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The future looks bright for the sport of boxing, and in my opinion, the pound-for-pound list has more talent on it now, then it did even a mere 2 years ago.  So i thought to myself, if 2 years can make such a big difference, what will the pound-for-pound list look like 2 years from now in 2020.  Well, it will definitely look very interesting for sure, with superstars moving up in weight class, and the constant resurgence of the Heavyweights.  One heavyweight will actually make my list, even thought its kind of heard the believe.  Now that 2 spots on the list are opened, and aren’t being taken up by dead weight (Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao) we have many opportunities for other fighters to earn a spot on the list.

Lets face it, Mayweather was no longer a boxer towards the end of his career, he was more of a sports entertainer.  Pacquiao stayed on the list for so long due to respect, and all the difficult fights he had on his resume.  So without further ado, here is what I believe the pound for pound list will look like in 2 years, in the year 2020, going backwards from #10 to #1 along with their projected records:

10.  DEONTAY WILDER                                (projected record:  44 – 0 – 0, 42 KO’s)          

—  I was on the fence about putting a heavyweight on here, but Wilder will defeat Anthony Joshua in 2018 or 2019.  As for the rest of the Heavyweights, Wilder will keep blowing through them, and has a real chance at finishing his career with an undefeated record, due to being in a division with a lack of premier talent.

9.  SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI                    (projected record:  48 – 4 – 1, 42 KO’s)       

—  Even thought this is a low weight class, and punches are thrown by the dozens at a time, I still don’t see anyone matching this guys output.  If he can KO Roman Gonzalez, he can KO everyone in the division.  There are a few good fighters here, but no elite ones.  I don’t see him moving up in weight either, so Sor Rungvisai is safe of this list.

8.  OSCAR VALDEZ                                         (projected record:  27 – 0 – 0, 21 KO’s)

—   This guy is the truth.  There are doubters on him, but I’m completely sold.  He just got in the ring with his toughest opponent to date, fought 5 rounds with a broken jaw, and won.  Not only did he win, he made it look easier then it was.  Valdez will keep climbing this list as other get older.

7.  SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ                         (projected record:  51 – 2 – 2, 35 KO’s)

—  Win or lose against GGG in their rematch, Canelo stays on the list because he will have over 50 wins by age 30.  That is simply unheard of these days, and he can beat anyone at 154 or 160 thats not named Gennady Golovkin.  GGG also retires by this point.

6.  DMITRY BIVOL                                          (projected record:  17 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s)

—  His nickname should be “Poised.”  This guy is a student of the game if we’ve ever seen one.  Power and skills, with an extensive amateur pedigree.  He’s Russian, thats all that needs to be said.  Light Heavyweight is his!

5.  MIKEY GARCIA                                          (projected record:  41 – 0 – 1, 31 KO’s)

—  Mikey drops slightly on the list but is still on it.  He drops due to the fact that he’s always moving around in weight, while fighting the best possible opponents.  I don’t think he will, but he could possibly take a loss somewhere along the way, simply because he’s just too damn brave.  He also drops slightly by default, as other younger studs start moving up.  He is safe on the list though.

4.  ERROL SPENCE JR                                     (projected record:  26 – 1 – 0, 22 KO’s)

—  Spence would be #2 on this list if it wasn’t for his eventual disputed loss to Terence Crawford.  Whether it happens by 2020 or not, Crawford is arguably the best in the world, but Spence will defeat all other big names at Welterweight.

3.  NAOYA INOUE                                             (projected record:  19 – 0 – 0, 17 KO’s)

—  This guy is a monster.  Lomachenko keeps moving up further in weight, so unfortunalty I don’t see Loma VS Inoue happening.  Inoue can not only beat, but KO anyone in or around his eight class.

