Once-beaten American phenom Gary Russell Jr. broke into THE RING’s featherweight rankings in dynamic fashion, dropping respected veteran Jhonny Gonzalez three times en route to a four-round stoppage to earn the WBC belt in his second title shot this past Saturday.
Boxing fans have been treated to a busy recent schedule, which included action from many RING-rated fighters, including No. 1-rated light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, who cracked the magazine’s Pound-for-Pound rankings after his eighth-round stoppage of Jean Pascal.
There was nowhere for Gennady Golovkin, THE RING’s No. 1-rated middleweight, to advance in the magazine’s 160-pound rankings after he scored his 19th consecutive stoppage against courageous Martin Murray this past Saturday, but the WBA beltholder moved up a notch in the pound-for-pound top 10.
THE RING magazine has withdrawn its championship recognition of undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward due to inactivity and lack of recent quality opposition. Ward has also been dropped from the magazine’s divisional and pound-for-pound rankings until he returns to the ring.
Mike Alvarado, who was soundly defeated by Brandon Rios in a welterweight bout on Saturday, will be dropped from THE RING’s junior welterweight rankings, where the battle-worn veteran had been rated No. 5.
The WBC heavyweight title bout between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder surprised fans because it went the distance. Most thought it would end in a KO, as both fighters are known for their power, but Wilder won a lopsided decision. So where does he rank now?
Terence Crawford says he’s won’t be at lightweight much longer but however long the undefeated switch-hitter remains in the 135-pound division he will be recognized as THE RING champion thanks to his one-sided unanimous decision over Ray Beltran on Saturday.
The vacant RING lightweight championship will be on the line on Saturday when WBO titleholder Terence Crawford takes on Raymundo Beltran in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford is THE RING’s No. 1-rated lightweight; Beltran is the magazine’s No. 2 contender.
It was a dead week but Billy Dib’s move to 130 did open up a spot at featherweight, which was filled by Filipino contender Marvin Sonsona.
Underdog Chris Algieri’s inspirational effort in outworking Ruslan Provodnikov to earn the WBO 140-pound title on Saturday shook up THE RING’s junior welterweight rankings.
Miguel Cotto’s middleweight title-winning victory over Sergio Martinez shook-up THE RING’s 160-pound ratings and the magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings. Cotto ascends to THE RING’s middleweight champion status. Martinez drops from the mythical rankings.
Donnie Nietes won THE RING’s vacant 108-pound championship with a ninth-round stoppage of Moises Fuentes and Bermane Stiverne solidified his heavyweight rankings by winning the WBC title with a sixth-round TKO of Chris Arreola.
There was lots of action involving RING-rated fighters last week but the most significant bout was between the magazine’s welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, who advanced in the rankings by giving the pound-for-pound king a fight.
No less than 18 RING-rated fighters were in action over the past two weeks, including RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and two young welterweight standouts, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who advanced in the 147-pound rankings.
Many RING-rated fighters were in action over the past two weeks but nobody made a statement as big as Manny Pacquiao, who soundly defeated Tim Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title and climb in the magazine’s pound-for-pound and 147-pound rankings.
The last two weeks have been relatively quiet in terms of action involving RING-rated fighters. However, some of the magazine’s top-10 contenders were in action, such as heavyweight Odlanier Solis, who lost to Tony Thompson and was dropped from the rankings.
Many RING-rated fighters were in action over the past two weekends, resulting in a lot of movement in the magazine’s divisional rankings, including Tomasz Adamek’s drop in the heavyweight top 10 and Jorge Linares’ re-entry into the lightweight ratings.
A number of RING-ranked fighters – including lightweights Ricky Burns and Terence Crawford and super middleweights Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham – saw action during the last two weeks, which caused some changes within the magazine’s divisional rankings.
The last two weeks have been slow ones but many RING-rated fighters saw action, including the magazine’s top-ranked flyweight, Roman Gonzalez, top-10 middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and junior lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno, all of whom notched KOs.