Pound4poundireland Scorecards from February 2018

Mikhail Aloyan 95-95 Alexander Espinoza, officially Aloyan by SD

Lawrence Okolie 99-87 Isaac Chamberlain, officially UD

Ted Cheeseman 98-91 Carson Jones, officially UD

Pedro Campa 99-90 Ivan Alvarez (rematch), officially UD

Ray Beltran 114-114 Paulus Moses, officially Beltran by UD

Tommy Langford 116-113 Jack Arnfield, officially UD

Ryan Walsh 116-112 Isaac Lowe, officially a DRAW

George Groves 115-113 Chris Eubank Jr., officially UD

Zelfa Barrett 114-113 Ronnie Clark, officially Clark by MD

Jordan Gill 98-90 Jason Cunningham, officially UD

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 115-113 Juan Francisco Estrada, officially MD

Reddit AMA (online Q&A with fans) with Bob Arum

Featuring such gems as:

“Have you ever seen the infamous Oscar fishnet pictures? If so, what are your thoughts?”

Arum: “Oscar always maintained that it was photoshopped, and that’s a testament to his credibility”


“With the rise of the #metoo movement, on a scale of 1 to 10 how scared are you of skeletons from your past being exposed?”

Arum: “Well, I always envision getting up at a press conference and talking and some old lady in a walker comes in and accuses me 50 years ago of doing something inappropriate. I can always plead at my age that I have no memory, but it’s possible!”

Pound4poundireland’s February 3rd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Terence Crawford

2. Vasyl Lomachenko

3. Gennady Golovkin

4. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

5. Keith Thurman

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Oleksandr Usyk

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Jeff Horn

  • Usyk enters at #8 after winning a terrific, closely contested fight with Mairis Briedis in the WBSS semi finals. He’ll have his opportunity to claim a rare undisputed title when facing the Gassiev-Dorticos winner in the final.
  • Saul Alvarez exits.

Pound4poundireland’s 2017 Fighter of the Year

Rungvisai Gonzalez Boxing

Fighter of the Year

1. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

2. Vasyl Lomachenko

3. Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia reminded everyone of his talent this year, continuing his comeback from a long layoff to first destroy titlist Dejan Zlaticanin at lightweight in a KO of the year candidate, then dominate Adrien Broner at 140.

“No Mas-chenko” was coined in boxing lore thanks to consecutive schoolings in 2017 of Jason Sosa, Miguel Marriaga and (the admittedly much smaller) Guillermo Rigondeaux, all of which resulted in corner retirements, cementing Vasyl Lomachenko near the top of everyone’s estimations of boxing’s top fighter.

Wouldn’t it be great to see Lomachenko-Garcia in 2018? A shame that promotional differences, maybe size too, will keep them apart, at least for now.

The outstanding fighter of 2017 to my eyes was the formerly unheralded Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

Prior to 2017, the Thai, birth name Wisaksil Wangek, a former kickboxer of over 50 professional fights, was most known for a brief 115lb. title run that ended in a cut-shortened defeat to Carlos Cuadras in 2014.

But, having not faced a fighter with a decent record in two years, he fought a savage war with consensus pound for pound #1 and undefeated lower weight legend Roman Gonzalez, coming out with a hotly debated decision win, one which I felt he had earned.

All debate was quenched in the immediate rematch 6 months later, when Rungvisai stepped it up yet another gear and flattened Gonzalez brutally in the fourth round.

He’s earned his place among boxing’s elite, will have a chance to further his case against another lower weight darling when he takes on Juan Francisco Estrada next month, and is the Pound4poundireland Fighter of the Year for 2017.