The Independent’s pound-for-pound boxing rankings (2023)

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The boxing landscape is arguably as intriguing as it has ever been.

The past few years have seen heavyweight epics for the ages betweenTyson Furyand Deontay Wilder, they have seen Saul “Canelo” Alvarez establish himself as the face of the sport in the eyes of many fans, and they have seen frequent displays of technical brilliance from champions in lighter weight classes.

There have been upsets, title unifications, and there has been no shortage of drama – Anthony Joshua’s defeats by Andy Ruiz Jr andOleksandr Usykstanding out as prime examples.

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All of these fights and results have factored intoThe Independent’s own top 10, pound-for-pound rankings for men’s boxers, to be updated monthly.

While there is no exact science to putting together lists such as this, a number of factors have been considered in making the rankings, including each fighter’s overall record, recent record, level of activity and calibre of opposition.


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The Independent’s pound-for-pound rankings

10. Juan Francisco Estrada (44-3, 28 KOs)

The diminutive Mexican is a two-weight world champion, having obtained the WBA super-flyweight title with his split-decision victory over Roman Gonzalez in March 2021. That win saw Estrada, 33, avenge a 2012 defeat by “Chocolatito”, but its narrow nature meant the old rivals were set to rematch last March, until Estrada had to withdraw due to Covid symptoms. Estrada has since outpointed Argi Cortes and triumphed in his delayed trilogy bout with “Chocolatito” in December, winning a close fight by majority decision. His creative use of angles is one of his standout attributes, making him a fun watch each time out.

9. Vasily Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs)

The Ukrainian southpaw (one of two on this list...) saw off Jorge Linares in 2018 to become a three-weight title holder, before adding further belts with notable wins against the likes of Luke Campbell and Jose Pedraza. “Loma” was somewhat surprisingly beaten by Teofimo Lopez in 2020, but the 35-year-old bounced back with three straight wins to maintain his status as one of the best boxers in the world. The two-time Olympic champion is in the twilight of his career now, which only made histerrific showing against the next fighter on this listeven more impressive. Lomachenko came up narrowly short, but many observers felt that he had won.


8. Devin Haney (30-0, 15 knockouts)

The unbeaten American entered our list following hissecond straight clinic against George Kambosos Jr. Haney eased to a unanimous-decision win against the Australianon Kambosos’ home turf in June2022 to become undisputed champion at lightweight,before retaining that status in the pair’s rematch in October– also in Melbourne. Prior to those clashes, Kambosos Jr was undefeated. At just 24 years old, the best is still ahead of Haney, though he must learn from his most recent bout, with Lomachenko in May.It was a fight that Haney won, but not without controversy.

7. Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs)

Entered our list in May 2022, following hisstunning victory over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The Russian remained unbeaten and retained the WBA light-heavyweight title with that result, which he achieved by fighting on the front foot, picking his shots wisely, and almost doubling the output of his opponent. Bivol, 32, won by two points on all three judges’ scorecards, though the margins should have been much wider. A clinical showing that raised the Russian’s profile immensely and likely sets up a rematch with Canelo down the line. Before that, though, Bivol was tasked with getting past the unbeaten Gilberto Ramirez in November. Bivol won on points with an aggressive and sharp performance, which saw him rise from ninth to seventh on our list.

6. Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs)

Has eclipsed Anthony Joshua asthehousehold name in British boxing. Fury, 34, returned to the sport in 2018 after three years off due to a long struggle with his mental health. Since then, he has established himself as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, dethroning Deontay Wilder to become WBC champion in the pair’s 2020 rematch, having controversially drawn with the American in their first clash, in 2018.

In October 2021, Fury stopped Wilder for the second fight in a row to retain the belt, which he did again in April byknocking out Dillian Whyte with easeand once more in December with alate stoppage of Derek Chisora. A creative fighter who has demonstrated remarkable resilience and heart in the ring, Fury previously held the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles and was looking to regain them in a fight with Oleksandr Usyk this spring. However, the fight – which would have crowned an undisputed heavyweight champion – fell through.

5. Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs)

The American has not been the most active fighter in recent years, but he has been slowly building a fine resume. Spence Jr holds impressive wins against the likes of Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia and Carlos Ocampo. The southpaw stopped the latter, as well as notably finishing Kell Brook on the Briton’s home turf earlier in his career, and a cancelled clash with Manny Pacquiao would surely have built up Spence even further had it come to fruition.

