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HEAVYWEIGHT

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionWladimir Klitschko64-3-0 (53)UKR***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Alexander Povetkin28-1-0 (20)RUS1
2Tyson Fury24-0-0 (18)ENG2
3Deontay Wilder33-0-0 (32)USA3
4Kubrat Pulev20-1-0 (11)BUL4
5Bermane Stiverne24-2-1 (21)CAN5
6Carlos Takam31-2-1 (24)CMR6
7Vyacheslav Glazkov20-0-1 (12)UKR7
8Bryant Jennings19-1-0 (10)USA8
9Steve Cunningham28-7-0 (13)USA9
10Mike Perez21-1-1 (13)IRE10

CRUISERWEIGHT

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Marco Huck38-2-1 (26)GER1
2Yoan Pablo Hernandez29-1-0 (14)CUB 2
3Denis Lebedev26-2-0 (19)RUS3
4Grigory Drozd38-1-0 (27)RUS4
5Victor Emilio Ramirez22-2-0 (17)ARG5
6Krzysztof Wlodarczyk49-3-1 (35)POL6
7Ola Afolabi21-4-4 (10)ENG7
8Rakhim Chakhiev21-1-0 (16)RUS8
9Dmitry Kudryashov17-0-0 (17)RUS9
10Thabiso Mchunu17-1-0 (11)RSA10

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175lbs)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionAdonis Stevenson26-1-0 (21)CAN***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Sergey Kovalev27-0-1 (24)RUS1
2Bernard Hopkins 55-7-2 (32)USA2
3Andrzej Fonfara27-3-0 (16)POL4
4Jean Pascal29-3-1 (17)CAN3
5Juergen Braehmer46-2-0 (34)GER5
6Artur Beterbiev8-0-0 (8)RUS6
7Eleider Alvarez16-0-0 (9)COL7
8Isaac Chilemba24-2-2 (10)RSA8
9Tommy Karpency24-4-1 (14)USA9
10Thomas Oosthuizen24-0-2 (14)RSA10

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 Abraham42-4-0 (28)GER2
3Anthony Dirrell27-1-1 (22)USA3
4Robert Stieglitz47-4-1 (26)GER4
5George Groves21-2-0 (16)ENG5
6Felix Sturm39-4-3 (18)GER6
7James DeGale19-1-0 (13)ENG7
8Sakio Bika32-7-3 (21)AUS8
9Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez31-0-0 (24)MEX9
10Andre Dirrell24-1-0 (16)USA10

MIDDLEWEIGHT (160LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Gennady Golovkin32-0-0 (29)KAZ1
2Peter Quillin31-0-1 (22)USA2
3Andy Lee34-2-1 (24)IRE3
4Sergio Martinez51-3-2 (28)ARG4
5Martin Murray29-2-1 (12)ENG5
6Jermain Taylor33-4-1 (20)USA6
7Daniel Geale30-3-0 (16)AUS7
8Sam Soliman44-12-0 (18)AUS8
9Felix Sturm39-4-3 (18)GER9
10Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam31-1-0 (18)CMR10

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (154LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionFloyd Mayweather, Jr.47-0-0 (26)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Saul Alvarez44-1-1 (31)MEX1
2Erislandy Lara20-2-2 (12)CUB2
3Austin Trout28-2-0 (15)USA3
4Demetrius Andrade21-0-0 (14)USA4
5Cornelius Bundrage34-5-0 (19)USA5
6Jermell Charlo26-0-0 (11)USA6
7Carlos Molina22-6-2 (6)MEX7
8Vanes Martirosyan35-2-1 (21)USA8
9Julian Williams19-0-1 (11)USA9
10Jermall Charlo21-0-0 (16)USA10

WELTERWEIGHT (147LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Floyd Mayweather47-0-0 (26)USA1
2Manny Pacquiao57-5-2 (38)PHI2
3Timothy Bradley31-1-1 (12)USA3
4Juan Manuel Marquez56-7-1 (40)MEX4
5Kell Brook33-0-0 (22)ENG5
6Amir Khan30-3-0 (19)ENG6
7Keith Thurman25-0-0 (21)USA7
8Marcos Maidana35-5-0 (31)ARG8
9Shawn Porter24-1-1 (15)USA9
10Diego Chaves23-2-1 (19)ARG10

