Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: Dmitry Bivol asserts his dominance, rises with win over Gilberto Ramirez

It may be time for the individuals simply exterior of boxing’s hard-core bubble to seek out out simply how good unbeaten WBA gentle heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol actually is. 

Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs), a 31-year-old Russian who was born in Kyrgyzstan, first captured his world title again in 2017 and was a revered technician till a pair of alternatives in 2022 provided him an opportunity to boost his platform significantly. Two spectacular victories later, together with one on the pay-per-view stage in opposition to the game’s largest star, Bivol is taken into account the frontrunner for Fighter of the Yr honors. 

But for as spectacular as Bivol was in out-pointing Canelo Alvarez, then the pound-for-pound king, of their Might showdown, he was additionally the larger man in that combat. However in opposition to unbeaten Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in November, Bivol discovered himself on the alternative facet of that equation but fought as if he was the larger knockout menace all through. 

Bivol’s surprisingly wide decision over Ramirez, the previous 168-pound titleholder who was his obligatory challenger, noticed him as offensive as we’ve ever seen in opposition to an elite foe. Whereas at all times accountable defensively, Bivol timed his flurries of stiff and correct mixtures completely and routinely damage the larger Ramirez. 

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The query was by no means whether or not Bivol was a fantastic boxer; that a part of the equation was computerized given his newbie pedigree. However the truth that he has now paired that with violent intention, particularly when the second demanded it like in his shut win over Alvarez, he proved that an developed model of himself locations him throughout the dialog for the very best boxer on this planet.

The victory additionally opened the door for Bivol to face unbeaten Artur Beterbiev ought to the unified champion at gentle heavyweight get previous Anthony Yarde in his obligatory protection. A win would make Bivol the undisputed king of 175 kilos and probably safe his crown because the P4P finest, too. 

Utilizing a standards that takes into consideration all the things from accomplishments to present kind, let’s take a better have a look at the highest fighters contained in the ring. Under is the newest Pound for Pound rankings replace after Lomachenko’s win in October.

Pound-for-Pound Rankings

1. Naoya Inoue

Unified bantamweight champion (20-0, 18 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 1

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 approach and I.Q. are sometimes neglected. Up subsequent is a four-belt bantamweight unification on Dec. 13 in opposition to Paul Butler.

2. Errol Spence Jr. 

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

The one combat that is smart for Spence is an undisputed showdown with WBO champion Terence Crawford for all 4 titles. Sadly, the negotiations unraveled and left behind heavy certainty {that a} deal of any form takes place in 2023. The following finest pay-per-view possibility for Spence may very well be former champion Keith Thurman. 

3. Terence Crawford

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

Nobody has ever questioned Crawford’s expertise. However the 35-year-old promotional free agent pulled out of talks to combat Errol Spence Jr. in November for the undisputed welterweight championship. Closing in on a one-year layoff, Crawford will as an alternative defend his title in opposition to David Avanesyan on Dec. 10.

4. Canelo Alvarez

Undisputed tremendous middleweight champion (58-2-2, 38 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 4

The mixture of a light-weight heavyweight title loss to Dmitry Bivol and an uneven determination win over 40-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin of their trilogy has Alvarez slipping only a bit at age 32. Left wrist surgical procedure is anticipated to maintain him out till no less than Might 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 robust argument for finest fighter within the sport after defeating Anthony Joshua in their August rematch. An undisputed title bout in opposition to Tyson Fury must wait till 2023 as Usyk recovers from nagging accidents.

6. Dmitry Bivol

WBA gentle heavyweight champion (21-0, 11 KOs) | Earlier rating: 10

Criticized at occasions for taking part in it protected prior to now, Bivol was anything but in his career-making victory over pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. The 175-pound titleholder was much more explosive in a convincing shutdown of unbeaten Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in November which could have secured Fighter of the Yr honors for 2022. 

7. 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 chosen to remain busy in a seemingly pointless trilogy bout in opposition to Dereck Chisora on Dec. 3. Together with fixed threats of retirement, it has been troublesome to gauge Fury’s true intentions as of late.

8. Shakur Stevenson

WBO junior light-weight champion (19-0, 9 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 7

Though he was stripped of his two 130-pound titles on the dimensions, Stevenson nonetheless turned in a commanding performance to widely outpoint former Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao in September. A transfer as much as light-weight is subsequent and the 25-year-old phenom has already known as out undisputed champion Devin Haney.

9. Devin Haney

Undisputed light-weight champion (29-0, 15 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 8

It is about time “The Dream” acquired his flowers as top-of-the-line boxers within the sport. The 23-year-old made a robust case for consideration within the Fighter of the Yr voting with a second straight determination win over former champion George Kambosos Jr. in Australia. Haney can merely do all of it.

10. Vasiliy Lomachenko

Light-weight (16-2, 11 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 9

After sitting out for almost one 12 months whereas serving on the frontlines of the battle in his native Ukraine, the previous P4P king almost got more than he bargained for in opposition to former sparring associate Jamaine Ortiz in October. Lomachenko made the required changes to safe the win and maintain hope alive for a showdown in opposition to Devin Haney.

Dropped out: None
Honorable point out: Stephen Fulton Jr., Jermell Charlo, Gervonta Davis, Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev

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