It’s fair to say boxing has no dominant pound-for-pound king today. At 27-1 with 18 KOs, Whyte is hungering for a title shot. 7) Luis Ortiz: Though Ortiz is clearly on the downside of his career, he showed vs. Wilder in 2018 and 2019 that he’s still an elite boxer (though the fact he was beating Wilder on points both times but ended up suffering devastating knockouts both times doesn’t help his cause). With the coronavirus shutting down boxing until May at the very earliest and with Spence still bouncing back from his scary car accident in October—and adding all of that to the fact Crawford is promoted by Top Rank, meaning it’s going to be difficult politically to make a deal with anybody in the Premier Boxing Champions camp, including Spence—we probably won’t see this bout anytime soon. I don’t think Pacquiao, at this age, would stand much of a chance against Spence or Crawford. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images). 10) Vergil Ortiz: One of the brightest prospects in the game, Ortiz has amassed a 15-0 record with 15 KOs, and he’s knocked off solid fighters like Mauricio Herrera and Antonio Orozco. Some rank them based purely on their résumés and weigh up who has the best recorded wins. But Usyk, in my opinion, could beat most of the boxers on this list. During that time, he’s beaten a then-undefeated Jamal James, a then-undefeated Bryant Perralla, and a then-undefeated Omar Figueroa Jr. Ugas probably deserves a big-time fight at some point soon. Boxing Legend Roy Jones joined Radio for a can’t miss interview. Lists Top Ten Undefeated Boxers … You may opt-out by. Past boxers who retired unbeaten with at least 30 fights were two USA boxers in Rocky “Brockton Blockbuster” Marciano and Floyd “Money” Mayweather at 49-0, Joe “The Italian Dragon” Calzaghe, 46-0, of Wales and Sven “Phantom” Ottke at 34-0, of Germany. Six months after getting utterly dominated and knocked out by Ruiz, Joshua beat Ruiz by unanimous decision in December to regain his place in the division. He still did it in one weight class. * This page was last updated on October 4, 2020. But Usyk, in my opinion, could beat most of the boxers on this list. 6) Keith Thurman: It’s hard to know where Thurman stands in this division. “Sugar” Ray Robinson after losing in his 41st fight and then went 88-0-2 after that at 128-1-2, before he lost for the second time. Top ten pound-for-pound boxers in the world, including Tyson Fury, Canelo and Vasyl Lomachenko. Roy pulled no punches and discussed the Mike Tyson Fight and how it came about. 2) Anthony Joshua: He showed a tremendous amount of guile to win back his belts from Ruiz. Really, I asked? These records like Joe “The Brown” Bomber Louis having 25 title defenses we thought would never be broken but they have. The Russian professional mixed martial … Therefore, is going to lay out its criteria (based roughly on Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound criteria) for this list right now: This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd's Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy. There were 4 boxers who surpassed 49-0 but were defeated later in their career like Willie “Will o’ the Wisp” Pep, 62-0, Julio “J.C.” Cesar Chavez, 89-0-1, Luis “Yori Boy” Ramon Campas, 56-0, and Nino “Cheid Tidjari Sidibe” La Rocco at 55-0, “Super” Brian Nielsen was 49-0, Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes, and Dariusz “Tiger” Michalczewski at 48-0, Chris “The Dragon” John, 48-0-3, Eder “Golden Bantam” Jofre, 47-0-3, Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora, 48-0-1 and “Sugar” Ray Robinson at 40-0. But Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, is No. Pacquiao won in a split decision. Most losses were by Reggie “Raglin” Strickland at 276 with a total bout count at 363. He’ll face Pulev in June in London and after that, he could face another mandatory opponent in Oleksandr Usyk. Longest reigning champion was Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis at 11 years, 8 months and 8 days. February 22, 2020 Anthony Joshua United Kingdom 23–1 (21 KO) December 7, 2019 Anthony Joshua United Kingdom 23–1 (21 KO) December 7, 2019 Tyson Fury United Kingdom 30–0–1 (21 KO) February 22, 2020 Mahmoud Charr Regular champion Syria 31–4 (17 KO) November 25, 2017 Trevor Bryan Interim champion United States 20–0 (14 KO) August 11, 2018 Every boxing fan around the world has its preferred pound-for-pound list. “I don’t know if Crawford could beat Porter,” Prograis told me this week. