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HEAVYWEIGHT

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionWladimir Klitschko61-3-0 (51)UKR--

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Kubrat Pulev20-0-0 (11)BUL1
2Alexander Povetkin26-1-0 (18)RUS2
3Tyson Fury22-0-0 (16)ENG3
4Tony Thompson39-4-0 (26)USA4
5Bermane Stiverne23-1-1 (20)CAN5
6Vyacheslav Glazkov17-0-1 (11)UKR6
7Deontay Wilder31-0-0 (31)USA7
8Dereck Chisora20-4-0 (13)ENG8
9Tomasz Adamek49-3-0 (29)POL9
10Steve Cunningham27-6-0 (12)USA--

CRUISERWEIGHT

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Marco Huck37-2-1 (26)GER1
2Yoan Pablo Hernandez28-1-0 (14)CUB 2
3Krzysztof Wlodarczyk48-2-1 (34)POL3
4Guillermo Jones39-3-2 (31)PAN4
5Ola Afolabi20-3-4 (9)ENG5
6Denis Lebedev25-2-0 (19)RUS6
7Thabiso Mchunu15-1-0 (10)RSA7
8Grigory Drozd38-1-0 (27)RUS8
9Ilunga Makabu15-1-0 (14)DOC9
10Pawel Kolodziej33-0-0 (18)POL10

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175lbs)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionAdonis Stevenson23-1-0 (20)HAI***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Bernard Hopkins 55-6-2 (32)USA1
2Sergey Kovalev24-0-1 (22)RUS2
3Jean Pascal29-2-1 (17)CAN3
4Chad Dawson31-3-0 (17)USA4
5Andrzej Fonfara25-2-0 (15)POL5
6Juergen Braehmer43-2-0 (32)GER7
7Beibut Shumenov14-2-0 (9)KAZ6
8Nathan Cleverly 26-1-0 (12)WAL8
9Tavoris Cloud24-2-0 (19)USA9
10Isaac Chilemba22-2-2 (9)RSA10

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (168lbs)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionAndre Ward26-0-0 (14)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Carl Froch32-2-0 (23)ENG1
2Mikkel Kessler46-3-0 (34)DEN2
3Arthur Abraham39-4-0 (28)GER3
4Robert Stieglitz46-4-0 (25)GER4
5George Groves19-1-0 (15)ENG5
6Sakio Bika32-5-3 (21)AUS6
7Anthony Dirrell26-0-1 (22)USA7
8Edwin Rodriguez24-1-0 (16)USA8
9Brandon Gonzales18-0-1 (10)USA9
10Thomas Oosthuizen22-0-2 (13)RSA10

MIDDLEWEIGHT (160LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionSergio Martinez51-2-2 (28)ARG***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Gennady Golovkin29-0-0 (26)KAZ1
2Peter Quillin31-0-0 (22)USA2
3Felix Sturm39-3-2 (18)GER3
4Daniel Geale30-2-0 (16)AUS4
5Martin Murray26-1-1 (11)ENG5
6Sam Soliman43-11-0 (18)AUS6
7Matthew Macklin30-5-0 (20)ENG7
8Marco Antonio Rubio59-6-1 (51)MEX8
9Andy Lee32-2-0 (22)IRE9
10Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam30-1-0 (18)CMR10

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (154LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionFloyd Mayweather, Jr.45-0-0 (26)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Erislandy Lara19-1-2 (12)CUB1
2Saul Alvarez43-1-1 (31)MEX2
3Carlos Molina22-5-2 (6)MEX3
4Austin Trout26-2-0 (14)USA4
5Miguel Cotto38-4-0 (31)PR5
6Demetrius Andrade20-0-0 (13)USA6
7James Kirkland32-1-0 (28)USA7
8Jermell Charlo23-0-0 (11)USA8
9Ishe Smith25-6 (11)USA9
10Sergey Rabchenko24-0-0 (18)BEL10

