Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Artur Beterbiev punches his way into the top 10, but who’s out?

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Artur Beterbiev’s demolition of Joe Smith Jr. on June 18 impressed most of our panelists on Saturday night time. Now the unified mild heavyweight champion sits comfortably at No. 7 in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) is the one present champion with an ideal KO proportion.

“He is ‘The Terminator’. He confirmed everybody that he isn’t only a slugger,” two-time boxing champion and present ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. stated. “He is clever and exact and may mix no matter is required to eradicate any opponent. He is a trap-setting ticking time bomb, however extra importantly, his ways, distinctive strategies and devastating punching energy is what made me transfer him all the best way to the No. 5 spot on my listing.”

ESPN author Mike Coppinger moved Beterbiev to No. 8, saying Beterbiev’s defeated a troublesome opponent in Smith.

“Beterbiev was previously on my listing however his current opposition was missing,” Coppinger stated. “Smith was removed from elite, however he entered the ring as a sturdy, hard-punching mild heavyweight who went the gap with Dmitry Bivol and even buckled the Russian. Add in a formidable KO victory over Eleider Alvarez, and Beterbiev’s two-round destruction of Smith appears even higher. Beterbiev is not only a menacing puncher, he possesses underrated ring IQ and the uncanny skill to exactly place his concussive photographs.”

Nonetheless, boxing author Ben Child would not consider Beterbiev deserves a spot in his prime 10.

“Beterbiev is the most effective mild heavyweight on the earth and has held that declare for a while. And even earlier than Smith was knocked down a number of instances and stopped within the second spherical, the percentages had been closely towards Smith altering that truth,” Child stated. “Beterbiev obtained a grand complete of 1 — sure, one — vote within the final spherical of pound-for-pound voting. And now he is vaulted into the highest 10 with out actually presenting any model new info except for holding an extra belt.”

To make room for Beterbiev, light-weight undisputed champion Devin Haney falls from the listing by simply 4 votes.

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

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

Observe: Outcomes are by way of 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, Could 7
NEXT FIGHT: Sept. 17 vs. Gennadiy Golovkin


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: Aug. 20 vs. Anthony Joshua


7. ARTUR BETERBIEV     Earlier rating: N/R

RECORD: 18-0, 18 KOs
DIVISION: Gentle heavyweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Joe Smith Jr., June 18
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


8. DMITRY BIVOL     Earlier rating: No. 8

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


9. 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


10. 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


The system

The rankings are primarily based 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: Devin Haney (19), Gervonta Davis (14), Jermell Charlo (9), Juan Francisco Estrada (4), Josh Taylor (1), Gennadiy Golovkin (1), Stephen Fulton (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. Beterbiev, 6. Fury, 7. Usyk, 8. Stevenson, 9. Charlo, 10. Haney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Beterbiev, 8. Lomachenko, 9. Stevenson, 10. Davis

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

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

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

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


ESPN specialists’ ballot

First place: Crawford (8), Inoue (6), Spence (1), Usyk (1)

Second place: Crawford (7), Spence (3), Inoue (2), Fury (2), Alvarez (1), Bivol (1)

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

Fourth place: Alvarez (6), Fury (4), Inoue (2), Bivol (2), Spence (1), Usyk (1)

Fifth place: Spence (5), Alvarez (4), Usyk (3), Beterbiev (3), Inoue (1)

Sixth place: Usyk (5), Fury (4), Alvarez (3), Spence (2), Bivol (1), Lomachenko (1)

Seventh place: Usyk (3), Lomachenko (3), Beterbiev (2), Stevenson (2), Davis (2), Fury (1), Bivol (1), Haney (1), Estrada (1)

Eighth place: Beterbiev (5), Bivol (3), Haney (3), Fury (2), Usyk (1), Lomachenko (1), Stevenson (1)

Ninth place: Stevenson (4), Lomachenko (3), Bterebiev (2), Haney (2), Davis (2), Charlo (2), Bivol (1)

tenth place: Stevenson (4), Lomachenko (2), Haney (2), Davis (2), Charlo (2), Beterbiev (1), Bivol (1), Golovkin (1), Fulton (1)

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