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HEAVYWEIGHT

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionWladimir Klitschko62-3-0 (52)UKR***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Kubrat Pulev20-0-0 (11)BUL1
2Alexander Povetkin27-1-0 (19)RUS2
3Tyson Fury22-0-0 (16)ENG3
4Bermane Stiverne24-1-1 (21)CAN4
5Carlos Takam30-1-1 (33)CMR5
6Vyacheslav Glazkov17-0-1 (11)UKR6
7Deontay Wilder31-0-0 (31)USA7
8Dereck Chisora20-4-0 (13)ENG8
9Tomasz Adamek49-3-0 (29)POL9
10Tony Thompson39-5-0 (26)USA10

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 Wlodarczyk49-2-1 (35)POL3
4Ola Afolabi20-3-4 (9)ENG4
5Denis Lebedev25-2-0 (19)RUS5
6Thabiso Mchunu16-1-0 (11)RSA6
7Grigory Drozd38-1-0 (27)RUS7
8Ilunga Makabu16-1-0 (15)DOC8
9Pawel Kolodziej33-0-0 (18)POL9
10Youri Kalenga20-1-0 (13)DRC10

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175lbs)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionAdonis Stevenson24-1-0 (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
4Andrzej Fonfara25-3-0 (15)POL4
5Juergen Braehmer44-2-0 (32)GER5
6Beibut Shumenov14-2-0 (9)KAZ6
7Tavoris Cloud24-2-0 (19)USA7
8Isaac Chilemba22-2-2 (9)RSA8
9Eleider Alvarez15-0-0 (8)COL9
10Thomas Williams, Jr.17-0-0 (12)USA10

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (168lbs)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionAndre Ward27-0-0 (14)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Carl Froch33-2-0 (24)ENG1
2Arthur Abraham40-4-0 (28)GER2
3Robert Stieglitz46-4-0 (25)GER3
4Sakio Bika32-5-3 (21)AUS4
5George Groves19-2-0 (15)ENG5
6James DeGale18-1-0 (12)ENG6
7Anthony Dirrell26-0-1 (22)USA7
8Edwin Rodriguez24-1-0 (16)USA8
9Thomas Oosthuizen22-0-2 (13)RSA9
10J'Leon Love18-0-0 (10)USA10

MIDDLEWEIGHT (160LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionMiguel Cotto39-4-0 (32)PR***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Gennady Golovkin29-0-0 (26)KAZ1
2Peter Quillin31-0-0 (22)USA2
3Sergio Martinez51-3-2 (28)ARG3
4Sam Soliman44-11-0 (18)AUS4
5Daniel Geale30-2-0 (16)AUS5
6Martin Murray28-1-1 (12)ENG6
7Felix Sturm39-4-2 (18)GER7
8Matthew Macklin30-5-0 (20)ENG8
9Marco Antonio Rubio59-6-1 (51)MEX9
10Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam30-1-0 (18)CMR10

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (154LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionFloyd Mayweather, Jr.46-0-0 (26)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Saul Alvarez44-1-1 (31)MEX1
2Erislandy Lara19-2-2 (12)CUB2
3Carlos Molina22-5-2 (6)MEX3
4Austin Trout26-2-0 (14)USA4
5Miguel Cotto39-4-0 (32)PR5
6Demetrius Andrade21-0-0 (14)USA6
7James Kirkland32-1-0 (28)USA7
8Jermell Charlo24-0-0 (11)USA8
9Ishe Smith26-6 (12)USA9
10Sergey Rabchenko25-0-0 (18)BEL10

WELTERWEIGHT (147LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
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RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Floyd Mayweather46-0-0 (26)USA1
2Manny Pacquiao56-5-2 (38)PHI2
3Timothy Bradley31-1-0 (12)USA3
4Juan Manuel Marquez56-7-1 (40)MEX4
5Marcos Maidana35-4-0 (31)ARG5
6Shawn Porter24-0-1 (15)USA6
7Keith Thurman23-0-0 (21)USA7
8Devon Alexander26-2-0 (14)USA8
9Kell Brook32-0-0 (22)ENG9
10Amir Khan29-3-0 (19)ENG10