WELTERWEIGHT (147LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Floyd Mayweather45-0-0 (26)USA1
2Manny Pacquiao56-5-2 (38)PHI2
3Timothy Bradley31-1-0 (12)USA3
4Juan Manuel Marquez55-7-1 (40)MEX4
5Shawn Porter24-0-1 (15)USA5
6Marcos Maidana35-3-0 (31)ARG6
7Keith Thurman22-0-0 (20)USA7
8Robert Guerrero31-2-1 (18)USA8
9Devon Alexander25-2-0 (14)USA9
10Kell Brook32-0-0 (22)ENG--

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (140LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionDanny Garcia28-0-0 (16)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Lucas Matthysse34-3-0 (32)ARG1
2Ruslan Provodnikov23-2-0 (16)RUS2
3Lamont Peterson32-2-1 (16)USA3
4Amir Khan28-3-0 (19)ENG4
5Mike Alvarado34-2-0 (23)USA5
6Brandon Rios31-2-1 (23)USA6
7Mauricio Herrera24-4-0 (7)USA7
8Jesse Vargas24-0-0 (9)USA--
9Khabib Allakhverdiev19-1-0 (9)RUS9
10Zab Judah42-9-0 (29)USA8

LIGHTWEIGHT (135LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Miguel Vazquez34-3-0 (13)MEX1
2Richar Abril18-3-1 (8)CUB2
3Terence Crawford22-0-0 (16)USA3
4Raymundo Beltran28-6-1 (17)MEX4
5Ricky Burns36-3-1 (11)SCO5
6Paulus Moses33-2-0 (21)NAM6
7Yuriorkis Gamboa26-0-0 (16)CUB7
8Omar Figueroa22-0-1 (17)USA8
9Daniel Estrada32-2-1 (24)MEX9
10Hank Lundy24-3-1 (11)USA10

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (130LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Takashi Uchiyama21-0-1 (17)JPN1
2Mikey Garcia34-0-0 (28)USA2
3Argenis Mendez21-3-1 (11) DR3
4Takashi Miura 27-2-2 (20)JPN4
5Rances Barthelemy 20-0-0 (13)CUB5
6Juan Carlos Burgos30-2-2 (20)MEX6
7Roman Martinez27-2-2 (16)PR7
8Yuriorkis Gamboa 23-0-0 (16)CUB8
9Takahiro Ao25-3-1 (12)JPN9
10Diego Magdaleno24-1-0 (9)USA10

FEATHERWEIGHT (126LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Simpiwe Vetyeka26-2-0 (16)ZAF1
2Jhonny Gonzalez55-8-0 (47)MEX2
3Abner Mares26-1-1 (14)MEX3
4Evgeny Gradovich 18-0-0 (9)RUS4
5Orlando Salido41-12-2 (28)MEX5
6Javier Fortuna22-0-1 (16)DR6
7Nicholas Walters23-0-0 (19)JAM7
8Lee Selby18-1-0 (7)WLS8
9Rene Alvarado20-2-0 (14)NIC9
10Celestino Caballero37-5-0 (24)PAN10

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (122LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionGuillermo Rigondeaux13-0-0 (8)CUB***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Nonito Donaire32-2-0 (21)PHI1
2Leo Santa Cruz27-0-1 (15)MEX2
3Carl Frampton18-0-0 (13)NIR3
4Kiko Martinez30-4-0 (22)ESP4
5Scott Quigg28-0-2 (21)ENG5
6Cristian Mijares49-8-2 (24)MEX6
7Victor Terrazas37-3-1 (21)MEX7
8Vic Darchinyan39-6-1 (28)ARM8
9Fernando Montiel51-4-2 (38)MEX9
10Jeffrey Mathebula27-5-2 (14)RSA10

