The term “Pound for Pound” was originally created for Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson is widely considered the greatest boxer ever. It meant that if all fighters were the same size, Robinson would beat them all. A pound for pound list determines who the best fighters are if, hypothetically, all were the same weight.

BoxingAfrica.com determines a fighter’s status primarily by the quality of opposition. Fighting style is also given consideration as we look at head to head matchups but we believe your resume defines your greatness. We hope the list below reflects that and welcome all comments.

1. TERENCE CRAWFORD (34-0, 25 KO’S)

 WBO World Welterweight Champion

As expected, Terence “Bud” Crawford stopped Jose Benavidez in his last bout, putting him away in the twelfth round. Crawford was worlds above Benavidez in terms of skill and experience. There is no doubting he is an elite fighter, but we have yet to see him tested. A bout versus Errol Spence Jr. is a long shot, meaning we may be treated to these mismatches going forward. If so, Crawford may lose his number-one slot on this list.

Next: TBD

2. SAUL ALVAREZ (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) 

WBC & WBA World Middleweight Champion

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez silenced the doubters with a majority decision win over Gennady Golovkin to become the new middleweight king. It had been a tumultuous past 12 months for Canelo. After escaping with a draw over Golovkin in their September 2017 encounter–a bout many felt Golovkin won–Canelo twice tested positive for a banned substance in February. He erased all questions in the rematch, backing Golovkin up for 12 rounds and landing the cleaner, more effective blows. With a new five-year deal with sports streaming app, DAZN, Canelo is set to make $365 million. He kicks it off with a light touch in his debut at Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden.

Next: vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15

3. MIKEY GARCIA (39-0, 30 KO’S)

WBC & IBF World Lightweight Champion 

Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia is truly a great fighter. After moving up and winning a world title at 140lbs, Garcia returned to lightweight and unified titles, soundly defeating IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. by unanimous decision. All Garcia does is win, and he’s done it in four divisions. Now he wants welterweight king Errol Spence Jr next. On paper, this may be too big a leap for Mikey but never count the great Mexican-American out.

Next: vs. TBD

4. VASYL LOMACHENKO (11-1, 9 KO’S)

WBO World Super Featherweight Champion 

Vasyl Lomachenko is human. An exceptional one at that. Lomachenko survived a knockdown in a brisk give-and-take affair with Jorge Linares to put Linares away with a beautiful body shot in round 10. Lomachenko recently underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined until December, when he will attempt to unify versus Jose Pedraza. It’s nowhere near the type of matchup we’d like to see him in, but it’s still a solid one coming off an injury.

Next: vs. Jose Pedraza on Dec. 8

5. ERROL SPENCE JR. (24-0, 21 KO’S)

IBF World Welterweight Champion 

Errol Spence Jr.

Poor Carlos Ocampo had no business being in the ring with rising star Errol Spence Jr. Spence notched his second win of 2018, obliterating Ocampo in the first round with a series of hooks to the ribs. Spence also showed off his star power, drawing a sell-out crowd in his Texas homecoming. But who can he fight next? A showdown versus the Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter winner may not come off this year. And Keith Thurman will likely need a couple more tuneups if he ever returns to the ring. And finally, Terence Crawford fights for a rival promoter and network. So what is “The Truth” to do? Expect another title defense before the year is out, possibly a super showdown versus Mikey Garcia if the latter gets by Robert Easter Jr. impressively.

Next: TBD

6. LEO SANTA CRUZ (35-1-1, 19 KO’S)

WBA World Featherweight Champion 

The Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares rematch delivered fireworks yet again. And once again, Santa Cruz emerged victorious. There’s nothing the Mexican-American doesn’t do well, whether it’s brawling in close quarters or boxing on the outside. Santa Cruz says he wants fellow world featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. next. What a showdown that would be.

Next: TBD

7. OLEKSANDR USYK (15-0, 11 KO’S)

WBC, WBA, IBF & WBO World Cruiserweight Champion

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk cemented his status as the king of the cruiserweights with a dominant unanimous decision win over Murat Gassiev. Usyk, an amateur standout, is one of the best pure boxers in the world today, seemingly unbeatable in his weight class. He’ll be severely tested in his next bout, when he meets the underrated Tony Bellew.

Next: vs. Tony Bellew on Nov. 10

8. JARRETT HURD (22-0, 15 KO’S)

WBA & IBF World Junior Middleweight Champion

Jarret Hurd

“Swift” Jarrett Hurd has had quite the ascension since turning pro. And he’s turned it on over the past year. After winning the IBF title in February 2017 versus Tony Harrison, the Accokeek, Maryland native followed it up with a thrilling, 10th-round stoppage of former world champion Austin Trout in October of that year. Hurd is the only person to ever stop Trout. He followed that up with another Fight of the Year performance, dropping WBA world champion Erislandy Lara in the 12th round to eke out a split decision and unify the titles. Hurd is currently on the mend from a procedure but is expected to return to the ring in December. A 2019 bout versus fellow champion Jermell Charlo is a fight fan’s dream.

Next: vs. TBD

9. NAOYA INOUE (17-0, 15 KO’S)

 WBA World Bantamweight Champion

Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue absolutely obliterated veteran Juan Carlos Payano, putting him away in one round. It was yet another frightening performance for Inoue. Some believe he is rated too low at number-nine. We are inclined to agree but would like to see how those above him fare in their next bouts–and see if Inoue can win the World Boxing Super Series tournament for bantams. Stay tuned.

Next: TBD

10. JERMALL CHARLO (27-0, 21 KO’S) 

WBC Interim World Middleweight Champion

Jermall-Charlo

The oldest of the two twin brother world champions, Jermall “The Hitman” Charlo is the total package. Under the tutelage of Ronnie Shields, Charlo ran through the junior middleweight division and is set to do the same at 160lbs. He’s the WBC mandatory challenger for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but that fight isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. This means Canelo may have to drop his belt. Either way, look for Charlo to fight for his second world title in as many divisions within the coming year. He’s got a tough assignment on December 22, when he makes his first headliner, versus Maciej Suleicki at Barclays.

Next: vs. Maciej Suleicki on Dec. 22

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