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (140LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionDanny Garcia30-0-0 (17)USA***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Lucas Matthysse37-3-0 (34)ARG1
2Lamont Peterson33-3-1 (17)USA2
3Chris Algieri20-1-0 (8)USA3
4Jose Benavidez22-0-0 (15)USA4
5Mauricio Herrera21-5-0 (7)USA5
6Terence Crawford26-0-0 (18)USA***
7Ruslan Provodnikov24-4-0 (17)RUS6
8Jessie Vargas26-0-0 (9)USA7
9Viktor Postol27-0-0 (11)UKR8
10Adrien Broner30-1-0 (22)USA10

LIGHTWEIGHT (135LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Richar Abril19-3-1 (8)CUB1
2Mickey Bey21-1-1 (10)USA2
3Miguel Vazquez35-4-0 (13)MEX3
4Raymundo Beltran29-7-1 (17)MEX4
5Dejan Zlaticanin20-0-0 (13)MNE5
6Sharif Bogere26-1-0 (18)UGA6
7Yuriorkis Gamboa24-1-0 (17)CUB7
8Omar Figueroa24-0-1 (18)USA8
9Kevin Mitchell39-2-0 (29)ENG9
10Jorge Linares38-3-0 (25)VEN10

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (130LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Takashi Uchiyama22-0-1 (18)JPN1
2Takashi Miura 28-2-2 (21)JPN2
3Bryan Vasquez34-1-0 (18)CRC3
4Roman Martinez28-2-2 (17)PR4
5Orlando Salido42-13-2 (29)MEX5
6Francisco Vargas22-0-1 (16)MEX6
7Jose Pedraza19-0-0 (12)PR7
8Adrian Estrella22-0-0 (20)MEX8
9Javier Fortuna27-0-1 (20)DR9
10Jomthong Chuwatana9-0-0 (4)THA10

FEATHERWEIGHT (126LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Nicholas Walters25-0-0 (21)JAM1
2Simpiwe Vetyeka27-3-0 (16)ZAF2
3Evgeny Gradovich 19-0-1 (9)RUS3
4Abner Mares29-1-1 (15)MEX4
5Vasyl Lomachenko3-1-0 (1)UKR5
6Gary Russell Jr.26-1-0 (15)USA6
7Jhonny Gonzalez57-9-0 (48)MEX7
8Lee Selby20-1-0 (8)WLS8
9Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar26-1-0 (20)ARG9
10Robinson Castellanos21-10-0 (13)MEX10

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (122LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionGuillermo Rigondeaux15-0-0 (10)CUB***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Carl Frampton20-0-0 (14)NIR1
2Leo Santa Cruz29-0-1 (17)MEX2
3Scott Quigg30-0-2 (22)ENG3
4Kiko Martinez32-5-0 (24)ESP4
5Andres Gutierrez31-0-1 (22)MEX5
6Shingo Wake18-4-2 (11)JPN6
7Albert Pagara23-0-0 (16)PHI7
8Thabo Sonjica20-2-0 (14)ZAF8
9Chris Avalos25-3-0 (19)USA9
10Nonito Donaire34-3-0 (22)PHI10

BANTAMWEIGHT (118LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Shinsuke Yamanaka22-0-2 (16)JPN1
2Juan Carlos Payano16-0-0 (8)DR2
3Anselmo Moreno35-3-1 (12)PAN3
4Tomoki Kameda31-0-0 (19)JPN4
5Jamie McDonnell25-2-1 (12)ENG5
6Julio Ceja29-1-0 (26)MEX6
7Zhanat Zhakiyanov24-1-0 (17)KAZ7
8Randy Caballero22-0-0 (13)USA8
9Tepparith Kokietgym27-3-0 (16)THA9
10Malcolm Tunacao35-3-3 (20)PHI10

JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (115LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Naoya Inoue8-0-0 (7)JPN1
2Zolani Tete20-3-0 (17)RSA2
3Carlos Cuadras32-0-1 (25)MEX3
4Omar Narvaez43-2-2 (23)ARG4
5Srisaket Sor Rungvisai33-4-1 (30)THA5
6McJoe Arroyo16-0-0 (8)PR6
7Arthur Villanueva27-0-0 (14)PHI7
8Kohei Kono30-8-1 (13)JPN8
9David Sanchez27-2-2 (21)MEX9
10Norberto Jimenez21-8-4 (10)DR10

FLYWEIGHT (112LBS)

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
ChampionRoman Gonzalez42-0-0 (36)NIC***