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Last time out, the 33-year-old beat Yordenis Ugas bybrutalising the Cuban’s eye, collecting another welterweight beltand rising up our rankings in the process. If he can increase his activity, Spence will likely only continue to climb here, especially if a long-awaited meeting withTerence Crawfordcomes to pass and Spence can win...

4. Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs)

The WBO welterweight champion has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport, and it just keeps getting better. Four of the American’s last 10 opponents were undefeated before facing him, and all 10 were stopped by Crawford – who has a tremendous number of knockout and TKO victories to his name. Wins against big-name boxers Brook and Porter in 2020 and 2021 further enhanced the 35-year-old’s profile, especially his victory over the latter, before Crawford stopped David Avanesyan in December 2022.

3. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs)

In the 10 years since his loss to Floyd Mayweather, the Mexican has established himself as the face of boxing, with wins against Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Gennadiy Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders and many more of note. The effectiveness of the 32-year-old’s counter-punching, slickness of his head movement and beauty of his body work make him a joy to watch.

Detractors will point to Alvarez’s clenbuterol controversy in 2018 and the fact that a few of his victories have come via controversial scorecards. Supporters will give more credence to Canelo’s admirable level of activity and the great number of formidable foes he has fought and beaten. His three victories in 2021 – all stoppages – saw him ultimately become boxing’s first ever undisputed super-middleweight champion. A title holder in four weight classes, the Mexican failed to add a second light-heavyweight title to his collection when he wasoutpointed by unbeaten Russian Bivolin May 2022.

That result, which surprised a number of fans, marked just the second defeat of Canelo’s professional career and saw him drop from No 1 in our list to No 4.He rebounded with a decisive points win against ageing rival Golovkin, though that result proved little at this point and only saw him climb one spot here. The ambitious Mexican then defended his super-middleweight belts against John Ryder in Guadalajara,dropping the Briton en route to a decision winthat sees him stay put at No 3.

2. Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs)

Was the only ever undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era before moving up to heavyweight, where he became WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion in 2021 by outpointing Anthony Joshua with relative ease. The Ukrainian, 36, is undefeated and most recentlybeat Joshua on points a second time to retain his heavyweight titlesand climb two spots here. The southpaw, an Olympic gold medalist, is as technical and awkward as they come in the heavier weight classes, making a potential match-up with Fury an intriguing prospect –though that bout collapsed this spring.


1. Naoya Inoue (24-0, 21 KOs)

One of the lesser-known names on this list to the more casual fan, the Japanese does not lack in prowess what he may lack in profile.

Inoue has the best stoppage percentage of any fighter on this list, part of what makes him such an exciting fighter to watch – along with his effortless evasiveness, brutal body attacks, and frightening level of output. In June, “Monster” lived up to his nickname once again byeviscerating Nonito Donaire in a rematch, having narrowly outpointed the Filipino in their first fight.


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With that second victory over Donaire, Inoue added the WBC belt to his collection of bantamweight titles, and he also surged to the top of this list from No 5. The 30-year-old thenstopped Paul Butler in the 11th round in Decemberto take the WBO strap and become undisputed champion – and Asia’s first boxer to hold four world titles in a weight class at once.

The three-weight world champion has plenty left ahead of him, including a move to super-bantamweight in July, when he will challenge unified champion Stephen Fulton.


Who is the greatest boxer of all time pound for pound? ›

1. Sugar Ray Robinson. But the term "pound-for-pound" entered the mainstream vernacular largely because of Robinson, who threw his unparalleled speed-power arsenal at the welterweight and middleweight divisions in the 1940s and '50s. He beat a stacked slate of competition, winning the 160-pound title five times.

Who is the pound for pound best female boxer? ›

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  • Alycia Baumgardner. ...
  • Jessica McCaskill. ...
  • Seniesa Estrada. ...
  • Savannah Marshall. ...
  • Delfine Persoon. Record: 47-3 (19 KOs) ...
  • Natasha Jonas. Record: 13-2-1 (8 KOs) ...
  • Mikaela Mayer. Record: 18-1 (5 KOs) ...
  • Franchon Crews-Dezurn. Record: 8-1 (2 KOs)
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Is Manny Pacquiao the best pound for pound? ›

In 2016, Pacquiao was ranked second on ESPN's list of top boxers, pound-for-pound, of the past 25 years. BoxRec ranks Pacquiao as the third greatest boxer, pound for pound, of all time, as well as the greatest Asian boxer of all time.

