Pound4poundireland’s September 23rd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Terence Crawford

2. Gennady Golovkin

3. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

4. Vasyl Lomachenko

5. Keith Thurman

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. Jeff Horn

10. Saul Alvarez

  • Shock in the boxing world as consensus pound for pound #1 Andre Ward retires. This has been a transitional year of sorts for the sport with many big names bowing out.
  • Ward bows out with the trifecta: legacy, faculties and finances intact, and will surely enter the hall of fame in five years. He was the best boxer of his generation.
  • Crawford is the new #1 and it will make for great viewing to see him take on the likes of Thurman and Spence at 147 in the next few years.
  • Canelo enters at #10

Pound4poundireland’s September 12th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Terence Crawford

3. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

4. Gennady Golovkin

5. Vasyl Lomachenko

6. Keith Thurman

7. Mikey Garcia

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Jeff Horn


  • Rungvisai jumps one spot, proving his first win over Roman Gonzalez was no fluke with a frightening knockout.
  • The Roman empire has fallen. Gonzalez exits.
  • Estrada re-enters at #9, impressing in victory over Carlos Cuadras.
  • Rungvisai vs. Estrada, mandated to be next, should be an amazing fight.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (August 2017)

February 10th – Rau’shee Warren was outmanned and outhustled by Zhanat Zhakiyanov at home in Ohio.

Larry Hazzard Jr.’s poor 115-111 card couldn’t save him from a split decision loss.


August 5th – A night of home cooking was served up for boxing fans in a rare semi-significant India card.

Neeraj Goyat was the beneficiary of incredibly wide scores against Allan Tanada.

Anil Sharma (118-110), Ajay Negi (119-109) and Rohit Shokeen (119-109) all deemed their countryman to have dominated a closely contested fight.


In the main event, Vijender Singh was very lucky to escape with his unbeaten record intact against Zulipikaer Maimaitiali.

Singh held throughout with no warning from ref Danrex Tapdasan, who also failed to count a clear knockdown in the final round for the away boxer.


In LA, Ray Beltran comfortably beat Bryan Vasquez in the eyes of everyone except Steve Morrow, who handed in a 95-95 score.



August 19th – Heavyweight Dillian Whyte battered journeyman Malcolm Tann in three rounds.

Ref Tom Anderson should have saved Tann from further punishment after the first knockdown in round two.

Instead, Tann absorbed many more withering shots and two further knockdowns before it was belatedly called off.


August 26th – Thankfully, Mayweather-McGregor passed with no incident, but it wasn’t a night without some controversy.

On the undercard, Vik Drakulich continues to look like a terrible official, harshly deducting a second point from Thomas Dulorme in his bout with Yordenis Ugas.

This ended up being the difference on the cards between a draw and the Ugas win.


Ref Russell Mora made a mess of the finish of the Gervonta Davis-Francisco Fonseca clash.

Davis dropped Fonseca with a clear rabbit punch in the final sequence, and, while one could make the argument that Fonseca was making a meal of it, it was simply not a legal blow that should have resulted in a ten count.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from August 2017

Zulipikaer Maimaitiali 96-93 Vijender Singh, officially Singh by UD

Raymundo Beltran 98-92 Bryan Vasquez, officially MD

Miguel Cotto 119-109 Yoshihiro Kamegai, officially UD

Yordenis Ugas 94-91 Thomas Dulorme, officially UD

Juan Heraldez 96-93 Jose Miguel Borrego, officially UD

Andrew Tabiti 98-92 Steve Cunningham, officially UD


From February: 

Zhanat Zhakiyanov 115-111 Rau’shee Warren, officially SD