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 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) | 35-0-0
Notable Wins: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Jeff Horn, Amir Khan
2 ▬ Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) | 13-1-0
Notable Wins: Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares
3 ▬ Saul Alvarez (MEX) | 52-1-2
Notable Wins: Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs
4 ▬ Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) | 16-0-0
Notable Wins: Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew
5 ▬ Naoya Inoue (JPN) | 18-0-0
Notable Wins: Omar Narvaez, Kohei Kono, Jamie McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano
6 ▬ Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) | 39-1-1
Notable Wins: Martin Murray, David Lemieux, Kell Brook, Daniel Jacobs
7 ▬ Mikey Garcia (USA) | 39-1-0
Notable Wins: Orlando Salido, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr.
8 ▬ Errol Spence Jr. (USA) | 24-0-0
Notable Wins: Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia
9 ▬ Leo Santa Cruz (MEX) | 35-1-1
Notable Wins: Abner Mares (x2), Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton
10 ▬ Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) | 39-3-0
Notable Wins: Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura, Carlos Cuadras, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
11 ▬ Daniel Jacobs (USA) | 35-2-0
Notable Wins: Sergio Mora (x2), Peter Quillin, Maciej Sulecki, Sergiy Derevyanchenko
12 ▬ Tyson Fury (GBR) | 28-0-1
Notable Wins: Steve Cunningham, Dereck Chisora (x2), Christian Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko
13 ▬ Callum Smith (GBR) | 25-0-0
Notable Wins: Rocky Fielding, Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, George Groves
14 ▬ Andy Ruiz Jr. (USA) | 33-1-0
Notable Wins: Kevin Johnson, Alexander Dimitrenko, Anthony Joshua
15 ▬ Manny Pacquiao (PHL) | 62-7-2
Notable Wins: Timothy Bradley (x2), Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner
16 ▬ Deontay Wilder (USA) | 40-0-1
Notable Wins: Bermane Stiverne (x2), Artur Szpilka, Gerald Washington, Luis Ortiz
17 ▬ Shawn Porter (USA) | 30-2-1
Notable Wins: Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas
18 ▬ Anthony Joshua (GBR) | 22-1-0
Notable Wins: Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin
19 ▬ Josh Warrington (GBR) | 29-0-0
Notable Wins: Kiko Martinez, Lee Selby, Carl Frampton, Kid Galahad
20 ▲ Sergey Kovalev* (RUS) | 34-3-1
Notable Wins: Jean Pascal (x2), Bernard Hopkins, Eleider Alvarez, Anthony Yarde
Dropped from list: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (20)
Coming up next, Vasyl Lomachenko (#2) will defend his WBA (super) and WBO lightweight straps against Luke Campbell on August 31st. The fight will also be for the vacant WBC 135 lb title. Campbell is 3-0 with two knockouts since losing by split decision to Jorge Linares back in 2017.
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.