Ukranian Vasyl Lomachenko silenced his critics last week when he topped Ring Maganize’s most recent list of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.
Coming off a unanimous decision win against British boxer Luke Campbell last August 31, the boxer immediately went up the rankings and has since been given the title of best boxer in the world. Prior to the fight, he held the WBO, WBA, and The Ring Lightweight titles. With the win, Lomachenko earned his fourth belt – the WBC Lightweight title.
At second place is American boxer, Terence Crawford. The 2014 Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Year last boxed in April. During that fight, he beat prominent British Amir Khan through a Technical Knock Out. However, he has not yet gotten back to the ring since then. This partially explains to why Crawford slipped down to second place. According to reports, Crawford is biding his time as he looks to match with Manny Pacquiao for his next fight. Apparently, talks have already started.
Pacquiao joins Lomachenko in the list
Hall of fame bound Manny Pacquaio has also finally returned to the list after being out of a couple of years. Accordingly, boxing’s only eight-division world champion returned with a 10th place rank this year. The BWAA “Fighter of the Decade” for 2000-2010, has been on a three-fight winning streak since July last year. Notably, at 40 years old, it would seem as if he simply gets better with age.
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Terence Crawford
- Canelo Alvarez
- Naoya Inoue
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Errol Spence, Jr.
- Gennady Golovkin
- Juan Francisco Estrada
- Mikey Garcia; and
- Manny Pacquaio