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Canelo Alvarez Surges to Top of Round By Round Boxing’s Pound-For-Pound List, Inoue and Estrada Also Gain Momentum

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Analysis by Paul R Jones! ft. Alex Burgos

Round by Round Boxing (RBR) has a new leader atop our Quarterly Pound-for-Pound (QP4P) list: Canelo Alvarez

Our previous first and second place finishers, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Terence Crawford (respectively), each slid one spot in our first QP4P rankings of 2020: 


RankName Record Points Move
1. Canelo Alvarez53-1-2, 36 KOs107+2
2.Vasiliy Lomachenko14-1, 10 KOs96-1
3.Terence Crawford36-0, 27 KOs92-1
4.Naoya Inoue19-0, 16 KOs65 +1
5.Aleksandr Usyk17-0, 13 KOs61-1
6.Errol Spence Jr.26-0, 21 KOs47
7.Juan Francisco Estrada40-3, 27 KOs 31+1
8.Gennadiy Golovkin40-1-1, 35 KOs23-1
Manny Pacquiao62-7-2, 39 KOs23
10.Tyson Fury29-0-1, 20 KOs15

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The movement column indicates whether and how (+/–) much a fighter has moved up or down in RBR’s pound-for-pound (P4P) rankings since our previous list was published. Empty cells reflect no movement in the P4P list. More information on our weighted scoring system can be found here.  

Also receiving votes (points): Deontay Wilder (12); Artur Beterbiev (11); Miguel Berchelt, Gervonta Davis, and Kosei Tanaka (5); Mikey Garcia (4); and José Carlos Ramírez (3).

Alvarez’s climb to No. 1 on our list was undoubtedly fueled by a strong 2019 campaign that saw him take home Fighter of the Year honors among many media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine, and ESPN.

Consistent with the social consensus surrounding the Mexican tactician, Canelo was the top vote getter in our rankings: earning six of 11 first-place votes (54 percent) cast by our expert panel.


How RBR Panelists Voted 1/8/2020

Also noteworthy was the relative rise of Naoya Inoue (4th place) and fall of Oleksandr Usyk (5th place) on our list, both of whom swapped places from their prior positions in our rankings.

And while Juan Francisco Estrada (7th place) received a noticeable bump in our rankings, Errol Spence Jr. (6th place), Manny Pacquiao (8th place), and Tyson Fury (10th place) all stayed put rounding out our list.


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About the Authors:

Paul R. Jones! is a boxing writer and ringside photographer for Round By Round (RBR) Boxing. He also chairs RBR’s Quarterly Pound-for-Pound Rankings Panel. A scientist by day and boxing writer by night, Paul covers the humorous, offbeat, and absurd from the sport of boxing. You can keep up with more of what Paul is thinking about on Twitter @boxingepicenter. For inquiries, e-mail him at

Alejandro “Alex” Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.

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