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Juan Francisco Estrada32-2-0 (23)MEX1
2Amnat Ruenroeng15-0-0 (5)THA2
3Moruti Mthalane31-2-0 (20)RSA3
4Brian Viloria35-4-0 (21)USA4
5Edgar Sosa51-8-0 (30)MEX5
6Juan Carlos Reveco35-2-0 (19)ARG6
7Giovani Segura32-4-1 (28)MEX7
8McWilliams Arroyo15-2-0 (13)PR8
9Kazuto Ioka17-1-0 (10)JPN9
10Johnriel Casimero21-2-0 (13)PHI10

JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (108LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Donnie Nietes35-1-4 (21)PHI1
2Pedro Guevara25-1-1 (17)MEX2
3Javier Mendoza23-2-1 (19)MEX3
4Ryoichi Taguchi21-2-1 (8)JPN4
5Rey Loreto20-13-0 (12)PHI5
6Jonathan Taconing21-2-1 (18)PHI6
7Paipharob Kokietgym28-0-0 (21)THA7
8Alberto Rossel32-9-0 (13)PER8
9Milan Melindo32-1-0 (12)PHI9
10Ganigan Lopez25-5-0 (16)MEX10

STRAWWEIGHT (105LBS)

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

RankNameRecord - W-L-D (KO)NationalityLast Week
1Hekkie Budler28-1-0 (9)RSA1
2Wanheng Menayothin 37-0-0 (12)THA2
3Katsunari Takayama29-7-0 (11)JPN3
4Knockout CP Freshmart10-0-0 (5)THA4
5Carlos Buitrago 28-1-1 (16)NIC5
6Oswaldo Novoa14-5-2 (9)MEX6
7Kosei Tanaka4-0-0 (2)JPN7
8Xiong Zhao Zhong 25-6-1 (14)CHN8
9Alexis Diaz16-0-0 (10)VEN9
10Byron Rojas15-2-3 (8)NIC10

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  3. Why is Biko getting a title shot? Is this supposed to be a showcase for Stevenson for the match with Kovolov? I find Biko an un-entertaining fighter, worse he seems awkward which could turn the fight into a real stinker. What am I missing/

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  5. Can I ask the rationale for ranking Amir Khan over Kell Brook?

    I don’t understand how wins over Alexander (recently beaten by Porter pretty comprehensively) and an old Collazo ranks over a win over Porter, and a few fringe wins (around the same level as Collazo surely) and nearly an entire career at Welterweight? The Porter win alone is better than anything Amir has done at Welterweight

    Seems a bit odd to me

    • I’m not sure I can speak for everyone, but I think the ease with which Khan beat Alexander and Collazo, along with his overall career body of work, weighed in Khan’s favor and Collazo could be seen as a better win than Brook’s next best after Porter (Senchenko). It’s a very close spot between the two and one that is fluid. Brook’s upcoming contest with Dan will be closely watched and there is certainly a case for either man in the fifth spot.

  6. First and foremost, a billion thanks to all of you writers and boxing pundits for bringing upon us this huge breath of fresh air, for all the fans and the present(and confusing) world of boxing today! A confusion caused by all the many worthless belts handed out to boxers nowadays like trophies at children’s baseball tournament! Secondly, with the upcoming Mayweather vs Pacquiao dream match finally made, I have a question for The TBRB. My question is, do you guys consider Pacquiao an “8 division world champion” like many Pacquiao fans and some sports writers claim that he is? Because I, for 2 reasons, do not understand or consider him to be at least 1 of those 8 divisions, a champion of. That division is the Jr. Middleweight division(154lbs). The reason being that Pacquiao fought Margarito at a catchweight of 150 pounds (I believe). And the other reason is that neither one of these 2 boxers had ever fought at 154 to win a championship belt at that weight class either. With that being said, how many #1 ranked champions did Pacquiao actually fight and win against in the other 7 divisions in order to be considered an “8 division world champion”????

      • @ Springs Toledo
        Thank you very much Mr. Toledo! The Mayweather vs Pacquiao article was just as interesting as it was accurate. I always had this feeling that although pacman has fought in quite a few heavier weight classes, that there was no way that he was the actual crowned king amongst all 8 of those divisions like a lot of misinformed fans claim that he is! Thanks for clarifying this for me as well as my friends! I’ve been telling everyone about this awesome website! Keep up the great work fellas! Much love from the Great State of Texas…….

