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How Is Pound For Pound Boxing Ranking Established?

Published On September 23, 2016 | By Michael Wicks | Boxing News, Boxing Views and Opinion

I have often pondered how the pound for pound boxing ranking list is decided. Each time one is published it sparks a tremendous diversity in our perception of who has been included and who has been omitted.

I decided to experiment with a points system awarded to the generally accepted top five.

I have limited this to a four year period because it has always been my opinion that recent activity should be a key factor.

A fighter who was at the top of his game, but for whatever reason, is inactive for an extended period, will be awarded fewer points in the activity segment. My points award include marks out of 10 for the following:

 

1. Overall record.
2. Activity within the period September 2012 to September 2016.
3. Quality of the last 4 opponents. (This part is my assessment and therefore open to criticism)

 

#1. Roman Gonzalez. Record 46 – 0 – = 10

Activity over 4 yrs – 14 fights = 10
Quality of last 4 opponents :-
Sosa 8 – Vlora 9 – Mcwilliams 6 – Coadios 10 = 33
Overall score = 53

#2. Kovalev. Record 30 – 0. = 10

Activity over last 4 yrs – 12 fights = 10
Quality of last 4 opponents.
Pascal 9 – Mouammedi 7 – Pascal 8 – Chilembra 7 = 32
Overall score = 52

#3 Golovkin Record 36 – 0 = 10

Activity over last 4 yrs – 13 fights = 10
Quality of last 4 opponents.
Monroe 7 – Lemiuex 9 – Wade 6 – Brook 7 = 31
Overall score = 51

#4 Canelo Record 48 1 = 9

Activity over last 4 yrs – 9 fights = 9
Quality of last 4 opponents
Kirkland 7 – Cotto 9 – Khan – 7 Smith – 8
Overall score = 49

#5 Ward Record 30 -0 =10

Activity over last 4 years – 4 fights = 7
Quality of last 4 opponents
Rodriguez – 10 Smith – 7 Barrera – 8 Brand – 6.
Overall score = 48

Scores out of of 60

#1 Gonzalez = 53
#2 Kovalev = 52
#3 Golovkin = 51
#4 Canelo = 49
#5 Ward = 48.

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About The Author

Michael Wicks
My name is Michael Wicks. I have been involved with boxing since I was ten years old. I boxed as an Amateur as a Jr and won the RAF under 18 Championship. I lost in the final of the Inter Service Boxing Association. I won the Eastern v Southern region finals. After leaving the RAF, I continued boxing but my amateur career was cut short with a recurring shoulder injury. I later went into the coaching field. I was part of the quest to improve coaching standards and attended the coaching school at HMS Raleigh.

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