1) Roman Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO)
Gonzalez got another dominant victory as he defeated former world amateur champion McWilliams Arroyo. It was Gonzalez’s third straight win over a consensus top ten challenger in his division, something few on this list can boast. Will he stay a flyweight or move up? I expect a trip to 115 lbs., potentially beginning with a crack at undefeated WBC titlist Carlos Cuadras, will come sooner than later. Gonzalez would have the chance to be the first Nicaraguan to win belts in four weight divisions. Should he face and defeat Cuadras, the drumbeat for a unification showdown with Naoya Inoue will get loud.
2) Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KO)
Ward at one point looked to be the successor to Floyd Mayweather as the pound for pound champion. As we all know by now management problems derailed that possibility, but with a chance to fight Kovalev comes an opportunity to climb a top the ratings once and for all.
3) Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO)
His 16 consecutive knockout title defenses is two shy of the mark Wilfredo Gomez made at 122 lbs. Bernard Hopkins’ 20 title defenses is also within reach. He is running out of competition at middleweight and needs Golden Boy to not be afraid to risk their bell-cow Canelo Alvarez soon. Looks like that wait could be a year or more for that fight.
4) Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KO)
Looks like we will get to see the dream matchup against Andre Ward this fall or winter. That will be Kovalev’s chance to show us he is an all-time great.
5) Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO)
His combination of speed, footwork, defensive fundamentals, and power is as good as anyone possesses in boxing. He improves with each fight and looks to be over time headed to the top of these rankings.
6) Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO)
Huge fight with Viktor Postol coming up will be Crawford’s first big test since his brilliant 2014. Going in the fight is darn near a pick’em fight in my book, and Crawford’s toughest test since 2014.
7) Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO)
Since winning the IBF welterweight title from Shawn Porter two years ago, Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has made three easy defenses, the last a second-round TKO over mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in March. Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) looms on the horizon, but the IBF ordered Spence into an eliminator vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (30-0, 13 KOs) first.
8) Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8 KO)
Like Lomachenko, he won titles in two divisions before his career is ten fights old. A looming showdown with Roman Gonzalez would be the biggest fight at 115 lbs. since Mijares-Darchinyan and could be the biggest global event the division has ever seen.
9) Saul Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO)
Needs to quit screwing around and fight Golovkin! Picking on an undersized Khan will not cut it anymore.
10) Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KO)
It’s now been over three years since the Cuban defensive whiz dazzled and handcuffed Nonito Donaire to show what he was capable of. Since, management issues and a lack of network interest has handcuffed Rigondeaux even worse. Will Rigondeaux get old though waiting for another opponent with the marquee value of Donaire? If he doesn’t do something soon he will fall off my list