        • Jose Ivan, thank you for ‘staying tuned’ and for spreading the word. This thing is going to live or die depending on how much support it earns from fans like you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

          • Will do Mr. Toledo! By the way, I used to buy The Ring Magazine for many years before De La Hoya bought his way into it and started ruining the ranks as well as the rules. I was left wondering, how in the heck will we ever know who the real champs are with these new corrupt ranks and all the cheap belts getting tossed around? Now I found your website and I can honestly say that you guys have arrived to the rescue just in time! We can’t thank you all enough and once again thank you guys…..

  7. Ok first off the Middleweight division: Sergio Martinez needs to be removed from this list, his career is virtually over. Again, Jermain Taylor needs to be removed from the list, his career is also over. Sam Soliman is in his 40’s and shouldn’t be ranked in the top 10 after losing to Jermain “Brain Bleed” Taylor.Andy Lee in my mind is a legitimate top 5 MW. Where is Willie Munroe JR? Where is David Lemieux or Billy Joe Saunders or Tureano Johnson? Last few years i’ve held this website in high regards as far as rankings go but this is becoming a complete joke. Please update the rankings and at least make it appear as “realistic” because the filth that is posted now is a disgrace.

    • Also, Felix Sturm is no longer a MW, he is a SMW. Therefore he should not be on the top 10 list of MW’s.

      • When you take a look at the rankings and find that you disagree with a particular placement because of what you see as inactivity or a dual-division ranking for example, go first to the charter. You’ll likely find the reason there. We have an obligation to the fighters to be fair and that means we need to be consistent with how we handle such matters. Thus the charter.

        Until a couple of weeks ago, Sturm was teetering about whether he was going to leave the middleweight division for keeps. And even so, we aren’t reactive. We wait until a boxer’s actions match their announcements for the simple reason that they are sometimes at odds. Recent examples? Hank Lundy. Michael Katsidis. This is boxing, after all, words don’t mean much.

    • Martinez has not retired. You say his career is “virtually” over. What does that mean? We don’t make decisions based on possibilities. The moment Martinez makes an announcement that he is retiring, he will exit the rankings. If instead he fights again and looks as diminished as we think he is, then he will drop further or drop from the rankings altogether. As it is, he was defeated by a world-class fighter in Miguel Cotto backed by a master-strategist in Freddie Roach. Dismissing him from the rankings based on that loss and based on assumptions is neither fair to Martinez nor to the fans. You may disagree, and I’m sure we had several members who believed as you do that Martinez should have left the rankings after losing to Cotto, but they were outnumbered and this isn’t a tyranny of a minority. Word is that Martinez will be back in the gym this month. If he hasn’t had a bout by June 7, he’ll exit based on inactivity.

      Jermain Taylor is probably done, sure, but again, “probably” doesn’t mean “definitely.” None of us were comfortable with his re-entering the rankings after his brain injury –even given his medical clearance. I was pulling for Soliman to win the fight for Taylor’s future health (!), but that’s not the way it worked out. Taylor defeated a top-ten contender and had we not ranked him based on our own prejudices or assumptions, we’d look like a flock of dunces. At this point, we cannot just evict him because we don’t think he should be fighting anymore. The fact that he is ranked is a poor reflection not on us, but on the middleweight division after Quillin. As to your submissions for better contenders at the lower end of the division, they seem to represent the healthy tension between experience and current form. Willie Monroe Jr. for example. He looks like a premiere stylist of the future but he hadn’t even fought a scheduled ten-rounder until the Boxcino tournament last year and has yet to fight a contender. Would he be preferable to N’Jikam whose only loss is to number-two ranked Kid Chocolate?

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  13. How is Amir Khan ranked at #10 if all he fought at 147 were Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo? I think guys like Bundu and Gavin could easily rank ahead of him.

    • It has indeed cost him his spot on the P4P List. It has not, however, cost him his super middleweight throne. We believe that there are good and historically-sound reasons for that, and I will repeat an earlier post addressing that question: The problem you allude to has been an unfortunate part of boxing for well over a century -champions aiming low to hold on to their crown and frustrating the fans. We, like you, expect true champions to fight the most formidable challengers available and hope that their reputation and ultimately, their legacy, matters to them as much as their purse. That being said, there isn’t much the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board can do at this point in a meaningful way. We shy away from stripping a division king because that practice has a long and ignoble history. It also makes successions unclear and debatable. You may argue that disciplining a champion for failing to defend a crown or failing to fight worthy opponents can still be justifiable, and we’d agree, but the time for that is not now -we would need the boxing world to accept such a move as authoritative; and given the pick-and-choose-your-champion currently in vogue, our stripping champions would only add to the confusion.

