Rankings go up on Mondays at Noon ET.
Ranked fights this week:
- Heavyweight: (10) Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora, Oct. 31
- Middleweight: (10) Jaime Munguia vs Tureano Johnson, Oct. 30
- Junior Welterweight: (3) Regis Prograis vs Juan Heraldez, Oct. 31
- Junior Welterweight: (7) Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl, Oct. 31
- Lightweight: (6) Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz [junior lightweight], Oct. 31
- Lightweight: (10) Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr, Oct. 31
- Junior Lightweight: (2) Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis, Oct. 31
- Bantamweight: (1) Naoya Inoue vs (8) Jason Moloney, Oct. 31
- Junior Flyweight: (5) Elwin Soto vs Carlos Buitrago, Oct. 30
- Women’s P4P: (8) Daniela Romina Bermudez vs Tatyana Zrazhevskaya, Oct. 31
- Women’s P4P: (9) Mariana Juarez vs Yulihan Luna, Oct. 31
Busy, busy week.
Upcoming Fights: (10) Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora, Oct. 31 ... (9) Luis Ortiz vs Alexander Flores, Nov. 7 ... (5) Alexander Povetkin vs (6) Dillian Whyte, Nov. 21 ... (1) Tyson Fury vs TBA, Dec. 5 ... (8) Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa, Dec. 11 ... (2) Anthony Joshua vs (7) Kubrat Pulev, Dec. 12
Upcoming Fights: (2) Krzysztof Glowacki vs (8) Lawrence Okolie, Dec. 12 ... (5) Kevin Lerena vs TBA, Dec. 19
Upcoming Fights: (7) Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan, Nov. 28 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Adam Deines, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (7) Daniel Jacobs vs Gabriel Rosado, Nov. 27 ... (5) Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray, Dec. 4
Upcoming Fights: (10) Jaime Munguia vs Tureano Johnson, Oct. 30 ... (4) Demetrius Andrade vs Dusty Hernandez Harrison [super middleweight], Nov. 27 ... (9) Matt Korobov vs Ronald Ellis, Nov. 28 ... (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA
Upcoming Fights: TBA
Notes: A minor tweak here, and I thought about the back end (spots 8-10) quite a bit before settling on keeping it almost the same, switching Vergil Ortiz and Sergey Lipinets. Lipinets went to a very competitive draw with Custio Clayton in a good fight on Saturday, could easily have lost that one, could also easily have nicked it. Ortiz has been smoking decent competition and if you put him head-to-head with Lipinets right now, I just can’t see picking Lipinets, who is a good fighter but lacks special qualities. I’m keeping Mikey Garcia at No. 10 even though he looked like he might be fighting at 168 based on his appearance at Friday’s show in Mexico City.
There are a handful of other guys you could argue into one of these 8-10 spots right now, too, including Jamal James, Custio Clayton now depending on what you thought Saturday, Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, and Egidijus Kavaliauskas. The big potential breakthrough guy other than Vergil Ortiz for 2021 is Jaron Ennis, who has the look of someone who could storm the top tier when he gets the chance. Welterweight is an odd division, more than just being “boxing’s best division!” as PBC in particular tout all the time. It’s really top heavy, in that it falls off a cliff in some ways after the No. 7 spot, but “the top” also arguably goes right down to that No. 7 spot, which is unusual; I know Spence and Crawford have separated themselves from the pack by a bit at this point, but Pacquiao through Ugas are all dangerous contenders, and there are some young names knocking on the door.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook, Nov. 14 ... (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (6) Danny Garcia, Dec. 5 ... (3) Manny Pacquiao vs Conor McGregor, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (3) Regis Prograis vs Juan Heraldez, Oct. 31 ... (7) Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl, Oct. 31
Notes: The Davis-Santa Cruz fight coming on Saturday might present a Situation for next week. It’s being fought at 130, for titles at both 130 and 135 (the 135 belt is Davis’ secondary WBA title). If the winner doesn’t state a clear intention of fighting at one weight or the other, I suspect that the winner would be ranked at both weights until a decision is made. I mean, what’s the big loss on the lists then? The Selby-Kambosos (also Saturday) winner or Masayuki Ito? And if a decision is made by the next rankings update, I can just put someone right back in. We’ll see how it shakes out, but figured I’d mention it ahead of time.
