May 9, 2016
May 9, 2016
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Heavyweight

Kubrat Pulev remains at fifth after outpointing Dereck Chisora for the European heavyweight crown in Hamburg, Germany. Despite the split verdict, Pulev comfortably won the contest and kept himself in the title mix, while Chisora – unranked – has some tough decisions to make about his future.

Middleweight

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stays top of the tree with a wrecking ball right hand to knock Amir Khan clean out in the sixth round of their WBC world title contest in Las Vegas. Khan jumped from welter into this 155lb catchweight fight and was boxing very well before the destructive finish came.

Eighth-placed David Lemieux stopped Glen Tapia in four rounds on the Canelo-Khan undercard.

Welterweight

Amir Khan – formerly at No 3 – leaves after fighting Canelo at 155lbs. European champion Leonard Bundu enters at No 10 to fill out the pack.

Super-lightweight

Mauricio Herrera is jettisoned after losing to Frankie Gomez in a welterweight contest. Adrian Granados enters at 10.

Lightweight

Anthony Crolla pulls off an incredible seventh-round knockout victory over third-placed Barroso. Crolla was previously No 6 but jumps into the No 2 spot with the win, leapfrogging fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan.

Crolla has had a better 12 months than any other lightweight on the planet. He controversially drew with Darleys Perez before knocking him out in five, following that up with his win over pre-fight favourite Barroso.

Jorge Linares remains the division leader due to his body of work, but Crolla and Flanagan are hot on his heels.

Super-featherweight

Former world champion Takasi Miura – now ranked fourth – bounced back from his hellacious defeat to Francisco Vargas with a first round stoppage of unknown Jimmy Borbon.

Super-flyweight

Division kingpin Naoya Inoue tightened his grip on the crown with a 12-round decision over David Carmona.

Light-flyweight

Akira Yaegashi, No 6, retained his position and the IBF world title with a split decision win over Martin Tecuapetla.