Wins, wins, and more wins

It takes a lot of courage to step in the ring. To win and win repeatedly takes courage, desire, and commitment. Gone are the days when Sugar Ray Robinson, Harry Grab, Archie Moore, and others would rack up 150+ wins. Still, there are guys who have won plenty of fights. I decided to look up the winningest active boxers among those who are competitive. I based it on BoxRec, and the rules were that you had to be either in the top 50 active fighters in your weight class, or the top 500 active fighters pound-for-pound. Here is what I came up with:

60-Win Club

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 61-4-1

50-Win Club

Canelo Alvarez 58-2-2

Sergio Martinez 56-3-2

Wanheng Menayothin 55-3-0

Firat Arslan 53-9-3

Chocalatito Gonzalez 51-4-0

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 50-6-1

40-Win Club

Billy Dib 48-6-0

Mateusz Masternak 47-5-0

Jorge Linares 47-8-0

Zurdo Ramirez 44-1-0

Juan Francisco Estrada 44-3-0

Kiko Martinez 44-11-2

Deontay Wilder 43-2-1

Donny Nietes 43-2-6

Gennady Golovkin 42-2-1

Felix Sturm 42-6-3

Nonito Donaire 42-7-0

Jaime Munguia 41-0-0

Moruti Mthalane 40-3-0

Sandor Martin 40-3-0

Okay, now a few reflections.
  • First, it's clear that the lower weight classes, especially the Superflys (with Chocalito, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and Juan Francisco Estrada) are overrepresented. Wilder is the only heavyweight to crack the list.
  • Second, it's basically a lot of hispanics and Eastern Europeans.
  • Combine these two and it's clear that big win records are guys that have to fight a lot before getting noticed, and fight for money because they never get huge pay checks even if they're successful.
  • If you fight enough, you're going to get beat. With Zurdo going down against Bivol, the only "0" on the list is Jaime Munguia. Crawford's 39-0 is one win away from cracking the list, and I'd say he has the most impressive undefeated record.
  • These guys have a combined record of 1039-84-23, which amounts to a winning percentage of about 92%.
  • The winningest fighter on the list, Polish cruiserweight, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, is easily the lowest ranked pound-for-pound guy on this list, checking in at #936.
  • If I go out to pound-for-pound rank 1000 as a criterion, I would only add a handful more fighters. However, Jhonny Gonzalez becomes the winningest fighter. He is 69-12-1, and may well be the winningest active fighter. He is the 10th ranked Mexican super featherweight, so he checks all the boxes.

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