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Boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Canelo Alvarez loses support, even after win over Gennadiy Golovkin

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Canelo: I'm happy to keep on making history (0:39)

Canelo Alvarez reflects on his win by unanimous decision in the last fight of his trilogy vs. Gennadiy Golovkin. (0:39)

Canelo Alvarez closed out one of the biggest boxing rivalries of this generation with a unanimous decision victory over Gennadiy Golovkin in their trilogy fight to retain his super middleweight undisputed championship.

But the victory wasn't enough for Alvarez to move up in ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings. Most of our panelists decided to keep Alvarez at the same spot, while others moved him down the list, arguing he didn't look good enough against a much older and slower opponent.

"I kept Canelo at No. 5 on my list because while he did clearly defeat GGG, he faded down the stretch and it was far from an impressive performance," ESPN boxing writer Mike Coppinger said. "Alvarez said he needs surgery to repair his left wrist, the hand he throws his signature left hook with. That could help explain the outing, and he'll have another chance to reclaim the top spot next year if he lands a rematch with Dmitry Bivol or fights David Benavidez."

Boxing analyst Bernardo Pilatti, a well-known critic of Alvarez, dropped Canelo from his top 10 altogether.

"I already had Canelo No. 7 on my list before the fight, and after what I think was a bad performance against Golovkin, I decided not to include him in my top 10, regardless of the result," Pilatti said. "Plus, Canelo had a responsibility to win with authority being the champion and the younger fighter, put on a show and, as he promised he would do, knock out and retire GGG. And he didn't do any of that."

Our panel of Coppinger, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Tessitore, Michael Rothstein, Teddy Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Andre Ward, Ben Baby, Eric Raskin, Crystina Poncher, Bernardo Osuna, Eric Woodyard, Kel Dansby, Pilatti, Charles Moynihan, Salvador Rodriguez, Carlos Irusta, Jim Zirolli and Aladdin Freeman share their votes.

More rankings: Divisional rankings and ESPN's women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results are through Sept. 21.


1. TERENCE CRAWFORD     Previous ranking: No. 1

RECORD: 38-0, 29 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Shawn Porter, Nov. 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA vs. Errol Spence Jr.


2. NAOYA INOUE     Previous ranking: No. 2

RECORD: 23-0, 20 KOs
DIVISION: Bantamweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Nonito Donaire, June 7
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


3. ERROL SPENCE JR.     Previous ranking: No. 3

RECORD: 28-0, 22 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO10) Yordenis Ugas, April 16
NEXT FIGHT: TBA vs. Terence Crawford


4. OLEKSANDR USYK     Previous ranking: No. 4

RECORD: 20-0, 13 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (SD12) Anthony Joshua, Aug. 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


5. CANELO ALVAREZ     Previous ranking: No. 5

RECORD: 57-2-2, 39 KOs
DIVISION: Super middleweight (undisputed champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Gennadiy Golovkin, Sept. 17
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


6. TYSON FURY     Previous ranking: No. 6

RECORD: 32-0-1, 23 KOs
DIVISION: Heavyweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO6) Dillian Whyte, April 23
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


7. ARTUR BETERBIEV     Previous ranking: 7

RECORD: 18-0, 18 KOs
DIVISION: Light heavyweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO2) Joe Smith Jr., June 18
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


8. DMITRY BIVOL     Previous ranking: No. 8

RECORD: 20-0, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Light heavyweight (champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Canelo Alvarez, May 7
NEXT FIGHT: Nov. 5 vs. Gilberto Ramirez


9. SHAKUR STEVENSON     Previous ranking: No. 10

RECORD: 19-0, 9 KOs
DIVISION: Junior lightweight (unified champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Robson Conceicao, Sept. 23
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


10. VASILIY LOMACHENKO     Previous ranking: No. 9

RECORD: 16-2, 11 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight
LAST FIGHT: W (UD12) Richard Commey, Dec. 11
NEXT FIGHT: Dec. 29 vs. Jamaine Ortiz


The formula

The rankings are based on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving nine points, and so on. A tie goes to the fighter with the highest ranking and then the one with the most votes at that ranking.


Others receiving votes: Devin Haney (24), Jermell Charlo (18), Gervonta Davis (13), Juan Francisco Estrada (4), Josh Taylor (4), Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (3), Stephen Fulton (1).


