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

Heavyweight
  1. Deontay Wilder (1)
  2. Tyson Fury (2)
  3. Andy Ruiz (3)
  4. Anthony Joshua (4)
  5. Luis Ortiz (5)
  6. Dillian Whyte (6)
  7. Alexander Povetkin (7)
  8. Kubrat Pulev (8)
  9. Joseph Parker (9)
  10. Adam Kownacki (10)

Deontay Wilder continued to show off his superhuman powers, this time by knocking out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round. No. 8-ranked Kubrat Pulev took a decision nod over Rydell Booker.

Cruiserweight (200 Pounds)
  1. Murat Gassiev (1)
  2. Mairis Briedis (2)
  3. Denis Lebedev (3)
  4. Yunier Dorticos (4)
  5. Ilunga Makabu (5)
  6. Krzystztof Glowacki (6)
  7. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7)
  8. Kevin Lerena (8)
  9. Lawrence Okolie (9)
  10. Noel Gevor (10)

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



Light Heavyweight (175 Pounds)
  1. Artur Beterbiev (1)
  2. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (2)
  3. Sergey Kovalev (3)
  4. Oleksandr Gvovdyk (4)
  5. Eleider Alvarez (5)
  6. Dmitry Bivol (6)
  7. Badou Jack (7)
  8. Gilberto Ramirez (8)
  9. Jesse Hart (9)
  10. Jean Pascal (10)

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

Super Middleweight (168 Pounds)
  1. Callum Smith (1)
  2. Chris Eubank Jr. (2)
  3. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (3)
  4. David Benavidez (4)
  5. Billy Joe Saunders (-)
  6. James DeGale (5)
  7. Caleb Plant (6)
  8. Anthony Dirrell (7)
  9. Jose Uzcategui (8)
  10. John Ryder (9)

Dropped from the rankings: Willie Monroe Jr. (10)

There was a bit of controversy in Callum Smith’s win over John Ryder. Most scorecards — but not those of the judges — gave Ryder the victory. However, it’s the judges’ opinions that count, and so Smith remains undefeated. Billy Joe Saunders enters the rankings after his second consecutive victory in the division. He debuts at No.5, and his inclusion causes Willie Monroe to fall out of the top 10.

Middleweight (160 Pounds)
  1. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (1)
  2. Gennady Golovkin (2)
  3. Daniel Jacobs (3)
  4. Jermall Charlo (5)
  5. David Lemieux (6)
  6. Demetrius Andrade (7)
  7. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (8)
  8. Ryota Murata (9)
  9. Michael Zefara (10)
  10. Maciej Sulecki (-)

Dropped from the rankings: Billy Joe Saunders (4)

With Billy Joe Saunders now competing as a super middleweight. Maciej Sulecki replaces him in the middleweight rankings of a division that is sorely lacking in depth.

Jr. Middleweight (154 Pounds)
  1. Julian Williams(1)
  2. Jarrett Hurd (2)
  3. Erislandy Lara (3)
  4. Jaime Munguia (4)
  5. Kell Brook (5)
  6. Tony Harrison (6)
  7. Jermell Charlo (7)
  8. Liam Smith (8)
  9. Brian Carlos Castano (9)
  10. Michel Soro (10)

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

Welterweight (147 Pounds)
  1. Terence Crawford (1)
  2. Errol Spence Jr. (2)
  3. Shawn Porter (3)
  4. Manny Pacquiao (4)
  5. Keith Thurman (5)
  6. Danny Garcia (6)
  7. Jessie Vargas (7)
  8. Sergey Lipinets (8)
  9. Yordenis Ugas (9)
  10. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (10)

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

Jr. Welterweight (140 Pounds)
  1. Josh Taylor (1)
  2. Regis Prograis (2)
  3. Jose Carlos Ramirez (3)
  4. Viktor Postol (4)
  5. Maurice Hooker (5)
  6. Kiryl Relikh (6)
  7. Ivan Baranchyk (7)
  8. Jack Catterall (8)
  9. Mohamed Mimoune (9)
  10. Jose Zepeda (10)

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

Lightweight (135 Pounds)
  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (1)
  2. Richard Commey (2)
  3. Luke Campbell (3)
  4. Emmanuel Tagoe (4)
  5. Devin Haney (5)
  6. Rances Barthelemy (6)
  7. Yuriorkis Gamboa (7)
  8. Teofimo Lopez (8)
  9. Javier Fortuna (9)
  10. Lee Selby (10)

Devin Haney took care of his business and picked up a win, but he had to go the distance against Alfredo Santiago to do so. Haney didn’t look impressive for once in his short career, but he holds on to the No. 5 spot in the rankings with his victory.

Jr. Lightweight (130 Pounds)
  1. Miguel Berchelt (1)
  2. Gervonta Davis (2)
  3. Leo Santa Cruz (-)
  4. Francisco Vargas (3)
  5. Miguel Roman (4)
  6. Tevin Farmer (5)
  7. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (6)
  8. Joseph Diaz Jr. (7)
  9. Jamel Herring (8)
  10. Rene Alvarado (-)

Dropped from the rankings: Andrew Cancio (9), Masayuki Ito (10)

In his debut at 130 pounds, Leo Santa Cruz captured the WBA title by defeating Miguel Flores. The win rockets Santa Cruz into the rankings at No. 3. Jamel Herring headlined a Top Rank on ESPN show and defended his title successfully against Lamont Roach. Despite Herring’s success, he actually falls one spot in the rankings as a result of Santa Cruz’s arrival. Andrew Cancio’s unexpected run in the division is over. Our former No. 9 lost to Rene Alvarado, who picks up the WBA title and the 10th spot in our poll. Masayuki Ito falls from the rankings to make room for Alvarado.

