Top 10 pound-for-pound boxers
Newsday's Greg Logan ranks the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport as the 2016 fight calendar continues. The top 10 are presented below in countdown order.
10. Tyson Fury(Credit: Getty Images)
At 27, Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) vaulted into the top 10 by virtue of his 12-round decision over 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) in November to capture the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts and end Klitschko's 22-bout win streak. The two are scheduled to fight a rematch July 9 in Manchester, England, where Fury will be the crowd favorite.
9. Danny Garcia(Credit: Getty Images)
In his second welterweight bout, Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) won the vacant WBC title in January with a unanimous decision over Roberto Guerrero in which Garcia showed his willingness to battle toe-to-toe at the end. Garcia's next move is uncertain, but after getting clocked by Canelo Alvarez, Amir Khan suggested a comeback against Garcia.
8. Kell Brook(Credit: Getty Images)
Since winning the IBF welterweight title from Shawn Porter two years ago, Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) has made three easy defenses, the last a second-round TKO over mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in March. Errol Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) looms on the horizon, but the IBF ordered Spence into an eliminator vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (30-0, 13 KOs) first.
7. Andre Ward(Credit: Getty Images)
Inactivity kept Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) out of Newsday's pound-for-pound rankings the past year, but in his first fight as a light heavyweight, Ward scored a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sullivan Barrera. Reportedly, Ward is set to step in the deep water against IBF/WBA/WBO champ Sergey Kovalev in November, but also may fight in July.
6. Terence Crawford(Credit: Getty Images)
WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) made the most of his Madison Square Garden showcase in February with a decisive fifth-round TKO of journeyman Hank Lundy. Now, it's on to bigger things against Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) on July 23 in Las Vegas with the added bonus of the vacant WBC 140-pound title.
5. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez(Credit: Getty Images)
His 10-bout KO streak came to an end, but Roman Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) retained his WBC flyweight title with a virtual shutout of McWilliams Arroyo in a 12-round decision in April. Many regard Gonzalez as boxing's best pound-for-pound fighter, and his skill level and accomplishments certainly merit that consideration.
4. Keith Thurman(Credit: Getty Images)
Although Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) won his comeback fight by decision over Timothy Bradley Jr., his election as a senator in the Philippines leaves WBA champ Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) atop the welterweight division. Thurman faces tough Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in what should be a great fight June 25 at Barclays Center.
3. Sergey Kovalev(Credit: Getty Images)
In January, Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) "krushed" Jean Pascal so badly for seven rounds that trainer Freddie Roach made him retire before the eighth. The future holds a fall date with Andre Ward that is huge, but the IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champ plans to stay busy with a July 11 bout against overmatched Isaac Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs).
2. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez(Credit: Getty Images)
Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) added another "name" fighter to his list of victims with a one-punch, right-handed knockout of Amir Khan on May 7 that demonstrated it was a mismatch with Khan moving up to a 155-pound catchweight. WBC middleweight champ Alvarez said he's now willing to face Gennady Golovkin, his mandatory challenger.
1. Gennady Golovkin(Credit: Getty Images)
Joe Louis had his "Bum of the Month" club, and IBF/IBO middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) has his streak of 22 straight stoppages. The latest was a two-round demolition of Dominic Wade. Critics complain about Golovkin's resume, but he only can fight those brave enough to face him. Is Canelo Alvarez finally ready?
The next 10(Credit: Getty Images)
11. Wladimir Klitschko
12. Adonis Stevenson
13. Erislandy Lara
14. Shawn Porter
15. Viktor Postol
16. Miguel Cotto
17. Daniel Jacobs
18. Guillermo Rigondeaux
19. Alexander Povetkin
20. Deontay Wilder (pictured)