What belts does Tyson Fury currently hold? ›

Tyson Luke Fury (born 12 August 1988) is a British professional boxer. He has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2020. Previously, he held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles from 2015 to 2016, and the Ring magazine title twice between 2015 and 2022.

Was Mike Tyson pound-for-pound? ›

The first #1 pound for pound fighter was heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Who is the strongest woman boxer? ›

1. Claressa Shields
  • Record: 14-0 (2 KOs)
  • Titles held: Two-time undisputed middleweight champion, former undisputed super-middleweight champion, former IBF, WBA, and The Ring light-middleweight champion.
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Who is the best female boxer of all time? ›

Here's a list of the best female boxers of all time.
  • Lucia Rijker. Lucia Rijker, one of the most well-known female fighters in history, competed at light welterweight and won a number of world championships. ...
  • Ann Wolfe. ...
  • Laila Ali. ...
  • Claressa Shields. ...
  • Katie Taylor. ...
  • Cecilia Braekhus. ...
  • Amanda Serrano. ...
  • Regina Halmich.
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Can a female boxer beat a man? ›

Whether you're male or female you don't need an extraordinary amount of strength or power to strike and defeat your opponent, instead, you need proper technique, agility, and speed. A female fighter who dominates proper technique remains calm and in control of herself, can overpower a larger and stronger male.

Who was the best boxer in history? ›

1. Muhammad Ali. The Greatest was not only one of the best heavyweights of all time, he was also one of the most colorful. He won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and went on to become the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times.

Was Mayweather pound for pound? ›

As of May 2023, BoxRec ranks him the second greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound. Many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a span of ten years.

Who is better Floyd or Manny? ›

Mayweather won world titles across five weight divisions from super featherweight (130 lbs.) to light middleweight (154 lbs.), while Pacquiao became the only boxer in history to win world titles across eight weight divisions from flyweight (112 lbs.) to light middleweight (154 lbs.).

Who has the most boxing belts in history? ›

Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won twelve major world titles in eight different weight divisions.

What belt does Gervonta Davis hold? ›

He has held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBA (Regular) lightweight title since 2019; the IBF super featherweight title in 2017; the WBA (Super) super featherweight title twice between 2018 and 2021; and the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title in 2021.

Why did Tyson lose his belts? ›

With a rematch clause in his Klitschko contract, the Brit was stripped of the title as he was not accepting a fight against their mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov. But, he vacated the WBA, WBO and IBO belts on October 12, 2016, as he had a pending investigation over anti-doping and medical issues.

Who was faster Ali or Tyson? ›

Ali is the clear winner when it comes to foot speed. He had speed that a man of his size wouldn't normally possess. Ali had quick hands as well, but his hand speed was nowhere near as lethal as his foot speed. For years Mike Tyson's hand speed has been overlooked.

Who did George Foreman say was the hardest puncher? ›

George Foreman ranks Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Joe Louis among hardest punchers in boxing history but doesn't include Deontay Wilder.

Who was the heaviest boxer Mike Tyson fought? ›

However, 'Iron Mike' told FightCamp that his power was no match for that of two-time heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman. “George Foreman – the heaviest puncher. I couldn't match somebody's power who's that big, with that much mass.

Has Mayweather ever lost? ›

Given that he never lost in his professional career, many people believe that he is actually unbeaten throughout his career. However, this is not the case, as throughout his boxing career, he has suffered a few defeats. Let's take a look at Mayweather's loss he suffered in his legendary career.

Who defeated Ali? ›

Trevor Berbick, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, and Joe Frazier are the five boxers who have beaten Ali.

What boxer beat his wife? ›

She said that one night, Tyson and his wife ''had a fight, and he hit Robin in the head with a closed fist. '' Tyson, contacted at his hotel room in Atlantic City, where he will defend his title June 27 against Michael Spinks, was asked by Newsday whether he had struck his wife.

What boxer hit his girlfriend? ›

Boxer Gervonta Davis accused of hitting woman, faces domestic violence charge. Boxer Gervonta Davis was arrested Tuesday after allegedly hitting a woman in the face, according to a Broward County Sheriff's Office incident report.

