YES indeed, both time and fists fly fast in our world.
And just like that, October is already upon us which means that 2017 is on its last quarter legs.
That means another update to our rankings is due and rightfully so, with the unexpected retirement of the sport’s pound-for-pound king and several monumental matchups having taken place just recently.
1.) Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs)—GGG climbs up to the top spot by default after Andre Ward unexpectedly announced his retirement from the sport.
Mind you, Golovkin recently drew wirh Canelo Alvarez, a verdict most pundits found unwarranted as in their eyes Golovkin did enough to win.
Nonetheless, even if Ward had not retired, Golovkin’s workmanlike performance was not enough for him to overtake Ward and that’s why he ascends to the apex by mere default.
2) Terence Crawford (32-0, 23KOs)- Last August, he made short work of IBF and WBA super-lightweight champion Julius Indongo, winning via TKO in the 3rd round.
He needs that career-defining fight to catapult him to the top. With every fight he dazzles the fans with a dazzling display of speed, power and versatility.
3) Saul Alvarez (49-1, 34 KOs)- “Canelo” fought wisely and in spurts against GGG and was fortunate to have gotten that draw last September 16.
Because of that draw, he’s no. 3 here in our rankings. Heads up, Canelo fans. Between him and Golovkin, Canelo has the potential to fight better in a rematch.
4.) Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) - In August, Vasyl defended his WBO super featherweight crown with a 7th round stoppage of Miguel Marriaga.
Up next for him is a compelling matchup this December against felllow undefeated fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux who holds the WBA junior featherweight crown.
5.) Wisaksil Wangek (44-4, 40KOs) - He proved to all doubters that his first victory over former pound for pound king Roman Gonzales was no fluke when he scored an emphatic 4th round knockout last September.
He’s apparently the real deal. Or maybe he just has “El Chocolatito’s” number? Best way to find out is to match him up with other top tier fighters.
6.) Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30KOs). Last July, Mikey served notice of his entry into this top-tier ranking when he dismantled Adrien “The Problem” Broner for 12 rounds.
The future looks bright for this kid, with potential marquee matchups awaiting him not only in his weight class but also for divisions ahead and below him.
VERBATIM. “The boy is scared. He’s running. I told him, just set the belt down and walk away and nobody will get hurt.” - Tony Ferguson on fighting Conor McGregor (http://www.MMAFighting.com) LAST ROUND. It’s on a good friend and kumpare, Hembler Mendoza who celebratesd a milestone last week. Cheers! Follow me @thelastround on Twitter.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2017.
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