The term “Pound for Pound” was originally created for Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson is widely considered the greatest boxer ever. It meant that if all fighters were the same size, Robinson would beat them all. A pound for pound list determines who the best fighters are if, hypothetically, all were the same size.

BoxingAfrica.com determines a fighter’s status primarily by the quality of opposition. Fighting style is also given consideration as we look at head to head matchups but we believe your resume defines your greatness. We hope the list below reflects that and welcome all comments.

1. TERENCE CRAWFORD (40-0, 31 KO’s)

WBC, WBA & WBO Welterweight World Champion

Terence Crawford

Terence “Bud” Crawford delivered one of the greatest megafight performances in modern history last July, stopping Errol Spence Jr. to become the undisputed welterweight world champion. With the win, Crawford stamped himself as the best fighter today and a future Hall of Famer. No one can doubt “Bud” now. What will he do for an encore? The three-division champ is now set to campaign at 154 pounds, where looks to put himself in a class by himself by becoming an undisputed world champion in an unprecedented third weight class.

Next: August 3 vs. Israil Madrimov

2. NAOYA INOUE (27-0, 24 KO’s)

 WBC, WBA, IBF & WBO Undisputed Super Bantamweight World Champion

Naoya Inoue

Undefeated four-division world champion Naoya Inoue finally showed a tiny crack in his armor when former champion Luis Nery dropped him in the first round of their May counter? So what happened next? Inoue rose and showed why many believe he’s the world’s best fighter, dropping Nery three times on his way to a sixth-round stoppage win, successfully defending his Undisputed 122-pound World Championship. Inoue is simply special. And his power is deadly, hence the nickname “The Monster.” What’s next for him? Probably another KO victim which says more about how great Inoue is than it does his opponents. He may not face a true challenge until he moves up a few more divisions to challenge Gervonta “Tank” Davis. One can only dream.

Next: vs TBD

3. OLEKSANDR USYK (22-0, 14 KO’s) 

WBC, WBA, IBF & WBO Undisputed Heavyweight World Champion

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk established himself as one of the greatest fighters in modern history, defeating Tyson Fury to become the Undisputed Heavyweight World Champion. This comes on the heels of Usyk becoming the undisputed cruiserweight world champion. The southpaw from the Ukraine is simply remarkable. After beating Anthony Joshua twice to win three heavyweight world titles, Usyk snatched the WBC belt from Fury, showing that his skill and will are unmatched in boxing’s glamour division. A rematch with Fury is likely but a similar result wouldn’t surprise us. Either way, Usyk has carved his name in the annals of the Sweet Science.

Next: vs TBD

4. SAUL ALVAREZ (61-2-2, 39 KO’s)

WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO Undisputed Super Middleweight World Champion

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is back. Canelo delivered a beautiful performance against Jaime Munguia, dropping the hungry Mexican once on his way to a unanimous decision win which was Munguia’s first pro loss. Canelo is truly amazing. Even at 33 and showing signs of slowing down a tad, he had too many tricks in his bag for his young, talented opponent. Canelo has plenty of options but the one fight we all want to see, perhaps the biggest fight in boxing today, is a showdown versus undefeated two-time super middleweight world champion David Benavidez. Is that next? The world awaits.

Next: vs. TBD

4. GERVONTA DAVIS (29-0, 27 KO’s)

WBA Lightweight World Champion 

Gervonta Davis

The future is here. Gervonta “Tank” Davis is not only the biggest U.S. boxing star, he has captured five world titles through three divisions while remaining unbeaten and delivering knockout after knockout. Davis’ performances have been nothing short of breathtaking from his  spectacular stoppage against Jose Pedraza to his epic, one-punch knockout of four-division world champion and future Hall of Fame candidate, Leo Santa Cruz? “Tank” is simply special. His seventh-round TKO of Ryan Garcia in April was the biggest fight of 2023, selling over 1.2 million pay-per-views domestically. He’ll have his hands full against the undefeated Frank “The Ghost” Martin.

Next: June 15 vs. Frank Martin

6. DMITRY BIVOL (22-0, 11 KO’s)

WBA Light Heavyweight Super World Champion

Dmitry Bivol

Bivol earned 2022 Fighter of the Year honors by besting Canelo Alvarez and battering Gilberto Ramirez, proving that his undefeated record and impressive resume are no fluke. A gifted boxer with a high ring IQ, Bivol is a tough out for anyone from 168-175.  His December bout against the limited Lyndon Arthur showed why Bivol remains one of the sport’s finest technicians. Now he takes on his biggest challenge as he battles hard-hitting Artur Beterbiev for the undisputed light heavyweight championship. What a fight this will be.

Next: June 1 vs. Artur Beterbiev

7. ARTUR BETERBIEV (20-0, 20 KO’s)

WBC, IBF, WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion 

Artur Beterbiev

One of the most powerful punchers in the sport, Artur Beterbiev has dominated the 175-pound division for years, blending that KO power with sublime counterpunching skills and peak physical condition. He’ll need all those attributes in his next bout as he faces Dmitry Bivol in what should be na epic encounter.

Next: June 1 vs. Dmitry Bivol

8. JESSE RODRIGUEZ (19-0, 12 KO’S)

IBF, WBO Flyweight World Champion

Jesse Rodriguez

The latest star trained by the legendary Robert Garcia, southpaw Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez is a classic boxer-puncher who has beaten a list of who’s who in the lower divisions. The two-division world champion holds impressive wins over Sunny Edwards, Srisraket Sor Rungvisai and more. But none compare to his next opponent, future Hall of Famer Juan Francisco Estrada. A win here will prove that the time is now for the burgeoning 24-year-old.

Next: June 29 vs. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. TEOFIMO LOPEZ (19-1, 13 KO’S)

WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion 

Teofimo Lopez

Teofimo Lopez has bounced back from his shocking 2021 loss to George Kambosos Jr., winning four straight, including the finest performance of his career: a dominant, head-turning unanimous decision over Josh Taylor in 2023. With the win, Lopez is now the WBO 140-pound world champion and a two-division titlist. With a record that includes wins over Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey and now Taylor, the Kambosos loss seems like an anamoly. However, Lopez struggled in his last bout, a close points win over Jamaine Ortiz. He’ll need another fine performance next to right the ship.

Next: vs. TBD

10. DAVID BENAVIDEZ (28-0, 24 KO’s)

David Benavidez

Undefeated two-time super middleweight world champion David Benavidez enjoyed an incredible 2023, defeating former champion Caleb Plant in an epic encounter in March and then following it up with a dominant stoppage victory over Demetrius Andrade in November, handing the two-division world champion his first loss. Benavidez has called out Canelo Alvarez for years to no avail, leading many to believe King Canelo is avoiding the man they call “El Munstruo.” Benavidez has now set his sights on the light heavyweight division, beginning with a risky bout versus former champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Next: June 15 vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk

The Next 10: Jermell Charlo, Errol Spence Jr., Juan Francisco Estrada, Kazuto Ioka, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Ryan Garcia, Jaron Ennis, Shakur Stevenson, Devin Haney, Kenshiro Teraji