The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board stands with those fans and purists who set the true divisional champions apart from the rest. What follows is how and when they got there. We show only the latest branch of those divisions where the throne is occupied. Why? Because the odds don’t favor the Board’s historians agreeing on exhaustive successions nearly as much as they do a debate-gone-bad with flying fists and busted beaks. Collaboration has its limits. We want to stand pat on common ground.


crown4  Wladimir Klitschko W12 Alexander Povetkin (5 October 2013—Klitschhko and Povetkin were the top two Transnational-Ranked heavyweights at the time of this bout.)

Light Heavyweight

crown4  Adonis Stevenson TKO1 Chad Dawson (8 June 2013)

  • Chad Dawson W12 Bernard Hopkins (28 April 2012)
  • Bernard Hopkins W12 Jean Pascal (21 May 2011)
  • Jean Pascal TD11 Chad Dawson (14 August 2010—Pascal and Dawson were the top two RING-rated light heavyweights at the time of this bout.)

Super Middleweight

crown4  Andre Ward W12 Carl Froch (17 December 2011—Ward and Froch were the top two RING-rated super middleweights at the time of this bout.)


crown4  Miguel Cotto TKO10 Sergio Martinez (7 June 2014)

  • Sergio Martinez W12 Kelly Pavlik (17 April 2010)
  • Kelly Pavlik TKO7 Jermain Taylor (29 September 2007)
  • Jermain Taylor W12 Bernard Hopkins (16 July 2005)
  • Bernard Hopkins TKO12 Felix Trinidad (29 September 2001—Hopkins and Trinidad were the top two RING-rated middleweights at the time of this bout.)

Junior Middleweight

crown4  Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Saul Alvarez (14 September 2013—Mayweather and Alvarez were the top two Transnational-Ranked Jr. middleweights at the time of this bout.)


crown4 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Manny Pacquiao (2 May 2015—Mayweather and Pacquiao were the top two Transnational-Ranked welterweights at the time of this bout.)

Jr. Featherweight

crown4  Guillermo Rigondeaux W12 Nonito Donaire (13 April 2013)

  • Nonito Donaire TKO9 Toshiaki Nishioka (13 October 2012—Nishioka and Donaire were the top two Transnational-Ranked Jr. featherweights at the time of this bout.)


crown4  Roman Gonzalez TKO9 Akira Yaegashi (5 September 2014)

  • Akira Yaegashi W12 Toshiyuki Igarashi (8 April 2013)
  • Toshiyuki Igarashi W12 Sonny Boy Jaro (16 July 2012)
  • Sonny Boy Jaro TKO6 Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (2 March 2012)
  • Pongsaklek Wonjongkam W12 Koki Kameda (27 March 2010)
  • Koki Kameda W12 Daisuke Naito (29 November 2009)
  • Daisuke Naito W12 Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (18 July 2007)
  • Pongsaklek Wonjongkam TKO1 Malcolm Tunacao (2 March 2001)
  • Malcolm Tunacao TKO7 Medgoen Singsurat (19 May 2000)
  • Medgoen Singsurat TKO 3 Manny Pacquiao (17 September 1999)
  • Manny Pacquiao KO8 Chatchai Sasakul (4 December 1998)
  • Chatchai Sasakul W12 Yuri Arbachakov (12 November 1997)
  • Yuri Arbachakov KO8 Muangchai Kittikasem (23 June 1992)
  • Muangchai Kittikasem TKO6 Sot Chitalada (15 Februrary 1991)
  • Sot Chitalada W12 Yong-Kang Kim (3 June 1989)
  • Yong-Kang Kim W12 Sot Chitalada (24 July 1988)
  • Sot Chitalada W12 Gabriel Bernal (8 October 1984)
  • Gabriel Bernal KO2 Koji Kabayashi (9 April 1984)
  • Koji Kabayashi TKO2 Frank Cedeno (18 January 1984)
  • Frank Cedeno TKO6 Charlie Magri (27 September 1983)
  • Charlie Magri TKO7 Eleoncio Mercedes (15 March 1983)
  • Eleoncio Mercedes W15 Freddie Castillo (6 November 1982)
  • Freddie Castillo W15 Prudencio Cardona (24 July 1982)
  • Prudencio Cardona KO1 Antonio Avelar (20 March 1982)
  • Antonio Avelar KO7 Shoji Oguma (12 May 1981)
  • Shoji Oguma KO9 Chan-Hee Park (18 May 1980)
  • Chan-Hee Park W15 Miguel Canto (18 March 1979)
  • Miguel Canto W15 Shoji Oguma (8 January 1975—Canto and Oguma were the top two RING-rated flyweights at the time of this bout.)

