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 size.

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. SAUL ALVAREZ (52-1-2, 35 KO’s) 

WBA World Middleweight Champion

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez affirmed his position as the world’s best fighter with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs–wresting the IBF belt away from Jacobs and unifying it with Canelo’s WBA and WBA middleweight straps. However, Canelo was stripped of that IBF title in July as negotiations for his next opponent went south. Canelo is still in search of that foe. For now, he remains on top of this list.

Next: TBD

2. ERROL SPENCE JR. (25-0, 21 KO’S)

IBF World Welterweight Champion 

Errol Spence Jr.

It wasn’t just that Errol Spence Jr. defeated undefeated, four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in lopsided fashion. It was how he did it. While everyone expected Spence to walk through his smaller opponent, the former 2012 US Olympian used superior boxing skills to keep the Mexican great off-balance and administer a beatdown that solidified his status as the man at welterweight and a potential superstar. Spence will take on his toughest opponent to date when he faces WBC World Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter in an anticipated 147-pound unification on September 28. This could be a Fight of the Year candidate.

Next: vs. Shawn Porter on September 28

3. TERENCE CRAWFORD (35-0, 26 KO’S)

 WBO World Welterweight Champion

As expected, Terence “Bud” Crawford made short work of a seriously-faded Amir Khan, stopping the past-prime Brit in six rounds. It was Crawford looked spectacular as usual but it’s hard to gauge how good he is, given the quality of opposition–particularly at 147, where his promotional affiliation leaves him on the outside looking in. Crawford needs to step up the level of competition sooner rather than later.

Next: TBD

4. VASYL LOMACHENKO (13-1, 10 KO’S)

WBA & WBO World Super Featherweight Champion 

Lomachenko returned this April with a wicked fourth-round TKO over Anthony Crolla. Now he’ll travel to the UK to take on Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC world lightweight title. A win here gives Loma three world titles at 135-pounds. Fans, however, are clamoring to see him against Richard Commey, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez or even Mikey Garcia if he ever returns to 135.

Next: vs. Luke Campbell on August 31

5. LEO SANTA CRUZ (36-1-1, 19 KO’S)

WBA World Featherweight Champion 

Leo Santa Cruz returned to the ring in February, easily outpointing Mexico’s Rafael Rivera. Rivera was a late substitute for an injured Miguel Flores, but proved to be a tough out. Nevertheless, he was overmatched by Santa Cruz’s skill set. 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

6. OLEKSANDR USYK (16-0, 12 KO’S)

Oleksandr Usyk

Reigning 2018 Fighter of the Year Oleksandr Usyk was planning a big 2019 but injuries have postponed his move to heavyweight. THe former undisputed cruiserweight king is now campaigning among the big men–and in search of an opponent. An impressive win over a high-ranked contender puts the division on notice is as there isn’t a single thing that Usyk doesn’t do well in the ring.

Next: TBD

7. JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA (39-3, 26 KO’S)

WBC World Super Flyweight Champion

Jarret Hurd

If Juan Francisco Estrada were a welterweight, he’d be a superstar. Instead the two-division champ goes largely unknown fighting out of the super flyweight division. “El Gallo” can box, can brawl, take a punch, give a punch and his ring IQ is as high as anyone else’s in the sport. Estrada is on the back nine of his career — enjoy him now while you can.

Next: vs. Dewayne Beamon on August 24

8. NAOYA INOUE (18-0, 16 KO’S)

 WBA & IBF World Bantamweight Champion

Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue is a fast-rising, multi-weight world champion who many believe is arguably the biggest puncher in the sport sans Deontay Wilder. Inoue is now in the finals of the bantamweight portion of the World Boxing Super Series, where he faces rejuvenated former pound for pounder. Another impressive KO win will shoot him up this list.

Next: vs. Nonito Donaire on November 7

9. MIKEY GARCIA (39-1, 30 KO’S)

Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia, already a great fighter, dared to join rare air by moving up to face world welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Garcia fell well short of his goal in losing a wide unanimous decision. However, he showed grit and a steel chin, somehow surviving Spence’s furious assault. No word on whether he’ll return to lightweight–where he still holds the WBC world title–or will stay at 147 or go to 140 where he once held a belt. No matter what he does, don’t count Garcia out.

Next: vs. TBD

10. JERMALL CHARLO (29-0, 21 KO’S) 

WBC World Middleweight Champion

Jermall-Charlo

Jermall “The Hitman” Charlo dominated Brandon Adams last June but failed to impress. After dominating the 154-pound division with younger twin brother Jermell, Jermall has been unsuccessful in attempting to entice the top 160-pounders to face him. Perhaps that changes soon and we find out just how good Charlo truly is.

Next: TBD

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