Boxing pound-for-pound ranking – Artur Beterbiev makes his way to the top 10, but who’s out?

Artur Beterbiev’s demolition of Joe Smith Jr. on June 18th impressed most of our panelists on Saturday night. Now the united light heavyweight champion sits comfortably at no. 7 in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) is the only current champion with a perfect KO percentage.

“He’s The Terminator. He showed everyone that he’s not just a slugger,” twice-time boxing champion and current ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. sei. “He is intelligent and precise and can combine anything needed to eliminate any opponent. He is a trap-set ticking time bomb, but more importantly, his tactics, unique techniques and destructive punching power are what made me love him all the way to move it No. 5 place on my list. “

ESPN writer Mike Coppinger moved Beterbiev to no. 8, saying that Beterbiev defeated a tough opponent in Smith.

“Beterbiev was once on my list, but his recent opposition is lacking,” Coppinger said. “Smith was far from elite, but he came into the ring as a durable, hard-punching light heavyweight who went the distance with Dmitry Bivol and even the Russian bent. Add an impressive KO victory over Eleider Alvarez, and Beterbiev’s “Two-round destruction. from Smith looks even better. Beterbiev is not only a threatening puncher, he has underestimated ring IQ and the unusual ability to correct his concussion.”

However, boxer Ben Baby does not believe that Beterbiev deserves a place in his top 10.

“Beterbiev is the best light heavyweight in the world and has held that claim for a while. And even before Smith was knocked down several times and stopped in the second round, the chances were heavy against Smith to change that fact,” Baby said. . “Beterbiev got a total of one – yes, one – vote in the last round of vote for pound for pound. And now he’s curled up in the top 10 without really presenting new information, except holding an extra belt.

To make way for Beterbiev, lightweight undisputed champion Devin Haney falls off the list with just four votes.

Our panel of Coppinger, Bradley, Joe Tessitore, Michael Rothstein, Teddy Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Andre Ward, Baby, Eric Raskin, Michelle Joy Phelps, Eric Woodyard, Claudia Trejos, Kel Dansby, Bernardo Pilatti, Charles Moynihan and Salvador Rodriguez share voices.

More rankings: Divisional rankings and ESPN’s women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results are until June 9th.


1. TERENCE CRAWFORDPrevious ranking: No. 1

TAKE UP: 38-0, 29 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Welterweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Shawn Porter, nov. 20
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


2. NAOYA INOUEPrevious ranking: No. 2

TAKE UP: 23-0, 20 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Bantamweight (Uniform Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Nonito Donaire, 7 June
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


3. ERROL SPENCE JR.Previous ranking: No. 3

TAKE UP: 28-0, 22 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Welterweight (Uniform Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Yordenis Ugas, 16 April
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


4. CANELO ALVAREZPrevious ranking: No. 4

TAKE UP: 57-2-2, 39 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Super middleweight (undisputed champion)
LAST FIGHT: L (UD12) Dmitry Bivol, 7 May
FOLLOWING FIGHT: Sept. 17 vs. Gennadiy Golovkin


5. TYSON FURYPrevious ranking: No. 5

TAKE UP: 32-0-1, 23 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Heavyweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO6) Dillian Whyte, April 23rd
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


6. OLEKSANDR DISEASEPrevious ranking: No. 6

TAKE UP: 19-0, 13 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Heavyweight (uniform champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Anthony Joshua, sept. 25
FOLLOWING FIGHT: Aug. 20 vs. Anthony Joshua


7. ARTUR BETERBIEVPrevious ranking: N / R

TAKE UP: 18-0, 18 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Light Heavyweight (Uniform Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Joe Smith Jr., June 18th
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


8. DMITRY BIVOLPrevious ranking: No. 8

TAKE UP: 20-0, 11 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Light Heavyweight (Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Canelo Alvarez, 7 May
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


9. VASILIY LOMACHENKOPrevious ranking: No. 7

TAKE UP: 16-2, 11 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Lightweight
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Richard Commey, Dec. 11
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


10. SHAKUR STEVENSONPrevious ranking: No. 9

TAKE UP: 18-0, 9 KOs
DISTRIBUTION: Junior Lightweight (Uniform Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Oscar Valdez, April 30th
FOLLOWING FIGHT: TBA


The formula

The ranking is based on a declining points system, with a vote in the first place 10 points, a vote in the second place with nine points and so on. A tie goes to the fighter with the highest ranking and then the one with the most votes on that ranking.


