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Saturday’s heavyweight rematch between #1 ranked Deontay Wilder and #2-ranked Tyson Fury is for THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD. Let’s all hope and pray that there is no draw, robbery, or no-decision.

There are some that hold that Tyson Fury is the division’s “lineal champion” as if that were an official title. Please note that the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board does not consider him to be the true champion right now. Why? Because he retired in 2015 and then confirmed it in 2016. He is therefore no more the champion of the world than Joe Louis was when he came out of retirement and faced Ezzard Charles or Jim Jeffries was when he did the same to face Jack Johnson. If by “lineal” you mean the last champion of record, then that’s one thing, but to argue that Fury is now the rightful or true champion of the world is off. If that isn’t enough of a persuader, then take a note from a boxing columnist writing 110 years ago (1910):

“‘A’ says that Jim Jeffries is still champion of the world, while ‘B’ contends otherwise. Which is right?” -A FIGHT BUG

“‘A’ is a trifle bughouse. Jeffries was champion, but he isn’t now, and he may be again. Do you get it? Roosevelt used to be president of the United States but he isn’t now, and he may be again. Same with Jeffries. Ask me something easy.” -STRAIGHT DOPE

Meanwhile, at Super Middleweight, Caleb Plant tries the patience of the boxing world by facing Vincent Feigenbutz. He got a stoppage win in 10 rounds and climbs one spot anyway to #3. Why? Because Gilberto Ramirez hasn’t fought a super middleweight since December 2018. Almost nothing is better than nothing at all, right? It looks like Ramirez will be competing at light heavyweight again and so will be exiting this division’s rankings soon.

Lightweight Ryan Garcia moves up from #9 to #7 after a first-round, head-bouncing KO of Francisco Fonseca. Garcia, despite the hype, is not a world-beater yet and he sure as hell isn’t the champ. In fact, he hasn’t done enough to crack the top 5, even if it seems assured that he will soon enough. Garcia failed to answer Devin Haney’s challenge as he should have. (Where have you gone Erik Morales?)

Let’s hope that Bernard and Oscar understand that the best boxing business puts the fans first.

P4P:

Rank Name Nationality Record Division
1 Saul Alvarez * MEX 53-1-2 (36) Middle/Light Ht
2 Naoya Inoue JPN 19-0-0 (16) Bantamweight
3 Vasiliy Lomachenko UKR 14-1-0 (10) Lightweight
4 Terence Crawford USA 35-0-0 (26) Welterweight
5 Oleksandr Usyk UKR 17-0-0 (13) Heavyweight
6 Gennady Golovkin KAZ 38-1-1 (34) Middleweight
7 Juan Francisco Estrada * MEX 40-3-0 (27) Jr. Bantamweight
8 Errol Spence Jr. USA 25-0-0 (21) Welterweight
9 Manny Pacquiao PHI 62-7-2 (39) Welterweight
10 Josh Taylor SCO 16-0-0 (12) Jr. Welterweight

* Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

Heavyweight (+200lbs/+91kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since Tyson Fury’s retirement in October 2016)
1 Deontay Wilder 42-0-1 (41) USA 1
2 Tyson Fury 29-0-1 (20) ENG 2
3 Anthony Joshua 23-1-0 (21) ENG 3
4 Andy Ruiz Jr. 33-2-0 (22) USA 4
5 Dillian Whyte 27-1-0 (18) ENG 5
6 Luis Ortiz 31-2-0 (26) CUB 6
7 Alexander Povetkin 35-2-1 (24) RUS 7
8 Michael Hunter 18-1-1 (12) USA 8
9 Kubrat Pulev 27-1-0 (14) BUL 9
10 Filip Hrgovic 10-0-0 (8) HRV 10

