Pound4poundireland’s January 23rd 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. Tyson Fury

9. Josh Taylor

10. Artur Beterbiev

  • Fury enters at number 8 after a stunning demolition of Deontay Wilder in their long-anticipated rematch.
  • Has there ever been a boxer in modern times who has failed the eye test so decisively but been so effective in the ring? He can fight in any style. It was as memorable a performance by a British boxer as there has been in decades. Simply put: he dared to be great, and so he is great.
  • Gennady Golovkin, seemingly with his prime firmly behind him, exits for now.

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’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.

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

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.