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Boxing Top 10 Pound for Pound boxers 9/27/2021

A new number one!
Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk celebrates after defeating British heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua during their heavyweight boxing match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London on September 25, 2021. - Usyk defeated Joshua on points. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

10) Tyson Fury

We are still waiting on the rubber match against Wilder, which is just a couple of weeks away. However, Fury has beaten Wlad Klitschko and Deontay Wilder, and while I usually don’t rate heavyweights on a list like this, Fury is an exception as his skill is undeniable.

9) Juan Fransisco Estrada

Estrada won what could end up being the fight of the year against Chocolatito back in March. It could have gone either way, but I had Estrada edging it.

8) Vasiliy Lomachenko

Vasiliy was considered on his last leg by many so-called boxing experts. Still, he looked far from done in his previous fight against when he dominated the tough Japanese fighter, Masayoshi Nakatani. So don’t be surprised if he never gets a rematch against Lopez, and it won’t be because of Vasiliy.

7) Errol Spence

Spence has beaten the better fighters at Welterweight than Crawford has but inactivity because of a car crash, and now an eye injury drops him down on this list. Plus, just by watching Crawford and Spence, I think that Crawford is the better fighter. Unfortunately, there is only one proper way to find out, and that’s if they fight, but I am afraid that may never happen.

6) Teofimo Lopez

A win over Lomachenko puts you on this list; it just seems we have been waiting forever for his next fight, but that wait is almost over.

5) Naoya Inoue

Inoue’s combination of precision, power, and speed is mesmerizing and makes him must-see TV against anybody he fights.  The Monster may need to jump up a class or two to get to the top of this list but make no mistake; he is called the Monster for a reason.

4) Josh Taylor

Taylor owns victories over Ramirez, Regis Prograis, Viktor Postol, and Ivan Baranchyk. He is the king at 140, and talk of moving up to fight Crawford exists, and while I think he would lose that fight, I think he is one of very few that would have a shot at beating Crawford right now.

3) Terence Crawford

Crawford passes the eye test but if he wants to get higher on this list he needs to pass the eye test against Spence. Crawford is a great finisher but beating guys like Kell Brook does not get it done for me on this list.

2) Canelo Alvarez

Canelo is a great fight but he has not accomplished the historical things in the ring that Usyk has. Caleb Plant is a solid fighter but we all know how that one ends. Canelo has been suspended for cheating, and I know he has his excuses, but he failed the test.

1) Oleksandr Usyk

I know I said earlier I don’t usually think a Heavyweight belongs on this list, will Usyk is truly a Cruiserweight, and he is the most accomplished and best fighter on this list. If he retired today he would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer! In less than 20 fights he has unified the Cruiserweight title and now has added all of Anthony Joshua’s belts. The most impressive thing about this is how he fights guys in their backyard and beats them. Usyk dares to be great, we have seen guys like Floyd Mayweather and Roy Jones pretend to be great and they did it from the comfort of their own homes! Usyk is more along with the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson or Muhammad Ali, who would go anywhere to fight anybody. Plus, Usyk has never tested positive for PED use like the number two guy on this list has.

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