Cruiserweight (200lbs/91kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since October 2019 with Olesksandr Usyk’s abdication)
1 Mairis Briedis 26-1-0 (19) LVA 1
2 Yunier Dorticos 24-1-0 (22) CUB 2
3 Krzysztof Glowacki 31-2-0 (19) POL 3
4 Ilunga Makabu 27-2-0 (24) COD 4
5 Kevin Lerena 25-1-0 (12) RSA 5
6 Andrew Tabiti 17-1-0 (13) USA 6
7 Thabiso Mchunu 22-5-0 (13) RSA 7
8 Michal Cieslak 19-1-0 (13) POL 8
9 Arsen Goulamirian 26-0-0 (18) ARM 9
10 Lawrence Okolie 14-0-0 (11) ENG 10

Light Heavyweight (175lbs/79kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
Artur Beterbiev 15-0-0 (15) RUS ***
1 Dmitry Bivol 17-0-0 (11) RUS 1
2 Oleksandr Gvozdyk 17-1-0 (14) UKR 2
3 Saul Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) MEX 3
4 Sergey Kovalev 34-4-1 (29) RUS 4
5 Eleider Alvarez 25-1-0 (13) COL 5
6 Jean Pascal 35-6-1 (20) CAN 6
7 Joe Smith Jr. 25-3-0 (20) USA 7
8 Marcus Browne 23-1-0 (16) USA 8
9 Badou Jack 22-3-3 (13) SWE 9
9 Anthony Yarde 18-1-0 (17) ENG 10

Super Middleweight (168lbs/76.2kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since March 2016 with Andre Ward’s abdication)
1 Callum Smith 27-0-0 (19) ENG 1
2 David Benavidez 22-0-0 (19) USA 2
3 Caleb Plant 20-0-0 (12) USA 4
4 Gilberto Ramirez 40-0-0 (26) MEX 3
5 Saul Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) MEX 5
6 John Ryder 28-5-0 (16) ENG 6
7 Fedor Chudinov 22-2-0 (15) RUS 7
8 Danny Jacobs 36-3-0 (30) USA 8
9 Juergen Braehmer 52-3- 0 (38) GER 9
10 Lionell Thompson 22-5-0 (12) USA 10

Middleweight (160lbs/72.5kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
Saul Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) MEX ***
1 Gennady Golovkin 40-1-1 (35) KAZ 1
2 Sergiy Derevyanchenko 13-2-0 (10) UKR 2
3 Jermall Charlo 30-0-0 (22) USA 3
4 Demetrius Andrade 28-0-0 (17) USA 4
5 Ryota Murata 16-2-0 (13) JPN 5
6 Rob Brant 25-2-0 (17) USA 6
7 Kamil Szeremeta 21-0-0 (5) POL 7
8 Willie Monroe Jr. 24-3-0 (6) USA 8
9 Liam Williams 22-2-1 (17) WAL 9
10 Maciej Sulecki 28-2-0 (11) POL 10

Junior Middleweight (154lbs/70kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s retirement in September 2015)
1 Jeison Rosario 20-1-1 (14) DR 1
2 Julian Williams 27-2-1 (16) USA 2
3 Jarrett Hurd 24-1-0 (16) USA 3
4 Jermell Charlo 33-1-0 (17) USA 4
5 Brian Castano 16-0-1 (12) ARG 5
6 Erislandy Lara 26-3-3 (15) CUB 6
7 Michel Soro 35-2-1- (23) FRA 7
8 Tony Harrison 28-3-0 (21) USA 8
9 Patrick Teixeira 31-1-0 (22) BRA 9
10 Erickson Lubin 22-1-0 (16) USA 10

Welterweight (147lbs/66.7kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
Open (since April 2016 when Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement)
1 Errol Spence Jr. 26-0-0 (21) USA 1
2 Manny Pacquiao 62-7-2 (39) PHI 2
3 Terence Crawford 36-0-0 (27) USA 3
4 Shawn Porter 30-3-1 (17) USA 4
5 Yordenis Ugas 25-4-0 (12) CUB 5
6 Keith Thurman 29-1-0 (22) USA 6
7 Danny Garcia 36-2-0 (21) USA 7
8 Kudratillo Abdukakhorov 17-0-0 (9) UZB 8
9 Sergey Lipinets 16-1-0 (11) KAZ 9
10 Vergil Ortiz Jr. 15-0-0 (15) USA 10

