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Rankings update: Danny Garcia debuts at 147 lbs; huge gap at 168 lbs with no Ward & Froch

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It’s time to update some of our divisional rankings after all of the latest action and boxing results. Take a look at the divisional top 10s we’ve overhauled, and who’s moving in which direction.

Updated top 10 welterweight division rankings

This is an incredibly hard division to sort through right now. It’s also ridiculously deep. Danny Garcia deserves a position in the top 10, but where? He previously kayoed our number 1 welterweight contender, Amir Khan, but the two have moved in opposite directions since, even if Garcia hasn’t officially lost.

Keith Thurman keeps winning, but has shown vulnerability. Shawn Porter was impressive last time out, but isn’t far removed from a defeat. Manny Pacquiao has defeated Timothy Bradley who has defeated Juan Manuel Marquez who has kayoed Manny Pacquiao. That’s just part of the clutter we’re dealing with. Hopefully some more of these guys fight each other to clear this all up.

With the latest stoppage defeat, Paulie Malignaggi seems intent on retiring. He was previously somewhere in the top 15 range, so outside of our official top 10, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of the Magic Man in the ring.

Updated top 10 light heavyweight division rankings

The scene at light heavy is also difficult to sort through. Adonis Stevenson is the champ; but Sergey Kovalev is The Man. Andre Ward seems to be officially heading here, so we need to get him into the mix in the top 10. Jean Pascal just won a fight, but Yunieski Gonzalez likely deserved the nod. Gonzalez previously did have much of a track record, so how highly should he be ranked from that performance?

Updated top 10 super middleweight division rankings

With Ward seemingly off to 175 lbs, he’s removed from the top 10 here. Further, Carl Froch is gone from the top 10, off to retirement. That creates a huge void at the top of the division.

Intriguingly, two fighters are meeting in September which could theoretically determine a new divisional champ, George Groves and Badou Jack. But unfortunately, their combined rankings just miss our criteria for determining vacant championship bouts.