In the world of boxing, the rankings picture can get a little muddled. There are multiple titleholders and different organizational rankings. We’ve taken the approach of simply identifying who we think are the 10 best fighters in each weight class as of this moment.

Every month, Combat Press will rank each weight class from heavyweight to strawweight, as well as the pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: the numbers in parentheses represent the fighter’s ranking from the previous rankings.

Heavyweight
  1. Anthony Joshua (1)
  2. Deontay Wilder (2)
  3. Luis Ortiz (3)
  4. Joseph Parker (4)
  5. Kubrat Pulev (5)
  6. Alexander Povetkin (6)
  7. Jarrell Miller (7)
  8. Dillian Whyte (-)
  9. Andy Ruiz Jr. (8)
  10. Carlos Takam (9)

Dropped from rankings: Johann Duhaupas (10)

Dillian Whyte joins the heavyweight top 10 following a unanimous decision over Robert Helenius. Top-ranked Anthony Joshua scored a TKO win over 10th-ranked Carlos Takam. Though the stoppage was questionable, Joshua had enjoyed the clear advantage throughout the contest.

Cruiserweight (200 Pounds)
  1. Oleksandr Usyk (1)
  2. Murat Gassiev (2)
  3. Mairis Briedis (3)
  4. Denis Lebedev (4)
  5. Krzysztof Glowacki (5)
  6. Yunier Dorticos (7)
  7. Ilunga Makabu (9)
  8. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8)
  9. Maksim Vlasov (10)
  10. Dmitry Kudryashov (-)

Dropped from the rankings: Tony Bellew (6)

Tony Bellew exits the cruiserweight rankings. He has not fought in the weight class for over a year, and his next scheduled bout is a heavyweight contest against David Haye. It’ll be Bellew’s second consecutive bout as a heavyweight. With Bellew’s departure from the rankings, Dmitry Kudryashov enters in the 10 spot. Murat Gassiev remains at No. 2 with his sensational third-round knockout of No. 8-ranked Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.

Light Heavyweight (175 Pounds)
  1. Adonis Stevenson (1)
  2. Sergey Kovalev (2)
  3. Eleider Alvarez (3)
  4. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (4)
  5. Sullivan Barrera (5)
  6. Badou Jack (6)
  7. Artur Beterbiev (7)
  8. Marcus Browne (8)
  9. Dmitry Bivol (9)
  10. Joe Smith Jr. (10)

No ranked fighters were in action in October so the rankings remain unchanged.

Super Middleweight (168 Pounds)
  1. James Degale (1)
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (2)
  3. George Groves (3)
  4. Chris Eubank Jr. (4)
  5. Anthony Dirrell (5)
  6. Callum Smith (6)
  7. Andre Dirrell (7)
  8. David Benavidez (8)
  9. Tyron Zeuge (9)
  10. Jose Uzcategui (10)

George Groves scored a knockout victory over Jamie Cox in the World Boxing Super Series Tournament, but his ranking remains unchanged. Jürgen Brähmer scored a unanimous-decision victory over Rob Brant to advance in the tournament, but the win didn’t earn him a spot in the top-10.

Middleweight (160 Pounds)
  1. Gennady Golovkin (1)
  2. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (2)
  3. Daniel Jacobs (3)
  4. Billy Joe Saunders (4)
  5. David Lemieux (5)
  6. Jermall Charlo (6)
  7. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (7)
  8. Andy Lee (8)
  9. Avtandil Khurtsidze (9)
  10. Ryoto Murata (10)

Ryoto Murata scored a technical knockout of Hassan N’dam. Murata maintains his hold on the No. 10 spot at middleweight.

Jr. Middleweight (154 Pounds)
  1. Erislandy Lara (1)
  2. Jermell Charlo (2)
  3. Jarrett Hurd (4)
  4. Demetrius Andrade (3)
  5. Miguel Cotto (5)
  6. Julian Williams (7)
  7. Liam Smith (8)
  8. Maciej Sulecki (10)
  9. Austin Trout (9)
  10. Tony Harrison (-)

Dropped from rankings: Erickson Lubin (6)

Top-ranked Erislandy Lara scored a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over Terrell Gausha in October. Jermell Charlo, who resides in the No. 2 spot, delivered a spectacular first-round knockout of Erickson Lubin. With the loss, Lubin falls from No. 6 to unranked and clears the way for Tony Harrison to take the No. 10 position. Jarrett Hurd advances a spot up in the rankings to No. 3 with his excellent come-from-behind victory over tough veteran Austin Trout, who remains at No. 9.

