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Sports Talk With Troy’s August 2018 Pound For Pound Boxing Rankings

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.

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Terence Crawford Vasyl Lomachenko Who’s #1 (June 2018)

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Terence Crawford Vasyl Lomachenko Who’s #1 (June 2018). In the wake of Floyd Mayweather’s retirement. Two boxers have emerged as the new kings of the sport. Leaving what I fell is a large gap between them and the rest of the sport. The first is Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska. Over the past 2 years, 5-0 with 4 stoppage wins. He became the undisputed champion at 140 and just won a championship at 147. The other is Vasyl Lomachenko The 2 time Olympic Gold medalist from Ukraine has put together a 6-0 mark all stoppages over the last two years. 5 defenses of a championship at 130 and winning one at 135. All 11 combined performances by Bud and Loma have been masterclasses. Each and everyone against very good and very capable opponents. When you take into account the quality of their opposition & how they performed against them. I just don’t see an argument for anyone else.

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Errol Spence Jr & Vasyl Lomachenko Are They Top 10 Pound For Pound?

Errol Spence Jr & Vasyl Lomachenko Are They Top 10 Pound For Pound?. I think they both are worthy of being ranked in the top 10. In this video I try to explain why I think Errol Spence Jr & Vasyl Lomachenko Are 10 Pound for Pound Boxers
Top 10 Pound For Pound Boxers October 2017 Based on my opinion of quality of opposition and level of performance. Over the past two years. (October 1, 2015-October 1, 2017) 1. Terence Crawford: Crawford is my number one pound for pound boxer. Every pound for pound list including this one is subjective. However over the past two years I just can’t see an argument that would make me consider anyone else as the best boxer in the world. Not everyone he’s fought are A+ world beaters (What I call career definers), but they have at least met the minimum requirement to be in a championship match. I would say his fights with both Viktor Postol and Julius Indongo were indeed career definers. He’s also been one of the most active champion with 6 fights in the time frame. Here is why he has separated himself from the rest of the pack. In the six fights he has had in the past two years. He has been absolutely dominate. No boxer can say they have fought as high a level of competition, or has been as dominant as he has been. 2. Keith Thurman: This pick might come as a surprise. This is a case of quality over quantity. Thurman has wins over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. This list is subject to my subjective opinion of their performances in the ring. I fell both fights were competitive fights. However I fell Thurman clearly won both times. 3. Gennady Golovkin** : Lets get this out of the way. While the fight was officially a draw. I scored the fight between Golovkin and Alvarez 8-4 for GGG. If he was given the nod over Canelo officially. I probably would have moved GGG over Thurman. I won’t try to tell you he has an all time great resume even over the past two years. However it’s better than his hatters will tell you it is. 4. Saul Alvarez**: I had Canelo at #3 and pretty much a 2b with Thurman in my last rankings. After the GGG fight I couldn’t keep him at 2b. I thought GGG won the fight so I had to move him over Canelo. 5. Andre Ward* . Ward is officially retired. However he has been active over the past two years. If this was a career resume list he would rank higher. I am going to be blunt. He should have dominated Sergey Kovalev in their first fight. I don’t think the talent level between the two is that close. Yes Kovalev was the #2 or 3 guy at light heavyweight. I happen to fell that Ward should have made a rematch unnecessary. I also fell that at the time of the stoppage in the second fight. Ward was pulling away, but it was still close in my opinion at the time. Ward’s win over Sullivan Barrera is looking better and better all the time. Alexander Brand might be the least qualified opponent for anyone on this list. 6.Vasyl Lomachenko: Before fighting Miguel Marriaga who is a decent boxer, but was coming off a loss. I felt Lomachenko had a three fight run that was almost as good as what Crawford has been doing. Before that he fought Romulo Koasicha that also doesn’t help his case. However he moved up to face Roman Martinez and won a championship. Nicholas Walters was supposed to be able to beat him. Jason Sosa had defended his championship in his previous fight. Even though he ws not champion when they fought. He did not lose it in the ring. 7. Anthony Joshua: It’s not just his win over Wladimir Klitschko that has earned a pound for pound ranking for AJ. I also think Dominic Breazeale is the real thing and Dillian Whyte has some solid wins since their fight. 8. Mikey Garcia: Garcia has wins over the than unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin and the talented Adrien Broner. 9. Errol Spence Jr. Going in to their fight there were plenty of people who felt that Kell Brook was the best welterweight in the world. Spence went in to his hometown to beat him. While Chris Algieri and Leonard Bundu might not be A+ world beaters, and neither fight was for a championship. They are both quality boxers. 10.. Wisaksil Wangek (Srisaket Sor Rungvisai): His first win over Roman Gonzalez was questionable. However in the second fight he left no doubt. *Retired, but active the past two years. ** I had GGG beating Canelo 8-4 and my rankings reflect this.