Boxing pound-for-pound rankings – Oleksandr Usyk overtakes Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury; where does Usyk land?

Oleksandr Usyk delivered another impressive performance in a split decision win over Anthony Joshua on Saturday to retain the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles. He also added the vacant ring belt, making him the lineal champion in the division.

This was a repeat of Usyk’s unanimous decision win over Joshua in September 2021.

The win takes Ukraine’s Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) two spots in the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings, overtaking Canelo Alvarez and fellow heavyweight Tyson Fury to move up to 4th, behind only Terence Crawford, Naoya Inoue and Errol Spence jr.

ESPN writer Mike Coppinger moved Usyk up one spot on his list, citing how the champion reacted after being injured by Joshua’s attack in round 9.

“I probably underestimated Usyk after his win over AJ last September but from the way he reacted to adversity in Round 10 it’s impossible to deny Usyk’s greatness,” Coppinger said. “The top seven or eight fighters on this list are mostly interchangeable. Some big fights this fall should go a long way toward breaking up.”

Fury, the WBC champion, said he is retiring following his TKO win over Dillian Whyte in April. But after Usyk’s win, Fury said he was ready to fight Usyk to finally crown an undisputed champion for the first time in the four-belt era.

That fight could happen sooner or later, according to Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter.

“[Fury] and Usyk would be a really good fight,” Warren told the BBC on Monday. “It’s a fight that I think will be fought because both teams would like to see that.

“Usyk said after the fight it’s the only fight he’s interested in and it’s certainly the same case with Tyson. It’s all about where he’s going to generate the most income because it’s a unique fight, a historic fight.”

Our panel consists of Coppinger, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Tessitore, Michael Rothstein, Teddy Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Andre Ward, Ben Baby, Eric Raskin, Crystina Poncher, Michelle Joy Phelps, Bernardo Osuna, Eric Woodyard, Claudia Trejos, Kel Dansby , Bernardo Pilatti, Charles Moynihan, Salvador Rodriguez, Carlos Irusta, Mike Mascaro, Jim Zirolli and Aladdin Freeman share their voices.

Other Rankings: Divisional Rankings and ESPN Women’s Pound-for-Pound Rankings.

Note: Results are valid until August 24th.


1.TERENCE CRAWFORDblankPrevious ranking: No. 1

RECORDING: 38-0, 29 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Shawn Porter, Nov. 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


2.NAOYA INOUEblankPrevious ranking: No. 2

RECORDING: 23-0, 20 KOs
DIVISION: Bantamweight (Unified Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Nonito Donaire, June 7
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


3. ERROL SPENCE JR.blankPrevious ranking: No. 3

RECORDING: 28-0, 22 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (Unified Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Yordenis Ugas, April 16
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


4.OLEKSANDR USYKblankPrevious ranking: No. 6

RECORDING: 20-0, 13 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (Unified Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (SD12) Anthony Joshua, August 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


5. CANELO ALVAREZblankPrevious ranking: No. 4

RECORDING: 57-2-2, 39 KOs
DIVISION: Super Middleweight (Undisputed Champion)
LAST FIGHT: L (UD12) Dmitry Bivol, May 7
NEXT FIGHT: September 17 against Gennady Golovkin


6. TYSON FURYblankPrevious ranking: No. 5

RECORDING: 32-0-1, 23 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO6) Dillian Whyte, 23 Apr
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


7. ARTUR BETERBIEVblankPlacement so far: 7th

RECORDING: 18-0, 18 KOs
DIVISION: Light Heavyweight (Unified Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Joe Smith Jr., June 18
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


8.DMITRY BIVOLblankPrevious ranking: No. 8

RECORDING: 20-0, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Light Heavyweight (Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Canelo Alvarez, May 7th
NEXT FIGHT: November 5 against Gilberto Ramirez


9. Vasily LonachenkoblankPrevious ranking: No. 9

RECORDING: 16-2, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Easy
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Richard Commey, December 11
NEXT FIGHT: TBA vs. Jamaine Ortiz


10. SHAKUR STEVENSONblankPrevious ranking: No. 10

RECORDING: 18-0, 9 KOs
DIVISION: Junior Lightweight (Unified Champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Oscar Valdez, April 30
NEXT FIGHT: September 23 against Robson Conceicao


The formula

The ranking is based on a descending point system, with first place receiving 10 points, second place receiving 9 points and so on. A tie goes to the fighter with the highest rank and then to the one with the most votes in that rank.


Others receiving votes: Devin Haney (19), Gervonta Davis (14), Jermell Charlo (9), Juan Francisco Estrada (4), Josh Taylor (1), Gennadiy Golovkin (1), Stephen Fulton (1).