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (140LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Lucas Matthysse35-3-0 (33)ARG1
2Lamont Peterson32-2-1 (16)USA2
3Chris Algieri20-0-0 (8)USA3
4Mauricio Herrera21-4-0 (7)USA4
5Ruslan Provodnikov23-3-0 (16)RUS5
6Mike Alvarado34-3-0 (23)USA6
7Brandon Rios31-2-1 (23)USA7
8Jessie Vargas24-0-0 (9)USA8
9Khabib Allakhverdiev19-1-0 (9)RUS9
10Viktor Postol26-0-0 (11)UKR10

LIGHTWEIGHT (135LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Terence Crawford24-0-0 (17)USA1
2Miguel Vazquez34-3-0 (13)MEX2
3Raymundo Beltran29-6-1 (17)MEX3
4Dejan Zlaticanin19-0-0 (13)MNE4
5Paulus Moses33-2-0 (21)NAM5
6Sharif Bogere25-1-0 (17)UGA6
7Yuriorkis Gamboa23-1-0 (16)CUB7
8Ricky Burns36-4-1 (11)SCO8
9Omar Figueroa23-0-1 (17)USA9
10Petr Petrov35-4-2 (17)RUS10

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
3Rances Barthelemy 21-0-0 (13)CUB3
4Takashi Miura 27-2-2 (20)JPN4
5Argenis Mendez21-3-1 (11) DR5
6Juan Carlos Burgos30-2-2 (20)MEX6
7Roman Martinez27-2-2 (16)PR7
8Diego Magdaleno26-1-0 (10)USA8
9Bryan Vasquez33-1-0 (17)CRC9
10Francisco Vargas20-1-0 (14)MEX10

FEATHERWEIGHT (126LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Jhonny Gonzalez56-8-0 (47)MEX1
2Nonito Donaire33-2-0 (21)PHI2
3Simpiwe Vetyeka26-3-0 (16)ZAF3
4Evgeny Gradovich 19-0-0 (9)RUS4
5Nicholas Walters24-0-0 (20)JAM5
6Abner Mares27-1-1 (14)MEX6
7Orlando Salido41-12-2 (28)MEX7
8Vasyl Lomachenko2-1-0 (1)UKR8
9Lee Selby19-1-0 (7)WLS9
10Celestino Caballero37-5-0 (24)PAN10

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (122LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionGuillermo Rigondeaux14-0-0 (9)CUB***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Leo Santa Cruz27-0-1 (15)MEX1
2Carl Frampton18-0-0 (13)NIR2
3Kiko Martinez31-4-0 (23)ESP3
4Scott Quigg28-0-2 (21)ENG4
5Victor Terrazas37-3-1 (21)MEX5
6Fernando Montiel51-4-2 (38)MEX6
7Jeffrey Mathebula27-5-2 (14)RSA7
8Chris Avalos24-2-0 (18)USA8
9Andres Gutierrez29-0-1 (22)MEX9
10Shingo Wake17-4-2 (10)JPN10

BANTAMWEIGHT (118LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Shinsuke Yamanaka21-0-2 (16)JPN1
2Anselmo Moreno35-2-1 (12)PAN2
3Tomoki Kameda30-0-0 (19)JPN3
4Koki Kameda32-1-0 (17)JPN4
5Jamie McDonnell24-2-1 (11)ENG5
6Hugo Ruiz34-2-0 (30)MEX6
7Joseph Agbeko29-5-0 (22)GHA7
8Julio Ceja27-1-0 (25)MEX8
9Zhanat Zhakiyanov22-1-0 (15)KAZ9
10Alejendro Hernandez28-10-2 (15)MEX10

JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (115LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Omar Narvaez42-1-2 (23)ARG1
2Carlos Cuadras30-0-0 (24)MEX2
3Zolani Tete19-3-0 (16)RSA6
4Srisaket Sor Rungvisai27-4-1 (25)THA3
5Liborio Solis17-3-1 (8)VEN4
6Kohei Kono30-8-0 (13)JPN5
7Felipe Orucuta29-2-0 (24)MEX7
8Arthur Villanueva25-0-0 (14)PHI8
9Daiki Kameda29-4-0 (18)JPN9
10McJoe Arroyo15-0-0 (8)PR10