2.  VASYL LOMACHENKO                                 (projected record:  14 – 1 – 0, 11 KO’s)

—  I’m getting heat for not having him number 1, but Loma will stay at number 2 at east for now.  Crawford just wins too many belts, and that will be the difference.  I don’t think they will ever fight each other, but Loma is going through weight classes like water, so it might be possible.  So don’t consider Lomachenko #2, consider his #1A.

1.  TERENCE CRAWFORD                                 (projected record:  35 – 0 – 0, 25 KO’s)  

—  Terence Crawford will eventually do to 147, exactly what he did to 140.  He will clean out the division, and will every belt yet again.  This is what puts him slightly above Lomachenko, and is the difference between 1 & 2.  Skill wise they are different, but even.  Crawford however has that “unconscious state” that he goes in to.  It almost like he’s not real, and he just wants to destroy your soul.  He is simply the best in the world, but not by much.





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Terence Crawford has apparently suffered a hand injury in training camp, which will push his fight against WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn to May 19th, or perhaps some time in June.  Bob Arum’s exact words were “the Horn-Crawford fight will need to be rescheduled for May or June.  Crawford apparently hurt his right hand during a sparring session, where he accidentally his his sparing partner in the top of the head.  Crawford’s camp is saying that the injury is not that serious, but it is serious enough to postpone the fight a bit.

The venue will stay the same.  Horn VS Crawford will take place at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will air on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN as usual, as Top Rank had moved to mainstream television.  Terence Crawford is an overwhelming favorite to defeat Jeff Horn for the WBO World Welterweight title, so I’m sure Horn is willing to wait the extra 2 months.  Besides his disputed victory over Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn hasn’t really done anything of extreme importance in his career, but is trending up after his TKO victory over Gary Corcoran.  Even with that being said, plus Crawford’s hand injury, “Bud” Crawford is still the favorite by a long shot.



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This Saturday night, March 17th 2018, Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KO’s) and Amir Imam (18-1, 15 KO’s) will go at it for the vacant WBC Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden in New York City NY, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Oleksander Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KO’s) will take on Mehdi Amar (34-5-2, 16 KO’s) in a 12 round Light Heavyweight bout, and “Irish” Mic Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) will take on David Berna (15-2, 14 KO’s) in an 8 round Junior Featherweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Amir Imam Tale of The Tape Jose Carlos Ramirez
18 Wins 21
1 Lost 0
15 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
19 Total Fights 21
79% KO% 76%
5’10” Height 5’10”
74″ Reach 72″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Albany, New York, USA Nationality Avenal, California, USA
November 5th 1990 Date of Birth August 12th 1992



Michael Conlan  —  def  —  David Berna  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

Oleksander Gvozdyk  —  def  —  Medhi Amar  —  via  —  KO 5th round

Jose Ramirez  —  def  —  Amir Imam  —  via  —  TKO 8th round



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It looks like Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) is heading for yet another weight class.  Lomachenko will move up to Lightweight (135 lbs) to challenge Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) for the WBA & TheRing World Lightweight titles.  The fight was made official today and will take place at Madison Square Garden On May 12th 2018.  Lomachenko only fights top teir opponents, and this will stay true in this fight, and might be his toughest opponent yet.  That was also said about his last two opponents, and Lomachenko made them both quit in the corner.

Lomachenko is coming off a 6th round TKO victory over fellow pound for pound fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux.  We thought Lomachenko would finally be tested, but Rigondeaux was actually tailor made for him, given the fact that he just doesn’t throw a lot of punches.  Liners does however, and is also a very slick boxer.  It will be even more of a test for Loma, because he’s moving up in weight for this fights.  Linares looked phenomenal in his last fight against Mercito Gesta, but Gesta was a bit overmatched.  It will be very interesting to see how their styles clash, and it will be a heck of a fight at MSG come May 12th.



