Boxing’s pound-for-pound list was shaken up after consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer Canelo Alvarez fell to WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol via unanimous decision on Saturday.
Bivol’s biggest win of his career could have landed him a spot on this list. On top of that, the No. 1 spot will likely see a change after Alvarez’s first loss in nearly nine years. Look for other fighters to move into the top five who were previously on the outside.
10. Vasiliy Lomachenko
This was a difficult choice to make for who was going to make this last spot. It was between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Juan Francisco Estrada. Lomachenko fought twice within the last 365 days and had two finishes over former world champions. Estrada last fought in March 2021 and he squeaked past Roman Gonzalez with a split decision win in the super flyweight division. It was hard to remove Estrada from the pound-for-pound list, but with new entries, his inactivity hurt him when compared to Lomachenko. For Lomachenko, he will be in the mix for a world title in the lightweight division once he returns to action. He took time off from boxing to help Ukraine in the war against Russia.
9. Shakur Stevenson
💪🏾 Hell of a night!!! https://t.co/SMm8PYoSVH
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) May 7, 2022
On April 30, Shakur Stevenson became the unified WBC and WBO world super featherweight champion with a unanimous decision win over Oscar Valdez. Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) put on a boxing clinic for 12 rounds and outpaced Valdez. He will be looked at as a future No. 1 pound-for-pound contender if he can keep up his winning ways.
8. Dmitry Bivol
#CaneloBivol ✅ pic.twitter.com/jcLgYDeoO3
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) May 8, 2022
Saturday night saw one of the biggest upsets of the year in boxing when Dmitry Bivol stopped Alvarez from collecting his second light heavyweight world title. Bivol outboxed Alvarez for 12 rounds and his length proved to be too great for Alvarez to overcome. Bivol did not surrender at all against Alvarez and proved why he was arguably the best light heavyweight in the world. He remained undefeated with the win and can find himself in a rematch against Alvarez or he can turn his attention to a unification bout against one of the other champions in the division.
7. Oleksandr Usyk
In September 2021, Oleksandr Usyk became the unified heavyweight champion with a unanimous decision win over former three-belt heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Usyk outclassed Joshua and claimed Joshua’s three belts. Usyk likely will have a rematch with Joshua at some point in the summer. If he can beat Joshua for a second time, he will move higher on this list.
6. Gervonta Davis
Gervonta Davis will be competing on May 28 against Rolando Romero for the WBA lightweight world title. Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) won his last fight in December via unanimous decision against Isaac Cruz. Davis was criticized for being unable to finish Cruz, but he proved that he could box for an entire title fight. Expect big fireworks at the Barclays Center when Davis fights at the end of the month.