11 May 2021 – The end of Saturday night’s bout at Super Middleweight between #1-ranked Canelo Alvarez and #6-ranked Billy Joe Saunders was both sudden and startling. Was Saunders’ left-handed, mobile style beginning to take over or was Canelo simply biding his time to conclude matters whenever he felt like it? The right uppercut that caught Saunders as he was ducking was a fight-finisher. He told his corner he was blind on that side and no fighter this side of Harry Greb should be expected to fight on with that kind of injury. Saunders suffered a quadruped fracture to his orbital bone, and it could mean the end of his career.
Saunders was initially proposed to drop to #9, but the membership saluted his performance and his activity and settled on #8. We don’t expect to see him back in the ring for at least another year or more, however.
Canelo confirms himself as the #1 P4P fighter in the world and #1 in the division. We urge him to face #2-ranked Caleb Plant. The winner of that becomes the rightful, actual, and singular king of the division.
|1||Saul Alvarez||MEX||55-1-2 (37)||Sr Middle / Lt Ht|
|2||Naoya Inoue||JPN||20-0-0 (17)||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||Tyson Fury *||ENG||30-0-1 (21)||Heavyweight|
|7||Juan Francisco Estrada *||MEX||42-3-0 (28)||Jr. Bantamweight|
|8||Gennady Golovkin||KAZ||38-1-1 (34)||Middleweight|
|9||Teofimo Lopez *||USA||16-0-0 (12)||Lightweight|
|10||Roman Gonzalez||NIC||50-3-0 (41)||Jr. Bantamweight|
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)