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2020 Boxing Men’s World Ranking

The Sportspedia

Here we introduce The Sportspedia’s 2020 World Men’s Boxing Rankings. In our rankings we do not only list the boxers but we explain the reasoning behind each ranking.

Columns represent: Ranking, Fighter, Country, Record, World Championship, 2020 fight results.


Former and now #1 Fury beat #5 ranked Wilder to become undefeated World Champion. Joshua defeated former #1 Andy Ruiz, who had Knocked him out when he was #1 but Ruiz has still never been knocked out unlike Wilder, who suffered a TKO against Fury. Usyk cleaned with the Cruiserweight and had made a mark already by defeating strong contender Dereck Chisora.

1Tyson FuryEngland30(21)-0-1WBC, The RingWTKO Deontay Wilder
2Anthony JoshuaEngland24(22)-1IBF, WBO, WBA SuperWKO Kubrat Pulev
3Oleksandr UsykUkraine18(13)-0WUD Dereck Chisora
4Andy Ruiz Jr.México33(22)-2
5Deontay WilderUnited States of America42(41)-1-1LTKO Tyson Fury


Breidis beat former #1 Glowacki and current #2, former World Champion Dorticos, who has only lost to him and now-Heavyweight Gassiev. World Champion Makabu hasn’t lost in 4 years and Goulamirian is an undefeated World Champion that defeated Constantin Bejenaru, who himself beat strong Thabiso Mchunu. Former #1 Glowacki has only lost to Breidis and now Heavyweight, former #1 Usyk.

1Mairis BriedisLatvia27(19)-1IBF, The RingWMD Yuniel Dorticos
2Yuniel DorticosCuba24(22)-2LMD Breidis
3Ilunga Junior MakabuDemocratic Republic Of The Congo28(25)-2WBCWUD Michal Cieslak, WTKO Olanrewaju Durodola
4Arsen GoulamirianFrance26(18)-0WBA Super
5Krzysztof GlowackiPoland31(19)-2


Bivol and Beterbiev are both undefeated World Champions and Beterbiev holds two belts plus has an impressive 100% KO rate but Bivol has faced better opposition, having defeated #5 Smith Jr and former ranked Jean Pascal, and Bivol’s wins of common opponents were clearer. Kovalev is still there in the mix and gave Saúl Álvarez a good fight until he was knocked out. Unbeaten former World Champion Ramírez has only fought in this weight twice, but did beat Jesse Hart, who beat Sullivan Barrera, who beat Smith Jr but Smith jr then beat Hart, so is the best among the rest. Álvarez relinquished his title and is no longer planning to fight as a Light Heavyweight, hence he is not ranked.

1Dmitry BivolRussian Federation17(11)-0WBA Super
2Artur BeterbievRussian Federation15(15)-0WBC, IBF
3Sergey KovalevRussian Federation34(29)-4-1
4Gilberto Ramírez SánchezMéxico41(27)-0WTKO Alfonso López
5Joe Smith JrUnited States of America26(21)-3WSD Jesse Hart, WTKO Eleider Álvarez


Pound for Pound #1 Álvarez has beat #4 Jacobs and #5 Smith. Jacobs’ fight was closer, hence their respective positions. Benavídez and Plant are still undefeated with Benavídez’ KO of Dirrell the biggest win any of those two fighters have had. Plus Benavídez has a better KO rate.

1Saúl AlvarezMéxico54(36)-1-2The Ring, WBC, WBA SuperWUD Callum Smith
2David BenavídezMéxico23(20)-0WRTD Roamer Alexis Angulo
3Caleb PlantUnited States of America20(12)-0IBFWTKO Vincent Feigenbutz
4Daniel JacobsUnited States of America37(30)-3WSD Gabriel Rosado
5Callum SmithEngland27(19)-1LUD Saúl Álvarez


Álvarez beat former #1 Golovkin the second time around after a draw, although it seems like this will be the last time we rank him as a Middleweight. Unbeaten World Champion Charlo beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko via UD as Golovkin did. Unbeaten World Champion Andrade is yet to fight an opposition as the top 3 have, while unbeaten Munguía barely edges unbeaten World Champion Ryōta Murata out due to his stronger wins against Sadam Ali and Liam Smith (both at Super Welterweight) and his recent win by RTD6 against Tureano Johnson, who lasted 12 rounds against Derevyanchenko.

