Teofimo Lopez was in fine form on Saturday, defeating Vasyl Lomachenko by means of judges’ decision.
However, in truth he absolutely dominated the fight, which didn’t go a miss to the judges, as they scored the fight 109-119, 111-117, 112-116 all in favour of the American.
Of course, this was Lomachenko’s first fight in 14 months, so it might’ve been expected that it would have took him time to settle into the fight, which he eventually did by springing back to life in the eighth round, and winning the following rounds until the 12th.
Lopez’s victory means the pound-for-pound rankings have taken a shake up, with Lopez who wasn’t even in the top 50 before the Lomachenko fight, now comfortably sitting in third place, according to WBN.
For being only 23 years old, Lopez has had quite the career, as he is the youngest ever fighter to win four titles at one weight division.
Lopez isn’t the only fighter moving up in the rankings after its latest update either, with ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury moving up one place after his dominant display over Deontay Wilder back in February.
So, how does the top 20 pound-for-pound rankings now look?
20. Shawn Porter
‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter won his latest fight in August, defeating Sebastian Formella by unanimous decision.
19. Jose Ramirez
The current unified WBC and WBO light welterweight champion.
18. Wanheng Menayothin
The Thai boxer has held the WBC strawweight title since 2014 and has a professional record of 54-0.
17. Donnie Nietes
Nietes’ last fight was almost two years ago, as he beat Kazuto Loka on December 31, 2018.
16. Kazuto Loka
The Japanese boxer is a four-weight world champion and has held the WBO super-flyweight title since June 2019.
15. Anthony Joshua
AJ faces Kubrat Pulev next, on December 12, with AJ returning home to the O2 arena.
14. Kosei Tanaka
The Japanese boxer is a three-weight world champion, holding the WBO flyweight title since 2018, the WBO mini-flyweight title between 2015 to 2016 and the WBO junior-flyweight title between 2016-2017.
13. Mikey Garcia
The American holds an impressive record of 40 wins and one loss.
12. Leo Santa Cruz
Cruz has held multiple world championships across four different weight divisions.
11. Juan Estrada
Ranked the best active super flyweight by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
10. Oleksandr Usyk
Uysk faces Dereck Chisora next, with the fight scheduled for October 31.
9. Terence Crawford
Crawford is set to go up against Kell Brook next month.
8. Gennady Golovkin
‘Triple G’ is ranked the world’s best active middleweight by BoxRec.
7. Vasyl Lomachenko
Lomachenko drops to seventh after losing to Lopez.
6. Manny Pacquiao
‘The Pac-man’ has been heavily rumoured to fight UFC’s Conor McGregor in his next fight.
5. Errol Spence
The current unified welterweight champion, holding both the IBF and WBC titles.
4. Naoya Inoue
A current unified bantamweight champion, holding both the WBA (Super), IBF and Ring Magazine titles since 2019.
3. Teofimo Lopez
Lopez jumps to third after his impressive victory over Lomachenko.
2. Tyson Fury
Fury shocked the boxing world back in February after his dominant display over Deontay Wilder.
1. Canelo Alvarez
Ranked the world’s best active boxer by multiple sources, including BoxRec and The Ring Magazine.
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