Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko Nabs Top Spot on Round by Round Boxing’s Inaugural Pound for Pound List
Analysis by Paul R Jones! ft. Alex Burgos
Holding all things equal, who’s the best boxer on the planet?
Round By Round Boxing (RBRBoxing) surveyed a distinguished and diverse panel of boxing writers, photographers, videographers, and podcasters, an award-winning scholar, and an Emmy-award winning sports anchor to answer this question, which helped to determine our inaugural Quarterly Pound-for-Pound (QP4P) Rankings.
Our panel considered each fighter’s skill, ability, longevity, activity level, and their level of competition. Equally important, our panelists took into account how well each boxer would fare against the other fighters on our list.
Without further ado, here is RBR’s Top 10 QP4P list:
RBR Quarterly Pound-for-Pound Rankings (As of 7/19/19)
Also receiving votes: Manny Pacquiao (11); Gervonta Davis (8); Miguel Berchelt (4); Devin Haney (4); Donnie Nietes (3); Shakur Stevenson (3); Kosei Tanaka (3); Leo Santa Cruz (2); Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (2); Demetrius Andrade (1); Oleksandr Gvozdyk
(1); Anthony Joshua (1); Regis Prograis (1); Callum Smith (1); and Óscar Valdez (1).
Scoring.In keeping with other P4P lists, and the spirit of boxing’s 10-point must system, our top P4P vote getter received 10 points. Our runner up received 9 points, and so on.
Next, scores from our panelists’ P4P lists were summed to calculate overall QP4P rankings. Ties resulted in two (or more) fighters sharing the same ranking.
For full transparency, here are the point totals that determined our QP4P rankings and how each of our panelists voted:
RBR Quarterly Pound-for-Pound List Point Totals
How RBR Panelists Voted
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Note. Our results are through July 17. Two panelists abstained from voting (Silva, Zittel).
Round By Round Boxing Needs You!
Now that you’ve seen our list and scoring system, we’d like to hear from you.
Cast your vote in these two polls to tell us: (1) who’s your pick for the top boxer in the world, pound for pound; and (2) what’s the most important factor that you rely on when making that determination:
Who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing today?
What is the most important factor in determining the best fighter pound for pound?
*How the fighter would fare vs. Other P4P-level fighters (all things equal)
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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 [email protected].
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.