Here is World in Sport's updated pound-for-pound rankings for August. This past Saturday, Russia's Sergey Kovalev stopped the UK's Anthony Yarde in the eleventh round to retain his WBO light heavyweight title. With the victory against the previously undefeated Yarde, Kovalev returns to the rankings at #20.
My list is based
Though it is a bit delayed, World in Sport has your latest P4P rankings for the month of July. A number of fighters on our list made appearances in the ring since our previous rankings came out. Gennady Golovkin stopped Steve Rolls in four rounds, IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington
Since our last World in Sport P4P rankings, there have been multiple significant fights. Naoya Inoue destroyed Emmanuel Rodriguez to move on to the finals of the WBSS, Deontay Wilder crushed Dominic Breazeale in the first round, and Andy Ruiz Jr. upset Anthony Joshua to become the new unified WBA
April was a big month for boxing. Three of the best fighters in the world (World in Sport's Top 3 P4P) fought and won. Vasyl Lomachenko crushed British challenger Anthony Crolla in four rounds, Terence Crawford dominated Amir Khan to earn a sixth round stoppage victory, and Canelo Alvarez won
March saw two significant fights resulting in changes to the World in Sport P4P list. First, WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter barely scraped by with a split-decision win over Yordenis Ugas on the 9th. Though I thought Porter did enough to keep his title, it was by and large a
No changes to the World in Sport P4P list this time. The only fighter on my list who fought since the last rankings is Leo Santa Cruz, who earned a unanimous decision win over Rafael Rivera to retain his WBA "super" featherweight title. Though Rivera is a tough contender, the
Three fighters make their World in Sport P4P list debuts in this month's rankings. Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner in defense of his WBA "regular" welterweight title to move him into the #18 spot on our list. Keith Thurman survived a strong performance
We've had a few significant fights since World in Sport's first Top 20 P4P list at the end of last year. IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington decisively beat Carl Frampton on December 22nd to propel him into my rankings at #18. The unbeaten Warrington will look to unify with another
Huge fights like Canelo vs. GGG 2 and Wilder vs. Fury headlined a great year for boxing.
What better way to finish 2018 than with World in Sport's first Top 20 P4P list?
My list is based on a number of factors, ranked below by order of importance:
1: Resume - Has he
The very definition of the pound for pound rankings accepts that the idea is limited, though they use the word subjective.
Personally I like to look at overall ability rather than current ranking within the weight class, opponents beaten or being particularly brilliant in one area over others.
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