BANTAMWEIGHT (118LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Shinsuke Yamanaka20-0-2 (15)JPN1
2Anselmo Moreno35-2-1 (12)PAN2
3Koki Kameda32-1-0 (17)JPN3
4Hugo Ruiz34-2-0 (30)MEX4
5Jamie McDonnell23-2-1 (10)ENG5
6Joseph Agbeko29-5-0 (22)GHA6
7Julio Ceja26-1-0 (24)MEX7
8Tomoki Kameda29-0-0 (18)JAP8
9Malcolm Tunacao33-3-3 (20)PHI9
10Karim Guerfi20-3-0 (5)FRA10

JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (115LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Omar Narvaez41-1-2 (22)ARG1
2Srisaket Sor Rungvisai25-3-1 (23)THA2
3Liborio Solis16-3-1 (7)VEN3
4Kohei Kono30-8-0 (13)JPN4
5Zolani Tete18-3-0 (16)RSA5
6Felipe Orucuta29-2-0 (24)MEX6
7Arthur Villanueva25-0-0 (14)PHI7
8Carlos Cuadras29-0-0 (24)MEX8
9Daiki Kameda29-4-0 (18)JPN9
10Oleydong Sithsamerchai51-1-1 (17)THA10

FLYWEIGHT (112LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionAkira Yaegashi20-3-0 (10)JPN***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Juan Francisco Estrada25-2-0 (18)MEX1
2Moruti Mthalane30-2-0 (20)RSA2
3Brian Viloria32-4-0 (19)USA3
4Edgar Sosa49-8-0 (29)MEX4
5Juan Carlos Reveco33-1-0 (18)ARG5
6Giovani Segura32-3-1 (28)MEX6
7Toshiyuki Igarashi18-2-1 (11)JPN7
8Roman Gonzalez39-0-0 (33)NIC8
9Milan Melindo30-1-0 (12)PHI9
10Hernan Marquez 36-4-0 (26)MEX10

JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (108LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Naoya Inoue6-0-0 (5)JPN--
2Kazuto Ioka14-0-0 (9)JPN2
3Donnie Nietes32-1-4 (18)PHI3
4Adrian Hernandez29-3-1 (18)MEX1
5Johnriel Casimero19-2-0 (11)PHI4
6Pedro Guevara21-1-1 (14)MEX5
7Denver Cuello33-5-6 (21)PHI6
8Ramon Garcia Hirales20-4-1 (12)MEX7
9Moises Fuentes19-1-1 (10)MEX8
10Alberto Rossel31-8-0 (13)PER9

STRAWWEIGHT (105LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionVACANT---

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Katsunari Takayama26-6-0 (10)JPN1
2Hekkie Budler25-1-0 (8)RSA2
3Wanheng Menayothin 32-0-0 (10)THA4
4Ganigan Lopez24-5-0 (15)MEX5
5Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.14-2-0 (10)MEX6
6Carlos Buitrago 27-0-1 (16)NIC7
7Oswaldo Novoa13-4-1 (8)MEX8
8Ryuji Hara16-0-0 (10)JPN9
9Xiong Zhao Zhong 22-5-1 (12)CHN10
10 Florante Condes27-8-1 (23)PHI--

49 thoughts on “All Rankings

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  2. Here are a few things that you may want to take into consideration when doing next week’s rankings.

    Kazuto Ioka relinquished the WBA world light flyweight title on February 28 and requested that the WBA rank him at 112.

    Liborio Solis failed to make weight for his unification bout with Daiki Kameda, weighing in at 117 1/2, and has since weighed in at 124 for his bout with Alex Oloa.

    Nonito Donaire moved up to the featherweight division for his rematch with Vic Darchinyan. He weighed in at 125 1/4 for that bout. While Darchinyan has since announced he was returning to 122, Donaire is staying at 126 and will be challenging IBO champion/WBA super champion Simpiwe Vetyeka on May 31.

    Richard Abril has not fought since March 2, 2013.

    Takahiro Ao has been fighting as a lightweight since July 13, 2013. As I wrote previously, he weighed in at 135 for his July 13, 2013 bout and at 137 for his November 10, 2013 bout. Ao’s intentions are clear, resulting in him being currently ranked at 135 by all four of the major sanctioning bodies- #5 by the WBA, #6 by the WBC, #9 by the WBO, and #11 by the IBF.