Featherweight (126 Pounds)
  1. Gary Russell Jr. (1)
  2. Josh Warrington (3)
  3. Carl Frampton (4)
  4. Abner Mares (5)
  5. Oscar Valdez (6)
  6. Scott Quigg (7)
  7. Can Xu (8)
  8. Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9)
  9. Shakur Stevenson (10)
  10. Jhack Tepora (-)

Dropped from the rankings: Leo Santa Cruz (2)

Can Xu added another victory to his record to close out his 2019 campaign. The Chinese boxer decisioned Manny Robles to successfully defend his WBA title. Oscar Valdez and Carl Frampton were also in action. Both men picked up wins in stay-busy fights. Santa Cruz departs the featherweight rankings with his move up to 130 pounds. The vacated spot in the top 10 goes to Jhack Tepora, who enters at No. 10

Jr. Featherweight (122 Pounds)
  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (1)
  2. Rey Vargas (2)
  3. Emanuel Navarette (3)
  4. Daniel Roman (4)
  5. Isaac Dogboe (5)
  6. TJ Doheny (6)
  7. Jessie Magdaleno (7)
  8. Ryosuke Iwasa (8)
  9. Ronny Rios (9)
  10. Brandon Figueroa (10)

Brandon Figueroa was tested like he had never been tested before. His fight against Julio Ceja ended up as a draw. Credit has to be given to Figueroa for even taking the fight, as Ceja weighed well over the 122-pound limit. Figueroa stays put at No. 10.

Bantamweight (118 Pounds)
  1. Naoya Inoue (1)
  2. Luis Nery (2)
  3. Jamie McDonnell (3)
  4. Emmanuel Rodriguez (4)
  5. Nonito Donaire (8)
  6. Jason Maloney (6)
  7. Nordine Oubaali (9)
  8. John Riel Casimero (-)
  9. Zolani Tete (5)
  10. Takuma Inoue (7)

Dropped from the rankings: Rau’shee Warren (10)

Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue put together a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Both men were hurt in the fight, which is something we’d never seen before from Inoue. Donaire proved a lot of doubters wrong. As a result of his gutsy performance, Donaire, despite ultimately losing the fight, moves up to No. 5 in the rankings. We also have an upset alert: Zolani Tete suffered a TKO at the hands of John Riel Casimero. Meanwhile, Nordine Oubaali and Takuma Inoue squared off, with Oubaali coming out victorious. These results lead to a reshuffling of the top 10. Casimero debuts at eighth, Tete drops to ninth, Oubaali climbs to seventh, and Rau’shee Warren drops out of the rankings entirely. Jason Maloney was also in action and picked up the knockout victory over Dixon Flores. Despite the victory, Maloney holds steady at No. 6 in our poll.

Jr. Bantamweight (115 Pounds)
  1. Juan Francisco Estrada (1)
  2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (2)
  3. Jerwin Ancajas (3)
  4. Khalid Yafai (4)
  5. Roman Gonzalez (5)
  6. Donnie Nietes (6)
  7. Kazuto Ioka (7)
  8. Carlos Cuadras (8)
  9. Andrew Maloney (9)
  10. Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (10)

Andrew Maloney fought on the same card as his brother, Jason, and had similar results. He scored the finish over Elton Dharry and holds onto his No. 9 spot in the rankings.

Flyweight (112 Pounds)
  1. Charlie Edwards (1)
  2. Cristofer Rosales (2)
  3. Artem Dalakian (3)
  4. Kosei Tanaka (4)
  5. Sho Kimura (5)
  6. Moruti Mthalane (6)
  7. Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar (7)
  8. McWilliams Arroyo (8)
  9. Andrew Selby (9)
  10. Junto Nakatani (10)

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



Jr. Flyweight (108 Pounds)
  1. Ken Shiro (1)
  2. Hiroto Kyoguchi (2)
  3. Hekkie Budler (3)
  4. Carlos Canizales (4)
  5. Elwin Soto (5)
  6. Angel Acosta (6)
  7. Felix Alvarado (7)
  8. Edward Heno (9)
  9. Daniel Valladares (10)
  10. Tetsuya Hisada (-)

Dropped from the rankings: Ganigan Lopez (8)

Ganigan Lopez has had a rough 2019. With two straight knockout losses, he plummets from the rankings. Tetsuya Hisada is our new No. 10.

Strawweight (105 Pounds)
  1. Wanheng Menayothin (1)
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (2)
  3. Byron Rojas (3)
  4. Jose Argumedo (4)
  5. Leroy Estrada (5)
  6. Simphiwe Khonco (6)
  7. Joey Canoy (7)
  8. Melvin Jerusalem (8)
  9. Wilfredo Mendez (9)
  10. Vic Saludar (10)

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

Pound-for-Pound
  1. Terence Crawford (1)
  2. Vasyl Lomachenko (2)
  3. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (3)
  4. Naoya Inoue (4)
  5. Oleksandr Usyk (5)
  6. Gennady Golovkin (6)
  7. Errol Spence Jr. (7)
  8. Mikey Garcia (8)
  9. Juan Francisco Estrada (9)
  10. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (10)

Naoya Inoue remains in the No. 4 spot after his win over Nonito Donaire.