Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pound-for-Pound Update 7-20-19

There have been a number of significant changes to the Saturday Night Boxing Pound for Pound List since the last update in April. Most notably, there's a new fighter at the top of the Rankings. Japanese dynamo Naoya Inoue has continued his impressive run of form, knocking out bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez in the second round to pick up a major title in his third weight class. In Inoue's 11 fights for major world titles, only one has even gone the distance. He moves up from #5 to the top spot.

Juan Estrada was able to defeat Srisaket Sor Rungvisai by a competitive unanimous decision, turning the tables in their rematch from early 2018. With the victory, Estrada ascends from #12 to #7 while Sor Rungvisai slides from #4 to #8. 

In another fight with significant implications on the Pound-for-Pound list, Manny Pacquiao defeated welterweight beltholder Keith Thurman to win yet another world title. With the victory, Pacquiao moves up from #15 to #10. 

So far 2019 has produced a string of notable upsets; the most striking one was Andy Ruiz's seventh-round stoppage victory over Anthony Joshua. Although Ruiz doesn't yet crack the SNB Top-20, the victory pushes Joshua out of the Rankings. He previously was #13 on the list. 

In another notable fight on the boxing calendar, Julian Williams won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Jarrett Hurd. With the defeat, Hurd drops from #14 to out of the Rankings. 

This latest update features three fighters debuting in the Rankings. Daniel Roman defeated junior featherweight titlist TJ Doheny to become a unified titleholder in the division. He enters the Rankings at #18. 

At #19, Japanese light flyweight Ken Shiro enters the Rankings. He's now defended his title six times and beaten good competition. Only one of his title defenses has gone the distance.

Wanheng Menayothin debuts in the Rankings at #20. The Thai strawweight has now made 11 defenses of his title. Much has been made of Menayothin's record (53-0), but generally his level of competition hasn't been great. However, his consistency, durability and longevity at the top of the division warrant a spot in the Rankings. 

Here is the complete Saturday Night Boxing Pound-for-Pound List: 
  1. Naoya Inoue
  2. Vasiliy Lomachenko
  3. Terence Crawford
  4. Oleksandr Usyk
  5. Saul Alvarez
  6. Gennadiy Golovkin
  7. Juan Estrada
  8. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
  9. Errol Spence
  10. Manny Pacquiao
  11. Mikey Garcia
  12. Donnie Nietes
  13. Kosei Tanaka
  14. Leo Santa Cruz
  15. Roman Gonzalez
  16. Josh Warrington 
  17. Miguel Berchelt
  18. Daniel Roman
  19. Ken Shiro
  20. Wanheng Menayothin
Adam Abramowitz is the founder and head writer of saturdaynightboxing.comHe's a member of Ring Magazine's Ring Ratings Panel and a Board Member for the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. 
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