FLYWEIGHT (112LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Juan Francisco Estrada26-2-0 (19)MEX1
2Moruti Mthalane30-2-0 (20)RSA2
3Brian Viloria34-4-0 (20)USA3
4Edgar Sosa50-8-0 (30)MEX4
5Juan Carlos Reveco34-1-0 (18)ARG5
6Giovani Segura32-3-1 (28)MEX6
7Toshiyuki Igarashi18-2-1 (11)JPN7
8Roman Gonzalez39-0-0 (33)NIC8
9Amnat Ruenroeng13-0-0 (5)THA9
10McWilliams Arroyo15-1-0 (13)PR10

JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (108LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Naoya Inoue6-0-0 (5)JPN1
2Donnie Nietes33-1-4 (19)PHI2
3Adrian Hernandez29-3-1 (18)MEX3
4Johnriel Casimero20-2-0 (12)PHI4
5Pedro Guevara22-1-1 (14)MEX5
6Ramon Garcia Hirales20-4-1 (12)MEX6
7Moises Fuentes19-2-1 (10)MEX7
8Alberto Rossel32-8-0 (13)PER8
9Rey Loreto18-13-0 (10)PHI9
10Jonathan Taconing19-2-1 (16)PHI10

STRAWWEIGHT (105LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
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RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Hekkie Budler26-1-0 (9)RSA1
2Katsunari Takayama27-6-0 (10)JPN2
3Wanheng Menayothin 35-0-0 (11)THA3
4Ganigan Lopez24-5-0 (15)MEX4
5Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.14-2-0 (10)MEX5
6Carlos Buitrago 27-0-1 (16)NIC6
7Oswaldo Novoa14-4-1 (9)MEX7
8Ryuji Hara18-0-0 (10)JPN8
9Xiong Zhao Zhong 23-5-1 (13)CHN9
10 Merlito Sabillo23-1-1 (12)PHI10

58 thoughts on “All Rankings

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  2. Crawford at number one seems undeserved and reminds me of how Vazquez keeps getting overlooked. Crawford’s two best wins at 135 are Burns, who has looked pretty poor in his last four outings and is therefore a win which should not have too much weight behind it, and Gamboa, a good but not great win. Gamboa looked the part at 126 but has struggled since moving up. He has also been inactive. How that trumps Vazquez’s 6 title defenses and 7-0 record in title fights feels like a stretch.

    • Well, we don’t acknowledge “title defenses” as anything more than a top contender staying active. You, I think I’d rightly assume, know that if a “title” challenger is deserving, it’s usually an accident. Had Vazquez himself been more active, I’d venture to say that he would have been harder for Crawford to overtake, despite how good Crawford looked against Gamboa. Vazquez has fought once since December 2012…

    • Yes sir, but this isn’t The Ring. According to them, Nietes was the #1 contender and Moises Fuentes was #3 when they fought. They decided to recognize Nietes as champion after he defeated Fuentes. We only recognize the two best (#1 vs #2) as able to compete for a vacant divisional throne and will not and never will recognize #1 vs. #3, or any other lesser contender’s involvement. Additionally, we ranked Nietes at #3 and Fuentes at #9 when they fought.

  3. This is a fantastic unbiased boxing ranking system. It’s about time that every boxing acronym under the sun(ibf, wba, ibo, iba, xyz, abc etc) holds no water. Now a competitor can really identify and improve his true skill in the ring. Awesome gentlemen!

    • Gamboa’s rogue record is hereby fixed. Thank you very much for letting us know. He has been ranked in two divisions because his intentions were not clear as to which of them he would compete in. Now that he has signed to meet Crawford at Lightweight, look for him to be removed from the Junior Lightweight rankings after June 28, as per the charter:

      “Contenders active in two or more divisions may be removed from a division’s rankings – after two consecutive bouts in another division; or – after eighteen months of inactivity in a division with no scheduled bout on the horizon.” – See more at: http://www.tbrb.org/charter/#sthash.9mjJ0cnc.dpuf

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  9. 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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  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. “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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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