Pound for pound: Yordenis Ugas drops out, Tyson Fury next pound-for-pounder in action
Boxing Junkie’s pound-for-pound list changes this week. And more shakeups could lie ahead.
Yordenis Ugas, who had been on the list as an Honorable Mention after upsetting Manny Pacquiao to win a 147-pound title, drops out after losing decisively in his title-unification bout against Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
The Cuban has been replaced as an HM by junior bantamweight contender Roman Gonzalez, who rebounded from a loss to two-belt champion Juan Francisco Estrada to easily outpoint Julio Cesar Martinez on March 5.
Next pound-for-pounder up: No. 6 Tyson Fury, who is scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.
Here is what the list looks like at the moment:
Terence Crawford – No fight scheduled.
Canelo Alvarez– Scheduled to challenge WBA light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol on May 7.
Naoya Inoue – Scheduled to face Nonito Donaire in a bantamweight title-unification rematch on June 7 in Japan.
Oleksandr Usyk – In talks to defend his heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua in a rematch.
Errol Spence Jr. – No fight scheduled.
Tyson Fury– Scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte on April 23 in London.
Vasiliy Lomachenko – Career on hold because of the war in Ukraine.
Juan Francisco Estrada – In talks to defend his WBC junior bantamweight title against Joshua Franco.
Gennadiy Golovkin – No fight scheduled but expected to face Canelo Alvarez a third time in September.
Jermell Charlo – Scheduled to face Brian Castano for the undisputed junior middleweight championship on May 14 in Carson, California.
Artur Beterbiev – In talks to face Joe Smith Jr. in a light heavyweight title-unification fight on June 18 in New York.
Gervonta Davis – Scheduled to face Rolando Romero on May 28 in Brookly, New York.
Jermall Charlo – Scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Maciej Sulecki on June 18 in Houston.
Kazuto Ioka – The WBO has ordered a rematch between Ioka and Donnie Nietes for Ioka’s junior bantamweight belt but no deal is in place.
Josh Taylor – No fight scheduled.
Honorable mention (alphabetical order): Mairis Briedis (no fight scheduled); Nonito Donaire (scheduled to face Naoya Inoue on June 7); Roman Gonzalez (no fight scheduled); George Kambosos (scheduled to defend his lightweight titles against Devin Haney on June 5); Teofimo Lopez (no fight scheduled); .