November 17th’s Random Boxing Rants

Tevin Farmer is a man of his word

The WBA makes me sick:–144241?


The WBC is even worse currently due to their franchise champion nonsense (which will surely only worsen as time goes on) and their clearing of Julio Cesar Martinez, Rey Vargas & Avni Yildirim after failed drug tests without a second thought.


The latest in Eddie Hearn hypocrisy, drug test evasion and the fractured (non-)regulation of the sport:


Pound4poundireland’s November 11th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

2. Vasyl Lomachenko

3. Naoya Inoue

4. Terence Crawford

5. Errol Spence

6. Oleksandr Usyk

7. Juan Francisco Estrada

8. Josh Taylor

9. Artur Beterbiev

10. Gennady Golovkin

  • Inoue moves up one spot to crack the top 3, winning an excellent fight against ballsy future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire to win the World Boxing Super Series at bantamweight

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from October 2019

Tyrone McCullagh 100-90 Razaq Najib, officially UD

Jazza Dickens 98-91 Carlos Ramos, officially UD

Gennady Golovkin 115-112 Sergey Derevyanchenko, officially UD

Fabio Turchi 114-114 Tommy McCarthy, officially McCarthy by SD

Francesco Grandelli 97-93 Reece Bellotti, officially SD

Ted Cheeseman 114-114 Scott Fitzgerald, officially Fitzgerald by UD

Robbie Davies Jr. 115-113 Lewis Ritson, officially Ritson by UD

Lee Selby 115-113 Ricky Burns, officially MD

Josh Taylor 115-113 Regis Prograis, officially MD

Shakur Stevenson 119-109 Joet Gonzalez, officially UD



Pound4poundireland’s November 3rd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

2. Vasyl Lomachenko

3. Terence Crawford

4. Naoya Inoue

5. Errol Spence

6. Oleksandr Usyk

7. Juan Francisco Estrada

8. Josh Taylor

9. Artur Beterbiev

10. Gennady Golovkin

  • Canelo jumps two spots to become my number 1 pound for pound for the first time.
  • Jumping two weights to knock out Kovalev is an undeniably impressive achievement, even against a Kovalev a few years past his best.
  • At this stage, Canelo’s resume is strong enough in my view to overcome the eye-test superiority, but lesser resumes (so far), of Lomachenko and Crawford.



The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board this month celebrated its seventh year of providing fair, uncompromised boxing rankings and clear, singular divisional champions.

Comprised of 50 boxing writers and record keepers in 20 countries across five continents, the board has published weekly rankings in stark contrast to alphabet organizations like the WBC, WBA, WBO and WBF, who produce rankings wildly out of touch with reality and multiple “champions” per organization because they charge fighters sanctioning fees.

The board continues to offer fans and would-be fans a source of information to help them make sense of the sport, this year adding a feature on its homepage to alert them to upcoming fights involving ranked boxers and champions.

“I’m proud of our consistency,” said Cliff Rold, a founding member and chair of the Board, and the managing editor at BoxingScene. “The best thing we can do is present a fair set of rankings, unbeholden to anyone economically, and be there week in and week out. For fans of the sport who want them, our rankings remain and we recognize champions the easiest way possible: by succession or a 1-2 showdown. No franchises or regular titles to worry about.”

“We’ve proven we’re no flash in the pan: We’re at seven years and still going strong,” said Tim Starks, another chair and founding member of the Board, who created the Queensberry Rules boxing blog. “We’ve seen an impact in acknowledgement from fans, fighters and others of the value and validity of what we do. Even when someone doesn’t agree with our rankings — and it would be impossible for everyone to agree with every single ranking — I think we’ve established our credibility via the most sane and logical process for the subjective art of fighter rankings. We aren’t going away, and over time, we hope to keep winning over fans who favor fair rankings and solitary divisional kings.”

“Boxing fans are getting tired more and more by the scandal of alphabet soup” belts, said Board Chair Vittorio Parisi, a member of the editorial staff at“Important magazines and websites now do not write the name of the belts beside the fighters in their rankings anymore. This show we are on the right part of the road and we have to insist in our mission for the best possible future for boxing.”

