Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Where do Inoue and Haney land after impressive wins?

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Naoya Inoue scored a powerful second-round TKO victory over Nonito Donaire of their rematch of the ESPN 2019 struggle of the yr and solidified his spot because the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs), 29, of Japan, acquired extra votes than ever earlier than from our 16-member panel, however could not take the highest spot from Terence Crawford. Nevertheless, the hole between them shrank from 40 votes to simply 10.

ESPN author Mike Coppinger moved Inoue to No. 1 on his record citing the best way he disposed of Donaire.

“Inoue was No. 2 on my record behind Canelo for years,” Coppinger stated. “However as different boxers fought higher opposition, the “Monster” feasted since his fight-of-the-year win over Donaire in 2019.

“Donaire turns 40 later this yr, however the future Corridor of Famer was on a roll at bantamweight. For Inoue to make such straightforward work of Donaire show that Inoue is not simply the fighter we thought he was as he sliced via the divisions. He could possibly be getting even higher. He is nonetheless simply 29.”

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Nevertheless, ESPN author Ben Child believes transferring Inoue after defeating an older Donaire is an overreaction.

“Inoue’s greatness and inclusion within the pound-for-pound rankings has by no means been in query,” Child stated. “However the three guys forward of Inoue on my record have all turn out to be undisputed champions, moved up a weight class after which gained titles.

“Inoue has executed a few of that, successful titles in three divisions, lives as much as his ‘Monster’ nickname and is nicely on his option to changing into an authorized star. If he continues on his present trajectory, he’ll have the credentials to be on the highest of the pound-for-pound record. Not simply but.”

Devin Haney, who grew to become the undisputed light-weight champion by defeating George Kambosos Jr. by unanimous resolution on June 4, acquired sufficient votes to make the highest 10. Jermell Charlo, who unified all of the junior middleweight belt with a TKO victory over Brian Castano on Might 14, is knocking on the door, as is Gervonta Davis after his TKO victory over Rolando Romero on Might 28.

Our panel of Coppinger, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Tessitore, Michael Rothstein, Teddy Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Andre Ward, Child, Eric Raskin, Eric Woodyard, Claudia Trejos, Kel Dansby, Bernardo Pilatti, Charles Moynihan and Salvador Rodriguez share their votes.

Extra rankings: Divisional rankings and ESPN’s girls’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Observe: Outcomes are via June 9.


1. TERENCE CRAWFORD     Earlier rating: No. 1

RECORD: 38-0, 29 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Shawn Porter, Nov. 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


2. NAOYA INOUE     Earlier rating: No. 2

RECORD: 23-0, 20 KOs
DIVISION: Bantamweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Nonito Donaire, June 7
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


3. ERROL SPENCE JR.     Earlier rating: No. 3

RECORD: 28-0, 22 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Yordenis Ugas, April 16
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


4. CANELO ALVAREZ     Earlier rating: No. 4

RECORD: 57-2-2, 39 KOs
DIVISION: Tremendous middleweight (undisputed champion)
LAST FIGHT: L (UD12) Dmitry Bivol, Might 7
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


5. TYSON FURY     Earlier rating: No. 5

RECORD: 32-0-1, 23 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO6) Dillian Whyte, April 23
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


6. OLEKSANDR USYK     Earlier rating: No. 6

RECORD: 19-0, 13 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Anthony Joshua, Sept. 25
NEXT FIGHT: July 23 vs. Anthony Joshua


7. VASILIY LOMACHENKO     Earlier rating: No. 7

RECORD: 16-2, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Light-weight
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Richard Commey, Dec. 11
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


8. DMITRY BIVOL     Earlier rating: No. 8

RECORD: 20-0, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Mild heavyweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Canelo Alvarez, Might 7
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


9. SHAKUR STEVENSON     Earlier rating: No. 9

RECORD: 18-0, 9 KOs
DIVISION: Junior light-weight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Oscar Valdez, April 30
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


10. DEVIN HANEY     Earlier rating: N/R

RECORD: 28-0, 15 KOs
DIVISION: Light-weight (undisputed champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) George Kambosos Jr., June 4, 2021
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


The system

The rankings are based mostly on a descending factors system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 factors, a second-place vote receiving 9 factors and so forth. A tie goes to the fighter with the very best rating after which the one with essentially the most votes at that rating.


