Quijano: Pound for pound rankings 2022

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Canelo’s defeat to Dmitry Bivol sent shockwaves reverberating throughout the sport. Consequently, he’s lost his top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings, but does that mean he’s not on it anymore.

Canelo’s defeat to a bigger man only demonstrates why we have these mythical rankings: We recognize that there is a reason behind having weight classes and a good big man—with everything else being equal—will almost always beat a good small man.

Here are our updated rankings:

1. Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19KOs) - Canelo’s defeat allows “The Monster” to ascend to the top spot and rightfully so. He has been nothing but excellent so far and in his last fight back in December 2021, he stopped Aran Dipaen of Thailand in eight rounds. He is scheduled to face our very own Nonito Donaire next month and this should be interesting considering that the “Filipino Flash” gave Inoue the toughest test of his career.

2. Terence Crawford (38-0, 29KOs)- Bud’s ranking finally went up after he was able to fight and defeat a marquee opponent in his division. Shawn Porter is as tough as they come but Crawford wisely defused him and stopped him in the 10th round of a tough, grueling battle.

3. Saul Alvarez (57-2, 38 KOs) - Canelo’s loss to Dmitry Bivol at light heavyweight wasn’t exactly a beatdown and he gave as good as he got. It’s just that Bivol proved to be too big and strong and understandably this took a toll on Canelo. But that doesn’t mean he’s still not one of the best. The fact that he could seamlessly move up and across weight classes proves he’s still sui generis. And he’s still the monster to beat at the 168 lb division.

4. Oleksander Usyk (19-0, 13KOs) - Usyk seemingly came out of nowhere in September of last year to score one of the biggest upsets in boxing history with a stoppage win over the hulking Anthony Joshua to annex the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight diadems. When you consider that three fights before that he was campaigning as a cruiserweight—you will appreciate why he is one of the best pound-for-pound.

5. Tyson Fury (33-0, 23KOs) - Yes, he’s big and he’s loud and he’s hilarious. But he’s also much more than that. He’s a talented heavyweight who has shown he is one of the best ring generals ever to lace on a pair of heavyweight gloves. Last month, he was beating the lights out of Dillian Whyte whom he stopped in six rounds to retain his WBC title.

6. Vasyl Lomachenko (18-2, 11KOs) - After that loss to Teofimo Lopez in October of 2020, “The Matrix” has bounced back nicely with an impressive stoppage win over Masayoshi Nakatani and a unanimous decision victory over Richard Commey.

7. Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22KOs) - Spence is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career when he defeated Yordenis Ugas in a unification bout. Spence is super-exciting to watch, as he can both box and brawl and befuddle his opponents with his hybrid style. A boxing fan’s dream is a fight with Terence Crawford and the winner of that fight can rightfully ascend to the top of these rankings.

8. Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs) You don’t knock off the erstwhile no 1 pound- for- pound fighter and not get a spot in these rankings. That he defeated Canelo was a shock to everyone. That he did so calmly and resoundingly was probably too much to take in for some. Even so, I put it all to the size difference which Bivol was able to exploit. He’s a good strong light heavyweight with solid fundamentals. Even in a rematch, I will still pick him over Canelo.

LAST ROUNDS. These are on one of my best buddies from SHS-Batch 89, Patrick Trinidad who recently celebrated his birthday, and my pretty niece, Yanna Isabelli Chanco Quijano. Happy Birthday and cheers!

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