Updates, 22July 2014: *** South African Jr. Bantamweight Zolani “Last Born” Tete’s impressive showing against undefeated Teiru Kinoshita of Japan sees more than a token rise in the rankings. Members squabbled over whether he should move up less or even at all, but the majority believed that his win was enough to see him take the #3 in a relatively weak division.

Moving up a contender or escorting a fighter into contender-status after they fight/defeat an unranked fighter is a point of contention, and a reasonable one. The Transnational Rankings Board has done so with Tete and has done so before, although care is taken to consider (as we did here) the relative strength/weakness of the division and the fighter’s “current form.” If we rigidly exclude the practice, then we invite a scenario where we enter a fighter into the top-ten who was knocked out in 2 rounds by a contender (because he fought a contender), over a rising ring general who is undefeated against slightly lesser opposition. Similarly, if defeating a ranked contender is a prerequisite to advancement, then we could end up with less than ten contenders in the “top-ten.” As it is, we strive for balance between consistency and flexibility.***


The Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:

DivisionNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)Nationality
HeavyweightWladimir Klitschko61-3-0 (51)UKR
Light HeavyweightAdonis Stevenson21-1-0 (18)HAI
Super MiddleweightAndre Ward27-0-0 (14)USA
MiddleweightMiguel Cotto39-4-0 (42)PR
Junior MiddleweightFloyd Mayweather, Jr.45-0-0 (26)USA
Junior WelterweightDanny Garcia27-0-0 (16)USA
Junior FeatherweightGuillermo Rigondeaux12-0-0 (8)CUB
FlyweightAkira Yaegashi17-3-0 (9)JPN
For detailed rankings please click here. OUR MISSION:   The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board was formed in October 2012 as a not-for-profit initiative to provide boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identify the singular world champion of every division by strict reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport’s reform. Board membership includes over thirty respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world who are uncompromised by so-called sanctioning bodies and promoters.