Following Terence Crawford’s stellar performance last weekend in his unification bout with Viktor Postol, it’s time to update the pound-for-pound top 10.
No. 1: Roman Gonzalez: 45-0 with 38 KOs; WBC Flyweight Champion The best small fighter of his generation goes for a world title in a fourth division in September, when he moves up to 115 pounds. At this point, he’s building his case to stand among the greatest sub-bantamweight fighters who ever lived.
No. 2: Sergey Kovalev: 30-0-1 with 26 KOs; WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Andre Ward has a better resume than Kovalev, but the Russian Destroyer has done his work more recently.
No. 3: Andre Ward: 29-0 with 15 KOs Ward’s run from 2009 to 2011 is one of the most impressive strings of the past decade. He has been far too inactive since, but still looks like the same fighter he was then. If he beats Kovalev later this year, he’ll deserve to sit at the top of this list.
No. 4: Gennady Golovkin: 35-0 with 32 KOs; WBA, IBF and WBC Middleweight Champion It’s true that GGG has not defeated an elite talent. But KO streak stretches over 20 fights and includes many top contenders and former champions.
No. 5: Terence Crawford: 29-0 with 20 KOs; WBO and WBC Super Lightweight Champion Crawford has made it a habit to defeat very good fighters with ease. That now includes the second best fighter in his division.
No. 6: Saul Alvarez: 47-1-1 with 33 KOs Wins over Austin Trout, Miguel Cotto and Erislandy Lara prove he’s the top dog at 154 pounds, even if he has been gun-shy about going to middleweight.
No. 7: Guillermo Rigondeaux: 17-0 with 11 KOs; WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Rigondeaux is one of the great amateur stars of all time and demonstrated he was an elite professional when he handled Nonito Donaire in 2013. But he hasn’t really fought anybody relevant since and his no-action style has pushed him to the sidelines for big fights, despite his undeniable talent.
No. 8: Vasyl Lomachenko: 6-1 with 4 KOs; WBO Super Featherweight Champion The Ukrainian star is already a two-division champion in just seven professional fights, after crushing Roman Martinez earlier this year. We could be at the start of one of boxing’s great all-time careers.
No. 9: Naoya Inoue, 10-0 with 8 KOs; WBO Super Flyweight Champion A stunning phenom, Inoue was a two-division world champion by the time he was 21. And he knocked out one of the longest reigning champions in the world, Omar Narvaez, to claim his second belt.
No. 10: Juan Francisco Estrada, 33-2 with 24 KOs; WBA and WBO Flyweight Champion Gonzalez might be the superstar at 112 pounds, but Estrada is an elite talent. His resume in his own weight class is as good as any in the sport.