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 (55-1-2, 37 KO’s)

WBA & WBC World Super Middleweight Champion

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez looks unbeatable at the moment. After snatching the WBA super middleweight title away from Callum Smith last December by shutting him out over 12 rounds, Canelo made short work of overmatched mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, stopping him in three rounds. Now he’s set to take on WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in May. Saunders is way out of his league but so are most versus Canelo. Fight fans await future showdowns versus Jermall Charlo, David Benavidez and Caleb Plant.

Next: vs. Billy Joe Saunders on May 8

2. ERROL SPENCE JR. (27-0, 21 KO’s)

WBC & IBF World Welterweight Champion 

Errol Spence Jr.

Most thought Errol Spence Jr. might never fight again following a serious single-car accident in October 2019. Instead, Spence quieted the naysayers by making a miraculous return in December 2020 and easily outpointing two-division world champion Danny Garcia. Spence is running through the welterweight division with ease, having defeated the aforementioned Garcia, Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia and Kell Brook back in 2017–when Brook was still formidable. Expect a unification showdown versus the dangerous WBA World Welterweight Champion Yordenis Ugas of Cuba.

Next: vs. TBD

3. NAOYA INOUE (20-0, 17 KO’s)

 WBA & IBF World Bantamweight Champion

Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue made short work of Jason Moloney last October, retaining his unified crown via seventh-round TKO. Still in his prime at 27-years-old, Inoue is an accomplished three-division world champion who many feel might be the best fighter in the world. The Japanese boxer-puncher nicknamed “The Monster” plans to invade the USA in 2021 and become a bigger name in the sport.

Next: vs. TBD

4. JERMELL CHARLO (34-1, 18 KO’s)

WBA, WBC & IBF World Super Welterweight Champion 

Jermell-Charlo

Jermell Charlo is the king of the super welterweight division, unifying three titles with a brilliant knockout of former unified champion Jeison Rosario. Charlo has fought a who’s who at 154-pounds and beaten them all. The Houston, Texas native combines elite skill, athleticism and discipline with some of the most powerful punches in the game. He may go down as one of the greatest 154-pounders ever.

Next: vs. TBD

5. 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 but that fight does not seem likely at the moment. Here is to hoping we see better fights from one of the world’s finest in 2021.

Next: vs. TBD

6. JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA (41-3, 28 KO’s)

WBC World Super Flyweight Champion

Juan Francisco Estrada

Watching Juan Francisco Estrada operate is almost like watching Juan Manuel Marquez do his thing. Estrada can simply do it all. A future Hall of Famer and one of the most well-rounded fighters in modern times, Estrada will now look to avenge the loss he hasn’t so far, the one he suffered against Roman Gonzalez back in 2012 when Estrada was only 22. This one will be a fight fan’s dream. Enjoy both of these fighters while you can.

Next: vs. Roman Gonzalez on March 13

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 TBD

8. GERVONTA DAVIS (24-0, 23 KO’s)

WBA World Super Featherweight Champion & WBA World Lightweight Champion

Gervonta-Davis

Gervonta “Tank” Davis proved he was a bad, bad man, scoring a highlight-reel one-punch knockout of the great Leo Santa Cruz last October. Arguably the hardest hitter in the sport, Davis is already one of its biggest stars at age 26, generating gate and pay-per-view numbers that are only exceeded in the US by Canelo Alvarez, Deontay Wilder and Errol Spence–and Davis is significantly younger than all of them. The Floyd Mayweather protege is expected to return with another blockbuster this summer.

Next: vs. TBD

9. 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

10. JERMALL CHARLO (31-0, 12KO’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 looks better than ever. There are many who believe he is the man to topple Canelo Alvarez. We’d love to see that fight.

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.