By News Team
14th October 2021
With the likes of Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury both picking up huge wins in recent weeks, and Canelo Alvarez due to face Caleb Plant in November, we’ve taken a look at the current elite boxers who occupy the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
1. Canelo Alvarez – Record: 56-1-2
With just one loss in a career spanning 59 professional bouts over 16 years, it will come as little surprise to see Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez atop of this list. He has now clinched world titles in four different weight classes, unifying three divisions in the process.
He has also endeared himself to fans the world over by consistently fighting the best of the best in whichever weight class he has fought in, with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Gennadiy Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Billy Joe Saunders just scratching the surface of elite fighters he shared the ring with.
Since his only career loss to Mayweather back in 2013, Canelo has fought 15 times, winning 14 of those and taking a draw with Golovkin in 2017, before winning the rematch next time out. He is scheduled to face Caleb Plant as his next opponent on November 4th, with Canelo 1/10 to win the bout and Plant 6/1.
2. Oleksandr Usyk – Record: 19-0-0
The new WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion has long been amongst the elite in world boxing, having also scaled his way to the top of the Cruiserweight division. His victory over Anthony Joshua in September 2021 only rubber stamped his place amongst the best of the best, as he became only the third man in history to unify the cruiserweight division and become heavyweight champion of the world.
After a stellar amateur career in which he won gold in both the Olympics and World Championships, Usyk turned professional in 2013. Incredibly he would become the undisputed cruiserweight champion just 14 fights later and won the heavyweight championship of the world in just his 19th professional bout. At the age of 34, Usyk could yet unify the heavyweight division in a fight against Tyson Fury, if he can first overcome Anthony Joshua in a rematch.
3. Naoya Inoue – Record: 21-0-0
Japanese Star Naoya Inoue has decimated all-comers since his professional debut in 2012, despite signing a deal with his coach Hideyuki Ohashi to never fight easy opponents. In his 21 professional wins since then, Inoue has finished 18 inside the distance on his way to becoming a three-weight world champion.
He is the current WBA (Super), IBF and Ring Magazine bantamweight after beating Emmanuel Rodriguez to win the IBF belt in 2019, defending the belts on three occasions thus far. He is known for his brutal body shots and his brutal punching power and at the age of 28 is primed to take the boxing world by storm over the next few years.
4. Tyson Fury – Record: 31-0-1
If he hadn’t done so in either of the first two bouts, the culmination of the trilogy with Deontay Wilder has secured the Gypsy King’s place amongst the elite of world boxing. After being knocked down twice in the fourth round, Fury hauled himself off the canvas to dominate from that point onwards and finished with an exclamation point by knocking Wilder out in round 11.
In the process Fury defended his WBC belt for the first time, and had also held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles after his unanimous decision win over Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015. As another unbeaten heavyweight, Fury looks set to be on a collision-course for a unification bout with fellow champion Oleksandr Usyk.
5. Terence Crawford – Record: 37-0-0
Terence Crawford proudly carries the flag as America’s finest. The 34-year-old has now amassed a perfect 37-0 record, featuring 28 knockouts. In a decorated career, he has now held world titles at welterweight, lightweight and light-welterweight.
After making his professional debut in 2008, ‘Bud’ honed his craft with early fights against largely unrecognisable fighters before moving onto the bigger tests. He now boasts wins against the likes of Amir Khan, Jose Benevidez Jr and Kell brook to name but a few and became the first unified light welterweight champion back in 2004
He is scheduled to face the dangerous Shawn Porter in his next bout in November, with his WBO welterweight title on the line.