Pound-for-Pound Poll: Lomachenko Leads Round By Round Boxing’s Pound-for-Pound List, Spence Jr. and Pacquiao Gain Ground in Rankings
Analysis by Paul R Jones! ft. Alex Burgos
Once again, Vasiliy Lomachenko was the top vote getter in Round By Round Boxing’s (RBRBoxing) latest Quarterly Pound-for-Pound (QP4P) Rankings, earning nearly half of all first-place votes (46 percent) cast by our expert panel (Tables 1 and 2).
Table 1. Round by Round Boxing’s Quarterly Pound-for-Pound Rankings, October 2019
|1.||Vasiliy Lomachenko||13-1,10 KOs||120||S0|
|2.||Terence Crawford||35-0-0, 26 KOs||107||S0|
|3.||Canelo Alvarez||51-1-2, 35 KOs||106||S0|
|4.||Aleksandr Usyk||16-0-0, 12 KOs||84||S0|
|5.||Naoya Inoue||18-0-0, 16 KOs||73||S0|
|6.||Errol Spence Jr.||26-0-0, 21 KOs||61||U1|
|7.||Gennadiy Golovkin||40-1-1, 35 KOs||50||D1|
|8.||Juan Francisco Estrada||39-3-0, 26 KOs||29||S0|
|9.||Manny Pacquiao||62-7-2, 39 KOs||25||NENTRY|
|10.||Tyson Fury||29-0-1, 20 KOs||17||S0|
The “move” 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. S0 = No movement. NE = New entry to the P4P list. U/D = Up or Down; the number adjacent to the U/D symbol indicates the number of slots a fighter has moved up/down the P4P list. More information on our weighted scoring system can be found here. Our results are through October 7. Seven panelists abstained from voting (Heasley, Jolly, Linares, Silva, Ulloa, G. Williams, Zittel).
Table 2. How RBR’s Panelists Voted
How RBR Panelists Voted October 2019
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Also receiving votes (points): Deontay Wilder (12); Mikey Garcia (11); Miguel Berchelt, Gervonta Davis, and Kosei Tanaka (4); Devin Haney, Donnie Nietes, and Regis Prograis (2); and Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Shawn Porter (1).
Equally important, only a single point separated Terence Crawford and Canelo Álvarez from our second-place ranking.
Although most of our Top 10 P4P list remained intact, Pacquiao’s emphatic win over former WBA (Super) World Champ Keith Thurman (29-1, 1 ND, 22 KOs) was undoubtedly the primary reason why Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) were bounced from our list.
Two less obvious factors that may have also influenced our rankings: (1) the relative inactivity of Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) since losing to Spence in March; and (2) the lack of high-level competition faced by Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) since escaping with a split draw vs. Fury last December.
Likewise, Errol Spence’s signature win over former WBC World Champ Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs), coupled with Golovkin’s performance against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, obviously carried weight in the minds of our panelists and contributed to Spence leapfrogging GGG into sixth place in our rankings.
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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.