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 (57-1-2, 39 KO’s)

WBA,WBC,IBF WBO World Super Middleweight Champion

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says 2021 was his best year and we’re inclined to agree. Canelo became the first undisputed super middleweight champion in the division’s history, first stopping f WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds last May then following it up with an epic eleventh-round TKO of unbeaten IBF champ Caleb Plant in November. Canelo is on top of the world. Rumors are that he may move up to cruiserweight and challenge champion Ilunga Makabu but we’d like to see him challenge undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo or unbeaten two-time 168-pound champion David Benavidez next

Next: vs. TBD

2. NAOYA INOUE (22-0, 19 KO’s)

 WBA & IBF World Bantamweight Champion

Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue closed out his 2021 with December’s eighth-round TKO win over Aran Dipaen. Inoue’s career has stalled since signing with Top Rank. What was expected to be a US invasion has been anything but. Here’s to hoping 2022 brings “The Monster” a unification versus John Riel Casimero or a rematch versus Nonito Donaire, who now holds a title too and appears rejuvenated.

Next: vs. TBD

3. TERENCE CRAWFORD (38-0, 29 KO’s)

WBO World Welterweight Champion

Terence “Bud” Crawford finally faced another top welterweight. Crawford proved his pedigree, stopping two-time champion Shawn Porter last November. Though Porter seemed past his best and retired afterward, he was still a formidable challenger for the ultra-talented Crawford. So what’s next for the WBO champ? A showdown with Errol Spence Jr. remains a fight fan’s dream but there are other young, hungry welterweights nipping at his heels, including Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Vergil Ortiz. Or perhaps Crawford faces Josh Taylor should Taylor decide to move up. Stay tuned.

Next: vs. TBD

4. ERROL SPENCE JR. (27-0, 21 KO’s)

WBC & IBF World Welterweight Champion 

Errol-Spence-Jr

Errol Spence Jr. remains the king of the welterweight division but he could face a major test in his next bout. Whispers are that Spence will return in April to defend his unified titles versus WBA Champion Yordenis Ugas in a three-belt unification. Ugas is riding high off his upset win over Manny Pacquiao last August but that victory was no fluke. Ugas has amassed an impressive resume since moving up to 147 — his only defeat was a points loss to Shawn Porter in a bout many feel he won. Can Spence, who hasn’t fought since December 2019 and is coming back from eye surgery, regain his old form? And is that old form good enough to beat Ugas? We hope to find out soon.

Next: vs. TBD

5. OLEKSANDR USYK (19-0, 13 KO’S) 

WBA, IBF & WBO World Heavyweight Champion

Oleksandr-Usyk

Oleksandry Usyk upset the odds with his thrilling, brilliant victory over Anthony Joshua to become the unified heavyweight world champion. Usyk displayed the sublime skills and technique that made him undisputed at cruiserweight, and showed the heart, power and will that carried to heavyweight. Usyk now joins Tyson Fury as the kings of boxing’s glamour division. Can he do it again in a rematch versus Joshua?

Next: vs. TBD

6. STEPHEN FULTON JR. (20-0, 8 KO’s)

WBC & WBO World Super Bantamweight Champion

Stephen-Fulton

Stephen Fulton Jr. could have easily won Fighter of the Year for 2021 given the year that he had. Fulton kicked it off with a fantastic unanimous decision over Angelo Leo to capture Leo’s WBO 122-pound belt. Then in November, he added the WBC strap to his collection by defeating incumbent Brandon Figueroa in a Fight of the Year candidate. In both fights Fulton showed pound for pound skill and will. Further, he did it against two of the very best in his division. Fulton is no stranger to challenging the best. He’s had only 20 fights yet has already defeated nine undefeated fighters. Who is next?

Next: vs. TBD

7. JERMELL CHARLO (34-1-1, 18 KO’s)

WBA, WBC & IBF World Super Welterweight Champion 

Jermell-Charlo

Jermell Charlo is one of the finest boxers in the game and also among the hardest hitters. The holder of three titles at 154, Charlo battled WBO champ Brian Castano to a disputed draw in July. Many felt Castano should have gotten the decision. A rematch is in order here.

Next: vs. TBD

8. GERVONTA DAVIS (26-0, 24 KO’s)

WBA World Lightweight Champion & WBA World Super Lightweight Champion

Gervonta-Davis

Gervonta “Tank” Davis may be on top of this list sooner rather than later. Davis ended 2021 by holding off a determined challenge fromt he hard-hitting Isaac Cruz in December. In his prior bout, he displayed his incredible skill and power again as he moved up to 140-pounds and knocked out undefeated champ Mario Barrios in a brilliant performance. Arguably the hardest hitter in the sport, Davis is already one of its biggest stars. Expect the Floyd Mayweather protege to make even more noise in 2022.

Next: vs. TBD

9. JERMALL CHARLO (32-0, 22 KO’S)

WBC World Middleweight Champion 

Jermall-Charlo

Undefeated two-division world champion Jermall Charlo, older twin brother of unified world champion Jermell Charlo, is on a quest to find his career-defining moment. Fresh off the finest victory of his career, a unanimous decision over Sergey Derevyanchenko, Charlo easily outpointed the tough Juan Montiel in his homecoming bout last June, though not without some rough moments.  There are many who believe he is the man to topple Canelo Alvarez. We’d love to see that fight.

Next: vs. TBD

10. JOSH TAYLOR (18-0, 13 KO’S)

WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO World Super Lightweight Champion 

Josh-Taylor

After claiming all the belts at 140-pounds, Josh Taylor is set to defend them against Jack Catterall in a homecoming bout in his native Scotland. If victorious, Taylor has set his sights on the talent-laden welterweight division. More specifically, he wants Terence Crawford. What a fight that would be.

Next: vs. Jack Catterall on February 26

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