Newsday's Robert Cassidy ranks the best pound-for-pound boxers as the 2018 fight calendar continues to unfold in the ring. The top 10 are presented below in countdown order.
10. Mikey Garcia
Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) unified two of the lightweight belts with a decision over IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. on July 28. Garcia is being talked about as an opponent for every high-level fighter ranging from Manny Pacquiao to Vasyl Lomachenko to Errol Spence Jr.
9. Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) debuts in the top 10 by virtue of his thrilling knockout win of Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Center in March. Wilder looked out on his feet before turning the fight in his favor with a single right hand. The next big fight for Wilder would be a title unification bout with Anthony Joshua. Talks for that match already have broken down once.
8. Shawn Porter
Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) won the vacant WBC welterweight title with a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia at Barclays Center on Sept. 8. Porter has an aggressive style and has yet to be in a bad fight. Both of his career losses, to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook, were extremely close fights. Against Garcia, Porter finally got the nod in a close one.
7. Leo Santa Cruz
Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Abner Mares in their June rematch. The win helped him secure his status as the best featherweight in the world.
6. Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) has been sidelined with a shoulder injury after his title unification win over Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in March of 2017.
5. Errol Spence Jr.
Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) has made three successful title defenses of his IBF welterweight belt. Spence is currently riding an 11-bout knockout streak. He's likely to fight again in the fall, possibly against Jesse Vargas.
4. Gennady Golovkin
Many observers felt Gennady Golovkin won his mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez in September of 2017 and the rematch this September. Yet Golovkin (37-1-1, 33 KOs) came up one round short on the judges' card in the rematch, droppping a majority decision.
3. Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) continues to win and win impressively. He moved up to welterweight and stopped Jeff Horn to capture the WBO welterweight title in June. Now that he's a 147-pounder, bigger fights should be on the horizon. He's also a possible opponent for Manny Pacquiao.
2. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) was more aggressive against Gennady Golovkin in their September rematch and earned the win via majority decision, 115-113, 115-113, 114-114.
1. Vasyl Lomachenko
Vasyl Lomachenko scored dominant victories over quality champions Jorge Linares and Guillermo Rigondeaux in his last two fights to vault near the top of the list. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) underwent surgery on his right shoulder after the Linares fight, so he's sidelined for the foreseeable future. There are talks he could fight Manny Pacquiao upon his return.
The next 10
11. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
12. Anthony Joshua (pictured)
13. Danny Garcia
14. Carl Frampton
15. Kell Brook
16. Adonis Stevenson
17. Erislandy Lara
18. Danny Jacobs
19. Luis Nery
20. Isaac Dogboe