I know this list will piss everybody off because that’s what pound-for-pound lists seem to do.
10)Juan Francisco Estrada
Beat future Hall of Famer Roman Gonzalez in his previous fight out. His body of work is hard to deny.
9) Tyson Fury
I don’t like to put heavyweights on a pound-for-pound list, but Fury is supremely talented. With that being said, I think he’s his own worst enemy. Great boxer, but obvious mental issues will eventually limit him.
An all-around fighter, Usyk belongs on this list. I seriously question his punching power at heavyweight. I don’t like his chances if he fights Anthony Joshua.
Lomachenko will return at the end of this month. I don’t understand why some people think he’s done. Lightweight (135 pounds) is a little big for him, especially against a young and hungry Lopez. I don’t think we have seen the last of Vasiliy.
Taylor’s beat down of Ramirez was impressive – as was his split decision victory over then-undefeated Regis Prograis. Has anybody else on this list fought that quality of competition in the last year or two?
I think after what Nonito Donaire accomplished this past weekend there’s even more validity to have Inoue on this list. I see a lot of people questioning Inoue, but for the most part, those aren’t true boxing fans. “The Monster” has earned his nickname.
Lopez beat Lomachenko and he did it fairly comfortably and that alone puts him high on the list. Remember just a year ago, Lomachenko was considered the best fighter in the world by almost everybody.
I am not convinced that Spence is fully recovered from his accident and his last effort against Danny Garcia, while a solid win was not as dominating as we were used to seeing. Overall if you rate the totality of what he’s done, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt with wins over former champions Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia.
Crawford is highly talented. I think he’d handle Spence if the two were to meet. His competition is not what we want, but boxing politics are killing that. Make no mistake he destroys everybody he fights. Nobody has gone the distance with him since Viktor Postol, five years ago.
To me, this is unquestioned at this moment. Canelo’s resume is simply deeper than anybody else that’s on this list. Sure he could fight Andrade or Charlo, but if you truly believe either has a shot against Canelo you are crazy. Caleb Plant looks to be next in line and with Canelo seemingly getting better each time out, it does not look good for Plant.