Pound for Pound

Nicaraguan phenomenon Roman Gonzalez maintains his position as, pound for pound, the best fighter on the planet. He shut out Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo on the scorecards to retain his WBC flyweight title, though did not look as dazzling as he’s done in recent fights.

His usually delightfully crisp punches seemed to lack snap, and Gonzalez did hint at a move to super-flyweight in the near future after the fight.

Kazakh wrecking ball Gennady Golovkin walked through Dominic Wade in two rounds to stay at 8th in our pound for pound rankings. Though he has looked sensational so far, the IBF & WBA middleweight king has been unable to secure the sort of fights which would move him up the standings.


South Africa’s Simpiwe Vetyeka stays at No 4 with a comfortable 10 round decision over unranked Tsuyoshi Tameda.


Nonito Donaire retained his WBO world title – and fourth-place ranking – with an explosive third round stoppage of overmatched Zsolt Bedak.


Carlos Cuadras forced Richie Mepranum to retire after eight rounds to keep hold of his WBC bauble. The unbeaten Mexican sits second in our rankings, behind division kingpin Naoya Inoue.


Eighth-placed Rey Loreto keeps his winning streak going with a fourth-round stoppage of Koji Itagaki in Japan.