Pound4poundireland’s March 22nd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Sergey Kovalev

4. Terence Crawford

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai

7. Roman Gonzalez

8. Vasyl Lomachenko

9. Keith Thurman

10. Naoya Inoue

  • Rungvisai enters at #6 after a shock win over former #1 Roman Gonzalez, who slips to 7th, after a valiant effort in narrow defeat.
  • Golovkin sees himself bumped to #5 as a result, but his disputed win over Danny Jacobs isn’t enough to see him rise any higher.
  • Canelo Alvarez exits for now.

Pound4poundireland’s January 29th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Saul Alvarez

10. Mikey Garcia

  • Garcia enters at #10 after impressing in his first real fight in 3 years, demolishing the solid Dejan Zlaticanin. The former heir apparent to the top spot in American boxing is back on track.
  • Rigondeaux exits for now, without having faced a top ten opponent in almost 4 years. At least he gets a chance to address that in a few weeks against mandatory Moises Flores but it’s guesswork as to how much this great pure boxer has left.

Pound4poundireland’s 2016 Year-End POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Saul Alvarez

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux

 

  • Naoya Inoue re-enters at #8 after demolishing veteran Kohei Kono. Let’s hope a lower weight super fight can be made between him and Roman Gonzalez in 2017.
  • Juan Francisco Estrada exits. Long-desired fights with Gonzalez (a rematch) or Inoue are his route back to noteworthiness.

Pound4poundireland’s November 28th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Saul Alvarez

9. Guillermo Rigondeaux

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Lomachenko enters at #7 after a very impressive, if somewhat boring, schooling of a reluctant, but unbeaten & until-now highly regarded, Nicholas Walters.
  • Despite a loss to Orlando Salido (and that’s a rematch I still want to see), it’s hard to see anyone in Lomachenko’s weight range who can now beat him.
  • Naoya Inoue exits for now.

 

Pound4poundireland’s November 20th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Saul Alvarez

8. Guillermo Rigondeaux

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Naoya Inoue

  • There’s a new number one in town, as Andre Ward overcomes an early knockdown to box his way back into the fight & earn the closest of unanimous decisions. He bumps Gonzalez from the top spot.
  • The result was contentious, many believing Kovalev had won. He also earns a bump over Crawford in the ratings for a career best display, proving the Chilemba fight was an abberation and his punch isn’t the only elite attribute he possesses.
  • Let’s hope there’s a rematch.

Pound4poundireland’s July 31st POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Roman Gonzalez

2. Terence Crawford

3. Sergey Kovalev

4. Gennady Golovkin

5. Saul Alvarez

6. Guillermo Rigondeaux

7. Juan Francisco Estrada

8. Andre Ward

9. Naoya Inoue

10. Carl Frampton

  • Despite a highlight reel KO win at the weekend, Adonis Stevenson is bumped out. He’ll need to up his level of opposition to reclaim a place
  • Carl Frampton takes his place after an inspired win over fellow unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz in a high class war.
  • Following up on his win over Scott Quigg to unify titles at 122lbs., Frampton has now truly lived up to Barry McGuigan’s early proclamations & etched his name into Irish sporting history.

Pound4poundireland’s April 18th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Roman Gonzalez

2. Sergey Kovalev

3. Gennady Golovkin

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Guillermo Rigondeaux

6. Terence Crawford

7. Juan Francisco Estrada

8. Andre Ward

9. Adonis Stevenson

10. Naoya Inoue

  • Manny Pacquiao officially retires and, while I treat this as dubiously as I did Mayweather’s supposed final exit from the sport, it is appropriate to honour his word & remove him from the rankings
  • Naoya Inoue, the impressive young Jr. Bantamweight, enters at #10