1Saúl AlvarezMéxico54(36)-1-2The RingWUD Callum Smith
2Gennadiy GolovkinKazakhstan41(36)-1-1IBFWRTD Kamil Szeremeta
3Jermall CharloUnited States of America31(22)-0WBCWUD Sergiy Derevyanchenko
4Demetrius AndradeUnited States of America29(18)-0WBOWTKO Luke Keeler
5Jaime MunguíaMéxico36(29)-0WTKO Gary O’Sullivan, WRTD Tureano Johnson


A division with a clear #1 that has most of the belts. Charlo beat #2 Rosario, who beat #3 Williams, who beat #4 Hurd, who beat -via a close Split Decision- #5 Lara, former #1 that drew to Castaño, who woud be #6. Other World Champion, Patrick Teixeira, has not defeated big names and has lost to Curtis Stevens via a 2nd round KO (Middleweight).

1Jermell CharloUnited States of America34(18)-1WBA Super, WBC, IBF, The RingWKO Jeison Rosario
2Jeison RosarioDominican Republic20(14)-2-1WTKO Julian Williams, LKO Jermell Charlo
3Julian WilliamsUnited States of America27(16)-2-1LTKO Jeison Rosario
4Jarrett HurdUnited States of America24(16)-1WUD Francisco Santana
5Erislandy LaraUnited States of America27(15)-3-3WBAWUD Greg Vendetti


Unbeaten World Champion Crawford has been the #1 Lightweight and Super Lightweight by beating the best in those divisions. He has still not beat the very best Welters but just beat Kell Brook in 4 rounds, while #2 Errol Spence Jr took 11 to beat him. Spence has unified against Porter and also beat #5 García. Former Pound for Pound #1, Manny Pacquiao has been ranked in the weight for over a decade (save fo a brief retirement) and is still a World Champion, having defeated #4 Thurman, in a Split Decision. WBC Diamond World Champion, García, beat Vargas via UD, as did Pacquiao -albeit a bit closer- and has only lost to #2 Spence Jr.

1Terence CrawfordUnited States of America37(28)-0WBOWTKO Kell Brook
2Errol Spence Jr.United States of America27(21)-0WBC, IBFWUD Danny Garcia
3Manny PacquiaoPhilippines62(39)-7-2WBA Super
4Keith ThurmanUnited States of America29(22)-1
5Miguel Ángel García CortezMéxico40(30)-1WBC DiamondWUD Jessie Vargas


Taylor is an unbeaten World Champion and has defeated two of the top 5-rated boxers, and last won by KO in 1. Ramírez is also an unbeaten World Champion that has defeated two of the top 5, but he defeated Postol via MD unlike Taylor’s UD. He also barely beat Zepeda in a close Majority Decision, and Zepeda just beat strong Ivan Baranchyk by KO. Prograis was also able to lose just by Majority Decision against #1 Taylor, his only defeat. Postol remains in the ranking since beating Matthysse back in 2015 and his only defeats since have been an Unanimous Decision against #1 Taylor and a recent Majority Decision against #2 Ramírez.

1Josh TaylorScotland17(13)-0WBA Super, IBFWKO Apinun Khongsong
2José Carlos RamírezUnited States of America26(17)-0WBC, WBOWMD Viktor Postol
3José ZepedaMéxico33(26)-2WUD Kendo Castaneda, WKO Ivan Baranchyk
4Regis PrograisUnited States of America25(21)-1WTKO Juan Heraldez
5Viktor PostolUkraine31(12)-3LMD José Carlos Ramírez


López beat Pound for Pound-rated Lomachenko to earn four World Title belts and remain unbeaten, while Davis beat Santa Cruz by KO6 and remains unbeaten, and simultaneously Champion in two weight classes. Haney beat former top 5 Gamboa to also remain as an unbeaten Champion. Commey lost to Teófimo López but his win against Raymundo Beltrán is bigger than any win Ryan García has, but that could change in the García vs Campbell fight. Campbell has lost to Linares, who was Knocked out by Lomachenko and just in one round by Pablo César Cano (Super Lightweight).

1Teófimo LópezHonduras16(12)-0WBA Super, IBF, WBO, The RingWUD Vasyl Lomachenko
2Vasyl LomachenkoUkraine14(10)-2LUD López
3Gervonta DavisUnited States of America24(23)-0WBAWKO Leo Santa Cruz
4Devin HaneyUnited States of America25(15)-0WBCWUD Yuriorkis Gamboa
5Richard CommeyGhana29(26)-3


World Champion Davis takes #1 with his huge TKO win over Santa Cruz, the only fight among the very top-rated fighters. World Champion Berchelt was #1 with his great wins against Francisco Vargas. Valdez, unbeaten, looked good in his Super Featherweight debut and has beat names like Quigg. World Champion Díaz Jr. beat Tevin Farmer to earn the title and has not lost since falling to Gary Allen Russell Jr -who is rated below Santa Cruz in Featherweight- in 2018.

