Top 10 Best Boxers in the World
- Josh Taylor — 16 wins (12 knockouts), unbeaten
Josh Taylor is a professional Scottish Boxer. He is a national light-welterweight champion, holding titles since 2019 for the WBA (Super), IBF, and Ring magazines. He won the Commonwealth light-welterweight title at regional level from 2016 through 2017. As an amateur he won a silver medal at the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games and gold.
As of November 2019, BoxRec lists Taylor as the best active light-welterweight in the world and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) ranks second. He’s also ranked by TBRB as the 10th best active boxer in the world, pound for pound. He currently has a 75 per cent knockout-to-win ratio with 12 of his 16 victories coming by way of stoppage.
Taylor started his professional career in June 2015, joining Cyclone Promotions with Barry McGuigan, and is trained by Shane McGuigan. Taylor made his debut in July 2015, beating Archie Weah with a second round of technical knockout (TKO).
- Gennady Golovkin — 40 wins (35 knockouts) against one loss and one draw
He has held the IBF and IBO belts since 2019, and is a two-time middleweight world champion. He previously held the unified titles of WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO between 2014 and 2018 and was ranked pound for pound by The Ring magazine as the best boxer in the world from September 2017 to September 2018. He is ranked as the best active middleweight in the world by BoxRec as of December 2019, and second by The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). He’s also ranked third-best active boxer in the world.
Golovkin has captured a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in the middleweight category throughout his amateur career. He managed to represent Kazakhstan at the 2004 Summer Olympics, earning a silver medal in middleweight.
- Juan Francisco Estrada — 40 wins (27 knockouts) against three losses
Juan Francisco Estrada Romero is a professional Boxer from Mexico. Having held the WBC, Ring magazine and linear super flyweight championships since April 2019, and previously the WBA (Unified) and WBO flyweight championships between 2012 and 2015 he is a two-weight World Champion. He has also challenged for the 2012 WBA light flyweight title once. As of October 2019, Estrada is ranked by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) as the 7th best active boxer in the world, pound for pound, and eighth by The Ring.
On 30 August 2008 Estrada made his professional debut at the age of 18. Two years later Estrada won its first national chain, in October 2010. For the WBC Mundo Hispano super-flyweight belt he beat Manuel Almendariz by TKO. In May 2011, Estrada suffered his first defeat to Juan Carlos Sánchez, Jr. Sánchez stands at 5 ft 8, giving him an significant advantage in height over other flyweights.
- Manny Pacquiao — 62 wins (39 knockouts) against seven defeats (three knockouts) and two draws.
Emmanuel Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao, OL GCrS PLH is a Filipino professional boxer and politician who has served as Philippine senator since 2016. Pacquiao is recognized as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time by many boxing historians.
He is the first eight-division world champion in boxing history, having won twelve major world titles as well as becoming the first fighter in five different weight classes to win the linear championship. Across four of the eight “glamour divisions” of boxing, Pacquiao is also the first fighter across history to win major world titles: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
- Errol Spence Jr. — 26 wins (21 knockouts), unbeaten
Errol Spence Jr. is an American professional boxer who has held the IBF title since 2017 and the WBC title since 2019, and is a single welterweight champion. He won three consecutive U.S. national championships as an amateur in the welterweight division, and represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, where he reached the quarter-finals. Spence was named ESPN’s Prospect of the Year in 2015.
As of December 2019, by BoxRec, sixth by The Ring magazine and ninth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, Spence is ranked third best active boxer in the world, pound for pound. He is also ranked by The Ring the TBRB as the best active welterweight in the world, and by BoxRec as second.
- Terence Crawford — 35 wins (26 knockouts), unbeaten
He’s a professional American Boxer. He has won numerous world championships in three weight classes including the one of the WBO welterweight since 2018. He previously held the WBO, Ring magazine and linear lightweight titles from 2014 to 2015; and the undisputed WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, Ring and linear lightweight titles from 2015 to 2017, respectively.
As of December 2019, BoxRec and ESPN rated Crawford second best active boxer in the country, pound for pound, and The Ring and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) ranked fourth. He is also ranked by Boxrec, second by The Ring, and third by ESPN and the TBRB as the best active welterweight worldwide.
- Naoya Inoue — 19 wins (16 knockouts), unbeaten
He is a professional Boxer from Japan. He is a three-weight world champion and currently a unified world champion in bantamweight, having held the belts of the WBA (Super), IBF, and Ring magazine since 2019. He had previously held the title of WBO junior-bantamweight from 2014 to 2018, and the title of WBC light-flyweight in 2014.
Nicknamed “Monster,” Inoue is known for its powerful punching power and vicious body attack, which has an 84 percent knockout-to-win ratio. As of December 2019 BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) rate him as the best active bantamweight in the world. In addition to being ranked second best professional boxer in the nation, pound for pound by the TBRB, third by The Ring and fourth by ESPN.
- Oleksandr Usyk — 17 wins (13 knockouts), unbeaten
He is a professional Ukrainian boxer. Since July 2018 he reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion until he surrendered his titles in March 2019 as the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championship titles — the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and WBO.
Usyk is the newest male boxer to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles concurrently after Terence Crawford in 2017 and just the fifth boxer in history to do so after Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins and Cecilia Brækhus. He’s the only, undisputed Ukrainian champion. He’s especially noteworthy for the pace of his successes, winning his first world title in his tenth fight, and being by his fifteenth fight the unbeaten champion in his weight class. In 2019, Usyk vacated his cruiserweight titles to turn to heavyweight.
- Vasyl Lomachenko — 14 wins (10 knockouts) against one loss
Lomachenko was one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time, with a record of 396 wins and 1 defeat, twice avenged on his only defeat. He has captured a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2008 European Championships, consecutive gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and consecutive gold at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, competing in the featherweight and lightweight divisions.
Throughout his career he has received many awards from media outlets. The Ring and ESPN named him Prospect of the Year in 2013; CBS Sports named him Boxer of the Year in 2016; HBO Sports called him Boxer of the Year in 2016 and 2017; and in 2017 he was called Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring.
As of May 2020, he is ranked by ESPN as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound; second by the American and The Ring Boxing Writers Association; third by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB); and ninth by BoxRec. BoxRec, the TBRB and ESPN also list him as the strongest active lightweight worldwide.
- Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez — 53 wins (36 knockouts) against one loss and two draws
He is a professional Mexican boxer who is a world champion in four divisions. Since 2018 he has held the unified WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring and linear middleweight championships, the IBF middleweight title from May to August 2019, and since 2018 the WBA (Regular) super middleweight crown. He previously held the WBA (Unified), WBC and Ring light middleweight titles from 2011 to 2013; the WBC, Ring, and linear middleweight titles from 2015 to 2018; the WBO light middleweight titles from 2016 to 2017; and the WBO light heavyweight titles from November to December 2019.
He’s often referred to as a powerful body puncher. As of May 2020, Álvarez has been ranked by BoxRec, The Mirror, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) and the Boxing Writers Association of America as the world’s best active fighter, pound for pound. He is currently ranked as the best active middleweight in the world by BoxRec and the TBRB, The Ring and the TBRB’s fifth best active super middleweight in the world, and the TBRB’s fourth best active light heavyweight in the world.