1.  Gennady Golovkin             37 – 0 – 1 (33 KO’s)           Middleweight                     Kazakstan

2.  Terence Crawford              32 – 0 – 0 (23 KO’s)           Junior Welterweight           U.S.A.

3.  Vasyl Lomachenko             10 – 1 – 0 (8 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

4.  Mikey Garcia                     38 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

5.  Saul Alvarez                      49 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                    Mexico

6.  Naoya Inoue                     15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)           Junior Bantamweight         Japan

7.  Sergey Kovalev                  32 – 2 – 1 (28 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Russia

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)           Welterweight                     U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        45 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux        17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)          Junior Featherweight          Cuba


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Champ – Vacant

  1. Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Anthony Joshua (20-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Alexander Povetkin (33-1-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Luis Ortiz (28-1-0, 24 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (14-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBC, WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (26-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Mairis Briedes (23-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Denis Lebedev (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Yunier Dorticos (22-1-0, 21 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 27 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Dmitry Bivol  (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0-0, 12 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. George Groves (28-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (37-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Callum Smith (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  5. David Benavidez (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (26-0-0, 20 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (30-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Jarret Hurd (21-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Sadam Ali (26-1-0, 14 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Brian Castano (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA, WBC
  2. Errol Spence Jr (23-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Danny Garcia (33-1-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Antonio Orozco (26-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Regis Prograis (21-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Julius Indongo (22-2-0, 11 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (44-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Robert Easter (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Raymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Richard Commy (26-2-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Felix Verdejo (23-0-0, 15 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Miguel Berchelt (33-1-0, 29 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Alberto Machado (19-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Francisco Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (24-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (26-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (31-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Diego De La Hoya (20-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Zolani Tete (26-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (18-0-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  4. Juan Carlos Payano (19-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2-0, 18 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Naoya Inoue (15-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3-0, 25 KO’s)
  3. Khalid Yafai (23-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0, 38 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Diago Higa (15-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Artem Dalakian (16-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Moruti Mthalane (35-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ken Shiro (12-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  3. Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Pedro Guavara (30-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  5. Ganigan Lopez (28-7-0, 17 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (49-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (17-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0-0, 7 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12 KO’s)

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Another StubHub Center classic took place last night on ESPN Boxing, as Oscar Valdez () defeated Scott Quigg (), in a slober-knocker of a fight.  In surely what will be a fight of the year candidate, the fight ended with Valdez missing teeth, and Quigg with a huge cut above his left eye, and what looked like a broken nose.  The co-feature was an exciting one as well, as Eric De Leon () and Andy Vences fought to a majority draw.  Vences’ boxing was the story of the first half of the fight, and De Leon’s pressure, the story of the second half.  The result, they split rounds evenly and fight to a draw.

The main event was a wild one, as Oscar Valdez retained his WBO Featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg.  The main story line before the fight was that Quigg came in 3 pounds over the 126 pound limit, and actually weight 142 at the start of the fight.  The first 3 round, Valdez was in complete control, landing vicious left hooks to the body at will.  In the 4th Quigg would come alive a bit and make it a close round.

Quigg took the fifth round as he found a home for his right hand, landing a number of them in the round.  The 6th went to Valdez, but Quigg would make noise in the 7th again, by inuring Valdez to the mouth.  For the rest of the fight, Valdez was bleeding profusely from the mouth, but that did not seem to slow him down.  Valdez would find a home for the body shots once again in the 8th, and they really seemed to start bothering Quigg, as his hands began to drop.  The 9th and 10th rounds seemed to go to Valdez, but in the 11th Quigg looked good again.  The final round started off slow, but in the second half, both fighters would let their hands go once again.

Valdez would pull out what seemed to be a close victory, but the judges had it a bit wider then I personally thought.  Valdez would win on all 3 scorecards with scores of 118-110/117-111/117-111.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Valdez.  The final push stats were as follows:  Valdez landed 237 of 912 (26%) punches, while Quigg landed 143 of 595 (24%) punches.  The difference showed in the power punches landed however, as Valdez landed 175 of 485 (36%), while Quigg landed 129 of 519 (25%).  A star was born last night, as Oscar Valdez remains undefeated and the WBO Featherweight Champion.