American Terence “Bud” Crawford, World Boxing Group Welterweight Champion and undefeated in 37 fights with 28 KOs and 9 choices, was 6 factors (130-124) forward of Mexican Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in ESPN’s Prime Ten (10 Greatest) Pound-for-Pound Boxing rankings for final month.
On this alternative, Mexican Alvarez, Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada and Oscar Valdez stand out. Within the election, 10 factors are awarded to the primary place, 9 to the second and so forth in descending order. Crawford obtained 5 votes out of a doable 14 for first, 8 for second and one for third, whereas Jalisco’s “Canelo” obtained 7 votes for first and 6 for second.
Crawford, from Omaha, Nebraska, a quick 33-year-old southpaw fighter, who fires punches continuous and unexpectedly shifts his guard, has been talked about as a possible opponent of the legendary Filipino Manny Pacquiao, who has mentioned he’ll make at the least two fights in 2021, presumably one in every of them with Crawford, who’s the previous IBF and WBO Tremendous Light-weight champion and present WBO Welterweight champion since June 9, 2018, when he knocked out Australian Jeff Horn in 9 rounds. In 4 defenses he data 4 KOs: towards his countryman Jose Benavidez in 12; the English Amir Khan, in 6; the Lithuanian Egidijus Kavalkiuskas, in 9 and, lastly, he completed Ezekiel “Kell” Brook, from the UK, in 4 rounds, final November 14 on the Bubble Corridor of the MGM resort in Las Vegas, in a Prime Rank card of the promoter Bob Arum.
The controversial “Canelo”, 30 years outdated, WBA and WBC Tremendous Middleweight Tremendous Champion, 53-1-2, 37 KOs (his solely loss to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013), defeated Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in 3 rounds on 2/27/21 and on Might 5 he’ll search the WBO crown held by British gypsy Billy Joe Saunders. He’ll then go towards “gringo” Caleb Plant, IBF champion, in his objective to win the 4 most essential belts.
THE OTHER EIGHT
Going a bit deeper right into a superficial boxing profile of the opposite 8 names on this as of late’ elite boxing record, let’s say that:
The third of the group is Japan’s Naoya Inoue, 27, nicknamed The Monster, proprietor of the bantamweight title since Might 2018 with a surprising knockout within the first spherical vs. England’s Jamie McDowell. He’s the Tremendous Champion of the World Boxing Affiliation and Champion of the IBF, in addition to being acknowledged by The Ring journal, though it’s not a governing physique, it carries the load of its acknowledged status.
Later, final yr, Inoue added the IBF belt to his WBA belt with a 7-round KO over England’s Jason Moloney, in his final battle held on October 31, 2020, which marked his debut on U.S. soil, at The Bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When he totaled solely 5 skilled fights, Inoue, on the age of 20 in 2014, received the sunshine flyweight belt with a KO over Mexican Adrian Hernandez in 6 rounds and after two defenses he moved as much as tremendous flyweight to knock out Argentine Omar Narvaez in his seventh look. He moved as much as bantamweight after 7 exhibitions, with 6 KOs. An impressive gladiator from the newbie sector, in his transient skilled profession he has collected 20 wins with out defeats, with 17 KOs. For the connoisseurs, there is no such thing as a actual hazard for the Asian within the outlook.
The fourth place is occupied by New Yorker Errol Spence, 31 years outdated, IBF and WBC champion, undoubtedly among the many 4 greatest welterweights on the earth. He has received 21 of his 27 fights earlier than the restrict. In his most up-to-date battle, he defeated Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia on factors, to whom he gave a boxing lesson of the best technical degree.
Spence is adopted by Brooklyn native and Honduran descendant Teofimo Lopez junior, proprietor of the WBA (Tremendous Champion) and WBC and IBF Light-weight belts due to his victory over Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko final October on the MGM in Las Vegas by a detailed determination. Lopez, nicknamed “The Takeover,” has 16 wins, 12 by KO, with no losses. At 23 years outdated, he’s the youngest of the P4P’s prime ten fighters.
The sixth place is for “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury, from Manchester, UK, 32 years outdated, proprietor of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts, whose file is 30-0-1, 21 KOs, and who crushed American Deontay Wilder in 7 rounds, final February twenty second.
Lastly, the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, 18-0-0, 13 KOs, 34 years outdated, among the many most famed heavyweights of the second, within the seventh place; the Ukrainian and former mild heavyweight titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko, 33 years outdated, with 14 wins, 2 setbacks and a draw; and Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico, World Boxing Council Tremendous Flyweight champion, who starred with Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in what is taken into account, thus far, the most effective battle of 2021, received by the Mexican in a detailed and controversial determination final February thirteenth. The 30-year-old fighter is 42-3-0, 28 KOs and is sort of sure to rematch former three-time champion “Chocolatito” in his subsequent battle.
Closing the ESPN rankings is Oscar Valdez, 30, 29-0, 23 KO, additionally from Sonora, who made it to the record for the primary time due to his 10-round KO victory over his countryman Miguel Berchelt on February twenty second within the World Boxing Council junior light-weight title battle.