    • There is no such thing in the fractured state of pro boxing as “officially” joining a weight class. So fighters should have to remain ranked at the division in which they’ve made significant accomplishments not just till they state they’re moving up, but till they prove their intention by continuing to fight at the higher weight for a fair period.

      The TBRB does too much of what you imply they should do more of: like giving Roman Gonzalez a spot at flyweight despite only fighting two tuneups at 112.

      • David,
        You have proven to be a relentless critic with adamant opinions, but let’s remember that your opinion carries no more weight than any one person’s. Considering how much of a problem you have with subjective opinion, that’s amusing. (David is a true believer in computerized ratings because he seeks to remove every hint of subjectivity from boxing rankings and treat it like tennis. Boxing ain’t tennis.) When Gonzalez entered the lower end of the Flyweight rankings in November, it was a nod to his current form. To be sure, we lend more weight to in-division accomplishments and who was beaten and we have proven it, but we do not ignore what we see. Any rankings authority that does flirts with dizzy results. Additionally, the difference between Fly and Jr. Fly is 4 lbs. This isn’t a twelve-pound lightweight to welterweight jump.

        • Additionally, Gonzalez went sniffing around flyweight as early as ’08 and Miguel Tellez and Abraham Irias. Flyweight has always been in his thinking and he’s always looked invincible there against limited opposition. 2013 was the beginning of his campaign in earnest, that’s all.

          As for David, all are welcome to make their opinions known here and that has to be stressed – but I don’t understand the mentality that makes someone follow TBRB around the internet attacking it on any grounds you can summon up. You’re doing something yourself David, these computerised rankings – that’s great. It’s also great that you chose TBR as your “seed data” for your rankings. That’s a vote of confidence if ever i’ve seen one.

          But it will be three years before we see any action with these rankings by your own admission. Why you would feel the need to persistently attempt to vandalise our work in the interim seems mean-spirited and ill-natured. Undoubtedly you will attract your own vandals when you finally do release some work.

          Still, as you will find yourself in time, these people keep you sharp.

    • We’re monitoring it, Ken, thank you. Remember though, we follow the charter in order to remain as consistent as we can. The charter speaks on division movements but requires that a fight happens in the new division that isn’t simply a foray or an over-the-weight/stay-busy bout.

      After Ioka’s next fight in May, if his “intention of staying in the division remains” he will be removed from Jr. Fly.

      Solis will unlikely fight at Jr. Bantam again. We will see what he does next and see if there is an announcement following.

      Donaire’s team said that he will not return to 122 back in the fall, but on 11/9, Donaire said he wanted a Rigo rematch, so we didn’t take away his ranking at Jr. Feather. After he fights Vetyeka, look for him to move out -unless he loses big and says he wants to retreat back at Jr. Feather.

      Abril had a fight scheduled for this month, got injured in February, and the word we had was that the fight would happen in April. If we don’t find that it has been officially scheduled, he’ll have to exit for inactivity.

      Ao has announced his next fight –against lightweight Marco Lopez. That points toward his “intention” all right. Look for his exit from Jr. LW immediately after April 23 if not before. We could have probably gotten him out in November, sure, or even in January as Takahiro Onaga recommended, but his previous two bouts looked like over-the-weight bouts and we wanted to be sure.

  3. In your lightweight rankings you have Daniel Estrada at #10 and no Miguel Vasquez. Vasquez has a the IBF belt and has fought better competition than Estrada. Why the omission of Vasquez?

