Here is our power rankings for the world’s top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world as of September 2019.
- Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs)
Lomachenko is so skilled, so fast and so talented that it often appears that he is toying with opponents. The Ukrainian has only had a handful of professional fights but has earned top billing for his surreal amateur and professional accomplishments.
Next Fight: He seems to be on a collision course with the Richard Commey-Teofimo Lopez winner in 2020. We’re still holding our collective breath for a showdown against Mikey Garcia.
- Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs)
The Mexican is the highest paid athlete in the world and deserving of his lofty standing because he pursues the riskiest fights and has beaten quality opponents. We especially appreciate his willingness to take on all-comers regardless of division in the pursuit of greatness.
Next Fight: He’ll move up to light heavyweight for an enticing showdown with Sergey Kovalev on November 2 in Las Vegas.
- Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs)
He’s now unified champion after earning a split decision over Shawn Porter in the toughest fight of his career. That further cements his status as the top dawg in the deep welterweight division and places him above Terence Crawford in our view.
Next Fight: Danny Garcia crashed Spence’s post-fight celebration after defeating Porter to challenge him to a match. It appears that this showdown could be next if Spence is unable to secure a fight against legendary Manny Pacquiao.
- Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs)
Crawford is perhaps more skilled than Spence but his resume no longer holds up to scrutiny to remain among our top 3 at this time. It’s not all his fault though as Top Rank simply doesn’t have the stable of quality fighters to compete against rival PBC.
Next Fight: All roads eventually lead to Spence but Crawford really needs to stay busier between fights. There is nothing currently in the pipeline for the supremely talented 32-year old but we hope to see him back in action soon.
- Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs)
Triple G is still getting it done at age 37 and possesses the incredible punching power and pressure style that made him a fan favorite. Sure, he’s slipped a bit in recent years but gave Canelo all he could handle in their two fights.
Next Fight: We still want GGG-Canelo III but that possibility grows more remote as time progresses. So we’ll settle for watching the power puncher take on Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko on October 5 at Madison Square Garden for the vacant IBF middleweight crown.
- Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs)
He unified and dominated the cruiserweight division and will soon launch his assault upon the heavyweight division. Many may not be familiar with his name but that could soon change as Usyk is a legitimate threat to every active heavyweight today.
Next Fight: He makes his long awaited heavyweight debut against Tyrone Spong on October 12 at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
- Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs)
He probably should be fulfilling his civic duties as a congressman to the Philippians but this boxing legend apparently has other plans. He did a number upon highly regarded Keith Thurman to take his WBA title in a thrilling split decision in July.
Next Fight: A showdown with Spence could happen in early 2020 or he might gracefully retire realizing that there is nothing more to be accomplished. We never know with Manny these days.
- Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs)
It only took the one known as “The Monster” six fights to earn his first world title. His popularity should continue to grow since he debuted in the U.S. in 2017.
Next Fight: He’ll meet WBA world champion Nonito Donaire in a unification bout in the finals of the WBSS tournament on November 7.
- Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs)
Don’t dismiss Garcia because he was outclassed by a bigger and stronger Spence after moving up two divisions to welterweight to challenge for another world title. The former four-division champion is still incredibly skilled and accomplished.
Next Fight: Garcia would be better served if he moved back down to either 135 but appears content to test himself against much bigger opponents at 147.
- Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3-1, 27 KOs)
He’s beaten a former pound-for-pound fighter Srisaket Sor Rungvisai twice which gives him the nod in our view to occupy this final slot. Estrada is an entertaining fighter with a wealth of experience and that necessary warrior spirit.
Next Fight: Estrada successfully defended his WBC super-flyweight title by stopping Dewayne Beamon in August so don’t expect to see him in action again until 2020.