20 July 2021 – The much-anticipated World Championship Fight between #1-ranked Jermell Charlo and #2-ranked Brian Castano didn’t disappoint until the judges’ scorecards were read. One judge voted for Castano, another for Charlo, and the third saw it as a draw. Boxing was denied a new Jr. Middleweight Champion of the World as a result.
We expect Charlo-Castano II to happen sooner rather than later and encourage both fighters to insist on it.
Only one division saw rankings changes this week. Strawweight Ginjiro Shigeoka moves up form #8 to #7 after stopping undefeated countryman Toshiki Kawamitsu in 2 rounds. Shigeoka, a southpaw and only 21 with only 6 professional fights, is turning heads already. Melvin Jerusalem, who first appeared in the Transnational Strawweight rankings in January 2017, moves up from #10 to #9 with a win over Toto Landero. Pedro Taduran, who is coming off a loss, is now ranked in the vulnerable #10 position. We are happy to see both contenders moving up this week are enrolled in VADA.
P 4 P
|1||Saul Alvarez||MEX||55-1-2 (37)||Sr MW / Lt HW|
|2||Naoya Inoue||JPN||21-0-0 (18)||Bantamweight|
|3||Terence Crawford||USA||37-0-0 (28)||Welterweight|
|4||Oleksandr Usyk||UKR||18-0-0 (13)||Heavyweight|
|5||Errol Spence Jr.||USA||27-0-0 (21)||Welterweight|
|6||Josh Taylor *||SCT||18-0-0 (13)||Jr. Welterweight|
|7||Tyson Fury *||ENG||30-0-1 (21)||Heavyweight|
|8||Juan Francisco Estrada *||MEX||42-3-0 (28)||Jr. Bantamweight|
|9||Gennady Golovkin||KAZ||38-1-1 (34)||Middleweight|
|10||Teofimo Lopez *||USA||16-0-0 (12)||Lightweight|
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (175LBS/79KG)
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (168LBS/76.2KG)
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (154LBS/70KG)
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (140LBS/63.5KG)
JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (130LBS/59KG)
JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (122LBS/55.3KG)
JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (115LBS/52.1KG)
JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (108LBS/49KG)
WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO here: Boxing Rankings