By Ted Sares
- Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2)
His left hooks have become more destructive. No longer a slow starter, he has refined his ability to quickly close off the ring and stalk his prey. He is simply the best.
2. Terence Crawford: (37-0)
If he doesn’t fight soon, he will fall in this listing.
3. Naoya Inoue (20-0)
Donaire exposed him as human but he is still exceptional..
4. Errol Spence Jr. (27-0)
His bout with Pacquiao will tell us all we need to know.
5. Teofimo Lopez (16-0)
Aussie George Kambosos Jr. should be easy work.
6. Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2)
His match with Masayoshi Nakatani is no gimme. Loma must be ready.
7. Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3)
In common with the great Lennox Lewis, he is undefeated in rematches. Now a third meeting with Roman Gonzalez seems likely, though Sor Rungvisai looms.
8. Josh Taylor (19-0)
Wins over Prograis and Ramirez make this Scot the real deal. He has old school-type skills that enhance his aura.
9. Emanuel Navarrete (33-1)
Four fights in 2019, three in 2020, and one so far in 2021. Activity, punch volume, stamina, and unorthodox techniques make this this guy a potential superstar.
10. Tyson Fury (30-0-1)
Heavies rarely make these kinds of lists but Fury is different. He has many of the same attributes as boxers in the lighter weights. He fights in a relaxed manner using proper distance, maintains a tight defense, uses a stinging jab, and launches a destructive right hand when the opportunity presents itself.
Others: David Benevidez (24-0), Gervonta Davis (26-0), Oleksandr Usyk (18-0), Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1), Oscar Valdez (29-0), Kazuto Ioka (26-2), Artur Beterbiev (16-0), Dmitry Bivol (18-0), Regis Prograis (26-1).
Two to keep an eye on: Tim Tszyu (18-0) and Ryan Garcia (21-0)
Ted Sares enjoys researching and writing about boxing. He also competes as a powerlifter in the 80-85-class. He can be reached at email@example.com
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