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Sport Pound-for-pound: 5 fights that could shake things up

13:40  22 september  2020
13:40  22 september  2020 Source:   boxingjunkie.com

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Fighters who have been inactive for a year, or who officially retire, are He hasn’t faced another flyweight fighter with pound - for - pound status but at least he took on the next best thing by moving up to Remember how we were screwed out of one of the best fights that could be made in boxing

Give it time and the results can pile up and make something as fanciful as pound - for - pound ratings hard to think through. It also meant a shake - up at the top. Terence Crawford, the previous number one who is stuck in an unfortunate limbo without a serious fight on the immediate horizon, slips as the

The Boxing Junkie pound-for-pound list could look considerably different in the next few months.

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At least 14 of the 20 fighters on our list — the Top 15 and five honorable mentions — are scheduled or expected to fight before the end of the year, several of them before the end of next month.

No. 12 Josh Taylor fights mandatory challenge Apinun Khongsong this coming Saturday in London. On the same day, honorable mention Mairis Briedis faces Yuniel Dorticos in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final in Munich.

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Vasyl Lomachenko is Sportsmail's No 1 pound - for - pound fighter on the planet. There is an argument for Canelo Alvarez, but he was Those verdicts delivered by virtual home-town judges – such is the importance of Alvarez fights to the economy of Sin City – have denied Gennady Golovkin a place in

And despite only being opinion, the pound - for - pound rankings are given more credence than any title, making these opinions as valuable as anything in sport today. Froch could arguably be left off of this list after having been thoroughly beaten around for at least six rounds of his last fight against Groves.

Those at least tentatively set to fight next month: No. 1 Vasiliy Lomachenko (vs. honorable mention Teofimo Lopez), No. 4 Naoya Inoue (vs. Jason Moloney), No. 5 Oleksandr Usyk (vs. Derek Chisora), Juan Carlos Estrada (vs. Carlos Cuadras) and No. 15 Leo Santa Cruz (vs. Gervonta Davis).

The rest of the 14 probably will fight before 2021. The remaining six? Several probably will fight early next year while the fate of a few — Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao, for example — is utterly uncertain.

On top of all that, the winners of the two featured fights on the pay-per-view card this Saturday — Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario — will probably get serious pound-for-pound consideration, particularly if they dominate.

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Many regard Gonzalez as boxing's best pound - for - pound fighter , and his skill level and accomplishments certainly merit that consideration. Now, it's on to bigger things against Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) on July 23 in Las Vegas with the added bonus of the vacant WBC

These are the official lists of the current pound for pound professional boxing rankings distributed by The Ring magazine, Boxing Writers Association of America, ESPN, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec. List of current world boxing champions. List of boxing weight classes.

So which upcoming matchups are most likely to alter our pound-for-pound list? Here are five that could shake things up.

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Gervonta Davis (left, against Jesus Cuellar) will be a handful for Leo Santa Cruz. AP Photo / Frank Franklin II

No. 15 Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) vs. Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KOs, Oct. 24: Santa Cruz, who will be defending his 130-pound title, is ranked here and more experienced than Davis but the challenger is naturally bigger, probably more gifted and definitely more explosive. That’s why Davis is around a 2½-to-1 favorite in the fight. Santa Cruz could outwork Davis, as he does against most opponents, but he’ll have his work cut out. Davis most likely will climb onto the list if he wins. No. 1 Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) vs HM Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), Oct. 17: Yes, the man on top is in danger of being knocked off. Lomachenko is around a 3-to-1 favorite but don’t let that fool you. The Ukrainian is probably the most-gifted active fighter but, at 32, some believe he’s slipping. If that’s the case, this could be Lopez’s breakthrough victory. The Honduran-American has everything but an abundance of experience. He’s skillful, fast and powerful, and has a nasty streak that fans love. No one will be shocked if Lopez wins. No. 7 Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) vs. Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs), Nov. 21: Spence is around a 5-to-1 favorite, which seems about right. The welterweight titleholder is both talented and naturally bigger than Garcia, who was at his best at 140 pounds. Two things, though. One, Garcia is an elite fighter who has demonstrated over and over again that he knows how to win. And, two, Spence hasn’t fought since his horrific car accident in October. Garcia was a threat to Spence at his best. If he’s not 100 percent? An upset becomes likely. Jermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs), Sept. 26: Charlo would probably be on the list now if he hadn’t slipped up in his first fight with Tony Harrison. He got his revenge by knockout, though. And he will be impossible to ignore if he can beat this Dominican beast. Rosario doesn’t have a deep resume but he’s coming off a huge upset stoppage of Julian Williams. If he can beat Williams and Charlo back to back, well, he will have demonstrated that he’s one of the best fighters in the world. And it could happen. Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) vs. Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs), Sept. 26: Briedis proved what he’s made of when he fought Oleksanr Usyk on even terms before losing a razor-thin majority decision in 2018. The Latvian, who can do it all, has since reached the final of the WBSS tournament, stopping Krzysztof Glowacki in the semis. Dorticos is no pushover. The Cuban can box and punch, as his record indicates. A victory over Briedis — around a 2-to-1 favorite — would lift him to star status. And it won’t be shocking if he does.

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Photos: The Charlo brothers' big night on pay-per-view

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No. 1 Vasiliy Lomachenko is in training for his Oct. 17 fight against Teofimo Lopez. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

BOXING JUNKIE

POUND-FOR-POUND

Vasiliy Lomachenko Terence Crawford Canelo Alvarez Naoya Inoue Oleksandr Usyk Gennadiy Golovkin Errol Spence Jr. Tyson Fury Juan Francisco Estrada Mikey Garcia Artur Beterbiev Josh Taylor Manny Pacquiao Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Leo Santa Cruz

Honorable mention (alphabetical order): Miguel Berchelt, Mairis Briedis, Teofimo Lopez, Shawn Porter and Kosei Tanaka

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