What female boxer has only fans? ›

Ebanie Bridges was paid more than a quarter-million dollars to join OnlyFans. The women's IBF bantamweight titleholder insists she was courted to help lead other famous athletes to the subscription-based platform and continues to use her page to interact with her fans, not to sell pornographic content.

Who is the only woman boxer to win a medal in all 7 world championship? ›

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom OLY (born 24 November 1982) is an Indian amateur boxer, politician, and former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.

What does boxing do for a woman body? ›

Boxing is a fantastic way to improve functional strength for women. The different techniques used in training help to build muscular endurance and longevity, and these increase strength and physical ability that carries through to everyday life outside of the gym.

Who is number 1 female boxer in the world? ›

RankBoxRecThe Ring (as of 13 April 2022)
1Savannah MarshallSavannah Marshall
2Ema KozinChristina Hammer
3Hannah RankinEma Kozin
4Maria LindbergFemke Hermans
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Has a woman ever boxed a man? ›

One match, which was billed as the first sanctioned male-female boxing match in U.S. history, was more likely no more than a publicity stunt. On October 10, 1999, Margaret McGregor defeated Loi Chow in a unanimous decision, 40-36, played out over four rounds.

Do female boxers protect their breasts? ›

4) Female boxers shall wear breast protectors and groin protectors that are both properly fitted and a mouthpiece is also required.

Can a regular person beat a boxer in a street fight? ›

A trained boxer will have a great advantage in any fight, but in a street fight, the traditional style of boxing is not as practical as there is zero protection and without gloves, anyone could have a knockout punch.

Who is called the king of boxing? ›

Muhammad Ali, the official 'King of Boxing': Legendary pugilist to be crowned by World Boxing Council.

What was Muhammad Ali's net worth? ›

At the time of his death in 2016 at age 74, Ali had an estimated net worth of $80 million, according to Forbes.

Who has the most knockout in heavyweight boxing history? ›

Primo Carnera sits at the top of the heavyweight division with the most TKO/KOs in history, with 71. The Italian competed for 18 years, beginning from 1928 up until 1946. He appeared in 102 bouts, winning 88 of them and only losing 14.

Why is Floyd so good? ›

Speed, defense and accuracy: Those attributes have made Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter, biggest pay-per-view draw and the most difficult opponent to game-plan against. His ability to land punches while not giving his opponent that same opportunity is the reason why.

Is Muhammad Ali pound-for-pound? ›

Muhammad Ali's 'Rumble in the Jungle' rope-a-dope' shock placed him as the Pound for Pound champ for the first time in his career. A reign would last over four years until 'The Greatest' himself lost to underdog Leon Spinks.

What is the heaviest Floyd Mayweather fight? ›

The heaviest an opponent ever weighed in against Mayweather during his professional career was 154, a weight hit by fellow legends Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya ahead of their losses to "Money" Mayweather. Can't get enough boxing and MMA?

Who really won Pacquiao vs Mayweather? ›

The bout's three judges gave Mayweather a wide margin in the 12-round fight: 116-112 on two cards, 118-110 on the other. The judges agreed on 10 of the 12 rounds. A packed arena greeted the fighters. Pacquiao after the fight.

Who is Manny Pacquiao toughest fight? ›

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  • Agapito Sanchez (November 10, 2001) ...
  • Nedal Hussein (October 14, 2000) ...
  • Erik Morales 2 (January 21, 2006) ...
  • Marco Antonio Barrera 1 (November 15, 2003) ...
  • Rocky Palma (May 1, 1995) ...

Why didn t Floyd fight Manny? ›

Mayweather has reiterated that the fight didn't happen due to Pacquiao's unwillingness to sign up for a full doping programme as the American demanded. But he insists delaying the fight was a good thing for him - because he made more money.

Who has the most losses in boxing history? ›

The record number of fight losses by a professional boxer is 276 by Reggie Strickland (USA) between 1987 and 2005.

What is the longest winning streak in boxing history? ›

Jimmy Wilde - 93-0-1

Wilde would fight 28 times in 1911, finishing the year with a record of 27-0-1, by the end of 1914 he had recorded the longest unbeaten record in boxing history of 93-0-1 – a record which still stands to this day.

