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Pound for Pound




22 April 2024

Ryan Garcia was the big noise this week: in defeating Devin Haney, the #1-ranked contender under Jr. Welterweight King Teofimo Lopez, Garcia scored a major upset. Tainted as it was by his coming in 3 ¼ pounds overweight the day before (and thus depositing 1.5 million into Haney’s bank account), the win was not expected. That left hook of his -it’s an equalizer. 

The board was all over the place with where to rank him given the win and the weight problem. Two chairs believed that he should be ranked not at jr. welterweight, but at welterweight, and this was the proposal offered -but it was rejected by just about every voting member. Several members sought to effectively disqualify Garcia from entering the rankings due to his failure to make weight. However, the argument that proved most convincing, albeit barely, was the one that hearkened back to boxing history and the idea of over-the-weight bouts, which were common when the sport didn’t have bogus belts on every broadcast. It was not an excuse for Garcia, but it provided context. Consider also that both fighters likely weighed far more than 140 lbs at fight time. The argument held that Garcia did not defeat a welterweight and therefore should not be ranked at welterweight, while ignoring the win based on his (very costly) lack of discipline isn’t quite far enough away from the idiocy of the WBC.

Garcia is thus now ranked #2 in the division. Haney is at #3. If Garcia fails to make the weight limit in his next fight, he will very likely lose the ranking. 

Haney loses not only his #1 divisional ranking, but his place in the P4P List. There’s a new entry at #10 there. Click on the tab and find out who it is…

Sean McComb lost a decision to #4-ranked Arnold Barboza Jr. and several members argued that it was a robbery egregious enough to constitute a Robbery as per the charter’s Robbery clause. 80% of the voting members agreed, and as a result, McComb –the official loser- is now ranked at #7 while Barboza drops to #10.

Down at Jr. Bantamweight, David Jimenez, who handed John Ramirez his first loss, debuts at #8 in the division. Argi Cortez is bumped out.


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Saturday, April 20-

Brooklyn, New York, USA-
Junior Welterweight- #1/#6 P4P Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia
Junior Bantamweight- #6 at 112 David Jimenez vs. John Ramirez
Junior Welterweight- #4 Arnold Barboza, Jr. vs. Sean McComb
Super Middleweight- Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Vaughn Alexander 
Junior Middleweight- Charles Conwell vs. Nathaniel Gallimore
Wroclaw, Poland-
Cruiserweight- #7 Michal Cieslak vs. Juan Diaz
Cruiserweight- #8 Mateusz Masternak vs. Jean Jacques Olivier
Wednesday, April 24-
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia-
Light Heavyweight- Malik Zinad vs. Jerome Pampellone
Plant City, Florida, USA-
Junior Featherweight- #10 Ramon Cardenas vs. Eduardo Ramirez (birth name: Jesus Eduardo Ramirez Rubio)
Thursday, April 25-
Tokyo, Japan-
Junior Bantamweight- #9 Suzuki Takayama vs. Akio Furutani
Saturday, April 27-
Fresno, California, USA-
Junior Welterweight- #3 Jose Ramirez vs. Rances Barthelemy
Junior Middleweight- Vergil Ortiz, Jr. vs. Thomas Dulorme
Tuesday, April 30-
Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines-
Junior Flyweight- #8 Regie Suganob vs. Kai Ishikawa
Wednesday, May 1-
Barangay Centro, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Strawweight- Vic Saludar vs. Sanchai Yotboon
Thursday, May 2-
Montreal, Quebec, Canada-
Super Middleweight- Erik Bazinyan vs. Shakeel Phinn


HeavyweightOleksandr Usyk19-0-0 (13)UKR
CruiserweightJai Opetaia22-0-0 (17)AUS
Light HeavyweightArtur Beterbiev17-0-0 (17)CAN
Super MiddleweightSaul Alvarez57-2-2 (39)MEX
Junior MiddleweightJermell Charlo35-1-1 (19)USA
WelterweightTerence Crawford40-0-0 (31)USA
Junior WelterweightTeofimo Lopez20-1-0 (13)USA
Junior FeatherweightNaoya Inoue26-0-0 (23)JPN
Junior BantamweightJuan Francisco Estrada44-3-0 (28)MEX
Junior FlyweightKenshiro Teraji23-1-0 (14)JPN

Teddy Atlas

In-studio Analyst , ESPN

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