18 thoughts on “Successions

  1. I have a question regarding how Mayweather’s Lineal/TBRB/Ring Junior Middleweight title pertained to his rematch with Marcos Maidana on September 13, 2014. It is common knowledge that Mayweather defended his WBC belts at 147 and 154 in that fight, but would the lineal Junior Middleweight title have changed hands if Maidana had won the rematch? I ask this because one of your board members, Cliff Rold, noted in his rankings done for another website that he counted Mayweather-Maidana 2 as a defense of Mayweather’s lineal belt at Junior Middleweight. I had never considered it a defense beforehand, so I am wondering what kind of procedures you guys had in place for this fight.

    • We looked at how that fight was understood by the fighters. It was promoted as a dual-division defense (though we do not recognize Mayweather’s claim at welterweight yet. He’ll have to fight you-know-how to take that throne), it was under the Jr. Middleweight limit of 154 lbs, and both fighters accepted the terms. We don’t have a strict procedure in the charter about such cases, but as a rule of thumb, we’ll look at the weights and how the fight is promoted to come to a reasonable determination.

        • It makes perfect sense once you look at it objectively. Mayweather was the last true welterweight champ –but he retired in 2008. We don’t keep the seat warm. After he unretired, he needed to either (a) defeat the sitting champion; or given the open throne, (b) fight his way into first- or second-contender status and then win that bout. He did neither as of May 1. Tomorrow will decide whether the first- or the second-ranked welterweight contender in the world becomes the welterweight champion of the world.

  2. Wondering if it would be possible to list the last lineal champs for all the divisions that currently do not have a champion, and maybe how/why the title became vacant.

    Thanks for all the good work you are doing with this website. I always look forward to the new rankings each Tuesday!

    • Thank you for the endorsement, Steve. Tell your friends! Tweet us! I’m sure that you have seen our “Successions” tab. The chairs and I discussed offering successions for all of the divisions but we decided against it. The reason for that decision is in the text at the top of the tab: The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board stands with those fans and purists who set the true divisional champions apart from the rest. What follows is how and when they got there. We show only the latest branch of those divisions where the throne is occupied. Why? Because the odds don’t favor the Board’s historians agreeing on exhaustive successions nearly as much as they do a debate-gone-bad with flying fists and busted beaks. Collaboration has its limits. We want to stand pat on common ground. – See more at:

  3. I have to say the welterweight rankings, here and at The Ring, both seem flawed. When the #2, #3, and #4 fighters in a division have a total of 2 fights against any other ranked welterweight, which was JMM losing all 12 rounds in humiliating fashion to Mayweather and Pacquiao beating Cotto 5 years ago, it just doesn’t add up. There are many who believe Thurman, Maidana, Khan, even Porter or Brook would beat all three of those at welterweight. If you take away the Pac-Cotto fight, there really is no basis to have any of them ranked at welterweight at all. Especially considering the information that has arisen since that Cotto fight and that it was five years ago; If a fighter moves up a weight class and beats a top 3 opponent in that fight and then doesn’t face another opponent ranked in that division (except for opponents in a rematch who got their ranking due to their previous fight) for over five years should maybe get knocked down a little bit, at least until, one of them actually fights a ranked welterweight.

    • You make some good points, but understate those welterweight records. Pacquiao beat Clottey, Mosley, Margarito (give or take a few pounds), and Bradley –all of whom were formidable despite the recent losses they may have suffered at the hands of other top contenders. Marquez KO’d Pacquiao. Bradley beat Marquez. Pacquiao beat Bradley (twice, we say). The easiest way to the top of a division is to soundly defeat a high-ranking contender, right? They all did so. However, you bring up head-to-head hypotheticals as part of your argument and you may well be right about the young Turks overtaking the old guard. But when it comes to a sensible rankings system, they have to prove it –lest this whole exercise be reduced to fantastic assumptions with fighters ranked based on what they didn’t do but what most of us ‘think’ they’d do.

