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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Aug. 31, 2020): Lomachenko, Shields top P4P lists

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Pound-for-pound rankings are here, plus some notes from this weekend’s fights.

Photos by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images and Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Rankings go up on Mondays at Noon ET.

Ranked fights this week:

  • Welterweight: (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Abel Ramos, Sept. 6
  • Junior Lightweight: (3) Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo, Sept. 5

Notes: We had some debate last week about the heavyweight rankings following Povetkin’s upset of Whyte, particularly about Luis Ortiz at six and some other stuff. I said then I’d reexamine, and I did, and honestly, it’s a rare case where my mind just didn’t change. This is my order for right now. Whyte could easily shoot back to No. 5 if he beats Povetkin in a December rematch. He could be toast if he loses again. Things change fast, and heavyweight is as vulnerable as any division, maybe more so.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs (3) Deontay Wilder, TBA ... (2) Anthony Joshua vs (7) Kubrat Pulev, TBA ... (4) Andy Ruiz Jr vs Chris Arreola, TBA ... (10) Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora, TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Adam Deines, Oct. 9 ... (7) Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan [cruiserweight], Nov. 28

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (4) Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs (5) Jermall Charlo, Sept. 26 ... (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA

Notes: Erislandy Lara won as expected on the weekend, laboring through a boring 12-round decision against a hopelessly outmatched Greg Vendetti. If Lara wanted to guarantee a fight with next month’s Charlo-Rosario winner, he’s clearly learned very little about the business of boxing in his career. He could have overwhelmed Vendetti at some point; the skill gap was enormous and Vendetti presented no serious threat to someone as good as the Cuban veteran still is. But instead he played it safe, which assured a victory without any risk — as unlikely as Vendetti was to catch Lara with something crazy even if Lara pressed, he was even less likely to out-box Lara. The result was a dull performance that reminded people of the several nights they’ve halfway dozed off on the couch watching this guy. Lara isn’t big money and doesn’t have a major following. If he wanted to force the issue for the Charlo-Rosario winner, he needed some kind of highlight reel win. As it is, I remember him landing one really good left and then doing nothing of real note after. Yes, I’m aware the intricacies and subtleties were there, but Lara isn’t a Mayweather sort, either, his technique doesn’t have much flash to it. Now here’s the killer: he’s still good and crafty and will be a pain in the ass to beat. Add that all up, and you have someone Charlo and Rosario probably don’t want to bother with, and at 37, Lara will probably go away sooner than later. Everyone can kind of wait him out right now, even with his fake WBA belt.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Jermell Charlo vs (2) Jeison Rosario, Sept. 26

Upcoming Fights: (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Abel Ramos, Sept. 6 ... (8) Sergey Lipinets vs Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, Oct. 10 ... (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (6) Danny Garcia, Nov. 21

Notes: Jose Ramirez picked up a legitimately solid win over Viktor Postol on Saturday, edging out a fight that could easily have gone to a draw, could possibly have been argued Postol’s way — we see worse decisions than that would have been all the time — but the A-side titleholder scraped it out. Scoring was fair, and Ramirez holds his spot at No. 2. But I’m also keeping Postol at No. 5; he didn’t lose any standing to me, and it’s not like the next couple of guys behind him are exactly banging on the door. It’s up to the younger lads, guys like Barrios and Ergashev and Catterall and some not ranked here yet, to make the real moves toward the top and move guys like Postol, Zepeda, or Relikh aside if they can.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Josh Taylor vs Apinun Khongsong, Sept. 26 ... (8) Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl, Sept. 26

Notes: Just a quick housekeeping bit here. Rances Barthelemy, No. 9 last week, was going to move out of the rankings after this weekend, as he intends to fight at 140 from here. His scheduled bout with Alberto Puello has been postponed, but I don’t see any reason to have Barthelemy keeping a spot warm here, either. So he’s out and Lee Selby, whose fight with George Kambosos Jr has also been postponed, is in. Selby does at least mean to fight at 135, and he is the Welsh Mayweather, after all.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (2) Teofimo Lopez, Oct. 17 ... (6) Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz [junior lightweight], Oct. 24 ... (4) Luke Campbell vs (9) Ryan Garcia, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (3) Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo, Sept. 5 ... (2) Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis, Oct. 24 ... (1) Miguel Berchelt vs (5) Oscar Valdez, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (5) Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs Eduardo Ramirez, Sept. 19 ... (9) Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens, Sept. 30 ... (6) Emanuel Navarrete vs (10) Ruben Villa, Oct. 9

Upcoming Fights: (3) Daniel Roman vs Juan Carlos Payano, Sept. 26 ... (6) Brandon Figueroa vs Damien Vasquez, Sept. 26 ... (10) Carlos Castro vs Christopher Diaz, Oct. 24

Upcoming Fights: (2) Luis Nery vs Aaron Alameda [junior featherweight], Sept. 26 ... (5) John Riel Casimero vs Duke Micah, Sept. 26 ... (3) Nordine Oubaali vs (4) Nonito Donaire, Dec. 12 ... (1) Naoya Inoue vs (8) Jason Moloney, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs TBA, Oct. 17 ... (7) Joshua Franco vs Andrew Moloney, TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Notes: Basically, I wanted to do a women’s pound-for-pound list to show that side of the sport a bit more love, and I couldn’t justify doing it without giving y’all what you’ve asked for many times over, a men’s pound-for-pound list. I generally hate pound-for-pound debates so I probably won’t be doing much by way of participating to any, but that’s my list.

Notes: As noted last week, I don’t consider myself an unassailable expert on women’s boxing, but I try my best with the footage available. On this list, I am willing to hear from others if you think there’s someone I left off that I can take a look at and consider or something like that. As for my choice for No. 1, I just think Claressa Shields is clearly the best, most dominant women’s fighter in boxing today, and that honestly it’s not particularly close. In 10 fights, she’s lost three or four rounds, at most. She’s won world titles in three weight classes. She is drastically ahead of her peers at those weights, no fight has ever been close. To me, it’s a no-brainer, she’s the best in the game. I think you can debate a few guys on the men’s side for the top spot, but not here, not right now, and here’s the other thing: at 25, Shields is the youngest fighter on this list by a lot. Taylor’s 34, Serrano’s 31, Bopp’s 36, McCaskill’s 35, Braekhus is 38, Persoon’s 35, Bermudez is 31, Juarez is 40, Acuna’s 43. This could be a long, long reign for Shields.