1Gervonta DavisUnited States of America24(23)-0WBA SuperWKO Leo Santa Cruz
2Miguel BercheltMéxico37(33)-1WBCNC Eleazar Valenzuela
3Óscar ValdezMéxico28(22)-0WTKO Jayson Velez
4Léodegario Santa CruzMéxico37(19)-2-1LTKO Davis
5Joseph Pedroza Díaz Jr.United States of America31(15)-1IBFWUD Tevin Farmer


Unbeaten World Champion Warrington beat Frampton via UD while Santa Cruz lost one fight and won the other one via MD against Frampton. Both Santa Cruz and Russell Jr beat Kiko Martínez in 5 but Santa Cruz also beat former-rated Ábner Mares twice, while Russell Jr has not had names as big as Mares in his résumé. Galahad gave #1-rated Warrington a big fight that ended in a Split Decision but he could have won. World Champion Emanuel Navarrete hasn’t lost since 2012 and has given great fights and beat Dogboe, who beat Magdaleno, who beat Donaire, but hasn’t fought names as big as those since. But he could well be underrated.

1Josh WarringtonEngland30(7)-0IBF
2Léodegario Santa CruzMéxico37(19)-2-1WBA SuperLTKO Davis
3Gary Allen Russell JrUnited States of America31(18)-1WBC
4Kid GalahadEngland27(16)-1WRTD Claudio Marrero
5Emanuel NavarreteMéxico32(27)-1WBOWTKO Jeo Santisima, NC Uriel López, WUD Rubén Villa


Luis Nery defeated then #1 Shinsuke Yamanake twice, although he was overweight in one. He is an unbeaten World Champion and has ended 10 of hist last 11 fights early. Champion in recess, Vargas, is also unbeaten. He hasn’t won by KO as often but has defeated #4 Hovhannisyan, former rated Kameda, and Ronny Ríos. World Champion Figueroa has won 8 of his last 9 fights early and he beat Moisés Flores in 3 rounds, unlike former World Champion Daniel Roman’s win in 12. Román himself lost to now #5, World Champion Akhmadaliev, who only has 8 fights, whereas Hovhannisyan has a 32-3 Record including only losing to Rey Vargas in the last six years. He beat Ríos in 6, while #2 Vargas went to the distance with him, and he also beat Manzanilla in 4, unlike Vargas’ 12. But again, he did lost to Vargas via UD.

1Luis NeryMéxico31(24)-0WBCWUD Aarón Alameda
2Rey Geovani Vargas RoldánMéxico34(22)-0WBC in recess
3Brandon Lee FigueroaMéxico21(16)-0-1WBAWTKO Damien Vazquez
4Azat HovhannisyanArmenia18(15)-3
5Murodjon AkhmadalievUzbekistan8(6)-0WBA Super, IBFWSD Daniel Román


Inoue is one of the top Pound for Pound boxers and has beaten four top 10 fighters (at the time) in a row, including #4 Nonito Donaire, the only one he did not Knock Out. World Champion Rigondeaux might be 40 but has only lost once, against Vasyl Lomachenko, three weightclasses above Bantamweight, and when both were rated Pound for Pound. World Champion Oubaali is unbeaten, while former Pound for Pound-rated Donaire has three defeats in his last 6 fights but still gave #1 Inoue a very good fight. World Champion Casimero has won his six fights in this weight class by KO/TKO, including one against Zolani Tete.

1Naoya InoueJapan20(17)-0WBA Super, IBF, The RingWKO Jason Moloney
2Guillermo RigondeauxCuba20(13)-1WBAWSD Liborio Solís
3Nordine OubaaliFrance17(12)-0WBC
4Nonito DonairePhilippines40(26)-6
5John Riel CasimeroPhilippines30(21)-4WBOWTKO Duke Micah


Former Pound for Pound-rated González lost to Wangek (twice), who lost to Estrada (in a second convincing fight, after losing the first one). World Champion Ioka lost to Donnie Nietes two years ago but has three consecutive World Title bout wins, including frustrating unbeaten three-weightclass World Champion Kosei Tanaka on December 31st, 2020. World Champion Jerwin Ancajas was able to beat Israel González by TKO unlike González’ UD but has not faced names as strong as the four fighters above him.