What belt does Tyson hold? ›

Tyson Luke Fury (born 12 August 1988) is a British professional boxer. He has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2020. Previously, he held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles from 2015 to 2016, and the Ring magazine title twice between 2015 and 2022.

What belt does Ryan Garcia have? ›

Ryan Garcia (born August 8, 1998) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBC interim lightweight title in 2021.

What belt does Mike Tyson hold? ›

Aside from having been the undisputed heavyweight champion, Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles simultaneously.

How much are Mike Tyson's belts worth? ›

But Lott, a boxing memorabilia collector, estimated the titles could each fetch anywhere from “$25,000 to $100,000” at auction.

Has Fury vacated his belt? ›

TYSON FURY vacated the Ring Magazine heavyweight title in a bid to emulate the late Muhammad Ali. The Gypsy King gave up the prestigious belt - which Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua recently vied for - last month as he was toying with sticking to his retirement.

Why did Tyson Fury give up the Ring magazine belt? ›

But the Brit's relinquishing of the strap was a premeditated bid to become follow in the footsteps of Ali and become a three-time holder of the title. During a recent interview with SecondsOut, he said: “I gave that belt up, so that they could fight for it.

Who was actually the best boxer of all time? ›

Muhammad Ali tops this list of the top 10 boxers. After a successful amateur career with multiple trophies, national titles and an Olympic Gold Medal, Ali transitioned smoothly to the professional setting in 1960. After a 19-fight unbeaten streak, he earned his title shot and beat Sonny Liston in February 1964.

Who was the greatest boxer in history? ›

1. Muhammad Ali. The Greatest was not only one of the best heavyweights of all time, he was also one of the most colorful. He won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and went on to become the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times.

Was Tyson or Ali better? ›

Muhammad Ali fought in 541 rounds while Tyson only fought in 211 rounds. That's an astounding 330 round difference or the equivalent of 27.5 more 12 round fights for Muhammad Ali. That experience simply can't be discounted. Muhammad Ali was a boxer who fought to embarrass and outclass his opponents.

Who is the greatest boxer of all time according to stats? ›

Who is the greatest boxing athlete of all time? Muhammad Ali — Throughout his entire career, he only lost one fight by knockout. first-ever three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Won 22 heavyweight Championship fights with 19 successful defenses.

Are there any undefeated heavyweight boxers? ›

Rocky Marciano (USA) (b. Rocco Francis Marchegiano) (1923-69) is the only world champion at any weight to have won every fight of his entire completed professional career, from 17 March 1947-21 September 1955 (he announced his retirement on 27 April 1956); 43 of his 49 fights were by knock-outs or stoppages.

Who was the best boxer in America? ›

1. Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali had some close calls in his career, such as when he very nearly got knocked out by Henry Cooper in 1963, shortly before he captured the world title for the first time by defeating Sonny Liston. He lost bouts late in his career to lesser fighters such as Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick.

Is Sugar Ray Robinson better than Ali? ›

While Atlas and Kellerman agreed Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, voters chose Muhammad Ali as "The Greatest." Ali received nearly four times as many first place votes from participants than did runner-up Robinson. 6.

Who was Muhammad Ali's favorite boxer? ›

But the man Ali himself named as the best fighter of all time is Sugar Ray Robinson.

Can Bruce Lee defeat Mike Tyson? ›

Mike Tyson would win in a match against Bruce Lee. With not only his size behind him, Mike Tyson also has power and speed combined with experience in the ring that would advantage him greatly in a pure hypothetical fight against Bruce Lee.

Who is the greatest boxer of all time Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali? ›

Ali is widely considered the greatest heavyweight boxer there has ever been. As far as notoriety goes, Tyson is not far behind at all.

What boxer fought the most fights? ›

And their own records find that lightweight Len Wickwar had the most verified professional fights of any boxer, as well as the most wins. Between 1928 and 1947, Wickwar compiled a record of 339-86-42, for a total of 467 fights.

Who is the most dominant boxer? ›

Joe Louis

Arguably the most dominant champion in boxing history. The Brown Bomber reigned for a dozen years with a record 25 consecutive title defences against the best of his era.

What boxer has the most losses? ›

The record number of fight losses by a professional boxer is 276 by Reggie Strickland (USA) between 1987 and 2005.


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