Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pound-for Pound Update 12-22-2013

Adrien Broner's defeat by the hands of Marcos Maidana highlights a number of changes to the Saturday Night Boxing Top-20 Fighters list. In addition, Nonito Donaire's sluggish performance against Vic Darchinyan drops him down a few spots in the Rankings.  The major changes are below. For fighters listed, their new ranking will be in bold; their previous spot is in parenthesis.
Adrien Broner Unranked (18) Broner drops off the Rankings after his wide-decision loss to Maidana. Getting dropped twice and losing by five points on the judge's card with the closest score, Broner exits the pound-for-pound list. Although it's a quality win for Maidana, his victory doesn't place him yet in the SNB Top-20.
Nonito Donaire 14 (10) Donaire scored a ninth-round knockout of Vic Darchinyan last month, but it was a very close fight prior the knockout and Donaire performed far better against Darchinyan in 2007 than he did in 2013. Prior to the Darchinyan win, Donaire was thoroughly outboxed by Guillermo Rigondeaux. 2013 was not a strong year for Donaire, who continues to drop in the Rankings.
Shinsuke Yamanaka 20 (unranked) Yamanaka was in the SNB Rankings earlier in the year but was dropped when more deserving candidates jumped over him. Yamanaka had an impressive ninth-round victory over Alberto Guevara last month and has now defended his bantamweight title five times, including four by stoppage. He reenters the Rankings at #20.
The complete Saturday Night Boxing Top-20 follows:
  1. Floyd Mayweather
  2. Andre Ward
  3. Sergio Martinez
  4. Wladimir Klitschko
  5. Tim Bradley
  6. Juan Manuel Marquez
  7. Manny Pacquiao
  8. Guillermo Rigondeaux
  9. Carl Froch
  10. Danny Garcia
  11. Roman Gonzalez
  12. Bernard Hopkins
  13. Adonis Stevenson
  14. Nonito Donaire
  15. Anselmo Moreno
  16. Juan Estrada
  17. Takashi Uchiyama
  18. Gennady Golovkin
  19. Mikey Garcia
  20. Shinsuke Yamanaka
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