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Boxing Rankings (Jan. 15, 2024): Can anyone stop Artur Beterbiev? Plus more!

Artur Beterbiev stayed perfect as a pro against Callum Smith, plus a bit more!

Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith
Artur Beterbiev stayed perfect as a pro against Callum Smith
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

It’s our first rankings update of 2024! The next will come on Monday, Jan. 29.

Here are the ranked fights we’ll see between now and then:

Upcoming Fights: (1) Oleksandry Usyk vs (2) Tyson Fury, Feb. 17 ... (3) Zhilei Zhang vs (5) Joseph Parker, Mar. 8 ... (4) Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou, Mar. 8

Upcoming Fights: (1) Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Briedis, Feb. 17

Notes: Artur Beterbiev demolished Callum Smith in typical Beterbiev fashion, as Smith again clearly failed the test at actual top level. Smith is a good fighter, he drops a few spots, and he might damn well beat everyone he fell behind this week.

Beterbiev is No. 2 still, could be No. 1, it’s him and Bivol and then the rest.

Upcoming Fights: (5) Joshua Buatsi vs (6) Dan Azeez, Feb. 3

Upcoming Fights: (6) Jaime Munguia vs (7) John Ryder, Jan. 27

Upcoming Fights: (8) Austin Williams vs Connor Coyle, Feb. 3 ... (6) Hamzah Sheeraz vs (10) Liam Williams, Feb. 10

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Notes: Arnold Barboza Jr did the job anticipated against over-matched Xolisani Ndongeni, and now he hopes to get a bigger fight. And he deserves one. But it might still be tough to get one unless he winds up being Ryan Garcia’s actual next opponent if/when Garcia doesn’t fight Rolly Romero and doesn’t fight Devin Haney.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz, Feb. 8

Upcoming Fights: (5) William Zepeda vs (8) Maxi Hughes, Mar. 16 ... (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (10) George Kambosos Jr, May 11

Upcoming Fights: (2) O’Shaquie Foster vs Abraham Nova, Feb. 16 ... (1) Joe Cordina vs Anthony Cacace, Feb. 17 ... (5) Oscar Valdez vs (10) Liam Wilson, Mar. 29

Upcoming Fights: (1) Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe, Mar. 2 ... (10) Otabek Kholmatov vs Raymond Ford, Mar. 2 ... (4) Rey Vargas vs (8) Nick Ball, Mar. 8

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Notes: Jason Moloney successfully defended his WBO title in a tough fight with Saul Sanchez, which you should hit up ESPN+ or your favorite criminal empire and make sure you see if you missed it, we don’t get that many really good fights this early in the year and that was one.

Moloney’s not special, but a clear top fighter in the bantamweight division as left in Naoya Inoue’s wake. Those top three are all paired right together, Grandpa Donaire is a wild card, and Junto comin’, which could be the arrival of the new No. 1 in late February.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Alexandro Santiago vs Junto Nakatani, Feb. 24

Upcoming Fights: (5) Kosei Tanaka vs Christian Bacasegua, Feb. 24

Upcoming Fights: (4) Artem Dalakian vs (9) Seigo Yuri Akui, Jan. 23

Upcoming Fights: (1) Kenshiro Teraji vs (3) Carlos Canizales, Jan. 23 ... (4) Adrian Curiel vs (8) Sivenathi Nontshinga, Feb. 16 ... (2) Jonathan Gonzalez vs TBA, Mar. 2

Upcoming Fights: (3) Oscar Collazo vs Reyneris Gutierrez, Jan. 27

Upcoming Fights: (7) Mikaela Mayer vs Natasha Jonas, Jan. 20 ... (4) Amanda Serrano vs Nina Meinke, Mar. 2

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