Now that Shakur Stevenson looked solid in his last fight at junior welterweight and Canelo Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin in a flash, it’s time to update my boxing list to see what has changed.

Here is my list that I recently submitted to the Boxing Writers Association of America for its bi-monthly publication:

  1. Terence Crawford
  2. Errol Spence
  3. Naoya Inoue
  4. Canelo Alvarez
  5. Alexander Usyk
  6. Vasily Lomachenko
  7. Tyson Fury
  8. Jermel Charlo
  9. Shakur Stevenson
  10. Dmitry Bivol

If we were to expand this list by five more boxers, I would probably throw Juan Francisco Estrada, Artur Beterbiev, Devin Haney, Chocolatito Gonzalez and Gervonta Davis into the mix. And if Estrada can beat Gonzalez again, and if Hani looks even more impressive the second time around against George Cambosos, I’d have to seriously consider placing them at 10.

Here are some of my thoughts: Whoever wins the Crawford-Spence fight — if and when this mammoth matchup is officially announced — will undoubtedly be the No. 1 fighter in the world. In order for Inoue to take the top spot, he would have to beat Paul Butler in a fight to become the undisputed bantamweight champion and then move up to 122 pounds to see if he can beat Stephen Fulton.

In order for Alvarez to return to No. 1, he must upset Bivol in the rematch. But after that, it’s a bit unclear how he could jump over the fighters in front of him. His win against Golovkin was solid, but it doesn’t put him high on my list.

If Usyk can get Fury in the ring and then he becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion, it will be hard to keep him from being #1.

Stevenson, meanwhile, did well against Robson Conceicao, but it wasn’t impressive enough to get him past Fury or Charlo. When he moves up to 135 pounds, there are a number of potentially solid fighters (Haney, Lomachenko, Davis and Ryan Garcia) who could force observers to move him up.

In any case, my list looks set for at least the next few months if Crawford and Spence meet in November or early December.

To compare my top 10 list with other people’s opinions, here’s who’s on the list pound for pound.

  1. Usik
  2. Inoue
  3. Crawford
  4. Spence
  5. Alvarez
  6. Lomachenko
  7. Bivol
  8. Josh Taylor
  9. Charlo
  10. Beterbiev

Here’s ESPN’s explanation.

  1. Crawford
  2. Inoue
  3. Spence
  4. Usik
  5. Alvarez
  6. Anger
  7. Beterbiev
  8. Bivol
  9. Stevenson
  10. Lomachenko

Here’s how Sports Illustrated sees it.

  1. Crawford
  2. Usik
  3. Alvarez
  4. Inoue
  5. Spence
  6. Anger
  7. Stevenson
  8. Charlo
  9. Lomachenko
  10. Bivol

And only for that.

I will update this post when the BWAA publishes its latest pound sterling catalogue.



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