Updates, 10 December: ***Anthony Dirrell, a new contender with a familiar last name enters the super middleweight rankings with a draw against sixth-ranked Sakio Bika. James DeGale is bumped out. Nearly a decade after losing a disputed decision to Oscar De La Hoya, Germany’s Felix Sturm stops third-ranked, trick-hipped Darren Barker and takes his spot in the middleweight rankings. At Jr. middleweight, Cuban expatriate Erislandy Lara easily outboxes Austin Trout to become the number-one ranked contender. Lara claims that he is the best in the division and is calling out Canelo Alvarez (#2); we think he should aim higher… Meanwhile James Kirkland shakes off the dust and the rust of inactivity and shows the world that smooth operators aren’t the only ones worthy of a top-ten ranking. Cornelius Bundrage is bumped out. Welterweight Shawn Porter scores one for short people as he climbs all over Devon Alexander and outpunches him to take the fifth ranking. Paulie Malignaggi, the thinking man with speed, overtakes Kell Brook for the tenth spot. At Lightweight, Miguel Vazquez (3) exits for inactivity and makes room for Denis Shafikov. Featherweight Chris John is finally toppled from the top-spot by South African stylist Simpiwe Vetyeka, who dedicated his revolutionary performance to the late, great Nelson Mandela. Let’s hope that Vetyeka (#1) meets Jhonny Gonzalez (#2) next to crown the first Featherweight King since 2005.***
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.