1Juan Francisco EstradaMéxico41(28)-3WBCWTKO Carlos Cuadras
2Wisaksil Wangek (Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Nakornl)Thailand49(42)-5-1WUD Amnat Ruenroeng, WTKO Jomar Fajardo
3Román Alberto González LunaNicaragua50(41)-2WBAWTKO Khalid Yafai, WUD Israel González
4Kazuto IokaJapan26(15)-2WBOWTKO Kosei Tanaka
5Jerwin AncajasPhilippines32(22)-1-2IBF


World Champion Mthalane hasn’t lost since Donaire in 2008 and has been World Champion for eleven years, including wins over Bantamweight-rated Casimero, and Akira Yaegashi, who he retired. World Champion Martínez has convincingly beaten top 8-15 fighters in his last 4 fights. Unbeaten Nakatani beat former Light Flyweight-rated Milan Melindo and then became World Champion. Artem Dalakian is also an unbeaten World Champion but the names he has beat are not as strong. Sho Kimura has lost a MD against #1-contender Kosei Tanaka and also went to the decision against Light Flyweight-rated Canizales but he had three strong World Title bout wins before his losses. He then beat veteran Merlito Sabillo in 2 rounds. Other World Champion, veteran Luis Concepción, only has two fights on this weight class, after two defeats in Super Flyweight.

1Moruti MthalaneSouth Africa39(26)-2IBF
2Julio César MartínezMéxico17(13)-1WBCWUD Jay Harris, WTKO Moisés Calleros
3Junto NakataniJapan21(16)-0WBOWKO Giemel Magramo
4Artem DalakianUkraine20(14)-0WBAWUD Josber Pérez
5Sho KimuraJapan19(2)-3-2WUD Merlito Sabillo


Unbeaten World Champion Teraji has 9 consecutive World Championship fight wins, including names such as former top 5 López and Melindo and comes off two consecutive early TKO wins. Kyoguchi is also an unbeaten World Champion and beat #4 Hekkie Buddler although he only has three fights on this weightclass. World Champion Alvarado hasn’t lost since 2014, including a TKO win over Petalcorin in 7 Rounds, a bit less impressive than Teraji’s TKO over Petalcorin in 4, but he is on the mix. Budler now hasn’t fought in 2 years but it was justified not to fight this year amid a pandemic. A former Minimumweight #1, his win over now retired Ryoichi Taguchi put him up in the ranking of this weightclass although he lost to Kyoguchi (TKO) last time out. World Champion Canizales did not manage to beat Taguchi unlike Budler, but he did get a Draw. Nevertheless he is still unbeaten and beat Flyweight-rated Sho Kimura last time out. World Champion Elwin Soto has not faced the same opposition level as these five.

1Kenshiro TerajiJapan17(10)-0WBC
2Hiroto KyoguchiJapan14(9)-0WBA Super, The Ring
3Félix AlvaradoNicaragua35(30)-2IBF
4Hekkie BudlerSouth Africa34(10)-4
5Carlos CanizalesVenezuela22-0-1WBA


Moonsri was the highest rated with a 54-0 record until his loss to now #2, Moonsri. Niyomtrong is new #1 with his unbeaten record and 13 consecutive World Championship wins since 2014, which include a win over #4 rated, Byron Rojas, who has only lost to Niyomtrong (2xUD) in the last 8 years, including a win over former #1, Hekkie Budler. World Champion Pedro Taduran has only lost to Moonsri (UD) while other World Champion Wilfredo Méndez (PUR) does have a loss to unranked Leyman Benavides (NIC) from two years ago.

1Thammanoon Niyomtrong (Knockout CP Freshmart)Thailand21(7)-0WBA SuperWUD Norihito Tanaka
2Panya Pradabsri (Petchmanee CP Freshmart)Thailand35(22)-1WBCWTKO Mehrdad Kalvandi, WUD Héctor Villa, WRTD Wichet Sengprakhon, WUD Chayaphon Moonsri
3Chayaphon Moonsri (Wanheng Menayothin Kaiyanghada)Thailand54(18)-1LUD Panya Pradabsri
4Byron RojasNicaragua27(11)-4-3
5Pedro TaduranPhilippines14(11)-2-1IBFDTD Daniel Valladares


1Saúl AlvarezMéxico54(36)-1-2The Ring, WBC, WBA SuperWUD Callum Smith
2Terence CrawfordUnited States of America37(28)-0WBOWTKO Kell Brook
3Naoya InoueJapan20(17)-0WBA Super, IBF, The RingWKO Jason Moloney
4Errol Spence Jr.United States of America27(21)-0WBC, IBFWUD Danny Garcia
5Manny PacquiaoPhilippines62(39)-7-2WBA Super
6Tyson FuryEngland30(21)-0-1WBC, The RingWTKO Deontay Wilder
7Teófimo LópezHonduras16(12)-0WBA Super, IBF, WBO, The RingWUD Vasyl Lomachenko
8Juan Francisco EstradaMéxico41(28)-3WBCWTKO Carlos Cuadras
9Vasyl LomachenkoUkraine14(10)-2LUD López
10Gervonta DavisUnited States of America24(23)-0WBA SuperWKO Leo Santa Cruz


2United States of America2234439
6Russian Federation11112
10Republic of South Africa117
16Democratic Republic Of The Congo13