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Pound-for-pound rankings — A heavyweight takeover? Where do Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk land?




Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury delivered another in a long string of impressive performances to retain his WBC belt, stopping Deontay Wilder in their three-way fight in Las Vegas.

Fury rose off the board twice in Round 4, won five of the next six rounds on the three judges’ scorecards, then stopped Wilder in Round 11. With his second decisive win over Wilder, Fury moved up to fourth.

“Fury continues to show that he’s not just good, he’s great,” said Timothy Bradley Jr., ESPN Boxing Analyst and Division Two champion. “We’ve always known Fury was mentally tough, especially after he faced Wilder the first time, went down in Round 12 and went up again as ‘The Undertaker’.

“But what he just did on Saturday night, you don’t see that often, you don’t see that often – maybe once in a generation,” Bradley continued. “His heart, his will and the skill he has. He’s a complete set. He has all the specific skills of boxing, including strength, speed, you name it, he can do everything – and he also has marketability. He can talk, he walks. I could argue in Being Fury is #1.”

Oleksandr Usyk also made a big leap after defeating Anthony Joshua on September 25 to win the WBA, WBO and IBF World Heavyweight titles. The victory was enough to convince our team to put Usic in fifth.

Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, used a jab to keep Joshua in a unanimous victory.

“Ussik has proven that he can be a dominant performer in two divisions, which gives me more credibility in the pound-for-pound rankings,” said ESPN writer Michael Rothstein of putting Usyek sixth on his roster. “How he handled Joshua opened my eyes to what he could bring into the heavyweight division – another legitimate competitor for Tyson Fury.”

Our team of Mike Coppinger, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Testor, Michael Rothstein, Eric Raskin, Andre Ward, Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Ben Beebe, Eric Woodard, Agent Dansby, Bernardo Bellati, Charles Moynihan and Salvador Rodriguez share their voices.

More ratings: department ratings and ESPN ratings for sterling women.

Note: Results are up to October 12th.


1. Canelo AlvarezPrevious Ranking: No. 1

register: 56-1-2, 38 KOs
section: middleweight (champion), super middleweight (consolidated roster)
Final battle: W (TKO8) Billy Joe Saunders, May 8
next battle: November 6 opposite Caleb Factory


2. Terrence CrawfordPrevious Ranking: No. 2

register: 37-0, 28 KOs
section: saggy weight (titlist)
Final battle: W (TKO4) Kill Brook November 14
next battle: November 20 vs. Shawn Porter


3. Naoya InuiPrevious Ranking: No. 3

register: 21-0, 18 KOs
section: Bantam weight (standardized list)
Final battle: W (KO3) Michael Desmarinas, Jun 19
next battle: To be announced


4. Tyson FerryPrevious Ranking: No. 6

register: 31-0-1, 22 KOs
section: heavyweight champion)
Final battle: W (KO11) Deontay Wilder, October 9
next battle: To be announced


5. Oleksandr UsykPrevious Ranking: No. 9

register: 19-0, 13 KOs
section: heavy weight
Final battle: W (UD12) Anthony Joshua, Sept 25
next battle: TBA vs. Anthony Joshua


6. ERROL SPENCE JR.Previous Ranking: No. 4

register: 27-0, 21 KOs
section: light weight (standard list)
Final battle: W (UD12) Danny Garcia Dec 5
next battle: To be announced


7. TEOFIMO LOPEZ JR.Previous Ranking: No. 5

register: 16-0, 12 KOs
section: Lightweight (Unified Champion)
Final battle: W (UD12) Vasily Lomachenko October 17
next battle: October 16 vs George Campos Jr.


8. Josh TaylorPrevious Ranking: No. 7

register: 18-0, 13 KOs
section: Junior Welterweight (Undisputed Champion)
Final battle: W (UD12) Jose Ramirez, May 22
next battle: December 18 vs. Jack Caterall


9. Vasily LomachenkoPrevious Ranking: No. 8

register: 15-2, 11 KOs
section: Lightweight
Final battle: W (TKO9) Masayoshi Nakatani Jun 26
next battle: December 11 vs. Richard Comey


10. Juan Francisco EstradaPrevious Ranking: No. 10

register: 42-3, 28 KOs
section: Junior Pant Weight (Unified Champion)
Final battle: W (SD12) Gonzalez Roman “Chocolatito”, March 13
next battle: TBA vs. Roman “Chocolatetto” Gonzalez


formula

Ranking is based on a descending points system, where a first-place vote gets 10 points, a second-place vote gets nine points, and so on. A tie goes to the fighter with the highest rank and then the one with the most votes in that rank.