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    • What follows are the “Ranking guidelines” from the “Charter” tab:
      ◾Differentiating between a fighter’s winning streak and current form will be a matter of debate by the Board.
      ◾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. Special circumstances will be considered.
      ◾In those instances where a fighter announces his intention of competing in a new division, he will be removed from his former division’s rankings only after he competes in the new division and his intention remains. If he does not announce his intention and competes in a new division, he is subject to removal from his earlier division’s rankings after eighteen months of inactivity.
      ◾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.
      ◾No fighter earns a place in the top ten by appointment. Name recognition or previous record in a different weight class is not necessarily an indication of performance in a new weight class.
      ◾Although close losses and poor wins may be reflected in the rankings, the Board will refrain from nullifying the official results, with one exception: If over 75% of the Board agrees that the judges’ decision in a non-championship bout is egregious enough to constitute a “robbery,” then the official winner may be ranked lower than the official loser. At least twenty votes are needed for a quorum.
      ◾After a legitimate official authority declares a bout a “No Decision” or “No Contest,” the fighters will return to the rankings they held going into the bout. Under certain circumstances, the Board may adjust the rankings, though not the order of said fighters, to reflect performances before the bout was ended.
      – See more at: http://www.tbrb.org/charter/#sthash.fPAfb6F6.dpuf

      The first bullet is probably most relevant to your question (“winning streak” is particularly notable against a contender and “current form” could mean a split/close decision loss against a contender). We are not insistent that a fighter face a top-ten contender in order to enter the rankings; to illustrate, if fighter “a” knocks out an undefeated up & comer and fighter “b” gets demolished by a contender, fighter “a” may be selected by the Board to enter over fighter “b”.

        • Deontay is higher than he would have been had the Board not decided to demote Vyacheslav Glazgov one spot on 12 August after his poor showing against unheralded Derric Rossy. The Board did not deem the decision a robbery (and thus activate the Robbery Clause), which had a few members strongly questioning the wisdom of dropping the ranking of a fighter who didn’t lose. Otherwise, Wilder made the best case for himself after destroying Malik Scott who held Glazkov to a draw last year. We entered him at #8 based on that showing. (There wasn’t much around him.)

          • Thanks. And keep up the good working. I follow these rankings a lot to see who’s really doing work. I get fed up of the confusion caused by multiple belts and excuses not to fight so these are a blessing.

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  18. Haha. Wow. That lightweight list is joke. Miguel Vazquez name next to guys like Dejan “just one of the many people who have beaten the overrated Ricky Burns” Zlaticanin and Mickey “the bum” Bey. You know what’s funny Mr. “I happen to like Vazquez”? That this laughable position movement actually backs the claims I had made previously. The number 2 spot just wasn’t low enough for you huh? Vazquez is sent tumbling down the rankings on a robbery and Mickey Bey, a complete bum, takes his place, someone who was never even in the top 25 at lightweight and whose claim to fame is getting KTFO by John Molina. But hey, the biggest threat to Crawford’s number 1 position has been eliminated, so it’s all good, right?

    • Vazquez would have held on to his #2 spot had the Board activated the robbery clause of the charter. A bad decision/”the wrong guy won” isn’t enough to activate the clause, it has to be “egregious” in order to constitute a robbery as defined here. Robert Hoyle’s scorecard looked egregious to many, but there hasn’t been a hue and cry about Julie Lederman’s card despite the fact that she had Bey slightly ahead. You obviously saw the fight as a robbery, and you’re not alone, but most saw the fight as a study in ineffectiveness on both sides. Bey landed 21% of his shots (81 total). Vazquez landed 22%, 89 total, and the punches landed in most of the rounds were in the single digits, so it’s tough to make the case that Vazquez or Bey for that matter took over the fight, even if you believe that Vazquez won. Vazquez agrees: “I thought it was close,” he said.

