Pound4poundireland’s April 27th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Juan Francisco Estrada

6. Errol Spence

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Gennady Golovkin

9. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

10. Mikey Garcia

  • Estrada enters at #5, staking his claim for a place in the hall of fame with a virtuoso boxing display to avenge his defeat from last year against Rungvisai, who drops to #9
  • Kosei Tanaka exits as a result

Pound4poundireland’s March 21st POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

6. Errol Spence

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Gennady Golovkin

9. Mikey Garcia

10. Kosei Tanaka

 

  • Errol Spence enters at #6 after dominating Mikey Garcia. Consideration was given to entering him lower, after all he just beat a smaller man who probably has no business at 147. But Spence resoundingly passed the eye test once again, outboxed a fellow elite as much as outsized him, and is clearly a top flight fighter.
  • Garcia himself drops to #9. He deserves much credit for fighting two weights above his natural class against a monster, but, in truth, it amounted to more of a survival mission for 12 rounds than a real attempt to win. Given the unnecessary punishment he took in the final rounds, it is fair to ask if he has a future at the very highest level going forward.
  • Kosei Tanaka enters at number 10, continuing to excel in his third class and stake his claim as the premiere fighter of the lowest weight divisions.
  • Anthony Joshua and Juan Francisco Estrada are bumped out.

Pound4poundireland’s October 10th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Gennady Golovkin

9. Anthony Joshua

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Inoue rises one spot after a devastating first round ko of Juan Carlos Payano in the opening round of the 118lb. WBSS tournament. He will be a hard man to stop in the semis and final

Pound4poundireland’s September 23rd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Gennady Golovkin

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Anthony Joshua

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Joshua enters at 9th, after a stirring knockout end to a difficult fight with veteran Alexander Povetkin. Now all that remains in everyone’s sights is a fight with Wilder(-Fury winner). Let’s hope common sense prevails and it happens next year.
  • Errol Spence exits, temporarily. It’s increasingly sad to see this elite young boxer’s career blighted by chronic inactivity.

Pound4poundireland’s September 17th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Gennady Golovkin

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Errol Spence

  • Canelo enters at fourth, cementing himself as a genuine elite pound for pound fighter by edging a disputed decision against Golovkin, who drops one spot below Garcia.
  • Leo Santa Cruz exits as a result

Pound4poundireland’s July 22nd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Naoya Inoue

7. Mikey Garcia

8. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. Errol Spence

10. Leo Santa Cruz

  • Usyk vaults up four spot after schooling Murat Gassiev in a masterclass performance to claim the undisputed cruiserweight title.
  • Something to think about: will Usyk one day rule at heavyweight?