Boxing’s top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features


Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol shook up the pound-for-pound roster in May.

With boxing’s universally recognized top fighter now beaten, he could no longer hold the top spot on talkSPORT.com’s list and so Oleksandr Usyk took his place as pound-for-pound king.

Usyk also took No. 1 in Ring Magazine’s rankings – the first time a heavyweight has claimed the job since Mike Tyson was undisputed champion in his prime more than 30 years ago – although Ring has since replaced the Ukrainian by Naoya Inoue.

Canelo was dispatched by Bivol, suffering his first loss since 2013
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Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion, and is now the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion
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Prior to climbing to the top of the heavyweight division, Usyk’s heavyweight run was one of the most impressive accomplishments a fighter has produced in modern boxing history.

In just 15 fights, the Ukrainian became the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world champion.

What made the whole campaign more impressive was the fact that he did it all on the outside floor.

When Usyk won his first world title against Krzysztof Glowacki in 2016, he did it in Glowacki’s home country of Poland.

He went on to beat Michael Hunter in America, Marco Huck in Germany, Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK.

Now as a heavyweight he has also beaten Anthony Joshua in a big upset to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are the former pound-for-pound kings
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The pound-for-pound argument is probably one of the most controversial in sport and every fan seems to have a unique opinion on it.

Some rank the best fighters in the world based solely on how they perform – how they look.

Some just rank them based on their resumes and rate who has the best recorded wins.

Some also factor in other factors like activity and official results, which means it all becomes one big confusing mess.

Therefore, talkSPORT.com will lay out their criteria (based roughly on Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound criteria) for this list right now:

CRITERIA

  1. Result – The official result always stands and ultimately prevails over other factors. The other three are equally important.
  2. Performance – How a fighter wins or loses.
  3. Summary – Opponents beaten/titles won.
  4. Activity – How often does a fighter fight high level opposition

10. Shakur Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Shakur Stevenson won the WBO featherweight title for the first time at just 22 years old. He then rose through the ranks and dethroned Jamel Herring for the WBO super featherweight title, and has since outclassed Oscar Valdez to win the WBC and Ring Magazine crowns at just 24 years old.
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9. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
‘Chocolatito’ was once the pound-for-pound king after setting a 46-0 record as the four-weight world champion. He was dethroned by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but stopped Kal Yafai to become champion again. Although he lost to Juan Estrada, many felt that decision was the wrong way and he bounced back again with a win over Julio Cesar Martinez.
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8. Vasyl Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
After a historic 396-1 amateur career, two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko turned pro and jumped straight into world-class matches. The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight champion, beating Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, but was dethroned by Teofimo Lopez.
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7. Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Dmitry Bivol has long been considered an undefeated light-heavyweight champion, and now has the outstanding victory over Canelo Alvarez to crack the pound-for-pound top ten. He also holds wins over Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.
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6. Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury’s life and career spiraled out of control. However, he has since turned it all around remarkably and has come back to stop Deontay Wilder twice and KO Dillian Whyte, re-establishing himself as the best heavyweight in the world.
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5. Errol Spence (28-0, 22 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Errol Spence is the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight world champion, having won each belt straight from the champion. Spence has won titles from Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yodenis Ugas, and also holds dominating victories over Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.
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4. Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already exploded through the lightweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a unified bantamweight king. The 26-year-old conquered the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the 2019 ‘Fight of the Year’ with Nonito Donaire and destroyed it in their rematch.
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3. Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
American Terence Crawford won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming the undisputed king of the welterweight. He has yet to face elite opposition, although he recently improved his record by beating Shawn Porter. The WBO welterweight champion ranks highly based on his accomplishments and the manner of his wins, but must unite with Errol Spence if he is to become pound-for-pound king.
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2. Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Canelo has a number of impressive names on his win sheet including Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Caleb Plant, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Austin Trout. Even though he has now been beaten by Dmitry Bivol and lost the top spot, Canelo’s past achievements still far outweigh his rivals on this list.
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1. Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs)

Boxing's top ten pound-for-pound list sees Oleksandr Usyk top ahead of Canelo Alvarez, as the Ukrainian becomes the first heavyweight to take the top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features
Oleksandr Usyk cleaned up his entire division, becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 16 fights. The Ukrainian has won all of his biggest Tests in his opponents’ hometowns, traveling to beat Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK. He now repeats the feat at heavyweight after dethroning Anthony Joshua in London. A deserving pound-for-pound king.
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