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Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Jermell Charlo earns his place in the top 10 after becoming undisputed champion

Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Jermell Charlo earns his place in the top 10 after becoming undisputed champion

Passionate as ever after his resounding finish of Brian Castano in their undisputed rematch for the four-belt title last weekend, junior middleweight king Jermell Charlo used the post-fight press conference to look into the eyes of his detractors and demand his respect pound for pound. .

Luckily for Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs), his performance was simply undeniable.

Already hailed for its complete game, Charlo has found a brand new piece of equipment in his drive to meet Castano in the trenches and possibly get rid of him with power shots. His defense in the storm was also elite as Charlo showed the full package to declare himself outright best in class at 154 pounds.

The only question now for 31-year-old Charlo, the twin brother of WBC middleweight champion Jermall, is whether he stays at 154 pounds for high-level mandatory defenses against undefeated Tim Tszyu and Sebastian Fundora, or he decides to go up. in weight.

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Using a yardstick that considers everything from accomplishments to current form, let’s take a closer look at the top fighters inside the ring. Below is the latest Pound for Pound standings update following Charlo’s impressive TKO victory in May.

Pound for pound rankings

1. Canelo Alvarez

Undisputed super middleweight champion (57-2-2, 38 KOs) | Previous ranking: N°1

The best in the world seemed to find his ceiling when it came to dramatic increases in weight when he dropped a unanimous decision against undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in May. A rematch could be next, although Alvarez retains his ‘best in the world’ status due to his overall work across four divisions.

2. Errol Spence Jr.

Unified Welterweight Champion (28-0, 22 KOs) | Previous ranking: n°2

Despite a 17-month layoff and surgery to repair a detached retina, Spence came back looking better than ever at 32 in his demolition of Yordenis Ugas to unify three of four world titles. The only fight that makes sense for the next one is an undisputed showdown with WBO champion Terence Crawford in arguably the biggest fight the sport can have.

3. Terence Crawford

WBO welterweight champion (37-0, 27 KOs) | Previous ranking: n°3

Crawford made an incredible series of adjustments to slow down and finish Shawn Porter in their November pay-per-view clash. As a network and promotional free agent, the time has never been better for Crawford to seek a career-defining test for all four welterweight titles against Spence.

4. Naoya Inoue

Unified Bantamweight Champion (19-0, 17 KOs) | Previous ranking: N°4

The Japanese “monster” closed 2021 with a very busy knockout in his native Japan. Inoue’s combination of power, speed and boxing IQ is among the best in the game. Next up is a title unification in June against living legend Nonito Donaire, in a rematch of their 2019 thriller.

5. Tyson’s Fury

WBC heavyweight champion (32-0-1, 24 KOs) | Previous ranking: 5

At 33, ‘The Gypsy King’ delivered perhaps his most complete and impressive performance to date when he knocked out Dillian Whyte with a punch in front of 94,000 fans in London. Although Fury has teased both retirement and a mixed rules match against UFC star Francis Ngannou, a shot at the undisputed championship is still within reach.

6. Vasily Lomachenko

Lightweight (16-2, 11 KOs) | Previous ranking: n°6

The ongoing conflict in his native Ukraine has forced Lomachenko to the front lines and pull out of a possible title fight against unified lightweight king George Kambosos Jr. It doesn’t matter when he returns, Lomachenko, 34 , used 2021 to remind his detractors how dominant he still was. is by dismantling Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey.

7. Shakur Stevenson

WBO junior lightweight champion (18-0, 9 KOs) | Previous ranking: n°7

Already compared to a young Floyd Mayweather, the 24-year-old southpaw produced a surgical takedown of fellow undefeated Oscar Valdez in their title unification in April. Stevenson’s speed, technique and IQ are off the charts. The future is now.

8. Oleksandr Usyk

Unified Heavyweight Champion (19-0, 13 KOs) | Previous ranking: n°7

The former undisputed heavyweight champion has upset the apple basket at heavyweight by convincingly outclassing Anthony Joshua. A contract rematch is likely for this summer after Usyk received clearance from his native Ukraine to begin training despite the ongoing dispute with Russia.

9. Dmitry Bivol

WBA light heavyweight champion (20-0, 11 KOs) | Previous ranking: NR

Criticized at times for playing it safe in the past, Bivol was anything but in his decisive win over pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. Bivol played the bigger man and showed Alvarez no respect in the way he fought him. Not only is Bivol interested in an immediate rematch, he’s willing to drop to 168 pounds to challenge for the undisputed crown.

10. Jermell Charlo

Undisputed Junior Middleweight Champion (35-1-1, 19 KOs) | Previous ranking: NR

Charlo’s resounding knockout of Brian Castano in their undisputed four-belt rematch in May was the performance his detractors had been waiting for. Criticized at times for being too particular with his production, Charlo stood in the pocket and let his hands go in a groundbreaking performance. The next step could be a move up to 160 pounds, coinciding with twin brother Jermall’s rise to super middleweight.

Abandoned: Gervonta Davis

Honorable mention: Davis, Josh Taylor, Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev, Roman Gonzalez, Jermall Charlo


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