    • The belts are ignored as if they do not exist by the Transnational Boxing Rankings, Noah. There are a dozen reasons why the profiteers and their trick titles should be chased out of the sport and not one good one supporting them. They are leeches; that is all. Vazquez has not earned the status of true champion yet. That status is not conferred by the IBF’s decision to choose two lightweights to make-pretend they are fighting for the divisional crown so that the IBF can justify taking a % out of two purses. We reject such claims -and it isn’t because we want “our belts” to bring us profit. We have no belts and make 0 profit. Vazquez was, however, ranked #2 in the world until December 10th, when he exited after one year’s inactivity (see “Charter” tab). If he looks good against Shafikov (#8) on Feb 22nd, look for him to move back in.

  4. Takahiro Ao (Aoh) has moved up to the lightweight division. He weighed 135 for his 7/13/13 KO-2 over Hardy Paredes and 137 for his 11/10/13 KO-1 over Edgar Lomeli.

    Tepparith Kokietgym (AKA Tepparith Singwancha) has moved up to the bantamweight division and, in his last two bouts, has won regional titles at 118- the WBC’s Asian Boxing Council’s Continental title and the WBA-affiliated PABA title.

    Nkosinathi Joyi has moved up to the junior flyweight division. He knocked out Benezer Alolod in the ninth round on August 31 to win the WBC International light flyweight title and will be fighting for the vacant IBO world junior flyweight title on February 1.

    Ryo Miyazaki voluntarily relinquished the WBA world minimumweight title to return to the junior flyweight division. He’ll be fighting as a junior flyweight on December 31.

    • You will see Tepparith and Solis moved out of their present rankings this week. Ao had two bouts at lightweight against lightweights, but neither were for a trick title. We make allowances for over-the-weight bouts. We are looking for an announcement now, because if Ao announced that he will be campaigning at lightweight, then he will be removed from his current spot too. As for Joyi, he will likely be moved after his second bout at Jr. fly, as per the charter. Ryo has made an announcement, and so look for him to moved out of the strawweight rankings next week, as per the charter. Good eye, Ken.

      • Ao has officially joined the Lightweight rankings. Him and Linares (both of Teiken) are going to be in the Lightweight division in an attempt to become 3 weight world champions.

        Likewise Hozumi Hasegawa is dropping to Super Bantamweight for his fight with Kiko Martinez.

        Koki Kameda has dropped his Bantamwieight title to campaign at Super Flyweight. I know he’s not fought there (yet) but the intention is a pretty clear one based on him vacating his title.

        As for Ryo Miyazaki things are more complex. His struggles at 108 may see him moving to 112 sooner rather than later.

        Keep up the work guys.
        Taka.

    • Rosado has been vague about his intentions, but we decided before the Quillin fight not to wait on him any longer and are in process of discussing his replacement. Stay tuned, this week’s rankings will be published in a few hours.

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  6. I know some champions from OPBF are ranked in the top ten in some international organizations; will the lower ranked fighters (maybe 7 or lower) on these rankings have the option to take a match with those fighters as well? I guess what I’m trying to ask is will your system give opportunities to national champions or champions from regional organizations a chance to get onto the international stage

    • Our system is a system at this time; in other words, we are not a sanctioning body collecting fees from boxer’s purses. We do our best to offer fans rankings that are not compromised by conflicts of interest or profit motives and that are compiled by representatives of as many countries as we can muster up. And we point toward what we, as purists, hold are the true champions amid the seventy-eight claimants with belts. The fans are free to decide for themselves whether our rankings, rankings system and mission statement are good ones. At this time, we have vacant thrones in nine divisions. If the two top-ranked contenders in those divisions fight, the winner will assume one of the nine vacant thrones. We do our best to include deserving fighters from all over the world but we pay no attention to where said fighters are ranked, if at all, by any sanctioning body.

      • That definitely sounds preferable to the current situation of the sport. I look forward to that kind of system becoming the standard for boxing, and thanks for the quick reply.

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  8. Adrien Broner is scheduled to fight his 2nd consecutive bout at welterweight on Dec. 14th. At what point will he be dropped from the lightweight rankings?

