TERENCE CRAWFORD maintains his position as the ninth best fighter in the world, but is hot on the heels of those ahead of him and could well continue to climb rapidly if he keeps winning big fights.
He soundluy outpointed Viktor Postol at the weekend, and while Postol is not in our pound for pound rankings, he was considered the No 1 at super-lightweight and is arguably Crawford’s best win to date.
Joseph Parker remains in eighth after hammering unranked Solomon Haumono in four rounds to keep busy. The New Zealander is mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua’s (No 6) IBF world title, but will risk that status against Alexander Dimitrenko on October 1.
Crawford adds the WBC title to his WBO belt after dominating Postol over 12 one-sided rounds in Las Vegas. Crawford was No 3 but leaps into the top spot, meaning Postol moves to No 2 and Lucas Matthysse drops to third.
Jose Benavidez, who was ranked fifth, is removed as he fought at welterweight at the weekend. Everyone below him moves up one space while John Molina comes in at 10th.
Oscar Valdez wins the vacant WBO world title by blitzing Matias Rueda inside two rounds. Though the Argentinian was unbeaten, he wasn’t ranked in our top 10 due to his lack of credible opposition so Valdez doesn’t move up.
Fifth-placed Norberto Jimenez holds his spot with a routine 10-round decision over unranked Renson Robles.
Kazuto Ioka retains his WBA world title and No 6 spot with an 11th-round knockout of talented, but unranked, Keyvin Lara.