5. Canelo Alvarez
El boxeo es así, a veces se gana y a veces se pierde, pero siempre con la frente en alto. Me quedo con la gran pelea que ofrecimos a la gente.
Volveremos a pelear y volveremos a ganar. pic.twitter.com/pPJexLo9FC
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) May 8, 2022
As mentioned earlier in this article, Alvarez lost to Bivol via unanimous decision on Saturday. Alvarez took a gamble in his light heavyweight return and he fell short of that goal. He did not fall further down on this list because he holds all four super middleweight world titles. With a win in his next fight, Alvarez could find himself back in the top three of the pound-for-pound rankings. It will probably take a while before he gets back to the No. 1 pound-for-pound spot.
4. Tyson Fury
When the world had its eyes on Wembley Stadium in April, Tyson Fury delivered a thunderous sixth-round TKO against Dillian Whyte. Fury reclaimed his WBC heavyweight world title with the win. He talked about retirement but a unification bout against Usyk or Joshua could keep him in the sport. He also talked about a crossover bout against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Either way, Fury is one of the greatest heavyweights in history and he is getting better with each performance.
3. Naoya Inoue
The “monster” is one of the most feared boxers in the entire sport. His body shots and power is the best in the bantamweight division. He is coming off of an eighth-round stoppage win over Aran Dipaen in December. Inoue has a rematch with WBC bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire scheduled for June 7 in Saitama, Japan. If Inoue can get his second win over Donaire, there will be serious discussions for him to be the best boxer on the planet. Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) will put his WBA and IBF world titles on the line in the unification bout.
2. Terence Crawford
Terence “Bud” Crawford is the best switch hitter in boxing. He can box from both sides and carry his power with him into the championship rounds. He dispatched Shawn Porter in November with a 10th-round TKO. He is on a collision course for a unification bout with the man who holds the other three welterweight world titles. If Crawford gets that fight, he will try to make the most of it.
1. Errol Spence Jr.
In April, Errol Spence Jr. became the unified welterweight world champion with a 10th-round TKO win over former welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas. Spence heads into a potential fight against Crawford with the IBF, WBA, and the WBC welterweight world titles. He wants Crawford’s WBO welterweight world title, and he has to set up a fight with Crawford in order to be the undisputed welterweight champion.