How our writers voted

Atlas: 1. Crawford, 2. Bivol, 3. Inoue, 4. Usyk, 5. Spence, 6. Alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Fury, 9. Davis, 10. Beterbiev

Bradley: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Beterbiev, 6. Fury, 7. Usyk, 8. Stevenson, 9. Charlo, 10. Haney

Coppinger: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Usyk, 4. Fury, 5. Alvarez, 6. Spence, 7. Bivol, 8. Gonzalez, 9. Beterbiev, 10. Haney

Tessitore: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Usyk, 4. Beterbiev, 5. Spence, 6. Alvarez, 7. Stevenson, 8. Fury, 9. Bivol, 10. Haney

Parkinson: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Alvarez, 4. Usyk, 5. Spence, 6. Fury, 7. Bivol, 8. Beterbiev, 9. Haney, 10. Lomachenko

Raskin: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Fury, 5. Usyk, 6. Bivol, 7. Alvarez, 8. Beterbiev, 9. Stevenson, 10. Lomachenko

Ward: 1. Crawford, 2. Spence, 3. Inoue, 4. Usyk, 5. Bivol, 6. Alvarez, 7. Stevenson, 8. Beterbiev, 9. Haney, 10. Davis

Baby: 1. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. Usyk, 4. Inoue, 5. Spence, 6. Lomachenko, 7. Fury, 8. Haney, 9. Stevenson, 10. Fulton

Rothstein: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Fury, 4. Alvarez, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Bivol, 9. Davis, 10. Stevenson

Osuna: 1. Usyk, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Spence, 5. Alvarez, 6. Bivol, 7. Charlo, 8. Stevenson, 9. Beterbiev, 10. Haney

Rodriguez: 1. Inoue, 2. Fury, 3. Alvarez, 4. Crawford, 5. Spence, 6. Usyk, 7. Beterbiev, 8. Bivol, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Charlo

Poncher: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Alvarez, 4. Spence, 5. Fury, 6. Usyk, 7. Beterbiev, 8. Stevenson, 9. Charlo, 10. Haney

Woodyard: 1. Crawford, 2. Fury, 3. Spence, 4. Alvarez, 5. Inoue, 6. Usyk, 7. Davis, 8. Haney, 9. Stevenson, 10. Taylor

Dansby: 1. Usyk, 2. Crawford, 3. Alvarez, 4. Inoue, 5. Spence, 6. Fury, 7. Haney, 8. Beterbiev, 9. Charlo, 10. Stevenson

Moynihan: 1. Spence, 2. Crawford, 3. Inoue, 4. Alvarez, 5. Fury, 6. Usyk, 7. Lomachenko, 8. Bivol, 9. Beterbiev, 10. Haney

Pilatti: 1. Inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Spence, 4. Usyk, 5. Fury, 6. Beterbiev, 7. Davis, 8. Charlo, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Stevenson

Zirolli: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Alvarez, 4. Spence, 5. Fury, 6. Usyk, 7. Stevenson, 8. Beterbiev, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Haney

Mascaro: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence, 4. Fury, 5. Beterbiev, 6. Alvarez, 7. Usyk, 8. Stevenson, 9. Lomachenko, 10. Haney

Freeman: 1. Crawford, 2. Inoue, 3. Spence, 4. Usyk, 5. Beterbiev, 6. Alvarez, 7. Fury, 8. Stevenson, 9. Haney, 10. Lomachenko

Irusta: 1. Usyk, 2. Fury, 3. Inoue, 4. Spence, 5. Crawford, 6. Bivol, 7. Charlo, 8. Taylor, 9. Alvarez, 10. Lomachenko


ESPN experts' poll

First place: Crawford (10), Inoue (6), Usyk (3), Spence (1)

Second place: Crawford (8), Inoue (6), Fury (3), Spence (1), Alvarez (1), Bivol (1)

Third place: Spence (6), Inoue (5), Alvarez (5), Usyk (3), Fury (1)

Fourth place: Alvarez (5), Spence (4), Usyk (4), Fury (3), Inoue (2), Crawford (1), Beterbiev (1)

Fifth place: Spence (7), Fury (4), Beterbiev (3), Alvarez (2), Usyk (2), Crawford (1), Inoue (1)

Sixth place: Usyk (6), Alvarez (4), Bivol (4), Fury (3), Beterbiev (1), Spence (1), Lomachenko (1)

Seventh place: Stevenson (3), Lomachenko (3), Fury (2), Usyk (2), Bivol (2), Beterbiev (2), Charlo (2), Davis (2), Alvarez (1), Haney (1)

Eighth place: Beterbiev (5), Stevenson (5), Bivol (3), Haney (2), Fury (2), Charlo (1), Taylor (1), Gonzalez (1)

Ninth place: Lomachenko (5), Beterbiev (3), Stevenson (3), Haney (3), Charlo (3), Davis (2), Bivol (1)

10th place: Haney (7), Stevenson (4), Lomachenko (4), Davis (1), Taylor (1), Charlo (1), Beterbiev (1), Fulton (1)