Others got votes: Gervonta Davis (11), Gennady Golovkin (2).


How did our book sound?

atlas: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. inoue, 4. osic, 5. Lomachenko, 6. Spence 7. rage, 8. Lopez, 9. Davis, 10. import

Bradley: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. rage, 4. osic, 5. inoue, 6. Lopez, 7. Taylor 8. Spence 9. Lomachenko, 10. Davis

incoming: 1. Crawford, 2. rage, 3. Alvarez, 4. Spence 5. Spence 6. inoue, 7. Lopez, 8. Estrada, 9. Taylor 10. Davis

Coppinger: 1. Alvarez, 2. inoue, 3. rage, 4. osic, 5. Crawford, 6. Spence 7. Lopez, 8. Taylor 9. Lomachenko, 10. Davis

Weaver: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. inoue, 4. Taylor 5. Lopez, 6. Lomachenko, 7. osic, 8. rage, 9. Estrada, 10. Spence

Parkinson’s disease: 1. Alvarez, 2. inoue, 3. Crawford, 4. rage, 5. osic, 6. Lopez, 7. Taylor 8. Lomachenko, 9. Spence 10. import

Baby: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. osic, 4. inoue, 5. Taylor 6. rage, 7. Spence 8. Estrada, 9. Lopez, 10. Lomachenko

Rothstein: 1. Alvarez, 2.. Crawford, 3. inoue, 4. rage, 5. osic, 6. Spence 7. Taylor 8. Lopez, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Davis

Wood Yard: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. rage, 4. inoue, 5. Spence 6. osic, 7. Lopez, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Taylor 10. Davis

Raskin: 1. Alvarez, 2. Crawford, 3. inoue, 4. Spence 5. Lopez, 6. Lomachenko, 7. rage, 8. osic, 9. Taylor 10. import

Dansby: 1. Alvarez, 2. osic, 3. inoue, 4. Crawford, 5. rage, 6. Spence 7. Lopez, 8. Taylor 9. Lomachenko, 10. Davis

Moynihan: 1. Alvarez, 2. Spence 3. Crawford, 4. inoue, 5. osic, 6. rage, 7. Lopez, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Golovkin, 10. import

Pilate: 1. inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence 4. Alvarez, 5. rage, 6. Estrada, 7. Lomachenko, 8. osic, 9. Davis, 10. Taylor

Rodriguez: 1. Alvarez, 2. rage, 3. Crawford, 4. inoue, 5. osic, 6. Spence 7. Taylor 8. Estrada, 9. Lopez, 10. Lomachenko


ESPN Expert Poll

first place: Alvarez (10), Crawford (3), Eno (1)

second place: Crawford (6), Alvarez (2), Eno (2), Fiori (2), Usic (1), Spence (1)

Third place: Inoue (5), Crawford (3), Fiori (3), Alvarez (1), USIC (1), Spence (1)

fourth place: Inoue (4), Usic (4), Fiori (2), Alvarez (1), Crawford (1), Spence (1), Taylor (1)

Fifth place: Usic (4), Fury (2), Spence (2), Lopez (2), Crawford (1), Eno (1), Taylor (1), Lumchenko (1)

Sixth place: Spence (5), Fiori (2), Lopez (2), Lumchenko (2), Eno (1), Usek (1), Estrada (1)

Seventh place: Lopez (5), Taylor (4), Fiori (2), Usic (1), Spence (1), Lomachenko (1)

Eighth place: Lomachenko (3), Estrada (3), Usic (2), Lopez (2), Taylor (2), Fiori (1), Spence (1)

Ninth place: Lomachenko (4), Taylor (3), Lopez (2), Davis (2), Spence (1), Estrada (1), Golovkin (1)

Tenth place: David (7), Estrada (3), Lumchenko (2), Spence (1), Lopez (1),

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