Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pound-for-Pound Update 8-27-13

With Abner Mares getting knocked out in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez, the Saturday Night Boxing Top-20 Fighters list has undergone a series of changes. Mares exits the Rankings and Lucas Matthysse moves into the SNB pound-for-pound list for the first time.
Abner Mares: Ultimately, boxers getting iced in the first round against only decent opposition do not remain in the SNB Top-20 Fighters list. This isn't Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out by an elite talent (I might add that Pacquiao also had considerable success earlier in the fight). Mares was uncompetitive against Gonzalez and even though he has a strong pedigree, the wipeout loss warrants his removal from the Rankings. Gonzales lost last year to Daniel Ponce de Leon and his current resume, although distinguished, does not place him on the SNB Top-20 Fighters list.
Lucas Matthysse: With Mares exiting the Rankings, Lucas Matthysse enters the list at #20.  Matthysse has knocked out his last six opponents dating back to 2011, including titlist Lamont Peterson. In addition, his two losses in the division (against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander) were both debatable and in the case of Alexander, highly controversial.
All of the fighters beneath Mares, who was at #8, move up a spot in the Rankings. Here is the current Saturday Night Boxing Top-20 Fighters list:  
  1. Floyd Mayweather
  2. Andre Ward
  3. Juan Manuel Marquez
  4. Sergio Martinez
  5. Manny Pacquiao
  6. Wladimir Klitschko
  7. Guillermo Rigondeaux
  8. Carl Froch
  9. Vitali Klitschko
  10. Nonito Donaire
  11. Tim Bradley
  12. Roman Gonzalez
  13. Bernard Hopkins
  14. Anselmo Moreno
  15. Juan Estrada
  16. Danny Garcia
  17. Saul Alvarez
  18. Takashi Uchiyama
  19. Adrien Broner
  20. Lucas Matthysse 
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