Ratings

Pound for Pound
Pound for Pound All weights
Heavyweight
Heavyweight Limit: none
Cruiserweight
Cruiserweight Limit: 200 pounds
Light Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight Limit: 175 pounds
Super Middleweight
Super Middleweight Limit: 168 pounds
Middleweight
Middleweight Limit: 160 pounds
Junior Middleweight
Junior Middleweight Limit: 154 pounds
Welterweight
Welterweight Limit: 147 pounds
Junior Welterweight
Junior Welterweight Limit: 140 pounds
Lightweight
Lightweight Limit: 135 pounds
Junior Lightweight
Junior Lightweight Limit: 130 pounds
Featherweight
Featherweight Limit: 126 pounds
Junior Featherweight
Junior Featherweight Limit: 122 pounds
Bantamweight
Bantamweight Limit: 118 pounds
Junior Bantamweight
Junior Bantamweight Limit: 115 pounds
Flyweight
Flyweight Limit: 112 pounds
Junior Flyweight
Junior Flyweight Limit: 108 pounds
Strawweight
Strawweight 105LBS

RATING PANEL / CHAMPIONSHIP POLICY

Championship vacancies can be filled in the following two ways:

  1. THE RING’s Nos. 1 and 2 contenders fight one another.
  2. If the Nos. 1 and 2 contenders chose not to fight one another and either of them fights No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, the winner may be awarded THE RING belt if the Editorial Board deems the contenders worthy. Here are the seven situations in which a champion can lose his belt:
    • The Champion loses a fight in the weight class in which he is champion.
    • The Champion moves to another weight class.
    • The Champion does not schedule a fight in any weight class for 18 months.
    • The Champion does not schedule a fight at his championship weight for 18 months (even if he fights at another weight).
    • The Champion does not schedule a fight with a Top-5 contender from any weight class for two years.
    • The Champion retires.
    • The Champion tests positive for a banned substance.

RATINGS POLICY

  1. Results. This is the most objective criterion and takes precedence over all others.
  2. Performance. How a fighter performs in a victory or defeat can be a factor to determine his place in the ratings.
  3. Track record: A fighter’s accomplishments in the recent past can be a factor to determine his place in the ratings. That includes quality of opposition.

THE RING Ratings are compiled by the magazine’s Editorial Board, with the participation of THE RING Ratings Panel of boxing journalists from around the world.