high or too Low? . I have to rank him above Canelo because I fell that he won their fight. When he fought Brook he was souped to fight Chris Eubank Jr, but Eubank pulled out of the fight. Brook who came up 2 divisions was a replacement. Just like Rigo/Loma. I have to consider that in my rankings. I think it was close, but I thought Jacobs beat GGG. I’m not calling GGG’s draw with Canelo or GGG’s win over Jacobs robberies. Just close fights that I don’t agree with the judges. However, I think Jacobs was closer to beating GGG than Canelo was to drawing with him. No GGG should not have fought Sergiy Derevyanchenko on short notice. Martirosyan is a championship quality boxer (at light middleweight) and coming off a long layoff. Again that is taken into consideration. Had he fought and beaten Derevyanchenko last notice. I would probably rank him above Joshua and Spence.
8. Saul Alvarez. 2(1)-0-1. Liam Smith KO 9/12, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. UD 12/12, Gennady Golovkin D 12/12. I think Smith is a quality boxer who can push anyone. Chavez Jr was never going to be his Father, but I think the pre-Sergio Martinez version of Chavez Jr. would have put up a fight. I fell that GGG beat Canelo, and because their bout was within the timeframe I fell I have to rank GGG higher.
9. Miguel Berchelt. 4(3)-0-0. Francisco Vargas KO 11/12, Takashi Miura UD 12/12, Maxwell Awuku TKO 3/12, Jonathan Victor Barros TKO 3/12. His resume is bottom heavy with his best win being Vargas and Miura.
10. Leo Santa Cruz. 3(1)-0-0. Carl Frampton MD 12/12, Chris Avalos KO 8/12, Abner Mares UD 12/12. Santa Cruz is here by a thin thread. His win over Frampton is the second of two fights. The first was won by Frampton on 7/30/2016. Just two days before the cutoff. His fight with Mares was also before the cutoff. He won that one too.
I am aware there may be a few boxers I left off my rankings that might be on yours. It’s not that I don’t think they have the skills. I just don’t fell that they did as much from August first, 2016 through August first, 2018.