Pound-for-Pound Ranking – A Heavyweight Takeover? Where do Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk land?


Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury delivered another in a long line of great performances to retain his WBC belt, stopping Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight in Las Vegas.

Fury rose from the canvas twice in round 4, won five of the next six rounds on the three judges’ scorecards, then stopped Wilder in the 11th. With his second decisive victory over Wilder, Fury climbs two places to No.4.

“Fury continues to show that he’s not just good, he’s awesome,” said Timothy Bradley Jr., ESPN boxing analyst and two-division champion. “We always knew Fury had the mental toughness, especially after facing Wilder for the first time, lost in the 12th round and came back as ‘The Undertaker’.

“But what he just did on Saturday night, you don’t see it often, really not – maybe once in a generation,” Bradley continued. “His heart, his will, the skills he has. It’s a complete set. He’s got all the boxing skills including power, speed, whatever it takes, he can do anything – and he also has market value. He can speak the speech, he walks the promenade. I can make an argument for Fury to be No. 1. “

Oleksandr Usyk also took a big leap after beating Anthony Joshua on September 25 to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles. The victory was enough to convince our panel to place Usyk at No.5.

Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, used his jab to perfection to keep Joshua at bay in a unanimous decision victory.

“Usyk has proven he can be a dominant performer in two divisions, which gives me even more validity in the pound-for-pound ranking,” ESPN writer Michael Rothstein said of Usyk’s place in 6th rank of his list. “The way he handled Joshua opened my eyes to what he could bring to the heavyweight division – which is another potentially legitimate challenger to Tyson Fury.”

Our panel of Mike Coppinger, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Tessitore, Michael Rothstein, Eric Raskin, Andre Ward, Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Ben Baby, Eric Woodyard, Kel Dansby, Bernardo Pilatti, Charles Moynihan and Salvador Rodriguez share their votes.

More rankings: Divisional rankings and ESPN’s pound-for-pound women’s rankings.

Note: Results are available until October 12.


1. CANELO ALVAREZPrevious ranking: n ° 1

SAVE: 56-1-2, 38 KOs
DIVISION: Middleweight (champion), super middleweight (unified title)
LAST STAND : W (TKO8) Billy Joe Saunders, May 8
NEXT FIGHT: November 6 against Caleb Plant


2. TERENCE CRAWFORDPrevious ranking: n ° 2

SAVE: 37-0, 28 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (titlist)
LAST STAND : W (TKO4) Kell Brook, November 14
NEXT FIGHT: November 20 against Shawn Porter


3. NAOYA INOUEPrevious ranking: n ° 3

SAVE: 21-0, 18 KOs
DIVISION: Bantamweight (unified titlist)
LAST STAND : W (KO3) Michael Dasmarinas, June 19
NEXT FIGHT: To be determined


4. TYSON FURYPrevious ranking: n ° 6

SAVE: 31-0-1, 22 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (champion)
LAST STAND : W (KO11) Deontay Wilder, October 9
NEXT FIGHT: To be determined


5. OLEKSANDR USYKPrevious ranking: n ° 9

SAVE: 19-0, 13 KOs
DIVISION: Heavy weights
LAST STAND : W (UD12) Anthony Joshua, September 25
NEXT FIGHT: TBD against Anthony Joshua


6. ERROL SPENCE JR.Previous ranking: n ° 4

SAVE: 27-0, 21 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (unified titlist)
LAST STAND : W (UD12) Danny Garcia, December 5
NEXT FIGHT: To be determined


7. TEOFIMO LOPEZ JR.Previous ranking: n ° 5

SAVE: 16-0, 12 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight (unified champion)
LAST STAND : W (UD12) Vassili Lomachenko, October 17
NEXT FIGHT: October 16 against George Kambosos Jr.


8. JOSH TAYLORPrevious ranking: n ° 7

SAVE: 18-0, 13 KOs
DIVISION: Junior welterweight (undisputed champion)
LAST STAND : W (UD12) José Ramirez, May 22
NEXT FIGHT: December 18 against Jack Catterall


9. VASILI LOMACHENKOPrevious ranking: n ° 8

SAVE: 15-2, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight
LAST STAND : F (TKO9) Masayoshi Nakatani June 26
NEXT FIGHT: December 11 against Richard Commey


10. JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADAPrevious ranking: n ° 10

SAVE: 42-3, 28 KB
DIVISION: Junior bantamweight (unified champion)
LAST STAND : W (SD12) Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, March 13
NEXT FIGHT: TBD vs. Gonzalez Roman “Chocolatito”


The formula

The ranking is based on a descending point system, with a first place vote receiving 10 points, a second place vote receiving nine points, and so on. A tie goes to the fighter with the highest ranking, then to the one with the most votes in that ranking.


