Canelo, Fury, Crawford: Who's the greatest pound-for-pound boxer today?


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez proved his worth as world boxing’s biggest box office attraction on Saturday night. More than 73,000 fans packed into Texas’ AT&T Stadium to watch the Mexican superstar stop Billy Joe Saunders after eight rounds.

The attendance marked a new US record for an indoor boxing event – and was also one of the largest gatherings for a sporting event anywhere in the world since the pandemic hit.

Following Canelo’s victory over Saunders, GIVEMESPORT has ranked the top 15 fighters on the planet at present. Alvarez is a major ticket seller, but is he the sport’s pound-for-pound best between the ropes?

GIVEMESPORT’s Top 15 Pound-for-Pound Boxers in the World

15. Oscar Valdez

14. Juan Francisco Estrada

13. Vasyl Lomachenko

12. Jermall Charlo

11. Gennady Golovkin

10. Artur Beterbiev

9. Oleksandr Usyk

8. Anthony Joshua

7. Tyson Fury

6. Teofimo Lopez Jr

5. Errol Spence Jr


The 31-year-old American is the current holder of both the WBC and IBF welterweight world championships. Spence Jr is unbeaten in 27 fights, with wins to his name over the likes of Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. ‘

The Truth’ wants to add more top-tier victories to his record – and likely would have done so had it not been for injuries sustained in an October 2019 car accident, which kept him out of the ring for over a year.

Now that he has recovered, fans want to see Spence Jr mix it up with fellow 147-pound champion Terence Crawford.

4. Terence Crawford


Speaking of the reigning WBO welterweight king, Crawford himself is also unbeaten in his professional campaign.

The 33-year-old has more experience than Spence Jr (having fought 37 times), but still lacks a true career-defining fight. Having held world titles in three different weight classes, though, ‘Bud’ has more than proven he is one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best.

A victory over Spence Jr in a massive unification bout would see Crawford climb even higher on future editions of this list.

3. Naoya Inoue


If this list was being put together based on the pound-for-pound most powerful boxers, then Inoue would be a serious contender for the top spot.

He goes by the alias of ‘The Monster’ – and with good reason. Inoue might only be a bantamweight, but he has shown he can close the show at a moment’s notice. Of his 20 career victories, only three have gone the scheduled distance.

The unified world champion has a stunning highlight reel. At just 28 years old, he has plenty of time to add to his legacy of destruction too.

2. Josh Taylor


Scotland’s Taylor might only have had 17 fights as a professional, but he already has two versions of the super lightweight world championship to his name – and is looking to add to that haul later this month.

‘The Tartan Tornado’ entered the paid ranks in 2015 and has rarely been troubled. Taylor has stopped all but four of his opponents. His win over Regis Prograis is the current highlight of a spotless career.

However, the 30-year-old meets fellow world champion Jose Carlos Ramirez in just a couple of weeks. Their Las Vegas clash will determine the undisputed super lightweight champion. If Taylor can emerge victorious, it will be a magnificent achievement for a fighter with only 18 bouts under his belt.

1. Canelo Alvarez


It is hard to explain just how brilliant the career of Canelo has been. Despite turning professional in 2005, Alvarez is still only 30 years old.

During his 59-fight career, Canelo has won world championships in no less than four different weight classes – defeating some of boxing’s best fighters in the process. The frightening part is that he seems to be getting better.

Alvarez looks right at home in the super middleweight division, where he literally broke the face of Saunders this weekend.

The one loss on Canelo’s record came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr, who will go down as an all-time great in the sport. Mayweather had too much experience for a young Alvarez back in September 2013. On current form, it is tough to see how anyone else will be able to inflict a loss on Canelo.

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