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. Carl Frampton
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. He attempted to get back into the ring with a July fight against Andres Gutierrez but was canceled when Gutierrez was injured prior to the fight.
9. Danny Garcia
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.
8. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, born Wisaksil Wangek, has consecutive wins over Chocolatito Gonzalez and earns a position the top 10. Some observers felt Gonzalez should have gotten the decision in their first fight, but Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KOs) left no doubt in the rematch, scoring the KO.
7. Vasyl Lomachenko
Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) makes his debut on this pound-for-pound list. He challenged for a world title in his second pro fight and lost to veteran Orlando Salido. Since then he's been perfect, beating some very good opposition along the way. He could fight in New York by the end of the year.
6. Leo Santa Cruz
Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) made the right adjustments to beat Carl Frampton in their rematch in January. He gets back into the ring in October to defend his WBA featherweight title against Chris Avalos.
5. Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) scored an impressive stoppage of previously unbeaten Julius Indongo in August. The undisputed super lightweight champion may soon be looking for bigger targets and paydays at higher weight classes.
4. Keith Thurman
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.
3. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) moves up to middleweight for a career-defining fight against middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin on Sept. 16. It's Canelo's second fight at middleweight.
2. Andre Ward
Undisputed light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) has now posted back-to-back wins over Sergey Kovalev, the second one a convincing TKO that erased all the doubts from their controversial decision in November of 2016.
1. Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin's 23-fight knockout streak came to an end in March, with his decision win over Danny Jacobs. For the moment, Golovkin's (37-0, 33 KOs) status as the world's top middleweight remains firmly in place. But he will face the biggest challenge of his career on Sept. 16 when he meets Canelo Alvarez.
The next 10
11. Guillermo Rigondeaux
12. Deontay Wilder (pictured)
13. Sergey Kovalev
14. Kell Brook
15. Adonis Stevenson
16. Erislandy Lara
17. Ramon Gonzalez
18. Danny Jacobs
19. Shawn Porter
20. Anthony Joshua