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May boxing pound-for-pound rankings after Canelo Alvarez’s loss

Well…this just got interesting.

For months, boxing pound-for-pound lists—including this one—have been fairly stable. Canelo Álvarez, a four-division titleholder, has been cemented at the top. Terence Crawford, Naoya Inoue, Oleksandr Usyk and Errol Spence Jr., in some order, filled in the slots beneath him. There would be some movement toward the bottom, but most lists didn’t spark much debate.

All that changed Saturday, when Dmitry Bivol, the undefeated (and largely unknown) light heavyweight titleholder knocked off Álvarez, defeating Canelo by unanimous decision. It was stunning to watch Álvarez, who collected all four super middleweight belts in 11 months, who knocked out Sergey Kovalev at 175 pounds just three years earlier, took that much punishment. Often a predator in the ring, Álvarez became the prey against the physically stronger fighter.


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