Said boxing author Springs Toledo, another co-founder who serves as in the Oversight role for the board:

“One motivation behind this initiative, for me at least, had to do with the future. At some point, rationality is going to prevail and future boxing writers and fans are going to be perplexed at what’s going on today. Boxing historians will have a resource in the Transnational Rankings — a better idea of where things really stood outside of the hype. This is why we’ve included the Successions tab and the monthly rankings archives

I for one completely ignore the WBS ratings and the faux titles in my writing. The sanctioning bodies came into the sport in clown cars and made a joke of the structure. Speaking as a writer, the Transnational Rankings — by design objective, authoritative, uncorrupted — removes the need to mention them. It cuts through the chaos.”

For further comment or questions, contact:

Vittorio Parisi:

Cliff Rold:

Tim Starks:

Springs Toledo:

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Pound4poundireland’s October 26th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Saul Alvarez

4. Naoya Inoue

5. Errol Spence

6. Oleksandr Usyk

7. Juan Francisco Estrada

8. Josh Taylor

9. Artur Beterbiev

10. Gennady Golovkin

  • Josh Taylor and Artur Beterbiev enter at 8th and 9th after brilliant wins in unification bouts on consecutive weeks, continuing a hot streak for the sport
  • Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Mikey Garcia exit as a result

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (June 2019)

June 1st – Pasquale Procopio’s 57-56 card in favour of Anthony Joshua at the time of his stoppage defeat to Andy Ruiz was far from credible.


On the big MSG undercard, Tony Chiarantano made his mark with a farcically late stoppage of poor Quadeer Jenkins at the hands of prospect Austin Williams.


June 8th – Thomas Hauser’s expose of the ridiculous Alan Rubenstein scoring effort for the Charles Conwell-Courtney Pennington fight is well worth reading:

The Hauser Report: Folly at the New York State Athletic Commission



June 15th – Steve Gray’s 116-112 for Josh Warrington over Kid Galahad was more than generous to the defending Leeds titlist.


In one of the year’s worst refereeing displays, Robert Byrd (taking after his wife Adalaide, no doubt) only docked hometown fighter Mairis Breidis a single point for as blatant a deliberate elbow as you’ll ever see to the face of Krzysztof Glowacki.

At the end of that round, the second, a comically slow (literally and figuratively) Byrd did not hear the bell to end the session, allowing Breidis to land what were essentially fight-ending blows on a hapless Glowacki.

You could see that Byrd finally heard the bell a second or two before the punch which caused the after-the-bell knockdown, but was unable to move quickly enough to get between the fighters to stop the action.

74 is too old to be reffing at any level and it cost Glowacki a legitimate chance to win, as he was stopped early in the third.


Jay Nady was over officious from bell one of Sullivan Barrera vs. Jesse Hart, ruining the flow of the fight.


June 16th – Olivier Vautrain was robbed in Russia by the cards of Joerg Milke (93-97), Lahcen Oumghar (95-95) & Viktor Panin (94-96), which handed the win to Yury Kashinsky.


June 21st – Marcus McDonnell (113-116) & Bob Williams (114-114) forced Ted Cheeseman to settle for a draw in a fight he appeared to clearly win versus Kieron Conway.


A highly questionable stoppage from Thomas Taylor cost Angel Acosta his title in the 12th round of his defence against Elwin Soto.


June 23rd – Another debatable-at-best stoppage cost Julio Ceja in the 8th round of a fight he was unexpectedly winning against Guillermo Rigondeaux.


June 28th – Ohara Davies benefitted from some serious home cooking to keep his faltering career from sliding completely off the rails against veteran Miguel Vazquez.

Not only was there a classic Ian John Lewis card (97-94, he was the sole arbiter) on the night itself to bail him out, but the weigh in itself the day prior was laced with controversy.

On his second attempt to make weight, Davies stripped down and British board officials were asleep at the wheel, allowing one of his team to hold onto his arm as he was on the scales, seemingly manipulating the reading and allowing him to artificially clock up under the contracted poundage. This sort of oversight is unforgivable.


June 29th – Referee Danny Schiavone, in one of the worst showings from a ref in recent memory was on the case of Norbelto Jimenez for the entire bout against Kal Yafai.

He docked Jimenez for holding without much warning. As Yafai racked up the low blows, there was no such docking: In fact, after two brutal ones put Jimenez on his knees, Schiavone harassed him into standing up and didn’t give him a chance to say he was ready to continue. Then he scored a non-existent knockdown for Yafai.