Updates, 4 March 2014: ***The rubber match between Germany’s best Super Middleweights saw Arthur Abraham take a split decision over Robert Stieglitz and his spot in the Transnational Boxing Rankings. At Lightweight, American Terence Crawford’s current form, on display against Englishman Ricky Burns impresses the Board enough to earn an almost unanimously supported three-spot rise in the rankings, while Burns’ drop from #4 to #5 is unanimously supported. Sharif Bogere exits the rankings due to inactivity and the fact that he has no fights scheduled anytime soon. There was some disagreement among the members as to who should take the tenth spot at lightweight; Denis Shafikov, Ameth Diaz, Hank Lundy, and Emiliano Marsili were proposed but only one emerged with enough support.
A side note: Featherweight Orlando Salido’s ranking at #6 was not changed based on his win over the now 7-1 Vasyl Lomachenko. There was much talk in the media about Lomachenko’s chance to break some record by becoming “a world champion” with “the fewest number of professional bouts.” These records are meaningless when there are more belts in boxing than there are in a department store. There was plenty of reason to dispute the claim that he entered the Salido fight with a record of 1-0—There is even more reason to dispute the idea that Lomachenko would have become “a world champion” had he defeated Salido. Don’t believe the hype. Salido is the sixth-ranked featherweight in the world. Lomachenko is not ranked at this time. The division’s throne is vacant until the top two-ranked contenders fight for it.***
The Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:
|Division||Name||Record - W-L-D (KO)||Nationality|
|Heavyweight||Wladimir Klitschko||61-3-0 (51)||UKR|
|Light Heavyweight||Adonis Stevenson||21-1-0 (18)||HAI|
|Super Middleweight||Andre Ward||27-0-0 (14)||USA|
|Middleweight||Sergio Martinez||50-2-2 (28)||ARG|
|Junior Middleweight||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||45-0-0 (26)||USA|
|Junior Welterweight||Danny Garcia||27-0-0 (16)||USA|
|Junior Featherweight||Guillermo Rigondeaux||12-0-0 (8)||CUB|
|Flyweight||Akira Yaegashi||17-3-0 (9)||JPN|
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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.