Bad Left Hook Pound-For-Pound Top 10
The voters: Scott Christ, Wil Esco, John Hansen, Patrick Stumberg, and Lewis Watson.
The total results for Nov. 2022:
Just the Facts (
Taylor’s Scott’s Version): Inoue and Usyk keep the top two spots, and all five of us have maintained our No. 1 votes, whatever they are; it’s Usyk getting No. 3 instead of one of the top two spots that keeps him a point off of Inoue, so in essence Jaron Ennis is why Naoya Inoue is our No. 1 P4P fighter.
- (1) Oleksandr Usyk, (2) Naoya Inoue, (3) Terence Crawford, (4) Dmitry Bivol, (5) Errol Spence Jr, (6) Artur Beterbiev, (7) Canelo Alvarez, (8) Jermell Charlo, (9) Devin Haney, (10) Shakur Stevenson
Devin Haney bumps up a spot to No. 9 for me, with Shakur Stevenson coming in at No. 10. Vasiliy Lomachenko falls out of my top 10; I think he’s still a fantastic fighter, a top contender, but the Loma I saw in his Oct. 29 win over Jamaine Ortiz didn’t look like a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter to me anymore. I’m already wavering on how much I really think Canelo Alvarez is one, as I said last month, but with Loma, I felt more ready to say I think he’s slipped just out of this range.This is a competitive idea, pound-for-pound. There are 10 slots in a top 10 list. There are lots of good fighters out there. Some damn good ones are not on the list. And a “good-but-not-great” sort of performance from a back end top 10 fighter can leave room for someone who was already knocking on the door. That’s what I see with Loma slipping out; he wouldn’t be below the top 15 to me, but 15 ain’t 10, and neither is 11.
- (1) Jaron Ennis, (2) Naoya Inoue, (3) Oleksandr Usyk, (4) Errol Spence Jr, (5) Terence Crawford, (6) Dmitry Bivol, (7) Canelo Alvarez, (8) Artur Beterbiev, (9) Devin Haney, (10) Vasiliy Lomachenko
- (1) Naoya Inoue, (2) Oleksandr Usyk, (3) Artur Beterbiev, (4) Jesse Rodriguez, (5) Kenshiro Teraji, (6) Errol Spence Jr, (7) Dmitry Bivol, (8) Vasiliy Lomachenko, (9) Regis Prograis, (10) Stephen Fulton Jr
HEY, WHAT ABOUT…?Terence Crawford stays out, because fuck this David Avanesyan fight. I put at least 90 percent of the blame for the failure to book a Spence-Crawford fight on the PBC side. I put 100 percent of the blame for Crawford-Avanesyan on Crawford. He could have called for a WBO mandatory and gotten, worst case, the champion’s share of a purse bid against Ortiz, Ennis, or Keith Thurman. Taking Avanesyan instead is just the latest in a series of disappointing to disgusting matchmaking decisions that have defined his entire welterweight tenure, with Shawn Porter the only exception. Crawford doesn’t have to take a bad deal from PBC, but he does have to own his non-Spence choices. At least he has $10 million worth of consolation for his exclusion here. Tyson Fury stays out, because fuck this third Derek Chisora fight. For my purposes, he remains officially retired until he books a real fight against someone fully ambulatory (no Mahmoud Charrs!) that he hasn’t already beaten twice. I’d even make an exception for that two-win principle if it’s Deontay Wilder. But this Chisora trilogy fight is nonsense. Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson remain ineligible under the Rigondeaux Rule.
- (1) Naoya Inoue, (2) Oleksandr Usyk, (3) Errol Spence Jr, (4) Terence Crawford, (5) Canelo Alvarez, (6) Dmitry Bivol, (7) Shakur Stevenson, (8) Vasiliy Lomachenko, (9) Artur Beterbiev, (10) Chocolatito Gonzalez
- (1) Oleksandr Usyk, (2) Naoya Inoue, (3) Terence Crawford, (4) Canelo Alvarez, (5) Dmitry Bivol, (6) Errol Spence Jr, (7) Devin Haney, (8) Chocolatito Gonzalez, (9) Jermell Charlo, (10) Artur Beterbiev
Elsewhere, I guess it’s going to be a month centered around everyone’s favourite Marmite (don’t worry, Americans) lightweight, Devin Haney, as he Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V’ed his win over George Kambosos Jr to remain the current man to beat at 135. I’ve given him a slight bump up to No. 7, but he is only renting this spot off Chocolatito until we see how he gets on in his Estrada trilogy fight on Dec. 3.No. 9 down to, well around No. 12 are a bit of a who’s who and see many guys jostling for position, but there is no reason this month to see the back of Mell or Beterbiev. I’d love to push Lomachenko back into the mix, but the longer he campaigns at lightweight the less likely it is he creeps back into the top 10. Ortiz was an excellently-matched opponent for Loma this past weekend and he did well to come through this test.