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Pound for Pound




26 February 2024

Junto Nakatani debuted in the flyweight rankings in November 2020 at #6, and got up to #3. Two years later, he debuted in the jr. bantamweight rankings at #7 and got to #3 once again. Now he enters the Bantamweight rankings at #2 with a big win over the former #2-ranked contender in the division, Alexandro Santiago. Santiago, stopped in six rounds, drops to #6. Nakatani’s intentions are belligerent, but let’s hope they’re clear too; he should aim higher than his waist. He should go for a crown.  

Takuma Inoue moves up from #4 to #3 with a win over former contender Jerwin Ancajas. Antonio Vargas, now #10, went down in the first round and was deducted two points in the second after hitting Jonathan Rodriguez while he was down, but still managed to stop him in seven. Keita Kurihara and Seiya Tsutsumi are both bumped out.

…Take a good look at the top three in the bantamweight division. There’s some good fights brewing there; let’s hope that #1 fights #2 and soon. In 2022, Takuma’s elder brother Naoya became the first bantamweight king since 1987. He abdicated early in 2023. Let’s not wait that long again; a hundred years ago the “Golden Bantams” were playing hot potato with the singular championship. In February 1924, the division king was Joe Lynch, who lost it to Abe Goldstein in March. They were among a dozen champions in an unbroken succession by combat that began in 1909 and went until 1925.

Speaking of golden bantams, Junta Nakatani enters the P4P at #10 and does so almost unanimously. Bam Rodriguez is bumped out.

Edgar Berlanga enters the Super Middleweight rankings for the first time in his career. He’s now ranked #10, bumping out Diego Pacheco. Canelo is reportedly considering defending his crown against him. Boxing fans, and especially Mexican boxing fans, should roll their eyes at that. King Canelo needs to challenge  the TOP contenders in the division, not the least of these. Berlanga has some provin’ to do.  


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Saturday, March 2-
San Juan, Puerto Rico-
Junior Flyweight- #1 Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Rene Santiago
Verona, New York, USA-
Featherweight- #2 Luis Alberto Lopez vs. #6 Reiya Abe
Featherweight- #7 Raymond Ford vs. Otabek Kholmatov
Thursday, March 7-
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico-
Strawweight- #6 Daniel Valladares vs. Juan Toscano
Friday, March 8-
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-
Featherweight- #8 Nick Ball vs. Rey Vargas
Junior Middleweight- #5 Israil Madrimov vs, Magomed Kurbanov
Heavyweight- #2 Zhilei Zhang vs. #4 Joseph Parker
Heavyweight- #3 Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou
Wednesday, March 13-
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia-
Junior Featherweight- #5 Sam Goodman vs. Mark Schleibs
Saturday, March 16-
Nagoya, Japan-
Flyweight- #3 at 108 Masamichi Yabuki vs. Kevin Vivas
Birmingham, West Midlands, England-
Junior Featherweight- #8 Liam Davies vs. Erik Robles Ayala
Heavyweight- Joe Joyce vs. Kash Ali
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA-
Lightweight- #4 William Zepeda vs. #8 Maxi Hughes


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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