Others who received votes: Gervonta Davis (11), Gennadiy Golovkin (2).


How our writers voted

Atlas: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. Inoue, 4. Usyk, 5. Lomachenko, 6. Spence, 7. Fury, 8. Lopez, 9. Davis, ten. Estrada

Bradley: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. Fury, 4. Usyk, 5. Inoue, 6. Lopez, 7. Taylor, 8. Spence, 9. Lomachenko, ten. Davis

Room: 1. Crawford, 2. Fury, 3. Alvarez, 4. Spence, 5. Spence, 6. Inoue, 7. Lopez, 8. Estrada, 9. Taylor, ten. Davis

Copper : 1. Alvarez, 2. Inoue, 3. Fury, 4. Usyk, 5. Crawford, 6. Spence, 7. Lopez, 8. Taylor, 9. Lomachenko, ten. Davis

Weaver: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Taylor, 5. Lopez, 6. Lomachenko, 7. Usyk, 8. Fury, 9. Estrada, ten. Spence

Parkinson’s: 1. Alvarez, 2. Inoue, 3. Crawford, 4. Fury, 5. Usyk, 6. Lopez, 7. Taylor, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Spence, ten. Estrada

Babe: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. Usyk, 4. Inoue, 5. Taylor, 6. Fury, 7. Spence, 8. Estrada, 9. Lopez, ten. Lomachenko

Rothstein: 1. Alvarez, 2.. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Fury, 5. Usyk, 6. Spence, 7. Taylor, 8. Lopez, 9. Lomachenko, ten. Davis

Lumber yard: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. Fury, 4. Inoue, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Lopez, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Taylor, ten. Davis

Raskin: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Spence, 5. Lopez, 6. Lomachenko, 7. Fury, 8. Usyk, 9. Taylor, ten. Estrada

Dansby: 1. Alvarez, 2. Usyk, 3. Inoue, 4. Crawford, 5. Fury, 6. Spence, 7. Lopez, 8. Taylor, 9. Lomachenko, ten. Davis

Moynihan: 1. Alvarez, 2. Spence, 3. Crawford, 4. Inoue, 5. Usyk, 6. Fury, 7. Lopez, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Golovkin, ten. Estrada

Pilate: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Fury, 6. Estrada, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Usyk, 9. Davis, ten. Taylor

Rodriguez: 1. Alvarez, 2. Fury, 3. Crawford, 4. Inoue, 5. Usyk, 6. Spence, 7. Taylor, 8. Estrada, 9. Lopez, ten. Lomachenko


ESPN expert survey

First place: Alvarez (10), Crawford (3), Inoue (1)

The second place: Crawford (6), Alvarez (2), Inoue (2), Fury (2), Usyk (1), Spence (1)

Third place: Inoue (5), Crawford (3), Fury (3), Alvarez (1), Usyk (1), Spence (1)

Fourth place: Inoue (4), Usyk (4), Fury (2), Alvarez (1), Crawford (1), Spence (1), Taylor (1)

Fifth place: Usyk (4), Fury (2), Spence (2), Lopez (2), Crawford (1), Inoue (1), Taylor (1), Lomachenko (1)

Sixth place: Spence (5), Fury (2), Lopez (2), Lomachenko (2), Inoue (1), Usyk (1), Estrada (1)

Seventh place: Lopez (5), Taylor (4), Fury (2), Usyk (1), Spence (1), Lomachenko (1)

Eighth place: Lomachenko (3), Estrada (3), Usyk (2), Lopez (2), Taylor (2), Fury (1), Spence (1)

Ninth place: Lomachenko (4), Taylor (3), Lopez (2), Davis (2), Spence (1), Estrada (1), Golovkin (1)

10th place: David (7), Estrada (3), Lomachenko (2), Spence (1), Lopez (1),



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