Top 10 pound-for-pound boxing stars in the world, including Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez

It’s often tricky trying to form your top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world list, but Express Sport have done their best in trying to do so. Stars such as Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez, make it onto our list, but who will the eight remaining spots go to?

10. Manny Pacquiao

In tenth place, the legendary Filipino Manny Pacquiao, who just last year won another world title aged 40 when he beat Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight belt.

Pacquiao is an eight-division champion, but is now coming toward the end of his illustrious career.

9. Artur Beterbiev

Probably the meanest fighter in boxing today, Artur Beterbiev, makes it in at number nine.

The Russian WBC and IBF light-heavyweight world champion last fought when he TKO’d Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October.

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8. Tyson Fury

It’s not often you see heavyweights on this list, but Fury’s huge victory over Deontay Wilder in February earns him a place on our list.

Fury became a two-time heavyweight champion with his win and became just the third heavyweight in history to pick up the Ring Magazine belt on a second occasion, behind Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali.

7. Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin would find himself higher on this list, but it’s clear he’s coming toward the end of his career now – after a sub-par showing against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October.

Golovkin arguably beat Canelo Alvarez twice, but with no official W on the record from those two bouts, we can’t place him any higher.


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6. Errol Spence Jr

Spence Jr was impressive in his hard-fought win over Shawn Porter last September in Los Angeles.

The Texan unified the WBC and IBF welterweight world titles, and is racking up some decent names on his resume, including Porter, Mikey Garcia, Kell Brook and Lamont Peterson.

5. Oleksandr Usyk

One of two undisputed world champions on this list – the scary Ukrainian Usyk, who has tested the waters once since his move up to heavyweight.

Assuming he can win titles at heavyweight like he did at cruiserweight, Usyk will eventually find himself in the top four.


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4. Naoya Inoue

The Monster Inoue finds himself on the precipice of the top three on our list, having beaten Filipino Nonito Donaire in the WBSS bantamweight final in November.

Inoue is a three-weight world champion and was due to face another Filipino in Johnriel Casemiro before the coronavirus pandemic halted those plans.

3. Terence Crawford

Though a three-weight world champion with no losses on his record, Crawford only makes it at three because of his lack of formidable opponents.

Crawford’s biggest win was probably against Yuriorkis Gamboa several years ago and since then it’s been plain-sailing for the Nebraskan.

2. Canelo Alvarez

Alvarez could have been numero uno, but with a loss, two draws and a couple of other controversial decisions in his favour, two is the best we can do for the Mexican.

But don’t let that take away from his impressive resume. He’s also a three-weight world champion, having beaten fighters such as Erislandy Lara, Amir Khan, Austin Trout, Miguel Cotto, Danny Jacobs, Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev.

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

The Matrix himself, Lomachenko takes our No 1 spot, as he waits his chance to become undisputed world champion of the lightweight division when he faces Teofimo Lopez upon boxing’s return.

The Ukrainian’s record doesn’t look all that impressive at 14-1, but it is when you find that he’s picked up world titles in three different weight classes in that short space of time. 

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