Junior Welterweight (140lbs/63.5kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
Mikey Garcia(* see Charter: 6.III) 39-1-0 (30) USA ***
1 Josh Taylor 16-0-0 (12) SCO 1
2 Regis Prograis 24-1-0 (20) USA 2
3 Jose Carlos Ramirez 25-0-0 (17) USA 3
4 Viktor Postol 31-2-0 (12) UKR 4
5 Kiryl Relikh 23-3-0 (19) BLR 5
6 Maurice Hooker 27-1-3 (18) USA 6
7 Ivan Baranchyk 20-1-0 (13) RUS 7
8 Pablo Cesar Cano 33-7-1 (23) MEX 8
9 Jose Zepeda 31-2-0 (25) USA 9
10 Robert Easter Jr. 22-1-1 (14) USA 10

Lightweight (135lbs/61.2kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since Terence Crawford abdicated in April 2015)
1 Vasiliy Lomachenko 14-1-0 (10) UKR 1
2 Teofimo Lopez 15-0-0 (12) USA 2
3 Rances Barthelemy 27-1-1 (14) CUB 3
4 Devin Haney 24-0-0 (15) USA 4
5 Luke Campbell 20-3-0 (16) ENG 5
6 Richard Commey 29-3-0 (26) GHA 6
7 Ryan Garcia 20-0-0 (17) USA 9
8 Yvan Mendy 44-5-1 (22) FRA 7
9 Emmanuel Tagoe 31-1-0 (15) GHA 8
10 Gervonta Davis 23-0-0 (22) USA 10

Junior Lightweight (130lbs/59kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since July 2008 when Manny Pacquiao abdicated)
1 Miguel Berchelt 37-1-0 (33) MEX 1
2 Gervonta Davis 23-0-0 (22) USA 2
3 Joseph Diaz Jr. 31-1-0 (15) USA 3
4 Jamel Herring 21-2-0 (10) USA 4
5 Rene Alvarado 32-8- 0 (21) NIC 5
6 Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov 15-0-0 (12) RUS 6
7 Tevin Farmer 30-5-1 (6) USA 7
8 Masayuki Ito 26-2-1 (14) JPN 8
9 Miguel Roman 62-13-0 (47) MEX 9
10 Andrew Cancio 21-5-2 (16) USA 10

Featherweight (126lbs/57.1kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since March 2005 when Manny Pacquiao abdicated)
1 Leo Santa Cruz 37-1-1 (19) USA 1
2 Josh Warrington 30-0-0 (7) ENG 2
3 Gary Russell Jr. 31-1-0 (18) USA 3
4 Can Xu 18-2-0 (3) CHI 4
5 Shakur Stevenson 13-0-0 (7) USA 5
6 Kid Galahad 27-1-0 (16) ENG 6
7 Tugstsogt Nyambayar 11-1-0 (9) MNG 7
8 Jessie Magdaleno 27-1-0 (18) USA 8
9 Oscar Escandon 26-5-0 (18) COL 9
10 Ryan Walsh 25-2-2 (12) ENG 10

Junior Featherweight (122lbs/55.3kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
Guillermo Rigondeaux 20-1-0 (13) CUB ***
1 Rey Vargas 34-0-0 (22) MEX 1
2 Emanuel Navarrete 30-1-0 (26) MEX 2
3 Murodjon Akhmadaliev 8-0-0 (6) UZB 3
4 Daniel Roman 27-3-1 (10) USA 4
5 TJ Doheny 22-1-0 (16) IRE 5
6 Ryosuke Iwasa 27-3-0 (17) JPN 6
7 Brandon Figueroa 20-0-1 (15) USA 7
8 Ronny Rios 32-3-0 (16) USA 8
9 Azat Hovhannisyan 18-3-0 (15) ARM 9
10 Angelo Leo 19-0-0 (9) USA 10