      Good post. Your last point about fighters who sit on their accomplishments becoming more vulnerable to slippage is “amen”-worthy.

    • We look at recent wins/quality of opposition and also consider “current form,” which factors in matters such as good losses and bad wins. See the Charter tab for more (inactivity, dual-divisions, robberies, etc.). Guerrero was never the #3 welterweight in our rankings. I’m not sure he ever got up over #5.

  4. Why no lightweight and welterweight champions? Are those titles vacant? And if they are, could you at least list the contenders at those weight classes?

    • Go to the divisional rankings page. All the top ten rankings for all seventeen recognized weight classes are there. There are no TBRB champs at lightweight nor welterweight. Floyd Mayweather is the RING welterweight champ, but there is no RING lightweight champ (last one was Juan Manuel Marquez, but he dropped all his lightweight belts when he went up in weight). TBRB doesn’t have a welterweight champ because their title policy is that number one has to fight number two, no exceptions. Robert Guerrero I think was number three at welterweight, and even then I think he was inflated by RING so that there would be a champ. Hell, take a look at Klitschko. He won the RING heavyweight title when he beat Ruslan Chagaev. When did TBRB recognize him? After he beat Povetkin, last year. Only because Wlad and Povetkin were ranked one and two. Chagaev was ranked number three by Ring Magazine at the time of the Klitschko fight, which was their policy back then.

      Danny Garcia is both RING and TBRB junior welterweight champ. When RING started recognizing him? When he beat Amir Khan. Khan was number one, and Garcia was number three. That is within RING’s policy (It was also during Michael Rosenthal’s far inferior-to-Nigel Collins’ reign as editor in chief). When TBRB started recognizing Garcia? After he beat Matthyse. Number one against Number two. Understand what I am getting at?

      • I agree with your opinion that Mayweather is not the lineal WW champ (despite your conspiracy theory), but I have a follow-up question. When these rankings were formed in Oct. 2012 how did you guys come to the conclusion on which Ring Champions to recognize as lineal? After researching, you guys decided to recognize LHW (starting with Pascal), SMW (Ward), MW (starting with Hopkins), and Fly (starting with Canto), but you guys did not recognize HW (starting with W. Klitschko), CW (starting with Hernandez), and JWW (starting with D. Garcia). Over time, W. Klitschko and D. Garcia have earned your lineal recognition through other fights, but I would like to know if you have inside knowledge on the process of recognizing lineal champions during the creation of these rankings in Oct. 2012.

        Thank you for this website by the way, you guys have far surpassed The Ring already in my opinion.

        • Hello V.,

          The way we came to recognize certain Ring champions for our inaugural rankings is pretty straightforward. We examined those instances where a divisional throne was vacant, the first- and second-ranked contenders fought, and a winner was declared. There was one exception: We chose not to recognize Yoan Pablo Hernandez at Cruiserweight despite the fact that he and Steve Cunningham were rated in the top two by them when they fought in Feb ’12. We took issue with the hasty removal of Marco Huck from his #1 rating simply because he had scheduled a foray into the Heavyweight division later that month (Floyd did much the same that spring at Jr. Middleweight but was not removed from his Welterweight rating). We believed that was a mistake and that Huck was the rightful #1 contender.

          That’s the inside knowledge on how we determined which champions to recognize in our inaugural rankings. Since then, we have proven that the common sense, first- vs. second-ranked principle is viable. We crowned 4 more true champions inside of our first year of existence.

          Thank you for your support, V.

          • This a late question and may not have a reply due to The Ring’s lack of archival rankings, but do you have any information on where Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito were ranked in the WW division when they fought in July 2008? Subsequently, where were Margarito and Mosley ranked when they fought in January 2009?

            I ask because one of your staff members, Cliff Rold, recognizes the WW lineage beginning with Margarito-Mosley.

          • Margarito and Cotto were ranked by The Ring at #4 and #1 at the time of their bout as far as I can figure (I’d have to research it to be 100% certain). I know for sure that Margarito and Mosely were rated by The Ring at #1 and #3 at the time of their bout (Cotto was #2). Floyd retired on 6/6/08 and thus abdicated the WW throne. Since then, #1 has not faced #2 either by The Ring’s ratings before October 2012 or our rankings since October 2012.

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