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The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board was formed in October 2012 as a volunteer initiative to provide boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identify the singular world champion of every division by strict reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport’s reform. Board membership includes fifty respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world who are uncompromised by so-called sanctioning bodies and promoters. 





Pound for Pound




20 May 2024

Heavyweight King Oleksandr Usyk, fighting for Ukraine who is fighting a giant in Russia, defended his crown against another giant in Tyson Fury. Usyk’s split-decision triumph over the former heavyweight king and #1 contender is the stuff that dreams are made of. It has to be said: this was a fight that should have been a worldwide phenomenon, but it wasn’t. Why? For starters, boxing’s championship landscape is littered with rabbit holes and makes absolutely no sense. Commentators and too many writers tout the “unification” nonsense but how many sports fans are willing to dive into that rabbit hole? Consider this: Usyk will be stripped within two weeks of one of the WTF belts he earned (and purchased). Who cares why! It happens all the time! “Unification bouts” have about as much gravitas as pixie dust.

Usyk was proposed to move up to #2 on the P4P List, over Terence Crawford, but the board overruled the chairs and pushed him to #1 at P4P. The justification for it is sound; Usyk is a legit two-division king, he’s a road warrior, and he doesn’t care a bit about silly negotiation strategies to gain petty advantages. What’s more, he did a number on the whole rationale behind the “Bridgerweight” division -Usyk’s weight disadvantage in facing Fury would have made Mickey Walker proud. And guess what –Usyk, like Mickey Walker, has just unveiled himself as an All-time Great.

Meanwhile, Agit Kabayel moves from #8 to #4 with a surprising KO over the once-promising Frank Sanchez. Sanchez, was #7 but now exits the rankings.

Cruiserweight Soslan Asbarov, who looked impressive last October with a win over Aleksei Papin, wasn’t actually impressive. He’s been exposed as a PED cheat and has been banned from boxing in Russia for six years. He is out of the top ten. Papin returns to the #4 ranking he lost in an unfair fight.  Yamil Alberto Peralta enters at #10.

Jr. Middleweight James Metcalf (#10) exits due to inactivity and makes way for Charles Conwell.

Welterweight Brian Norman Jr. knocked Giovani Santillan right out of his #5 ranking and drops him twice along the way. Santillan is now ranked #8. Guess where Norman is now?

Jr. LightweightAnthony Cacace defeated #2-ranked Joe Cordina to take #4. Cordina is now at #9.


Every member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board is a volunteer. We are on the following continents:

  1. Asia
  2. Australia
  3. Europe
  4. North America
  5. South America

We represent 21 countries, including:  Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United States, Vietnam, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.,enters

Friday, May 24-
Rzeszow, Poland-
Heavyweight- #3 at 200 Lawrence Okolie vs. Lukasz Rozanski
Balashikha, Russia-
Cruiserweight- #4 Aleksei Papin vs. Isaac Chilemba
Saturday, May 25-
Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada-
Super Middleweight- #2 Christian Mbilli vs. Mark Heffron
Leeds, Yorkshire, England-
Junior Welterweight- #5 Jack Catterall vs. #6 Josh Taylor
Friday, May 31-
Lyon, Rhone, France-
Junior Middleweight- #6 Michel Soro vs. Oziel Santiyo


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 Inoue27-0-0 (24)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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