The 20 greatest pound-for-pound boxers active today ranked by BoxRec (20-11)


The sport of boxing has always been about rankings, as they have a list of them for each division.

But, what is great about boxing is that they also have a pound-for-pound ranking as well. This pound-for-pound ranking today is brought to you by BoxRec.

BoxRec is a top boxing website that has records, and rankings about boxers from all around the world. They are also one of the leaders in the pound-for-pound ranking system, which reveals who is the best boxer at their level, as middleweights don't fight heavyweights or lightweights.

That being said, here is their list.

20. Dmitry Bivol

The WBA light heavyweight champion of the world hails from Russia, and has had multiple successful title defences, including against former champion Jean Pascal.

19. Naoya Inoue

Winner of the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series and coming from Japan, Inoue is the reigning IBF, WBA, and The Ring world bantamweight champion.

18. Arthur Beterbiev

The Russian light heavyweight boxer is the reigning WBC and IBF champion at said weight class, as he unified the two titles with his October 2019 victory over Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

17. Mikey Garcia

This American former world lightweight and junior welterweight champion is coming in at number 17 on this list. He has victories over Adrien Broner and recently Jesse Vargas in a move to welterweight.

16. Josh Taylor

The undefeated Brit is currently the unified WBA, IBF, and The Ring light welterweight champion with his win in October over Regis Progrias in the World Boxing Super Series light welterweight final.


15. Oleksandr Usyk

Usyk is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion from Ukraine, and has recently moved up to heavyweight, and is preparing for a fight with Dereck Chisora. The fight was supposed to happen in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed.

14. Keith Thurman

Thurman is an American former WBA and WBC welterweight champion, and before his recent split decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, was undefeated.

13. Callum Smith

Reigning WBA and The Ring super middleweight champion and winner of the 2018 World Boxing Super Series tournament at said weight class comes in at number 13 and hails from England. He is part of a boxing family, which has flaunted multiple boxing champions.

12. Daniel Jacobs

The "Miracle Man," who survived bone cancer, hails from the USA and is a former WBA and IBF middleweight champion. He has fought the best, such as Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, and in a close decision loss Gennady Golovkin.

11. Mairis Briedis

Latvia's own Mairis Briedis is a former WBC and the current WBO cruiserweight champion. He gave former undisputed champion Usyk all he could handle, and lost a close decision in a praised fight.

To see the top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world, click here.

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