In a highly anticipated release, the authoritative boxing publication The Ring has unveiled its updated rankings of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

This latest update has seen significant shifts at the top, with Oleksandr Usyk emerging as the new leader, dethroning Japan’s Naoya Inoue, who has now moved to the second position.

Oleksandr Usyk’s Ascendancy

Oleksandr Usyk’s rise to the top spot comes on the heels of his impressive victory over Tyson Fury on May 18, where he became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Usyk’s technical prowess, ring intelligence, and unblemished record have solidified his status as one of the premier fighters of this generation.

His ability to move up from cruiserweight, where he also held undisputed status, and dominate the heavyweight division underscores his exceptional skill set and adaptability.

Naoya Inoue Holds Second Place

Naoya Inoue, known for his explosive power and technical finesse, holds the second spot in the ranking. Recently, Inoue successfully defended his title as the undisputed champion in the super bantamweight division with a convincing win over Luis Nery. Inoue’s continued success across multiple weight classes keeps him firmly within the elite tier of the sport.

Terence Crawford Ranks Third

American fighter Terence Crawford rounds out the top three. Crawford, renowned for his versatility and knockout power, is set to make his debut in the junior middleweight division. On August 3, he will face off against Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov in Los Angeles. This move marks another significant step in Crawford’s illustrious career, as he seeks to make his mark in yet another weight class.

Last updated on 20 May 2024 - 18:55

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