Welterweight (147 Pounds)
  1. Keith Thurman (1)
  2. Errol Spence Jr. (2)
  3. Danny Garcia (3)
  4. Shawn Porter (4)
  5. Kell Brook (5)
  6. Jeff Horn (6)
  7. Jessie Vargas (7)
  8. Manny Pacquiao (8)
  9. Lamont Peterson (9)
  10. Sadam Ali (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Jr. Welterweight (140 Pounds)
  1. Terence Crawford (1)
  2. Mikey Garcia (2)
  3. Julius Indongo (3)
  4. Antonio Orozco (4)
  5. Adrian Granados (5)
  6. Eduard Troyanovsky (6)
  7. Regis Prograis (7)
  8. Sergey Lipinets (8)
  9. Adrien Broner (9)
  10. John Molina (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Lightweight (135 Pounds)
  1. Jorge Linares (1)
  2. Mikey Garcia (2)
  3. Terry Flanagan (3)
  4. Robert Easter Jr. (4)
  5. Anthony Crolla (5)
  6. Raymundo Beltran (6)
  7. Dejan Zlaticanin (7)
  8. Luke Campbell (8)
  9. Denis Shafikov (9)
  10. Felix Verdejo (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Jr. Lightweight (130 Pounds)
  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (1)
  2. Miguel Berchelt (2)
  3. Alberto Machado (-)
  4. Gervonta Davis (4)
  5. Francisco Vargas (5)
  6. Orlando Salido (6)
  7. Jezreel Corrales (3)
  8. Robinson Castellanos (7)
  9. Miguel Roman (8)
  10. Jhonny Gonzalez (9)

Dropped from the rankings: Kenichi Ogawa (10)

The previously unranked Alberto Machado crashes the top 10 with his knockout of Jezreel Corrales. Corrales drops from third to seventh as a result of the loss. Meanwhile, Machado’s entrance bumps Kenichi Ogawa from the rankings.

Featherweight (126 Pounds)
  1. Gary Russell Jr. (1)
  2. Leo Santa Cruz (2)
  3. Carl Frampton (3)
  4. Lee Selby (4)
  5. Abner Mares (5)
  6. Oscar Valdez (6)
  7. Scott Quigg (7)
  8. Joseph Diaz Jr. (8)
  9. Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (9)
  10. Jesus Rojas (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Jr. Featherweight (122 Pounds)
  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (1)
  2. Rey Vargas (2)
  3. Julio Ceja (3)
  4. Ryosuke Iwasa (4)
  5. Jessie Magdaleno (5)
  6. Diego De La Hoya (6)
  7. Daniel Roman (7)
  8. Jonathan Guzman (8)
  9. Moises Flores (9)
  10. Hugo Ruiz (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Bantamweight (118 Pounds)
  1. Luis Nery (1)
  2. Ryan Burnett (6)
  3. Shinsuke Yamanaka (3)
  4. Jamie McDonnell (4)
  5. Juan Carlos Payano (5)
  6. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (2)
  7. Zolani Tete (7)
  8. Liborio Solis (8)
  9. Karim Guerfi (9)
  10. Paul Butler (10)

Ryan Burnett, who was previously ranked sixth, and former No. 2 Zhanat Zhakiyanov trade places as a result of Burnett’s unanimous-decision victory over Zhakiyanov in October.

Jr. Bantamweight (115 Pounds)
  1. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (1)
  2. Naoya Inoue (2)
  3. Juan Francisco Estrada (3)
  4. Jerwin Ancajas (4)
  5. Khalid Yafai (5)
  6. Roman Gonzalez (6)
  7. Carlos Cuadras (7)
  8. Kohei Kono (8)
  9. Rau’shee Warren (9)
  10. Sho Ishida (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Flyweight (112 Pounds)
  1. Kazuto Ioka (1)
  2. Donnie Nietes (2)
  3. Daigo Higa (3)
  4. Juan Carlos Reveco (4)
  5. Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (5)
  6. Sho Kimura (6)
  7. Moruti Mthalane (7)
  8. Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (8)
  9. Andrew Selby (9)
  10. Vincent Legrand (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Jr. Flyweight (108 Pounds)
  1. Kosei Tanaka (1)
  2. Ken Shiro (3)
  3. Pedro Guevara (2)
  4. Milan Melindo (4)
  5. Ryoichi Taguchi (5)
  6. Carlos Canizales (6)
  7. Felix Alvarado (7)
  8. Hekkie Budler (8)
  9. Ganigan Lopez (9)
  10. Randy Petalcorin (10)

Ken Shiro rises to No. 2 off the strength of his majority-decision win over former No. 2 Pedro Guevara, who drops a spot in the rankings following the loss.

Strawweight (105 Pounds)
  1. Wanheng Menayothin (1)
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (2)
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (3)
  4. Byron Rojas (4)
  5. Jose Argumedo (5)
  6. Leroy Estrada (6)
  7. Simphiwe Khonco (7)
  8. Carlos Buitrago (8)
  9. Joey Canoy (9)
  10. Ryuya Yamanaka (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Pound-for-Pound
  1. Terence Crawford (1)
  2. Gennady Golovkin (2)
  3. Vasyl Lomachenko (3)
  4. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (4)
  5. Mikey Garcia (5)
  6. Oleksandr Usyk (6)
  7. Guillermo Rigondeaux (7)
  8. Sergey Kovalev (8)
  9. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (9)
  10. Naoya Inoue (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action this month, so the rankings remain unchanged.

About The Author

Bobby Davis
Staff Writer

Bobby Davis is an avid boxing fan who has followed the sport closely for years. He also writes for the13thround.com, and is a regular contributor on some boxing forums where he loves to discuss the fight game with fellow fans. Having briefly competed in the sport, he has a bit of insight into the in-ring aspect of boxing as well. A passionate follower of the sweet science, he rarely misses a big fight.

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