Monday, February 6, 2017

Pound-for-Pound Update 2-6-16

Several changes have been made to the Saturday Night Boxing Pound-for-Pound List. On New Year's weekend, Naoya Inoue dominated former 115-lb. champ Kohei Kono, stopping him in the sixth round. Only 23 and with just 12 professional fights, Inoue continues his rapid ascension in the Rankings, moving up from #11 to #8.

Leo Santa Cruz earned a hard-fought majority decision victory over Carl Frampton last month to regain the featherweight title that he'd lost to Frampton in July. After their two fights, it's clear to me that both Santa Cruz and Frampton are top-20 talents in the sport. With the win, Santa Cruz reenters the Rankings at #16 while Frampton drops one spot to #17.

After a long hiatus, Mikey Garcia also rejoins the pound-for-pound list with a third-round demolishment of lightweight titleholder Dejan Zlaticanin. Garcia has now won titles in three weight divisions. Had he remained active and unbeaten during the last three years, he would rank even higher in the SNB Rankings; for now, he reenters the list at #18. With the two new additions to the Rankings, both Shinsuke Yamanaka and Rances Barthelemy exit.

The complete Saturday Night Boxing Pound-for-Pound List is below:
  1. Roman Gonzalez
  2. Andre Ward
  3. Sergey Kovalev
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Terence Crawford
  6. Gennady Golovkin
  7. Saul Alvarez
  8. Naoya Inoue
  9. Juan Estrada
  10. Tim Bradley
  11. Guillermo Rigondeaux
  12. Vasyl Lomachenko
  13. Adonis Stevenson
  14. Donnie Nietes
  15. Danny Garcia
  16. Leo Santa Cruz
  17. Carl Frampton
  18. Mikey Garcia
  19. Carlos Cuadras
  20. Keith Thurman
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