Yahoo Sports boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Canelo, Bud still on top

·Combat columnist
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Every so often, I’ll post my 10 choices for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. To understand this, it helps to understand what pound-for-pound means. To me, and the way I’ll be voting, it’s who would win a fight if everyone weighed the same and all of their skills and physical attributes were proportional. For example, if I’m considering a flyweight who is a murderous puncher in his division, I will assume he’d be a murderous puncher in every division, punching proportionally as hard at heavyweight as he did at flyweight.

I will value activity and quality of opposition over inactivity and lighter opposition. That said, I will not arbitrarily remove a fighter from my Top 10 if there is a logical and rational reason why he hasn’t fought. But I will not vote for someone who has been inactive for a lengthy period for no apparent reason. Fighters who are under doping suspensions will not be included.

Boxing pound-for-pound rankings as of July 20

  1. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs), WBC “franchise” middleweight champion, WBA-WBC-WBO super middleweight champion. Previous Ranking: 1

  2. Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), WBO welterweight champion. PR: 2

  3. Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs), IBF-WBA bantamweight champion. PR: 3

  4. Errol Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs), IBF-WBC welterweight champion. PR: 4

  5. Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), WBC “franchise” and IBF-WBA-WBO lightweight champion. PR: 5

  6. Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), lightweight contender. PR: 6

  7. Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs), WBA-WBC super flyweight champion. PR: 7

  8. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (50-3, 41 KOs), super flyweight contender. PR: 8

  9. Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), WBC heavyweight champion. PR: 9

  10. Josh Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs), undisputed super lightweight champion. PR: 10