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DAZN's men's pound-for-pound rankings top-10 list: Who is the best fighter right now?

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After a long period of inactivity due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, boxing is regaining its momentum in a big way with quality fight after quality fight across various weight classes. But who exactly are the very best in the sport, regardless of division?

Here, we will track what, in our view, are the top 10 men's fighters today. Who is on the rise, and who is at risk of dropping down the charts? Find out below!

The DAZN pound-for-pound list: criteria

Here are some of the things considered by the team towards these rankings:

  • Overall record: Wins and losses count, of course. There can be more to a record than numbers, but you have to be winning to push upwards.
  • Quality of opposition: Going 30-0 against part-timers isn't going to impress many when you're being compared with every other fighter in every weight class. Beating your biggest rivals and fellow champions carries much more value.
  • Quality of wins: Winning in style also works in a candidate's favour, and overcoming adversity to pull off a big result can be a good thing too.
  • Activity: Fighters on the list who haven't competed in a while don't suddenly become unworthy boxers, but their ranking may be at more risk than those who have recently pulled off a big win.

With all that in mind, here is DAZN's 2021 men's P4P list in full as of June 7, 2022.

1. Oleksandr Usyk (No Change)

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After flat-out dominating the entire cruiserweight field to become undisputed world champion, Usyk required just a few pro bouts at heavyweight before outclassing and dethroning former P4P top-10 resident Anthony Joshua for most of the heavyweight division's belts. An AJ rematch — then perhaps a charge for a four-belt haul at a second weight class — awaits.

2. Terence Crawford (No Change)

Shawn Porter vs. Terence Crawford

The margin between Crawford and Usyk is so slender, they both rose above Canelo in the wake of Alvarez's loss to Bivol. If 'Bud' gets the fight he wants next — a welterweight unification dream match with Spence Jr. — there's a high likelihood the winner of that battle between two P4P top-fivers could move straight to no.1.

3. Naoya Inoue (Up 1)

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Expected to be given another stern test by Nonito Donaire in June, Inoue made a mockery of pre-fight predictions as he became the bantamweight ruler with an emphatic second-round knockout of the legendary Filipino. The stunning performance moves Inoue into the top three at the expense of Canelo Alvarez.

4. Canelo Alvarez (Down 1)

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Canelo's brilliant eight-and-a-half-year win streak and achievements and the fact his recent defeat at Dmitry Bivol's own weight class mean it's hard to push him down the list too far. He was third last month following the loss to Bivol. Canelo drops another place due to the impressive manner in which Inoue defeated Donaire.

5. Errol Spence Jr. (No Change)

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With an impressive late stoppage over Yordenis Ugas in April, Spence provided a reminder that he's still one of the world's leading fighters. His dream showdown with Crawford could give us boxing's best fighter, but for now, Spence will have to make do with a top-five position.

6. Dmitry Bivol (No Change)

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Bivol's resume of performances and results prior to 2022 made him a surefire occupant of a hypothetical 'P4P top 20' rankings. And his fantastic earned win over previous list-topper Alvarez means he deservedly enters the top 10. Though the win was very much in the light-heavyweights divisional wheelhouse, a future unification clash with the winner of June 18's Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. bout would give Bivol the chance to head towards the top three.

7. Stephen Fulton Jr. (Up 1)

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Speaking of doing everything asked of them, 'Cool Boy Steph' enjoyed a superb 2021, earning his first world title in January 2021 by beating Angelo Leo for the WBO super-bantamweight title before unifying that with Brandon Figueroa's WBC title in November. 2022 is following a similar path, with Fulton recently dominating Daniel Roman to move up one spot.

8. Devin Haney (New Entry)

Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos

A new entry for June as Haney hits the list for the first time. Traveling to Australia to face George Kambosos Jr. for every belt at 135lbs, Haney produced a one-sided masterclass that saw him silence the home crowd in Melbourne. But, with every belt now his property, can Haney move further up the list with wins over other top-class lightweight contenders?

9. Shakur Stevenson (Up 1)

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It was inevitable that Stevenson would one day enter boxing's P4P rankings. The Newark fighter has confirmed his place with a dominant win over Oscar Valdez to become the unified champion at super-featherweight. At 24, Stevenson is already a two-weight world champion, and he's fully expected to be a regular fixture in these rankings. But, will he aim to become undisputed at 130lbs, or will the lure of big names at lightweight be too tempting?

10. Jermell Charlo (New Entry)

Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano

Following his rematch win over Brian Castano last month, Charlo makes the list at ten. His stoppage win over the rugged Argentine confirmed his status as the world's best light-middleweight, and his body of work before the Castano series means that Charlo is worthy of inclusion.

Honorable mentions

Tyson Fury exits the list as he confirms his retirement from the sport after beating Dillian Whyte. The panel gave time to the situation to see whether Fury would go back on his decision, but the WBC heavyweight champion was removed with no sign of a u-turn. Kambosos also leaves the chart following his loss to Haney. However, a victory in their rematch is likely to see him reinstalled. Gervonta Davis and Vasiliy Lomachenko are two fighters close to being included. The same applies to lower-weight rivals Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.

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