Boxing was about as hot as can be in 2021 with just about every member of the pound for pound rankings making it to the ring at least once. The sport thrived with big names like Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua all competing on the highest level of the sport over the course of 12 months.
Here is the latest top 5 ranking, which comes in the wake of Josh Taylor’s questionable win over Jack Catterall in February.
1. Canelo Alvarez
Undisputed super middleweight champion (57-1-2, 38 KOs)
The best in the world somehow keeps getting better. Alvarez became the first undisputed king at 168 pounds by stopping unbeaten Caleb Plant. The Mexican superstar is slated to return to DAZN and the light heavyweight division when he takes on Dmitry Bivol in May with hopes of a trilogy bout against Gennadiy Golovkin in September.
2. Terence Crawford
WBO welterweight champion (37-0, 27 KOs)
No longer can Crawford’s critics claim he has yet to face an elite fighter in the 147-pound division. “Bud” made an incredible series of adjustments to slow down and finish Shawn Porter in their November pay-per-view clash. As he enters promotional free agency, it’s time for Crawford to secure the fights that will cement his legacy.
3. Errol Spence Jr.
Unified welterweight champion (27-0, 21 KOs)
Surgery on a detached retina forced Spence out of a PPV date against Manny Pacquiao in August and has raised concerns over the 31-year-old’s future. When active, Spence has the making to be a generational talent, but injuries have slowed his progress. Spence will battle Yordenis Ugas to unify titles at 147 pounds in April.
4. Vasiliy Lomachenko
Lightweight (16-2, 11 KOs)
At 33, Lomachenko spent his time in 2021 reminding fans of his greatness despite an upset loss to Teofimo Lopez Jr. the previous year. With the recent upheaval atop the division, Lomachenko is dangerous as anyone to the undisputed crown.
5. Tyson Fury
WBC heavyweight champion (31-0-1, 23 KOs)
“The Gypsy King” returned from a near two-year absence to rise from the canvas twice in a thrilling 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout. Although Fury’s hope of becoming undisputed champion in 2021 failed to happen, he remains the face of the division. Fury will take on long-time mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in April.