Upcoming Fights: (6) Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz [junior lightweight], Oct. 31 ... (10) Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr, Oct. 31 ... (3) Devin Haney vs Yuriorkis Gamboa, Nov. 7 ... (4) Luke Campbell vs (9) Ryan Garcia, Dec. 5
Notes: See lightweight.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis, Oct. 31 ... (1) Miguel Berchelt vs (5) Oscar Valdez, Dec. 12 ... (10) Masayuki Ito vs Hironori Mishiro, Dec. 26 ... (3) Jamel Herring vs (8) Carl Frampton, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (9) Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens, Dec. 2
Notes: By press releases from his team, I think we’ve officially settled on him being “Danny Roman” and not “Daniel Roman.” He also lists himself as “Danny” on social media, so I’m considering this Official.
Upcoming Fights: TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs (8) Jason Moloney, Oct. 31 ... (2) Nordine Oubaali vs (3) Nonito Donaire, Dec. 12 ... (9) Takuma Inoue vs Keita Kurihara, Jan. 14
Notes: Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez both won on Saturday, convincing victories over major underdogs. Estrada had a rousing war in a rematch with Carlos Cuadras, who may well have put everything he has left into that fight, and Chocolatito won a clear decision over a game but out-classed Israel Gonzalez. This sets up a likely rematch between the two in 2021; Eddie Hearn says he’s working on it, and the word is both fighters really do want it. It might be a case of the purses being right, though, as far as it coming next and, like, by the spring. If there’s nowhere you can put it with a paying audience, that could be tough. Gut feeling is there may be some overzealous calls to bump Chocolatito to No. 2 over Rungvisai, but he lost twice to Rungvisai, and the second one was a wipeout. I know we all love a 1-2 matchup but sometimes something just is a 1-3. Still pretty good!
Upcoming Fights: (7) Joshua Franco vs Andrew Moloney, Nov. 14
Notes: Julio Cesar Martinez had a short-notice opponent on Friday in Mexico City, but the fact that Moises Calleros came in as a bantamweight didn’t matter much, as JCM wiped him out in two. Martinez really is one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport today, and he’s starting to talk about going up to 115. Hard to blame him, really. Tanaka is headed up himself, and there’s just not a ton by way of “big fights” available at 112, with due respect to the terrific veteran Moruti Mthalane or the coming Nakatani-Magramo WBO title winner. Personally, I’d love to see him in with Angel Acosta; that could be an absolute banger for however long it lasts.
Upcoming Fights: (9) Junto Nakatani vs (10) Giemel Magramo, Nov. 6 ... (7) Cristofer Rosales vs TBA, Nov. 20 ... (3) Moruti Mthalane vs TBA, Dec. 20
Upcoming Fights: (5) Elwin Soto vs Carlos Buitrago, Oct. 30 ... (2) Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Thanongsak Simsri, Nov. 3
Upcoming Fights: (1) Wanheng Menayothin vs Petchmanee Kokietgym, Nov. 27
Notes: Mostly I’m just agreeing with most of you that Estrada deserves and already deserved a top 10 spot, but also I want to do something dumb to this every week I can so that someone might have a diarrhea about THE RULES!!!! of pound-for-pound. But in all sincerity, I will tinker with this a lot, probably. The big thing is that until I came up with an idea that basically forced me to add P4P to the rankings, I hadn’t much thought about P4P in years, which is something I recommend to everyone, quite honestly. So I’m kind of constantly reassessing a few things with it. Also I do listen to the feedback even if I say I don’t and even if I think some of you are way too hung up on P4P in general, and also in thinking there’s some scientific concrete way that it must be measured.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Naoya Inoue vs Jason Moloney, Oct. 31 ... (6) Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora, Oct. 31 ... (4) Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook, Nov. 14 ... (3) Errol Spence Jr vs Danny Garcia, Dec. 5 ... (10) Tyson Fury vs TBA, Dec. 5 ... (9) Miguel Berchelt vs Oscar Valdez, Dec. 12
Upcoming Fights: (8) Daniela Romina Bermudez vs Tatyana Zrazhevskaya, Oct. 31 ... (9) Mariana Juarez vs Yulihan Luna, Oct. 31 ... (2) Katie Taylor vs Miriam Gutierrez, Nov. 14 ... (1) Claressa Shields vs Marie-Eve Dicaire, TBA ... (5) Jessica McCaskill vs (6) Cecilia Braekhus, TBA