Others who get votes: Devin Haney (19), Gervonta Davis (14), Jermell Charlo (9), Juan Francisco Estrada (4), Josh Taylor (1), Gennadiy Golovkin (1), Stephen Fulton (1).


How our writers voted

Atlas: 1. Crawford, 2. Bivol, 3. Inoue, 4. Usyk, 5. Spence, 6. Alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Grime, 9. Davis, 10. Betterbiev

Bradley: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Betterbiev, 6. Grime, 7. Usyk, 8. Stevenson, 9. Charlo, 10. Haney

Coppinger: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Grime, 4. Bivol, 5. Alvarez, 6. Spence, 7. Usyk, 8. Betterbiev, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Stevenson

Tessitore: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Usyk, 4. Alvarez, 5. Betterbiev, 6. Spence, 7. Stevenson, 8. Grime, 9. Bivol, 10. Haney

Parkinson’s: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Alvarez, 4. Grime, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Bivol, 8. Betterbiev, 9. Haney, 10. lomachenko

Raskin: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Bivol, 5. Alvarez, 6. Grime, 7. Usyk, 8. Betterbiev, 9. Stevenson, 10. lomachenko

Department: 1. Crawford, 2. Spence, 3. Inoue, 4. Alvarez, 5. Usyk, 6. Bivol, 7. Stevenson, 8. Betterbiev, 9. Haney, 10. Davis

Baby: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. Usyk, 4. Inoue, 5. Spence, 6. Lomachenko, 7. Grime, 8. Haney, 9. Stevenson, 10. Fulton

Rothstein: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Grime, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Bivol, 9. Davis, 10. Stevenson

Phelps: 1. Crawford, 2. Spence, 3. Alvarez, 4. Inoue, 5. Usyk, 6. Grime, 7. Charlo, 8. Haney, 9. Betterbiev, 10. Bivol

Woodyard: 1. Crawford, 2. Grime, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Inoue, 6. Usyk, 7. Davis, 8. Haney, 9. Stevenson, 10. Taylor

Trejos: 1. Crawford, 2. Spence, 3. Inoue, 4. Grime, 5. Alvarez, 6. Usyk, 7. Betterbiev, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Stevenson, 10. Davis

Dansby: 1. Usyk, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Grime, 7. Haney, 8. Betterbiev, 9. Charlo, 10. Stevenson

Moynihan: 1. Spence, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Grime, 5. Alvarez, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Bivol, 9. Betterbiev, 10. golovkin

Pilates: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Grime, 5. Betterbiev, 6. Alvarez, 7. Davis, 8. Usyk, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Stevenson

Rodriguez: 1. Inoue, 2. Grime, 3. Crawford, 4. Spence, 5. Usyk, 6. Alvarez, 7. Betterbiev, 8. Bivol, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Charlo


Survey by ESPN experts

First place: Crawford (8), Inoue (6), Spence (1), Usyk (1)

Second place: Crawford (7), Spence (3), Inoue (2), Fury (2), Alvarez (1), Bivol (1)

Third place: Inoue (5), Spence (4), Alvarez (2), Fury (2), Usyk (2), Crawford (1)

Fourth place: Alvarez (6), Fury (4), Inoue (2), Bivol (2), Spence (1), Usyk (1)

Fifth place: Spence (5), Alvarez (4), Usyk (3), Beterbiev (3), Inoue (1)

Sixth place: Usyk (5), Fury (4), Alvarez (3), Spence (2), Bivol (1), Lomachenko (1)

Seventh place: Usyk (3), Lomachenko (3), Beterbiev (2), Stevenson (2), Davis (2), Fury (1), Bivol (1), Haney (1), Estrada (1)

Eighth place: Beterbiev (5), Bivol (3), Haney (3), Fury (2), Usyk (1), Lomachenko (1), Stevenson (1)

Ninth place: Stevenson (4), Lomachenko (3), Bterebiev (2), Haney (2), Davis (2), Charlo (2), Bivol (1)

10th place: Stevenson (4), Lomachenko (2), Haney (2), Davis (2), Charlo (2), Beterbiev (1), Bivol (1), Golovkin (1), Fulton (1)


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