Pound for pound: Where does Artur Beterbiev land after brutal KO?

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A few weeks ago No. 2-ranked Naoya Inoue delivered an epic knockout of future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire but couldn’t overtake No. 1 Terence Crawford on the Boxing Junkie pound-for-pound list.

We wanted to allow Crawford – coming off a sensational victory of his own against Shawn Porter – to decide his fate in an expected showdown with Errol Spence Jr. this fall.

No. 13 Artur Beterbiev gave fans another brutal stoppage this past Saturday in New York City. His took down fellow 175-pound titleholder Joe Smith Jr., who became Beterbiev’s 18th knockout victim in as many fights in the second round.

How does that impact the Montreal-based Russian’s position on the list? He changes places with No. 12 Gennadiy Golovkin.

Now you might have two questions. One, why not let Triple-G decide his own fate? He’s set to face No. 7 Canelo Alvarez in September. Well, unlike Crawford, we believe the 40-year-old Golovkin is in decline to some degree.

Of course, if he beats Alvarez, he can expect to move back up the list.

And, two, why was Beterbiev elevated only one place? While his knockout was spectacular, we have to take Smith’s limitations into account when we assess Beterbiev’s performance. It was an easy fight for him.

If Beterbiev fights and defeats No. 6-ranked Dmitry Bivol, he, too, would almost certainly climb into the Top 10.

Here is what the list looks like at the moment:

BOXING JUNKIE
POUND-FOR-POUND

  1. Terence Crawford – Reportedly in talks to face Errol Spence Jr. for the undisputed welterweight championship in October.

  2. Naoya Inoue – No fight scheduled.

  3. Oleksandr Usyk – Scheduled to defend his heavyweight titles in a rematch with Anthony Joshua on Aug. 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

  4. Errol Spence Jr. – Reportedly in talks to face Terence Crawford for the undisputed welterweight championship in October.

  5. Tyson Fury – No fight scheduled.

  6. Dmitry Bivol – No fight scheduled.

  7. Canelo Alvarez– Scheduled to defend his undisputed super middleweight titles in a third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin on Sept. 17.

  8. Vasiliy Lomachenko – Career on hold because of the war in Ukraine.

  9. Juan Francisco Estrada – No fight scheduled.

  10. Jermell Charlo – Reportedly in talks to defend his junior middleweight titles against mandatory challenger Tim Tszyu this fall but another mandatory has become a complicating factor.

  11. Gervonta Davis – No fight scheduled.

  12. Artur Beterbiev – No fight scheduled.

  13. Gennadiy Golovkin – Scheduled to face undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez a third time on Sept. 17.

  14. Jermall Charlo – Was scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Maciej Sulecki on June 18 but the fight was postponed after Charlo injured his back in training. The new date hasn’t been announced.

  15. Shakur Stevenson No fight scheduled,

Honorable mention (alphabetical order): Nonito Donaire (no fight scheduled); Stephen Fulton Jr. (no fight scheduled); Roman Gonzalez (no fight scheduled); Devin Haney (no fight scheduled); Josh Taylor (no fight scheduled).

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