Others receiving votes: Gervonta Davis (17), Jermell Charlo (9), Juan Francisco Estrada (8), Josh Taylor (3), Gennadiy Golovkin (2), Stephen Fulton (2), Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (1), Artur Beterbiev (1).


How our writers voted

Atlas: 1. Crawford, 2. Bivol, 3. Inoue, 4. Usyk, 5. Spence, 6. Alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Fury, 9. Davis, 10. Beterbiev

Bradley: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Fury, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Stevenson, 9. Davis, 10. Haney

Coppinger: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Fury, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Bivol, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Stevenson, 10. Haney

Tessitore: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Usyk, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Stevenson, 7. Fury, 8. Bivol, 9. Haney, 10. Charlo

Parkinson: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Alvarez, 4. Fury, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Bivol, 8. Haney, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Charlo

Raskin: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Bivol, 5. Alvarez, 6. Fury, 7. Usyk, 8. Stevenson, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Gonzalez

Ward: 1. Crawford, 2. Spence, 3. Inoue, 4. Alvarez, 5. Usyk, 6. Bivol, 7. Stevenson, 8. Haney, 9. Davis, 10. Charlo

Child: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. Usyk, 4. Inoue, 5. Spence, 6. Lomachenko, 7. Fury, 8. Haney, 9. Stevenson, 10. Fulton

Rothstein: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Fury, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Bivol, 9. Davis, 10. Stevenson

Woodyard: 1. Crawford, 2. Fury, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Inoue, 6. Usyk, 7. Davis, 8. Haney, 9. Stevenson, 10. Taylor

Trejos: 1. Crawford, 2. Spence, 3. Inoue, 4. Fury, 5. Alvarez, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Stevenson, 9. Taylor, 10. Davis

Dansby: 1. Usyk, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Fury, 7. Haney, 8. Charlo, 9. Stevenson, 10. Fulton

Moynihan: 1. Spence, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Fury, 5. Alvarez, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Bivol, 9. Golovkin, 10. Estrada

Pilatti: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Fury, 5. Lomachenko, 6. Alvarez, 7. Davis, 8. Usyk, 9. Estrada, 10. Stevenson

Rodriguez: 1. Inoue, 2. Fury, 3. Crawford, 4. Spence, 5. Usyk, 6. Alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Charlo, 9. Bivol, 10. Haney


ESPN specialists’ ballot

First place: Crawford (7), Inoue (6), Spence (1), Usyk (1)

Second place: Crawford (7), Inoue (2), Spence (2), Fury (2), Alvarez (1), Bivol (1)

Third place: Inoue (5), Spence (4), Fury (2), Usyk (2), Crawford (1), Alvarez (1)

Fourth place: Alvarez (7), Fury (4), Inoue (1), Spence (1), Usyk (1), Bivol (1)

Fifth place: Spence (7), Alvarez (3), Usyk (2), Inoue (1), Fury (1), Lomachenko (1)

Sixth place: Usyk (7), Alvarez (3), Fury (2), Lomachenko (1), Bivol (1), Stevenson (1)

Seventh place: Lomachenko (6), Fury (2), Bivol (2), Davis (2), Usyk (1), Stevenson (1), Haney (1)

Eighth place: Haney (4), Bivol (3), Stevenson (3), Charlo (2), Fury (1), Usyk (1), Lomachenko (1)

Ninth place: Stevenson (4), Davis (4), Lomachenko (2), Bivol (1), Haney (1), Taylor (1), Estrada (1), Golovkin (1)

tenth place: Davis (3), Charlo (3), Stevenson (2), Estrada (2), Fulton (2), Davis (1), Beterbiev (1), Gonzalez (1)

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