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 (who was dropped from the list last month but returns this time around) earned a split-decision victory over Kid Galahad in the UK, and heavyweight Tyson Fury knocked out Tom Schwarz in two rounds to remain undefeated. Also, future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao, 40, won a split-decision over Keith Thurman to become the oldest welterweight champion in history.
Golovkin remains at #6 on our list, Warrington slides in at #19, and Tyson Fury stays at #12. Pacquiao jumps up to #15 on the list just above where his opponent Thurman (who dropped from the rankings altogether) was at previously.
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 ▬ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) | 47-5-1
Notable Wins: Roman Gonzalez (x2), Juan Francisco Estrada, Iran Diaz
Dropped from list: Keith Thurman (16)
Because of the late post, there are no upcoming fights with pound-for-pound implications between now and our next rankings update.
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.