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Billy Fox won his first 36 bouts by knockout before losing. In recent times, the welterweight division has revolved around the two top fighters in the weight class and whether they’ll ever face each other. Unfortunately for Kownacki, he’s no longer on this list. Mexico’s Ricardo “Finito” Lopez was 51-0-1 and going back before 1900 was Jimmy Barry who both had draws at 59-0-10. He’ll most likely take a tune-up before he gets back into the ring against an elite opponent, and assuming he looks like the same fighter as before, I’d pick him to beat anybody else in the division. After Robert Helenius’s massive upset against Adam Kownacki on Saturday night, when the Finnish heavyweight somehow knocked out the undefeated prospect by fourth-round TKO, the heavyweight division’s major players will now get some time to relax. Currently unbeaten boxers are Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez at 46-0, Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 37-0, and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin , 36-0. Still, Garcia is an excellent boxer, and his only losses have come to Thurman and Porter. Garcia could compete with anybody in the division. 2) Terence Crawford: If Spence can corral Spence into the ring with him either this year or in 2021, I’d make him the favorite to win. — Evolve MMA (@EvolveMMA) May 31, 2020. But one look at his resume, and you can discern that he has yet to be truly tested. Activity – How often a fighter is fighting against top level opposition. 6) Joseph Parker: The former heavyweight titlist who lost his belt to Joshua and then fell to Whyte in his next fight has rebounded with a three-fight winning streak that include three knockouts. 1 in these rankings, because I agree with Prograis’ prognosis when he says, “He hasn’t proven that much at welterweight.” It’s not necessarily Crawford’s fault that just about everybody else in the top-seven of this poll is affiliated with PBC, which has declined to do business with Top Rank. Too much risk, too little reward. After losing to Jeff Horn in 2017—a fight I thought Pacquiao won—it would have been easy to see him slip into irrelevancy. As Kownacki said before his loss, “The division is wide open.”. But look at his resume, he hasn’t been fighting anybody.”. 5) Dillian Whyte: It’s hard not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Whyte, who was knocked out by Joshua in 2015 but who has impressively resurrected his career ever since by beating Joseph Parker, Dereck Chisora twice, Robert Helenius and Oscar Rivas. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Here’s hoping we see him—and the rest of the sport’s elite and not-so-elite—as soon as it’s safe to do so. 8) Mikey Garcia: Before his fight vs. Jessie Vargas last month, I asked Garcia if he’d consider moving back down to 140 pounds. He selected, in order: Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford and Keith Thurman as his top-five. Whether he can compete with huge heavyweights like Fury, Joshua or Wilder remains to be seen. We compiled Top 10 Undefeated Boxers (active boxers). Perhaps once the … I imagine we’ll see Ortiz return to the ring at some point, but it’s unclear if he’ll ever have a chance at another title shot. You may opt-out by. Spence, Jr won by decision. That could be a real challenge for Joshua. I wouldn’t favor him to beat anybody in the five spots ahead of him—sure, he topped Ruiz in 2016 but I thought Ruiz won that bout and I think Ruiz would get the official victory if they ever have a rematch—but I think Parker has proven that he’s still a quality fighter. The only light heavyweight champion to challenge and win the heavyweight title was Michael Spinks “Jinx” defeated Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes. After more than a decade in the newspaper business writing about virtually every professional and major college sport for publications like the Cincinnati Post and the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, I joined and covered the NFL for five years. Some take other factors such as activity and official results into account, too, meaning the whole thing becomes one big confusing mess. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. But after his victory vs. Vargas, which was decent but not super impressive, he said he’d stay as a welterweight. 10 spot for now. And yes, we don’t know who Ruiz will fight next. Boxing fans tend to make too much of undefeated records, even as they are also dismissive of them. But Crawford will turn 33 in December, and once he gets to his mid-30s, I’m not sure he can beat a Spence who will still be in his early 30s and who likely will still be in his prime. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. Most knockouts were by Archie “The Mongoose” Moore at either 131, 132 or 145. Since Wilder has invoked his rematch clause, Fury is a -220 favorite to win the third match between the two, and perhaps after that, Fury will get a chance to beat Anthony Joshua.

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