Boxing Rankings Update, Nov. 2013: Bradley moves up at 147, Provodnikov crashes 140

Doug Pensinger

Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov are arguably still leading the Fight of the Year race with their March classic, and both fighters made big statements in October, as well.

It was a quiet month in terms of ratings movement in October, so that means it's a quiet month for the update here in November. But there are a couple big stories to talk about, so let's do that. The full rankings are available here.

Junior Welterweight

Ruslan Provodnikov is in at No. 3 after winning the WBO title in a great fight with Mike Alvarado on October 19 in Colorado. Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO) beat Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO) into submission that night, taking Alvarado's best shots and ultimately physically dominating him. When 2013 started, Provodnikov was an also-ran junior welterweight with an exciting style who was being served up as a tune-up for Tim Bradley in March. Now, he's a guy who had a Fight of the Year contender and nearly upset Bradley, and is a top junior welterweight.


Speaking of Timothy Bradley, he's moved up to No. 2 in the rankings, behind only Floyd Mayweather. Juan Manuel Marquez is down to No. 3 and Manny Pacquiao is down to No. 4. I know this will cause some wailing and gnashing of teeth, but DEAL WITH IT, PUNKS! It's not June 2012 anymore. Bradley beat Marquez, who beat Pacquiao, and while it's all a confusing triangle to deal with in terms of ranking, we've gone with Tim Bradley. Pacquiao has a chance in a couple weeks to make a statement.


Mike Perez is on the yo-yo again, back at No. 10 after his win over Magomed Abdusalamov this past weekend. Perez probably won't be dropping out just because someone else did something, which he's done roughly 11,000 times this year. That's crazy. There have only been so many rankings updates. I'm out of control with jokes.

Female Pound-For-Pound

Cecilia Braekhus still rules the roost, but Ryan has upped it to a top 15 instead of just a top 10.

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