Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Dmitry Bivol bounces Vasiliy Lomachenko out of Top 10

Dmitry Bivol, of Kyrgyzstan, hits Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, during a light heavyweight title fight, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Dmitry Bivol has his sights setting on an undisputed title bout against Artur Beterbiev in 2023. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Dmitry Bivol’s dominant win over Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, coupled with his victory in May over Canelo Alvarez, was enough to earn himself a spot at No. 9 in the Yahoo Sports’ boxing Top 10 pound-for-pound ranking.

It came at the expense of No. 10 Vasiliy Lomachenko, who defeated Jamaine Ortiz but had his struggles in the fight. Gervonta Davis was No. 9, but he dropped to 10th to make room for Bivol. Bivol has beaten considerably better opposition than has Davis and that was a significant factor in the rankings.

There is a hot competition for the last few spots in the Top 10. Those who didn’t make it but are very close are Lomachenko, unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, undisputed super welterweight champion Jermall Charlo, unified super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton and WBO super flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka.

We favor activity and performance against other highly regarded fighters, and that often plays a difference in both the order a fighter is ranked and on one just missing the Top 10. As a result, Beterbiev didn’t make it despite holding three of the four light heavyweight belts and an 18-0 record with 18 KOs. He has fought only once this year, albeit in a devastating fashion as he knocked out WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. to win that belt. Similarly, Charlo holds the undisputed title at super welterweight, but he’s only fought once a year in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The top eight spots are pretty solid, and it would take a disastrous effort for one of those to fall out of the Top 10. But with numerous fighters in contention for the bottom two, there is the possibility of regular movement in spots 9 and 10.

Boxing pound-for-pound rankings as of Nov. 14

  1. Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs), WBO welterweight champion. Previous Ranking: 1

  2. Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs), IBF-WBA-WBC bantamweight champion. PR: 2

  3. Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight champion. PR: 3

  4. Canelo Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), Undisputed super middleweight champion. PR: 4

  5. Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs), IBF-WBA-WBC welterweight champion. PR: 5

  6. Shakur Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs), Lightweight contender. PR: 6

  7. Devin Haney (29-0, 15 KOs), undisputed lightweight champion. PR: 7

  8. Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs), WBC heavyweight champion. PR: 8

  9. Dmitry Bivol (21-0), 11 KOs, WBA light heavyweight champion. Previously unranked

  10. Gervonta Davis, (27-0, 25 KOs), WBA "regular" lightweight champion. PR: 9