      • “but most saw the fight as a study in ineffectiveness on both sides”
        Most people were asleep during the fight. Vazquez was using simple jabs, and darts to land punches, close the distance and clinch. The fact that through 12 rounds Bey never managed to adjust points to Bey’s own ineffectiveness. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
        “Bey landed 21% of his shots (81 total). Vazquez landed 22%, 89 total, and the punches landed in most of the rounds were in the single digits”
        I know what fight I saw, and a lot of the time, these punch stats seem fabricated. Hitting glove should also not count. Vazquez had a cut from a head clash. Bey looked like he had just gotten mugged.
        Vazquez would have held on to his #2 spot had the Board activated the robbery clause of the charter. “A bad decision/”the wrong guy won” isn’t enough to activate the clause, it has to be “egregious” in order to constitute a robbery as defined here”
        All this does is encourage more bad decisions. As long as you don’t care, it’s all right to make a “bad decision” to get rid of guys you don’t want, right?
        “so it’s tough to make the case that Vazquez or Bey for that matter took over the fight”
        Then wouldn’t the champ get the benefit of the doubt in those rounds? Herrera sure didn’t get the “challengers get the benefit of the doubt against champions” treatment against Danny Garcia that Bey got against Vazquez.
        “Vazquez agrees: “I thought it was close,” he said.”
        He’s saying that to be nice. Most fighters say this after a fight, even if they don’t agree with the decision. You just need to look at how Bey’s acting to know even he didn’t think he won the fight. “Nobody scored the fight for Vazquez, unless you from Mexico”. Does that sound like someone who won to you, or someone who’s trying to convince everyone that he won because he knows they’re not buying it. The fact that he gets all angry and defensive about it is just icing on the cake.

        • We have neither the authority nor the wisdom to overturn every wrong decision that comes up. Narrowing our focus to “egregious” decisions in non-championship bouts and then requiring that over 75% of the membership agree that the decision was not only wrong and “bad” but “egregious” is controversial enough. We wanted to do something to address a serious problem in boxing and by conceptualizing “robbery,” we have. You are free to think it insufficient, but can’t fault us for trying.

    • Yes, it was a tough fight to score, and the fact that neither one was very effective pretty much precluded the robbery clause. No one pushed for it. The standard for declaring a fight a robbery is that the decision must be “egregious.”

      • No it wasn’t that difficult to score. You seem to be overly dependent on the punch stats, which are, a random person clicking on a button. I have a good eye for calling fights and I knew he would get robbed the moment this fight was announced. Keep trying to spin it however you want. While the fight was terrible, I thought it was a clear, though ugly win, Bey was missing most of his punches, I don’t think he even landed half of what the punch stats say he did. The fight sucking has no bearing on the way you judge fights, that is no excuse to steal that belt that Vazquez has worked so hard to keep. Also what happened to that “you have to beat the champ…” clause that’s conveniently isn’t in place for Vazquez? Everyone should be mad considering boxing lost a champ like Miguel Vazquez and we got…Mickey Bey. Though from your reactions, I’m sure some of you are fine with this, somehow. We all knew this was coming. The difference is, some of you are happy ruining someone’s career to get what you want. Enjoy that bum Bey as a “champ” for however long it lasts.

        • First, there is no “you” with the Board. It’s a “we” thing and I shouldn’t speak for how the other 41 members look at a particular fight. Second, you have relentless opinions but seem to be overlooking the fact that your opinion is worth no more than any other individual opinion -many of whom say “I have a good eye for calling fights” with as just as much sincerity. Third, the old adage that says “you have to beat the champ” is myth. No judge worth a dime is going to give an advantage to one corner over the other because one corner has a silly belt -or the division crown. That’s bad practice and always has been. Finally, calling any man who steps into the ring “a bum” is out of line, so cut it out.

          • Sounds like a hive mind to me. You’re trying to tell me that out of 42 something members, not one thought it was a robbery? Sounds hard to believe. That adage is stupid but I have seen it many a time used to rob people of their deserved wins. “He didn’t do enough to take the belt.” The belts have no meaning, but they’re used as leverage, which was the only thing Vazquez had.
            “No judge worth a dime is going to give an advantage…”
            There’s any left? Considering how bad decisions have been getting, you would think they hired monkeys to judge the fights. Sadly, they would probably hand in better scores. Funny how he and Quillin have the same promoter, but Vazquez gets robbed and Quillin has an extremely tough fight against Rosado, the fight gets stopped on a cut, and then Quillin is shown to have near shut-out scorecards, as he seems to magically collect with all his fights. Close rounds seem to magically go to Vazquez’s opponent, as seen in the Shafikov and Bey fights (which aligns with what I’ve been saying for ages. People have been trying to steal his belt for a while now), and Quillin gets battered and wins every rounds. If that’s not preferential treatment by the judges, I don’t know what is.

