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 tough night for the veteran. Many viewers thought Ugas deserved the win, and Porter looked just plain sloppy, especially defensively. If he had trouble with a fighter like Ugas, how would he fare against the likes of Errol Spence Jr.? Porter drops down a few slots to #17.
Speaking of Spence, I have him up to #7 on the list after he shut out four-division champion Mikey Garcia on March 16th, winning twelve rounds to zero on all three of the judges’ scorecards. Garcia did drop a couple spots, but because he was essentially moving up two weight divisions to face Spence, I still have him just ahead at #6. No lightweight or even super lightweight on the planet would have a chance at beating Spence right now.
My list is based on a number of factors, ranked below by order of importance:
- 1: Resume – Has he dominated his division? How has he performed against top competition?
- 2: Ability – How special is he in the ring? Is he one-dimensional or well-rounded?
- 3: Weight – Has he moved up in weight with success? Slight bias towards the more competitive divisions.
- 4: Potential – Is the fighter on the decline, or can he get even better?
- 5: Activity – Fighter must have fought at least once within the past year.
* = Fighter has fought since last rankings.
1 ▬ Terence Crawford (USA) | 34-0-0
Notable Wins: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Julius Indongo, Jeff Horn
2 ▬ Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) | 12-1-0
Notable Wins: Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares
3 ▬ Saul Alvarez (MEX) | 50-1-2
Notable Wins: Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin
4 ▲ Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) | 16-0-0
Notable Wins: Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew
5 ▲ Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) | 38-1-1
Notable Wins: Martin Murray, David Lemieux, Kell Brook, Daniel Jacobs
6 ▼ Mikey Garcia* (USA) | 39-0-0
Notable Wins: Orlando Salido, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr.
7 ▲ Errol Spence Jr.* (USA) | 24-0-0
Notable Wins: Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia
8 ▼ Naoya Inoue (JPN) | 17-0-0
Notable Wins: Omar Narvaez, Kohei Kono, Jamie McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano
9 ▼ Leo Santa Cruz (MEX) | 35-1-1
Notable Wins: Abner Mares (x2), Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton
10 ▼ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) | 47-4-1
Notable Wins: Roman Gonzalez (x2), Juan Francisco Estrada, Iran Diaz
11 ▬ Anthony Joshua (GBR) | 22-0-0
Notable Wins: Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin
12 ▬ Daniel Jacobs (USA) | 35-2-0
Notable Wins: Sergio Mora (x2), Peter Quillin, Maciej Sulecki, Sergiy Derevyanchenko
13 ▲ Tyson Fury (GBR) | 27-0-1
Notable Wins: Steve Cunningham, Dereck Chisora (x2), Christian Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko
14 ▲ Callum Smith (GBR) | 25-0-0
Notable Wins: Rocky Fielding, Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, George Groves
15 ▲ Deontay Wilder (USA) | 40-0-1
Notable Wins: Bermane Stiverne (x2), Artur Szpilka, Gerald Washington, Luis Ortiz
16 ▲ Keith Thurman (USA) | 29-0-0
Notable Wins: Jesus Soto Karass, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia
17 ▼ Shawn Porter* (USA) | 30-2-1
Notable Wins: Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas
18 ▬ Manny Pacquiao (PHL) | 61-7-2
Notable Wins: Timothy Bradley (x2), Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner
19 ▬ Josh Warrington (GBR) | 28-0-0
Notable Wins: Hisashi Amagasa, Kiko Martinez, Lee Selby, Carl Frampton
20 ▬ Sergey Kovalev (RUS) | 33-3-1
Notable Wins: Jean Pascal (x2), Bernard Hopkins, Isaac Chilemba, Eleider Alvarez
Dropped from list: None
On Friday, April 12th, Vasyl Lomachenko (#2) will defend his WBA (super) and WBO lightweight titles against Anthony Crolla. Then, on April 20th, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (#1) will defend his strap against Amir Khan on ESPN PPV.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (#10) and Juan Francisco Estrada will meet for a second time on April 26th for Rungvisai’s WBC super flyweight title. On May 4th, Canelo Alvarez (#3) will face Daniel Jacobs (#12) for the WBA (super), WBC, and IBF middleweight titles.
The next month is certainly filled with excellent fights featuring elite fighters. Could there be an upset or two? Visit World in Sport throughout the coming weeks as we preview each bout.
Comparing fighters across different weight classes is mostly subjective, and everybody has their own opinion. Comment below with who you think deserves to be on the list.