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Top ten boxing pound-for-pound list sees Canelo Alvarez dethroned by Oleksandr Usyk, who becomes first heavyweight to take top spot since Mike Tyson, while Tyson Fury also features

Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol has shaken up the pound-for-pound list.

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

Usyk is also now top of the Ring Magazine rankings – the first time a heavyweight has laid claim to the position since Mike Tyson was undisputed champion in his prime more than 30 years ago.

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Canelo was outboxed by Bivol, suffering his first loss since 2013

Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world champion, and is now WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

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Usyk was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world champion, and is now WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

Prior to climbing his way to the top of the heavyweight division, Usyk’s cruiserweight run was one of the most impressive achievements any fighter has produced in modern boxing history.

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

What made the entire campaign more impressive was the fact he did it all on away soil.

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 claim the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are previous pound-for-pound kings

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are previous pound-for-pound kings

The pound-for-pound argument is probably one of the most contentious in the sport and every supporter seems to have a unique opinion on it.

Some rank the best fighters in the world based purely on the manner of their performances – how they look.

Some rank them based purely on their résumés and weigh up who has the best recorded wins.

Some take other factors such as activity and official results into account, too, meaning the whole thing becomes one big confusing mess.

Therefore, talkSPORT.com is going to lay out its 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 trumps the other factors. The other three are all equally important.
  2. Performance – The manner in which a fighter wins or loses.
  3. Résumé – The opponents beaten/titles won.
  4. Activity – How often a fighter is fighting against top level opposition

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

Shakur Stevenson first won the WBO featherweight title at just 22 years of age.  He then moved up and dethroned Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title, and has since outclassed Oscar Valdez to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine crowns at just 24.

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Shakur Stevenson first won the WBO featherweight title at just 22 years of age. He then moved up and dethroned Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight title, and has since outclassed Oscar Valdez to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine crowns at just 24.

9. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KOs)

'Chocolatito' was eleven pound-for-pound king having built a 46-0 record as a 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 this decision went the wrong way and he has again bounced back with a victory over Julio Cesar Martinez.

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‘Chocolatito’ was eleven pound-for-pound king having built a 46-0 record as a 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 this decision went the wrong way and he has again bounced back with a victory over Julio Cesar Martinez.

8. Vasyl Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs)

After an historic 396-1 amateur career, double Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko turned pro and jumped straight into world class match-ups.  The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight champion, beating the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, but was dethroned by Teofimo Lopez.

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After an historic 396-1 amateur career, double Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko turned pro and jumped straight into world class match-ups. The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight champion, beating the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, but was dethroned by Teofimo Lopez.

7. Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs)

Dmitry Bivol has for a long time been rated highly as an unbeaten light-heavyweight champion, and now has the standout win over Canelo Alvarez to crack the pound-for-pound top ten.  He also holds victories over Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.

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Dmitry Bivol has for a long time been rated highly as an unbeaten light-heavyweight champion, and now has the standout win over Canelo Alvarez to crack the pound-for-pound top ten. He also holds victories over Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera.

6. Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs)

After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury's life and career famously spiraled out of control.  However, he's since remarkably turned everything around and returned to stop Deontay Wilder twice and KO Dillian Whyte, re-establishing himself as the best heavyweight in the world.

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After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury’s life and career famously spiraled out of control. However, he’s since remarkably turned everything around and returned to stop Deontay Wilder twice and KO Dillian Whyte, re-establishing himself as the best heavyweight in the world.

5. Errol Spence (28-0, 22 KOs)

Errol Spence is the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight world champion, having won each belt directly from the champion.  Spence took titles from Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yodenis Ugas, plus also holds dominant wins over Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.

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Errol Spence is the unified WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight world champion, having won each belt directly from the champion. Spence took titles from Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yodenis Ugas, plus also holds dominant wins over Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.

4. Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs)

Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already blasted through the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a unified king at bantamweight.  The 26-year-old conquered the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the 2019 'Fight of the Year' with Nonito Donaire.

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Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already blasted through the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a unified king at bantamweight. The 26-year-old conquered the World Boxing Super Series tournament in the 2019 ‘Fight of the Year’ with Nonito Donaire.

3. Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs)

America's Terence Crawford has won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming undisputed super-lightweight king.  He is yet to face elite opposition, though he recently improved his record by beating Shawn Porter.  The WBO welterweight champion ranks highly based on him's achievements and the manner of his victories, but must unify with Errol Spence if he wants to become pound-for-pound king.

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America’s Terence Crawford has won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming undisputed super-lightweight king. He is yet to face elite opposition, though he recently improved his record by beating Shawn Porter. The WBO welterweight champion ranks highly based on him’s achievements and the manner of his victories, but must unify with Errol Spence if he wants to become pound-for-pound king.

2. Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs)

Canelo has a number of impressive names on his win sheet, including the likes of 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 knocked off top spot, Canelo's past achievements still outweigh his rivals on this list by far.

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Canelo has a number of impressive names on his win sheet, including the likes of 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 knocked off top spot, Canelo’s past achievements still outweigh his rivals on this list by far.

1. Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs)

Oleksandr Usyk cleaned out his entire division, becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion in 16 fights.  The Ukrainian 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's now repeating the feat at heavyweight having dethroned Anthony Joshua in London.  A deserving pound-for-pound king.

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Oleksandr Usyk cleaned out his entire division, becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion in 16 fights. The Ukrainian 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’s now repeating the feat at heavyweight having dethroned Anthony Joshua in London. A deserving pound-for-pound king.

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