          • Actually, one of the chairs thought it could have been a robbery and I believe a few other members thought it a bad decision, though not egregious enough to make it a downright robbery. Vazquez was not his usual self, though, I’m surprised you didn’t bring that up. I would agree that overall Vazquez hasn’t gotten the respect he deserves (fighting like a squid is hard to market), but conspiracy theories are hard sells. Vazquez’s job is to be a dominating squid. Winning big over top competition can’t be denied forever.

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  20. An explanation as to why a quality, busy, technically sound fighter like Jorge Linares is not in the Lightweight top 10 would be appreciated. Also, does TBRB recognize Mike Tyson as the youngest Heavyweight champion in history?

    • Rogeiro, first of all, apologies for the delay. Linares is busy and that is good. He’s technically sound, and that is also good, but since he was stopped in 2 by Sergio Thompson in March 2012 (keeping in mind that our inaugural rankings were published in October 2012), he has neither fought nor defeated a top-ten contender. Now, he has come up for consideration several times, but has been beaten out by fighters who separated themselves by stepping up. Going forward, if he defeats a top-ten or looks good losing a close one to a top-ten, he’ll almost certainly get in. Alternatively, if a current top-ten lightweight leaves the division and most of the Board membership sees him as more worthy than the rest, then he can get in that way. The message of the Transnational Rankings Board to fighters on the brink is simple –take risks and risk losing!

  21. Thank you for the clarification on the Vazquez-Crawford rankings, though along with the other poster, I fail to see how Crawford’s resume is better. No harm in a minor disagreement however. I really do like these rankings more than The Ring’s politically motivated ones. Kudos to the staff. Could you clarify why Wilder, who has done no better than beating a top-20 heavyweight and knocked out a good number over-the-hill and bad fighters, has a #6 placement over Glazkov and Jennings? Jennings win over Perez is better than whatever Wilder has done and Glazkov’s victory over Adamek is better as well. Thank you in advance.

    • Sure. Wilder entered the rankings based on his one-round destruction of Malik Scott. Glazkov, you’ll recall, didn’t beat Scott, he got a draw. After Glazkov defeated Adamek, he was installed at #6 at the same time Wilder entered at #8. Glazkov has since struggled against an unheralded journeyman and that didn’t help him in the eyes of most members (I wasn’t among the “most”). Also, keep in mind that current form matters in our divisional rankings, it isn’t a detached, static examination of wins/losses/draws, we also consider what we see in the ring, such as ‘bad wins’ and ‘good losses’.

      Jennings came in at #10 after defeating Szpilka in January but was bumped out in March (I believe with the entry of Glazkov and Wilder). He returned in at #9 with his defeat of Perez. A case can be made that he should be placed over Wilder, but more thought not than thought so.

      If you’re not satisfied, remember that the rankings are bound to change, and then others will be unsatisfied! ;>)

      Thank you very much for your open mindedness and your support.

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  24. 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…

      • And that one title defense is better than anything else on Crawford’s record other than Gamboa. You were just looking for any excuse to put Crawford over Vazquez. I mean, no one likes him. Makes it easy to undermine everything that he does. As soon as someone you supported came up, boom. Bye, bye Vazquez, thank you for your time.

        • You’re assuming motive, Glenn. I happen to like Vazquez; spoiler-styles like his (and Sammy Angott’s and Bernard Hopkins’) are fun to watch in their own way. Also please note that we have 43 members and no one member’s opinion regarding rankings is worth more than any other’s. The decision to move Crawford to #1 was not unanimous, though it was damn close. You’re also ignoring the fact that Crawford’s defeat of Burns was when Burns was ranked #4. When Vazquez beat Shafikov, Shafikov was rated #8, so your opinion that Vazquez’s defeat of #8 is better than Crawford’s defeat of #4 is not exactly the only sensible one.

          • I really don’t know how getting the brakes beat off of you by Jose Gonzales and Raymundo Beltran gets you the #4 position but whatever. What a coincidence literally every ranking organization has Crawford over Vazquez. Especially considering that Crawford’s win over Burns is by far the least impressive of the three. Funny how Beltran didn’t get the decision over Burns, while Crawford did, despite being way less dominant than him. Hmm…. I wonder what it is… What do these two have in common…

    • 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.

  25. 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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  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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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  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. “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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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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