This is how our authors voted

Atlas: 1. crawford, 2. bivol, 3. Inoue, 4. Usik, 5. Spence 6. alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, 8th. Anger, 9. Davis, 10 praying

Bradley: 1. crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence 4. alvarez, 5. beterbiev, 6. Anger, 7. Usik, 8th. stevenson, 9. charlo, 10 Haney

Copper: 1. Inoue, 2. crawford, 3. Anger, 4. bivol, 5. alvarez, 6. Usik, 7. Spence 8th. beterbiew, 9. Lomachenko, 10 Stevenson

Tester: 1. Inoue, 2. crawford, 3. Usik, 4. alvarez, 5. beterbiev, 6. Spence 7. Lomachenko, 8th. stevenson, 9. Anger, 10 bivol

Parkinson’s: 1. Inoue, 2. crawford, 3. alvarez, 4. Usik, 5. Spence 6. Anger, 7. bivol, 8th. beterbiew, 9. haney, 10 Lomachenko

Raskin: 1. Inoue, 2. crawford, 3. Spence 4. Anger, 5. Usik, 6. bivol, 7. alvarez, 8th. beterbiev, 9. stevenson, 10 Lomachenko

Station: 1. crawford, 2. Spence 3. Inoue, 4. Usik, 5. alvarez, 6. bivol, 7. stevenson, 8th. beterbiev, 9. haney, 10 Davis

Infant: 1. crawford, 2. alvarez, 3. Usik, 4. Inoue, 5. Spence 6. Lomachenko, 7. Anger, 8th. haney, 9. stevenson, 10 Fulton

Rothstein: 1. crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Anger, 4. alvarez, 5. Spence 6. Usik, 7. Lomachenko, 8th. bivol, 9. Davis, 10 Stevenson

Phelps: 1. crawford, 2. Spence 3. alvarez, 4. Inoue, 5. Usik, 6. Anger, 7. charlo, 8th. haney, 9. beterbiew, 10 bivol

Osuna: 1. Usik, 2. crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Spence 5. alvarez, 6. bivol, 7. charlo, 8th. stevenson, 9. beterbiev, 10 Haney

Rodriguez: 1. Inoue, 2. Anger, 3. Usik, 4. crawford, 5. Spence 6. alvarez, 7. beterbiew, 8th. bivol, 9. Lomachenko, 10 charlo

Poncher: 1. crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. alvarez, 4. Spence 5. Anger, 6. Usik, 7. beterbiev, 8th. stevenson, 9. charlo, 10 Haney

lumber yard: 1. crawford, 2. Anger, 3. Spence 4. alvarez, 5. Inoue, 6. Usik, 7. Davis, 8th. haney, 9. stevenson, 10 Taylor

Trejos: 1. crawford, 2. Spence 3. Usik, 4. Inoue, 5. Anger, 6. alvarez, 7. beterbiew, 8th. Lomachenko, 9. stevenson, 10 Davis

Dansby: 1. Usik, 2. crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. alvarez, 5. Spence 6. Anger, 7. haney, 8th. beterbiew, 9. charlo, 10 Stevenson

Moynihan: 1. Spence 2. crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Anger, 5. Usik, 6. alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, 8th. bivol, 9. beterbiev, 10 Golovkin

Pilati: 1. Inoue, 2. crawford, 3. Spence 4. Usik, 5. Anger, 6. beterbiew, 7. alvarez, 8th. Davis, 9. Lomachenko, 10 Stevenson

Ziroli: 1. crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. alvarez, 4. Spence 5. Anger, 6. Usik, 7. stevenson, 8th. beterbiew, 9. Lomachenko, 10 Haney

Mascara: 1. crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence 4. alvarez, 5. Anger, 6. beterbiew, 7. Usik, 8th. stevenson, 9. Lomachenko, 10 bivol

baron: 1. crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence 4. alvarez, 5. beterbiev, 6. Usik, 7. Anger, 8th. stevenson, 9. haney, 10 Lomachenko

Irusta: 1. Usik, 2. Anger, 3. Inoue, 4. Spence 5. crawford, 6. bivol, 7. alvarez, 8th. charlo, 9. taylor, 10 Lomachenko


ESPN Expert Poll

First place: Crawford (12), Inoue (6), Usyk (3), Spence (1)

Second place: Crawford (8), Inoue (6), Spence (3), Fury (3), Alvarez (1), Bivol (1)

Third place: Inoue (6), Spence (6), Usyk (4), Alvarez (4), Fury (2)

Fourth place: Alvarez (7), Spence (4), Usyk (4), Inoue (3), Fury (2), Crawford (1), Bivol (1)

Fifth place: Spence (6), Fury (5), Alvarez (3), Usyk (3), Beterbiev (3), Crawford (1), Inoue (1)

Sixth place: Usyk (6), Alvarez (4), Fury (4), Bivol (4), Beterbiev (2), Spence (1), Lomachenko (1)

Seventh place: Lomachenko (4), Alvarez (3), Beterbiev (3), Usyk (2), Fury (2), Stevenson (2), Charlo (2), Bivol (1), Haney (1), Davis (1), Strada (1)

Eighth place: Beterbiev (6), Stevenson (6), Bivol (3), Haney (3), Fury (1), Lomachenko (1), Davis (1), Charlo (1)

Ninth place: Lomachenko (6), Stevenson (4), Beterbiev (3), Haney (3), Charlo (3), Davis (2), Fury (1)

10th place: Haney (4), Stevenson (4), Bivol (3), Lomachenko (3), Davis (2), Taylor (2), Charlo (1), Beterbiev (1), Golovkin (1), Fulton (1)

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