1. Andre Ward
2. Terence Crawford
3. Gennady Golovkin
4. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
5. Roman Gonzalez
6. Vasyl Lomachenko
7. Keith Thurman
8. Mikey Garcia
9. Naoya Inoue
10. Jeff Horn
* Garcia enters at #8 after dominating Adrien Broner. He looks to be one of the most technically accomplished boxers in the sport.
* Sergey Kovalev is bumped out.
Whatever happened to Anthony Peterson & Romeo Romaeo?
Bradley Saunders came out of hiding a few weeks back though.
175lb. prospect Anthony Yarde is getting the big push from BT and Frank Warren lately, with many UK journalists already opining that he’s on the verge of world level.
I’m not sold on him.
He hasn’t taken a punch, had just a dozen amateur fights and I could see from a mile off that his last padded record opponent (in Yarde’s first main event slot) would fall over in a round.
Also, I wonder, given his comic book physique & background as a sprinter, if he’s being properly drug tested. That said, he does excite and can certainly punch.
Anyway, a BBBofC-ordered bout with Hosea Burton would tell us a lot if it happens.
I still doubt Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury will take place.
Very interested to see how Cork Cuban Mike Perez will fare at cruiserweight against Mairis Breidis.
Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo was recently confirmed to be for all the belts at 140, making it a rarity in the post-WBO era of four widely-recognized titles.
Following on from the two Bernard Hopkins-Jermain Taylor bouts in 2005, this will be just the third undisputed championship fight in this era of titles more fractured than ever before.