Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: Canelo Alvarez slips from No. 1 spot as Mexican star sees stock drop

For as subsequent degree as Canelo Alvarez seemed to be in 2021, when he ran away with fighter of the 12 months honors after turning into the primary four-belt undisputed champion at 168 kilos, his outcomes this calendar 12 months have been a combined bag. 

Not solely did Alvarez appear to seek out his ceiling when it comes to dramatic rises in weight when he misplaced to WBA gentle heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in Could, the Mexican celebrity did not look that significantly better in September when he faded late in a decision win over 40-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin of their trilogy bout.

At 32, Alvarez is both beginning to decelerate some 17 years right into a profession that started at age 15 (and has encompassed 62 professional fights), or the tough schedule carried out by the four-division champion in recent times is beginning to catch up. 

One would possibly imagine the latter to be true after Alvarez revealed this week he will probably be out till at the least subsequent Could with left wrist surgical procedure following a restoration that would push his return all the best way to September 2023. Contemplating he fought 4 instances over a 12-month stretch ending final November, a schedule far busier than the common elite fighter, the idea is sensible.

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Both means, Alvarez’s 2022 marketing campaign has seen his total inventory slip only a bit amid an already crowded discipline atop the P4P prime 10. Sure, Alvarez could be taking extra possibilities of late than his contemporaries, which is an enormous motive why he separated himself final 12 months as one of the best boxer of this period. However he could have plateaued only a bit in doing so. 

Though Alvarez was capable of disarm Golovkin of his jab within the first half of their third assembly, he struggled to shut the present and practically paid for it on the scorecards as all three judges had it a lot nearer than the overall consensus of ringside media and on-line observers. 

Alvarez may have an attention-grabbing resolution to make upon his return subsequent 12 months relating to whether or not to run again the Bivol rematch, which seems to be his choice, or lastly settle for the problem of David Benavidez, a two-time champion at 168 kilos who many imagine has the right mixture of dimension, abilities and mindset to offer Alvarez hassle. 

Utilizing a standards that takes into consideration every part from accomplishments to present type, let’s take a more in-depth take a look at the highest fighters contained in the ring. Under is the newest Pound for Pound rankings replace after Alvarez’s win over Golovkin in September.

Pound-for-Pound Rankings

1. Naoya Inoue

Unified bantamweight champion (20-0, 18 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 2

The Japanese “Monster” wanted simply two rounds to finish off 39-year-old legend Nonito Donaire of their June rematch to unify three of 4 titles at 118 kilos. Inoue’s energy stays scary, however his method and I.Q. are sometimes neglected. Up subsequent is a four-belt bantamweight unification on Dec. 13 towards Paul Butler.

2. Errol Spence Jr. 

Unified welterweight champion (28-0, 22 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 2 

Regardless of a 17-month layoff and surgical procedure to restore a indifferent retina, Spence returned trying higher than ever in his demolition of Yordenis Ugas to unify three of 4 world titles. The one battle that is sensible subsequent is an undisputed showdown with WBO champion Terence Crawford, which has been verbally agreed upon for Nov. 19.

3. Terence Crawford

WBO welterweight champion (37-0, 27 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 3 

Crawford made an unimaginable collection of changes to decelerate and end Shawn Porter of their pay-per-view conflict final fall. After a protracted layoff, the promotional free agent has reportedly agreed to phrases for a Nov. 19 undisputed conflict with three-belt champion Errol Spence Jr. 

4. Canelo Alvarez

Undisputed tremendous middleweight champion (58-2-2, 38 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 1

The mix of a lightweight heavyweight title loss to Dmitry Bivol and an uneven resolution win over 40-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin of their trilogy has Alvarez slipping only a bit at age 32. Left wrist surgical procedure is predicted to maintain him out till at the least Could 2023, if not September.

5. Oleksandr Usyk

Unified heavyweight champion (19-0, 13 KOs | Earlier rating: 5

Usyk’s skilled run has been as adorned because it has been excellent. The previous undisputed cruiserweight champion even has a powerful argument for finest fighter within the sport after defeating Anthony Joshua in their August rematch. An undisputed title bout towards Tyson Fury should wait till 2023 as Usyk recovers from nagging accidents.

6. Tyson Fury

WBC heavyweight champion (32-0-1, 24 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 6

With unified champion Oleksandr Usyk idle nursing a number of accidents, the 34-year-old “Gypsy King” has proven public curiosity in a December return, presumably towards former champion Anthony Joshua. Fury’s latest retirement speak seems to be simply that as he attracts nearer to a four-belt undisputed championship battle. 

7. Vasiliy Lomachenko

Light-weight (16-2, 11 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 7

The continued battle in his native Ukraine compelled Lomachenko out of a doable title bout towards former unified light-weight king George Kambosos Jr. However Lomachenko has left the hazards of battle to enter coaching camp for his Oct. 29 return towards former sparring accomplice Jamaine Ortiz.

8. Shakur Stevenson

WBO junior light-weight champion (18-0, 9 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 8

Already being in comparison with a younger Floyd Mayweather, the 24-year-old southpaw produced a surgical dismantling of fellow unbeaten titleholder Oscar Valdez in their April title unification. Stevenson’s pace, method and IQ are off the charts. He returns Sept. 23 to his native Newark, New Jersey, to face Robson Conceicao. 

9. Dmitry Bivol

WBA gentle heavyweight champion (20-0, 11 KOs) | Earlier rating: 9

Criticized at instances for taking part in it secure prior to now, Bivol was anything but in his career-making victory over pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. Bivol acted the a part of the larger man and failed to indicate Alvarez any respect within the method that he fought him. A Nov. 5 return towards unbeaten obligatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez is up subsequent.

10. Stephen Fulton Jr.

Unified junior featherweight champion (21-0, 8 KOs) | Earlier rating: 10

Fulton capped off a breakthrough 2021 with essentially the most thorough efficiency of his profession in broadly outpointing former unified champion Danny Roman in June. “Cool Boy Steph” is among the many most diversified threats within the sport and brazenly covets an undisputed battle towards fellow unified champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev.  

Dropped out: None
Honorable point out: Devin Haney, Jermell Charlo, Gervonta Davis, Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev

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