Via Jim Calfa: Oleksandr Usyk has been promoted to No. 1 on Ring Magazine’s updated pound list, replacing Canelo Alvarez at No. 1 after last weekend’s loss to Dmitry Bivol.
Naturally, Ring Magazine’s decision to move IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) to #1 on their pound-for-pound list won’t put anyone off. fans of WBC champion Tyson Fury are pleased. , as many of them believe that he should take the top spot.
However, Fury’s retirement decision after successfully defending his title against Dillian Whyte on 30 April disqualified him from being selected for the pound list, as these only rank for active boxers, not those retired person.
If Fury just pulled everyone’s leash by pretend to retire For entertainment purposes, he shot himself in the foot with this stupid act because he was dropped from Ring Magazine’s pound list.
Usyk deserves the #1 spot after a stunning win over the former IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua previous September. Joshua, by the way, was not included in the updated Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list for obvious reasons.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist has lost two of his last four matches since 2019, and his once promising career is on the verge of total collapse.
Ring Magazine’s updated pound-for-pound list:
1. Oleksandr Usyk
2. Terence Crawford
3. Naoya Inoue
4. Errol Spence
5. Juan Estrada
6. Canelo Alvarez
7. Vasyl Lomachenko
8. Dmitry Bivol
9. Josh Taylor
10. Roman Gonzalez
For boxing fans who disagree with Usyk being moved up to No. 1 on the weight balance list, they assume he’s only fought three fights since moving up to heavyweight in 2019.
Before promotion, however, Usyk was the undisputed cruiser class champion in 2018, and he dominated his opponent.
Terence Crawford is ranked #2 on Ring Magazine’s pound list, and it’s easy to see why he hasn’t been moved up to #1.
Since moving up to the welterweight division in 2018, Crawford’s best win in that weight class has been against a lackluster 33-year-old Shawn Porter.
Crawford didn’t fight back well enough at 147 for him to be moved to No. 1. To be sure, if Crawford wins against any of these boxers, he will likely 1 on the balance sheet list: Errol Spence Jr., Keith Thurman, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis or Vergil Ortiz Jr.
“If he retires, good luck to him,“Eddie Hearn said to iFL TV about Tyson Fury. “I don’t think he’ll make it. I think he’ll be up against winners AJ and Usyk in December.
“It’s going to be the undisputed championship, it’s going to be a big fight financially, and it’s going to be a legacy fight, and it’s going to knock out the winner as we call it. a great generation.
“If AJ beats Usyk and then goes on to beat Fury, he’ll become one of the all-time heavyweights,” Hearn said.
We’ll see soon if Fury is serious about retiring after the smoke clears from the July 23 rematch between Usyk & Joshua.