Bantamweight (118lbs/53.5kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since March 1987 when Bernardo Pinango abdicated)
1 Naoya Inoue 19-0-0 (16) JPN 1
2 John Riel Casimero 29-4-0 (20) PHI 2
3 Luis Nery 30-0-0 (24) MEX 3
4 Nordine Oubaali 17-0-0 (12) FRA 4
5 Nonito Donaire 40-6-0 (26) PHI 5
6 Zolani Tete 28-4-0 (21) RSA 6
7 Emmanuel Rodriguez 19-1-0 (12) PR 7
8 Jason Moloney 20-1-0 (17) AUS 8
9 Guillermo Rigondeaux 20-1-0 (13) CUB 9
10 Takuma Inoue 13-1-0 (3) JPN 10

Junior Bantamweight (115lbs/52.1kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
Juan Francisco Estrada 40-3-0 (27) MEX ***
1 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 47-5-1 (41) THA 1
2 Kazuto Ioka 25-2-0 (14) JPN 2
3 Jerwin Ancajas 32-1-2 (22) PHI 3
4 Khalid Yafai 26-0-0 (15) ENG 4
5 Roman Gonzalez 48-2-0 (40) NIC 5
6 Israel Gonzalez 25-3-0 (11) MEX 6
7 Andrew Moloney 21-0-0 (14) AUS 7
8 Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. 33-4-1 (24) MEX 8
9 Pedro Guevara 36-3-1 (21) MEX 9
10 Jeyvier Cintron 11-1-0 (5) PR 10

Flyweight (112lbs/51kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since October 2016 when Roman Gonzalez abdicated)
1 Kosei Tanaka 15-0-0 (9) JPN 1
2 Moruti Mthalane 39-2-0 (26) RSA 2
3 Julio Cesar Martinez 15-1-0 (12) MEX 3
4 Artem Dalakian 20-0-0 (14) UKR 4
5 Charlie Edwards 15-1-0 (6) ENG 5
6 Sho Kimura 19-3-2 (12) JPN 6
7 Giemel Magramo 24-1-0 (20) PHI 7
8 Masayuki Kuroda 30-8-3 (16) JPN 8
9 Cristofer Rosales 29-5-0 (20) NIC 9
10 Jonathan Gonzalez 22-3-1 (13) PR 10

Junior Flyweight (108lbs/49kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since April 2011 when Giovani Segura abdicated)
1 Kenshiro Teraji 17-0-0 (10) JPN 1
2 Hiroto Kyoguchi 14-0-0 (9) JPN 2
3 Carlos Canizales 22-0-1 (17) VEN 3
4 Felix Alvarado 35-2-0 (30) NIC 4
5 Elwin Soto 17-1-0 (12) MEX 5
6 Daniel Valladeres 22-1-1 (13) MEX 6
7 Edward Heno 14-1-5 (5) PHI 7
8 Tetsuya Hisada 34-10-2 (20) JPN 8
9 Agustin Mauro Gauto 14-0-0 (9) ARG 9
10 Mark Vicelles 11-0-1 (5) PHI 10

Strawweight (105lbs/47.6kg)

Rank Name Record – W-L-D (KO) Nationality Last Week
OPEN (since October 1999 when Ricardo Lopez abdicated)
1 Wanheng Menayothin 54-0-0 (18) THA 1
2 Knockout CP Freshmart 20-0-0 (7) THA 2
3 Wilfredo Mendez 16-1-0 (6) PR 3
4 Byron Rojas 27-4-3 (11) NIC 4
5 Victorio Saludar 20-4-0 (11) PHI 5
6 Jose Argumedo 23-4-1 (14) MEX 6
7 Simpiwe Konkco 19-6-0 (7) RSA 7
8 Ginjiro Shigeoka 5-0-0 (4) JPN 8
9 Nkosinathi Joyi 29-5-1 (19) RSA 9
10 Leyman Benavides 17-6-1 (3) NIC 10

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