Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: Shakur Stevenson moves up after dazzling performance vs. Oscar Valdez

Boxing’s subsequent nice famous person has arrived. A minimum of, that is how unified 130-pound champion Shakur Stevenson described his scenario following final Saturday’s flawless dismantling of fellow unbeaten champion Oscar Valdez.  

It is changing into tough to argue with Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs), a stunning southpaw who has gained world titles in two divisions whereas showcasing a really feel for his craft that belies his age at simply 24.  

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist could be nearly untouchable when he must, given his footwork and commanding management of distance. However like he confirmed in opposition to Valdez, he is simply as prepared to face within the pocket and choose his opponents aside with out taking massive pictures in return.  

Stevenson could in the future take his skills as excessive as 147 kilos. For now, nonetheless, the main target is on additional unifying titles at junior light-weight earlier than throwing his title into the combination at 135 kilos, the place no scarcity of massive names (each younger and outdated) at the moment reside.

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Beneath is the most recent Pound for Pound rankings replace after Stevenson’s massive win in April.

Pound-for-Pound Rankings

1. Canelo Alvarez

Undisputed tremendous middleweight champion (57-1-2, 38 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 1

One of the best on the planet one way or the other retains getting higher. Alvarez grew to become the primary undisputed king at 168 kilos by stopping unbeaten Caleb Plant final November. The Mexican famous person is slated to return to DAZN and the sunshine heavyweight division when he takes on Dmitry Bivol in Might with hopes of a trilogy bout in opposition to Gennadiy Golovkin in September.

2. Errol Spence Jr.

Unified welterweight champion (28-0, 22 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 4

Regardless of a 17-month layoff and surgical procedure to restore a indifferent retina, Spence returned trying higher than ever at age 32 in his demolition of Yordenis Ugas to unify three of 4 world titles. The one battle that is smart for subsequent is an undisputed showdown with WBO champion Terence Crawford in arguably the most important battle the game might make.

3. Terence Crawford

WBO welterweight champion (37-0, 27 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 2

Crawford made an unbelievable sequence of changes to decelerate and end Shawn Porter of their November pay-per-view conflict. As a community and promotional free agent, the time has by no means been higher for Crawford to hunt a career-defining check for all 4 welterweight titles in opposition to Spence.

4. Naoya Inoue

Unified bantamweight champion (19-0, 17 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 3

The Japanese “Monster” closed off 2021 with a stay-busy knockout in his native Japan. Inoue’s mixture of energy, velocity and boxing IQ is among the many greatest within the sport. Up subsequent is a June title unification in opposition to dwelling legend Nonito Donaire, in a rematch of their 2019 thriller.

5. Tyson Fury

WBC heavyweight champion (32-0-1, 24 KOs) | Earlier rating: 6

At 33, “The Gypsy King” could have authored his most thorough and spectacular efficiency thus far when he knocked out Dillian Whyte with one punch in entrance of 94,000 followers in London. Though Fury has teased each retirement and a blended guidelines match in opposition to UFC star Francis Ngannou, a shot on the undisputed championship continues to be at attain.

6. Vasiliy Lomachenko

Light-weight (16-2, 11 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 5

The continuing battle in his native Ukraine pressured Lomachenko to the frontlines and out of a potential title bout in opposition to unified light-weight king George Kambosos Jr. No matter when he returns, the 34-year-old Lomachenko used 2021 to remind his critics how dominant he nonetheless is by dismantling Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey.

7. 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 of their April title unification. Stevenson’s velocity, approach and IQ are off the charts. The longer term is now. 

8. Oleksandr Usyk

Unified heavyweight champion (19-0, 13 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 7

The previous undisputed cruiserweight champ upset the apple cart at heavyweight by convincingly outpointing Anthony Joshua. A contractually obligated rematch is probably going for this summer time after Usyk was given clearance by his native Ukraine to start coaching regardless of the continuing battle with Russia. 

9. Gervonta Davis

Secondary light-weight champion (25-0, 24 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 9

“Tank” battled by means of an injured hand to outpoint a decided Isaac Cruz of their December pay-per-view bout. Davis will convey his star to the Large Apple when he faces Rolly Romero in a Might bout in Brooklyn that guarantees fireworks.

10. Josh Taylor

Undisputed junior welterweight champion (18-0, 13 KOs) | Earlier rating: No. 10

“The Tartan Twister” struggled to a split-decision win over obligatory challenger Jack Catterall in February which most felt Taylor had misplaced. Taylor, who was lower and dropped, together with being outlanded almost 2-1 total, introduced he’s doubtless heading to 147 kilos.

Dropped out: None

Honorable point out: Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev, Jermell Charlo, Roman Gonzalez, Jermall Charlo  

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