  9. As a person very interested in Boxing world rankings, and the politics surrounding it, I feel TBRB is a shining light in a very dark place…albeit currently a small one. I’ve followed the TBRB rankings almost religiously since i’ve seen them online. I was one of the few who argued Wlad and Floyd may not be the true champions of their divisions (Welter and Heavy weights) contrary to popular belief. I also see the RING as compromised, and share the exact same belief that the WBA and WBC are “hopelessly corrupt”.

    The policy of dropping contenders but not champions seems unfair, but I guess there’s some logic behind it. You do get the feeling that perhaps their spot is being held hostage a little bit given they are held to a different standard. After all, the fighter who the champion beat for his spot, also faced the best. The one big thing I can’t agree with you all on, is dropping contenders when they have a fight scheduled in that weight class. I can’t see the logic in that one. Had they been inactive for a year, and have no fight scheduled, I could understand. David Haye is scheduled to fight, he is active in that regard. It reminds me of the fiasco with Pablo Hernandez – given a RING belt in a rematch of a fight he already won, because of technicalities (Huck challenging Povetkin). It feels like Haye’s rank being dropped here is somewhat of the same calibre.

    Hope TBRB picks up more in the future, the sport definitely needs it.
    Liam

    • First off, thank you for supporting what we are trying to do. We know that serious fans like you who see through nonsense are our best chance and strongest allies.

      Let us see if we can put you at ease about the positions we hold that are concerning you. Many years ago, Nigel Collins and other purists strongly criticized the practice of stripping champions. That position was really a reflection of a much older value that began with the modern era (which was really circa 1920 and New York’s “Walker Law,” which ushered in the sports organization –official decisions by licensed officials and official weight divisions, and so on. Before that, it was a challenge to identify just who the true divisional champions were, much like it is today; which is to say boxing has regressed). You are right as to the “different standard” for champions regarding inactivity -a champion is more than a contender and the fact that he has fought his way onto a throne has a certain gravitas we want to honor. We like to think that not applying the one-year inactivity clause to them makes sense. I’m sure that no one would support the idea of Andre Ward being stripped by us as he was by the WBC. The upshot is this –we want to be very careful about getting involved in the practice of stripping champions. We have respect for the divisional thrones. The real ones. We don’t care about the belts. I strip my belt off every night before bed. Now, if, in time, boxing gets off the ropes and sees how much more sense boxing made during its golden era and banishes the tin-can racketeers that make a mess of the sport, it might be a good thing to demand that champions abide by a set of expectations. But right now, we lack the authority.

      The inactivity clause applies to contenders (and as you know, any top-ten fighter not recognized by us as the divisional champion is a “contender.” Again, in the golden era, that designation carried much status). The inactivity clause says as follows:

      “In those instances where a contender is inactive for one year or more, he will be removed from the rankings until such time as he fights and earns back a place in the top ten. Exceptions for medical issues will be considered.”

      Once Haye passed his one-year mark last July , we considered the fact that he had a fight scheduled in September and refrained from removing him from the rankings. This postponement changed things. Haye’s backing out of fights, as you know, is not exactly uncommon. He backed out of the Klitschko fight in ’09 and the Manuel Charr fight just this past May. Given his history, it would be folly to bet that he will not be injured yet again before February, and however you look it, by the time he finally fights in February 2014, it will have been 19 months since he last stepped into the ring.

      Rest assured that we are doing our best to be fair and as consistent as possible without being rigid. The fact that none of us will see a nickel no matter who is ranked or who is on the throne is further reassurance, we hope.

      Again, thank you Liam.

  10. Robert Helenius stays in the HW top 10 while the guy who was robbed against him, Dereck Chisora has beaten Malik Scott and then Edmund Gerber to become European Champion. He deserves that No.10 spot more.

  11. “In those instances where a contender is inactive for one year or more, he will be removed from the rankings…”

    What about for a champion? How long can he be inactive without being stripped? Andre Ward has been inactive for a year now, and has no fights scheduled either.

