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. SAUL ALVAREZ (56-1-2, 38 KO’s)

WBA & WBC World Super Middleweight Champion

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made easy work of WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders last May, stopping him in eight rounds to add another belt to his collection. Now here come the real tests at 168-pounds as Canelo looks toward three undefeated fighters: IBF World Super Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant, two-time 168-pound champion David Benavidez and WBC World Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo. First up is the smooth-boxing Plant as he and Canelo will lock horns on November 6 to determine the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion. Look out for this barnburner.

Next: vs. Caleb Plant on November 6

2. NAOYA INOUE (21-0, 18 KO’s)

 WBA & IBF World Bantamweight Champion

Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue continues to dominate no matter the division or quality of opponent. Inoue made easy work of Michael Dasmarinas in June, stopping him with body shots in the third round. So what’s next for the man called “The Monster?” Perhaps a unification versus John Riel Casimero or a rematch versus Nonito Donaire, who Inoue outpointed in an excellent match last November.

Next: vs. TBD

3. ERROL SPENCE JR. (27-0, 21 KO’s)

WBC & IBF World Welterweight Champion 

Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence Jr. came back from a serious  single-car accident in October 2019, one many felt he could never come back from, a miraculous return in December 2020 and easily outpoint two-division world champion Danny Garcia. Now Spence must overcome another hurdle. The undefeated unified WBC/IBF World Welterweight Champion was slated to face Manny Pacquiao last August but was forced to withdraw due to a retina injury. If Spence returns, a showdown versus dangerous WBA World Welterweight Champion Yordenis Ugas of Cuba, who dethroned Pacquiao, could be next.

Next: vs. TBD

4. TERENCE CRAWFORD (37-0, 28 KO’s)

WBO World Welterweight Champion

Terence “Bud” Crawford is a highly skilled craftsman, possessing some of the finest skills in the sport. However, Crawford has not had a meaningful bout since moving up to welterweight — and has yet to beat an elite fighter in any weight class. Last November, Crawford stopped an aged, faded fighter in former world champion Kell Brook. A potential bout versus WBO number-one contender Shawn Porter, a two-time world champion, would silence the critics. Let’s hope we see it soon.

Next: vs. TBD

5. JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA (42-3, 28 KO’s)

WBA World Super Flyweight Champion

Juan Francisco Estrada

Juan Francisco Estrada finally avenged his loss to Roman Gonzalez, winning a controversial split decision over “Chocolatito” last March. The two are in talks for a third bout later this year. Estrada is one of the great technicians of this era, an excellent boxer who isn’t afraid to brawl. Enjoy him while you can.

Next: vs. TBD

6. GERVONTA DAVIS (25-0, 24 KO’s)

WBA World Lightweight Champion & WBA World Super Lightweight Champion

Gervonta-Davis

Gervonta “Tank” Davis may be on top of this list sooner rather than later. Davis displayed his incredible skill and power again in his mosr recent bout as he moved up to 140-pounds and knocked out undefeated champ Mario Barrios in a brilliant performance. Arguably the hardest hitter in the sport, Davis is already one of its biggest stars at age 26. The Floyd Mayweather protege is expected to return with another sure-fire hit later this year.

Next: vs. TBD

7. TEOFIMO LOPEZ (16-0, 12 KO’S) 

WBA, IBF & WBO World Lightweight Champion

Teofimo-Lopez

“The Takeover” has arrived. Teofimo Lopez makes his debut on the BoxingAfrica.com pound for pound list with his dominant victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko in October. Lopez showed poise, skill and will in outboxing the man many believed was a master boxer. It was a stark contrast from his second-round stoppage of Richard Commey in 2019, when he showed terrifying power. Lopez has it all. Expect him to continue to climb up this list.

Next: vs. George Kambosos on October 5

8. MIKEY GARCIA (39-1, 30 KO’S)

Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia, already a great fighter, dared to join rare air by moving up to face world welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Garcia fell well short of his goal in losing a wide unanimous decision. However, he showed grit and a steel chin, somehow surviving Spence’s furious assault. But losing to Spence is no disgrace. Garcia proved he is a legitimate 147-pounder battering Jessie Vargas last February during a decision win. Is Manny Pacquiao next?

Next: TBD

9. JERMALL CHARLO (32-0, 22KO’S)

WBC World Middleweight Champion 

Jermall-Charlo

Undefeated two-division world champion Jermall Charlo, older twin brother of unified world champion Jermell Charlo, is on a quest to find his career-defining moment. Fresh off the finest victory of his career, a unanimous decision over Sergey Derevyanchenko, Charlo easily outpointed the tough Juan Montiel in his homecoming bout last June, though not without some rough moments.  There are many who believe he is the man to topple Canelo Alvarez. We’d love to see that fight.

Next: vs. TBD

10. JERMELL CHARLO (34-1-1, 18 KO’s)

WBA, WBC & IBF World Super Welterweight Champion 

Jermell-Charlo

Jermell Charlo is one of the finest boxers in the game and also among the hardest hitters. The holder of three titles at 154, Charlo battled WBO champ Brian Castano to a disputed draw in July. Many felt Castano should have gotten the decision. A rematch is in order here.

Next: vs. TBD

The Next 10: Roman Gonzalez, Kazuto Ioka, Oleksandr Usyk, Josh Taylor, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oscar Valdez, Artur Beterbiev, Tyson Fury, Jose Ramirez, Gary Russell Jr.