CANELO ALVAREZ has been bumped off top spot in the Ring Magazine’s latest pound-for-pound rankings of the top ten boxers.
The Mexican ace, 31, a été outpointed by Russia’s WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol last weekend.
It was just the second defeat of his 61-fight career, with his previous loss coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather dans 2013.
Prior to Canelo’s shock defeat, he was sitting pretty at the top of the Ring’s P4P list.
But he has now plummeted down in the rankings, while there is still no room for Tyson Fury after he signed off his career with a brutal knockout victory over Dillian Whyte le mois dernier.
Le Ring Magazine still counts Fury as their top heavyweight and champion, though they have omitted him from their updated list.
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SunSport still includes Fury in our updated list, with the Gypsy King sitting third behind Terence Crawford and Canelo.
Here SunSport runs you down the Ring’s rankings, with Canelo left out of the top five.
1. Oleksandr Usyk – Heavyweight
The unbeaten Ukrainian, 35, proved his class last year after outclassing Anthony Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He is now preparing to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts against AJ en été.
Usyk is the first heavyweight to top the Ring’s P4P list since Mike Tyson over 30 il y a des années.
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2. Terence Crawford – Poids welter
The American ace is a three-weight world champion, with the 34-year-old yet to taste defeat from his 38 combats.
Il a gagné 29 of his bouts by knockouts, with his last nine victories coming inside the distance.
Fans are hoping to see him in an undisputed title affair against his compatriot Errol Spence later this year.
3. Naoya Inoue – Poids coq
The Japanese KO specialist has also captured world titles in three divisions, avec 19 de son 22 fights ending in brutal fashion.
He defends his WBA and IBF belt against WBC champ Nonito Donaire next month in a rematch of their 2019 World Boxing Super Series final.
4. Errol Spence – Poids welter
MANNY PACQUIAO a montré sa vitesse de main fulgurante alors qu'il commençait à s'entraîner pour combattre Errol Spence Jr, 32, is another formidable puncher having notched up 22 knockouts from his 28 combats.
The WBC, WBA and IBF champ stopped Yordenis Ugas last month to set up a potential blockbuster bout against Crawford.
5. Juan Estrada – Super-flyweight
The Mexican ace, 32, added the WBA strap to his WBC belt in March 2021 after outpointing Roman Gonzalez in their unification bout.
A trilogy fight between the pair could now take place after Gonzalez won their first meeting in November 2012.
6. La BOXE fait son retour tant attendu à Londres ce week-end alors que John Ryder affronte son rival des super-moyens Daniel Jacobs – Super-middleweight/light-heavyweight
Incredibly down in sixth after his defeat to Bivol, Canelo has a big decision to make regarding his next fight.
Another defeat against Bivol in a rematch could harm his reputation, while he could opt to face Gennady Golovkin for a third time.
7. Vasyl Lomachenko – Poids léger
Usyk’s compatriot and stablemate was stunned by Teofimo Lopez in October 2020 after being outpointed in their unification dust-up.
But he has since returned to winning ways after beating Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey in convincing fashion.
8. Dmitry Bivol – Light-heavyweight
The 31-year-old has won all 20 of his outings inside the squared circle – successfully defending his WBA title on nine occasions.
Bivol has welcomed a rematch against Canelo, but should the Mexican decide against a second fight, he could eye up a unification dust-up against either Artur Beterbiev or Joe Smith Jr.
The pair face off next month with the WBC, WBO and IBF straps on the line at the Hulu Theater in New York.
9. Josh Taylor – Super-lightweight
The Scottish star is in ninth spot, despite his controversial win against Jack Catterall in February where El Gato was robbed of a decision.
Taylor was dropped in the fight and seemed to be outclassed, only to be awarded the win on a split decision.
A rematch with Catterall is essential.
10. Roman Gonzalez – Super-flyweight.
The 34-year-old is the first Nicaraguan to win world titles in four different weight classes.
He bounced back from his defeat to Estrada last year by outpointing Julio Cesar Martinez in March.