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 from Josesito Lopez to retain his WBA “super” welterweight title by majority decision; he now slides in at #17.
Most recently, Sergey Kovalev regained the WBO light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision win over Eleider Alvarez in a rematch of their August 2018 bout. The previously #12-ranked Alvarez drops from the rankings, while Kovalev comes in 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) | 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 ▬ Mikey Garcia (USA) | 39-0-0
Notable Wins: Orlando Salido, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr.
5 ▬ Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) | 16-0-0
Notable Wins: Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew
6 ▬ Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) | 38-1-1
Notable Wins: Martin Murray, David Lemieux, Kell Brook, Daniel Jacobs
7 ▬ Naoya Inoue (JPN) | 17-0-0
Notable Wins: Omar Narvaez, Kohei Kono, Jamie McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano
8 ▬ Leo Santa Cruz (MEX) | 35-1-1
Notable Wins: Abner Mares (x2), Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton
9 ▬ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) | 47-4-1
Notable Wins: Roman Gonzalez (x2), Juan Francisco Estrada, Iran Diaz
10 ▬ Errol Spence Jr. (USA) | 24-0-0
Notable Wins: Chris van Heerden, Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson
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 ▲ Shawn Porter (USA) | 29-2-1
Notable Wins: Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Adrian Granados, Danny Garcia
14 ▲ Tyson Fury (GBR) | 27-0-1
Notable Wins: Steve Cunningham, Dereck Chisora (x2), Christian Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko
15 ▲ Callum Smith (GBR) | 25-0-0
Notable Wins: Rocky Fielding, Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, George Groves
16 ▲ Deontay Wilder (USA) | 40-0-1
Notable Wins: Bermane Stiverne (x2), Artur Szpilka, Gerald Washington, Luis Ortiz
17 ▲ Keith Thurman (USA)* | 29-0-0 previously unranked
Notable Wins: Jesus Soto Karass, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia
18 ▲ Manny Pacquiao (PHL)* | 61-7-2 previously unranked
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 previously unranked
Notable Wins: Jean Pascal (x2), Bernard Hopkins, Isaac Chilemba, Eleider Alvarez
Dropped from list: Eleider Alvarez (#12), Jarrett Hurd (#19), Regis Prograis (#20)
There is only one significant fight on the schedule for February as far as our pound-for-pound list is concerned. Leo Santa Cruz (#8 on our list) will defend his WBA “super” featherweight title on February 16th against Rafael Rivera. The fight will be broadcast on FOX in the USA.
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.