Top 10 pound-for-pound boxers

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Newsday's Robert Cassidy ranks the best pound-for-pound boxers as the 2017 fight calendar continues to unfold in the ring. The top 10 are presented below in countdown order.

10. Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) lost his title
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Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) lost his title and unbeaten record to Keith Thurman on March 4. He pressed the action in the middle-to-late rounds but let the bout slip away as Thurman elected to box and move. Garcia was unable to cut off the ring with any regularity.

9. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez

Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) lost his WBC super
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Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) lost his WBC super flyweight title to Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai via controversial majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112) on the Gennady Golovkin-Danny Jacobs undercard. Most of the Garden booed the decision. Gonzalez was dropped in the first round and suffered a nasty cut via headbutt in Round 6. Most of the boxing media, though, felt he rallied back to retain his title. The WBC has ordered a mandatory rematch.

8. Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) doesn't get penalized
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Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) doesn't get penalized for his first career loss, a majority decision to Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton fought well but was just on the wrong side of a very close majority decision. He is looking for a third fight with Santa Cruz, as are many boxing fans.

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7. Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) made the
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Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) made the right adjustments to beat Carl Frampton in their WBA featherweight title fight. The long, rangy Santa Cruz came away with a majority decision because he was effectively able to use his jab to control the pace of the fight. His long jab and solid combinations were enough to hand Frampton his first career loss.

6. Terence Crawford

Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) scored wins over
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Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) scored wins over previously unbeaten Viktor Postol and a very tough John Molina Jr., then defended his WBC-WBO super lightweight titles on May 20 against Felix Diaz (19-1) at Madison Square Garden via 10th-round TKO.

5. Keith Thurman

Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) showed plenty of
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Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) showed plenty of versatility in winning a split decision over Danny Garcia in their March 4 unification bout at Barclays Center. The fans may not have loved the fight, but the puncher-turned-boxer did what he had to do to secure the win. 

4. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) notched a pair
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Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) notched a pair of predictable knockouts over Amir Khan and Liam Smith. A unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. set up the showdown fans have wanted -- a WBC middleweight championship unification match against Gennady Golovkin.

3. Sergey Kovalev

There are plenty of ringside observers who felt
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There are plenty of ringside observers who felt Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) beat Andre Ward in their light heavyweight unification title bout. He dropped Ward but lost as close a unanimous decision as one can lose: 114-113 on all three judges' scorecards. They will fight again on June 17.

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2. Andre Ward

Undisputed light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15
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Undisputed light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) rose from the canvas, stayed composed and turned back the biggest challenge of his career in his fight against Sergey Kovalev. The unanimous decision was widely disputed and the two will fight again on June 17.

1. Gennady Golovkin

Gennary Golovkin's 23-fight knockout streak came to an
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Gennary Golovkin's 23-fight knockout streak came to an end in March, but his status as the world's top middleweight remains firmly in place. Danny Jacobs gave Golovkin the toughest fight of his pro career. Golovkin dropped Jacobs in the fourth and won a close, hard-fought unanimous decision, 115-112 twice and 114-113. He'll face Canelo Alvarez in September.

The next 10

11. Danny Jacobs 12. Vasyl Lomachenko (pictured) 13.
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11. Danny Jacobs
12. Vasyl Lomachenko (pictured)
13. Guillermo Rigondeaux
14. Deontay Wilder
15. Kell Brook
16. Adonis Stevenson
17. Erislandy Lara
18. Viktor Postol
19. Shawn Porter
20. Anthony Joshua 

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