    • You are astute enough to see our reluctance about getting into the business of stripping champions. Eventually, we’ll probably come up with something, but for now, the inactivity clause applies to contenders only. Divisional champions earn their thrones the hard way -we want to respect that as much as possible.

  12. Raul Garcia, #6 minimumweight, has not fought at minimumweight since August of 2011……why is he still ranked there?

    Ulises Solis is also strangely ranked very high at #3 Light Flyweight, when he hasn’t fought at Light Flyweight since August of 2011…

    • Hi there. Thanks for your comment.

      One Ulises Solis: More than one full year out of the the two year period you’re talking about, Solis was sidelined by injury. He wasn’t in our rankings in Oct. 2012 as a result. However, when he returned to the ring the next month, he did so at 113 and had stated his intention to try to re-win his junior flyweight belt, so we re-installed him at a fairly high spot. Then, instead, he took on the Edgar Sosa fight at fly. Because it was not totally clear whether he would stay at 112 at move back down to 108, as originally intended, I think we were fine to keep him in the 108 rankings.

      On Raul Garcia: He has been a not infrequent point of debate in the forums. We decided that because some of those fights were clearly over-the-limit fights to stay busy — a pretty common activity among the lower weight classes — and because his one fight against a junior fly contender was possibly an experiment, to let him stay at straw, but that he was on thin ice.

  13. In my day there were only 8 weight classifications-15 rounds and 8 Junior weight classifications-12 rounds—now we have a multiple of alphabet titles fighting only 12 rounds—4 per each weight which is confusing since if you want to be recognized as a “complete” champion in a single weight division you have to win all 4 title belts—while the “Sanctioning Bodies” are making a lot of money—Example both: Klitschko Brothers–Vitali and Wladimir “own” all of the heavyweight belts—Wladimir-3 & Vitali-1. We also have the “4 letter” titles which makes a fighter a “World Champion” but fighting only 10 rounds. When will it end? Who knows! It may “look corrupt”—but nowadays compared to yesteryear the fighter actually is making more money and is recognized as a Champion and could “command” champion purses in this Brutal Hurt Business, and they deserve it—they “bleed” for it. Promoters don’t get hurt it is the fighter so they deserve as much money as they can make—”Bogus Title or Not”. There should be a “Global Boxing Commission” to rank the fighters worldwide, but that will “NEVER HAPPEN” everyone wants to protect it’s own “cash cows”, there is lot of money in boxing.

    • Sure Eric. Floyd became the welterweight champion after defeating Carlos Baldomir in ’06. He retired on 6 June 2008 and thus abdicated that throne. We don’t keep the seat warm. Once a champion announces his retirement, the throne is vacant and can only be filled after our #1 fights our #2. Before October 2012 (when our inaugural rankings were published), we defer to The Ring’s ratings to determine the #1 and #2. We don’t follow along their track though, since there were times that they went with their #1 vs. #3 or what have you and proclaimed a “Ring champion.” We don’t and won’t do that.

      Floyd has yet to face the next best-ranked welterweight and therefore cannot be the true champion of that division until he does.

  14. Why would u rank Lucas Matthysse higher than Danny Garcia? He’s the welterweight champion and he’s beaten 2 of your top 10 ranked fighters. Lucas lost to Zab. Smh..

    • Danny Garcia is the “Jr. welterweight champion” according to the historically and hopelessly corrupt WBC and WBA, and the loose and compromised championship policy of The Ring. Our throne is vacant until #1 Matthysse faces #2 Garcia. As to Matthysse being over Garcia in the rankings, your problem with it is shared by more than a few members of the Board. That change happened after Matthysse destroyed Lamont Peterson. Before that, Garcia was #1. Their records at 140 are close, but Matthysse hasn’t gone the distance in over two years because he’s rolling over everyone; and keep in mind how close those losses to Alexander and Judah were. Many believe that Matthysse won both of those fights. Had we been operating when those fights happened, the official decisions may have been at risk of getting overruled by the robbery clause in our charter.

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