Golovkin beat Canelo both times and is still pound-for-pound king
Gennady Golovkin beat Canelo Alvarez both times in my eyes and remains pound-for-pound king… heavyweight star Anthony Joshua deserves a spot in the top 10 too!
- Gennady Golovkin beat Canelo Alvarez both times in my eyes and is still the best
- Never mind what others say, Golovkin should remain installed at the pinnacle
- The Ring and Boxing Writers of America have Vasyl Lomachanko as their No 1
- Anthony Joshua is not in either of their top 10 rankings, but deserves to a spot
According to The Ring magazine the pound-for-pound king of prize-fighting right now is Vasyl Lomachenko, the Ukrainian amateur maestro who has won world titles in three divisions in his first 12 professional fights and is currently the unified world lightweight champion.
Who am I to argue with the bible of boxing?
Well, this columnist is one of countless devotes of the hardest game who do not believe that Gennady Golovkin lost either of the two fights against Canelo Alvarez which ended up with him being robbed in Sin City of the unified world middleweight championship.
Gennady Golovkin was robbed twice against Canelo Alvarez and is still pound-for-pound king
Canelo got the decision the second time around against Golovkin after drawing the first fight
Nor do I subscribe to the view that in this era of a booming renaissance for British prize-fighting not one of our world champions is worthy of a place in the top 10.
So for once, yours truly is at odds with The Ring at both the top and the bottom of their pound-for-pound ranking.
By rights Golovkin should still hold an unblemished winning record and remain installed at the pinnacle of the hardest game.
If that holds true he should not have been surpassed in various top-10 listings, Ring’s included, by Lomachenko, undefeated world welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Alvarez.
The Ring and Boxing Writers of America named Vasyl Lomachenko as the best in the world
Three-weight world champion Terence Crawford is also above Golovkin in both rankings
He would be likely to prove as much if Canelo bows to popular demand for a trilogy fight before Triple G reaches an age at which he can apply for his bus pass. Which, I fear, is not likely to happen.
In keeping Alvarez below Golovkin, I do not go so far as the Boxing Writers Association of America in dropping Canelo down to ninth in their calculations for this mythical honour. For me, he still squeaks into the top five.
But the depths to which my US colleagues have elected to relegate him emphasises the iniquity of the judging of those two fights in Las Vegas.
POUND FOR POUND RANKINGS
1) Gennady Golovkin 2) Vasyl Lomachenko 3) Terence Crawford 4) Oleksandr Usyk 5) Canelo Alvarez 6) Naoya Inoue 7) Mikey Garcia 8) Errol Spence Jr 9) Anthony Joshua 10) Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
1) Lomachenko 2) Crawford 3) Canelo 4) Golovkin 5) Usyk 6) Inoue 7) Garcia 8) Srisaket 9) Spence Jr 10) Donnie Nietes
BOXING WRITERS Ass. Of AMERICA
1) Lomanchenko 2) Crawford 3) Golovkin 4) Garcia 5) Spence 6) Inoue 7) Srisaket 8) Usyk 9) Canelo 10) Joshua
As for the best of the British, the neglect of Anthony Joshua, who just happens to be the undefeated holder of all but one of the world heavyweight alpha-belts, is no more acceptable just because they omit his American alter-ego Deontay Wilder, who is about to defend his WBC title against Tyson Fury.
And however you juggle the pound-for-pound pack there should be consideration also of Callum Smith, whose stoppage of George Groves in Saudi Arabia installed him as the No 1 super-middleweight.
As it happens, the youngest and best of the fighting family Smith probably needs a defence or unification fight to climb onto even my ladder, but if we were allowed a dozen he would be in.
Unified heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua also deserves a spot in pound-for pound top 10
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