Boxing Rankings

Heavyweight (200lb+)

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Cruiserweight (200lb)

WBO

Vacant
WBO World Cruiserweight Champion
  1. Krzysztof Glowacki
    (31-2-0) [M]
  2. Lawrence Okolie
    (14-0-0)
  3. Dilan Prasovic
    (13-0-0)
  4. Edin Puhalo
    (19-0-0)
  5. Nikola Milacic
    (21-1-0)
  6. Ruslan Fayfer
    (25-1-0)
  7. Evgeny Tishchenko
    (6-0-0)
  8. David Light
    (15-0-0)
  9. Juergen Uldedaj
    (11-0-0)
  10. Thabiso Mchunu
    (22-5-0)
  11. Jai Opetaia
    (19-0-0)
  12. Lyndon Arthur
    (16-0-0)
  13. Noel 'Gevor' Mikaelian
    (24-2-0)
  14. Andrew Tabiti
    (17-1-0)
  15. Artur Mann
    (16-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Yuniel Dorticos
(24-1-0)
IBF World Cruiserweight Champion
  1. Ruslan Fayfer
    (25-1-0)
  2. Vacant
  3. Kevin Lerena
    (24-1-0)
  4. Firat Arslan
    (47-8-3)
  5. Lawrence Okolie
    (14-0-0)
  6. Jai Opetaia
    (19-0-0)
  7. Andrew Tabiti
    (17-1-0)
  8. Bilal Laggoune
    (25-1-2)
  9. Yury Kashinsky
    (18-1-0)
  10. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
    (58-4-1)
  11. Lyndon Arthur
    (16-0-0)
  12. Noel 'Gevor' Mikaelian
    (24-2-0)
  13. Evgeny Tishchenko
    (6-0-0)
  14. David Light
    (15-0-0)
  15. Dmitry Kudryashov
    (24-3-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Vacant
WBC World Cruiserweight Champion
  1. Ilunga Makabu
    (26-2-0)
  2. Michal Cieslak
    (19-0-0)
  3. Thabiso Mchunu
    (22-5-0)
  4. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
    (58-4-1)
  5. Ruslan Fayfer
    (25-1-0)
  6. Noel 'Gevor' Mikaelian
    (24-2-0)
  7. Andrew Tabiti
    (17-1-0)
  8. Olanrewaju Durodola
    (32-7-0)
  9. Aleksei Papin
    (11-1-0)
  10. Jai Opetaia
    (19-0-0)
  11. Dmitry Kudryashov
    (24-3-0)
  12. Alexey Egorov
    (10-0-0)
  13. Tommy McCarthy
    (16-2-0)
  14. Adam Balski
    (13-0-0)
  15. Yves Ngabu
    (20-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Arsen Goulamirian
(26-0-0)
WBA Super World Cruiserweight Champion
Vacant
WBA World Cruiserweight Champion
  1. Ryad Merhy
    (29-1-0)
  2. Kevin Lerena
    (24-1-0)
  3. Firat Arslan
    (47-8-3)
  4. Richard Riakporhe
    (11-0-0)
  5. Raphael Murphy
    (14-1-0)
  6. Mike Wilson
    (21-1-0)
  7. Jai Opetaia
    (19-0-0)
  8. Tervel Pulev
    (15-0-0)
  9. Imre Szello
    (24-1-0)
  10. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
    (58-4-1)
  11. Ruslan Fayfer
    (25-1-0)
  12. Juergen Uldedaj
    (11-0-0)
  13. Andrew Tabiti
    (17-1-0)
  14. Constantin Bejenaru
    (14-1-0)
  15. Muhamad Farkhan
    (11-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Light Heavyweight (175lb)

WBO

Vacant
WBO World Light heavyweight Champion
  1. Gilberto Ramirez
    (40-0-0)
  2. Umar Salamov
    (25-1-0)
  3. Maxim Maslov
    (19-1-1)
  4. Eleider Alvarez
    (25-1-0)
  5. Joe Smith Jr
    (25-3-0)
  6. Sergey Kovalev
    (34-4-1)
  7. Anthony Yarde
    (18-1-0)
  8. Robert Parzeczewski
    (24-1-0)
  9. Blake Caparello
    (30-3-1)
  10. Alfonso Lopez
    (32-3-0)
  11. Leon Bunn
    (15-0-0)
  12. Ricards Bolotniks
    (16-5-1)
  13. Joshua Buatsi
    (12-0-0)
  14. Igor Mikhalkin
    (23-2-0)
  15. Callum Johnson
    (18-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Artur Beterbiev
(15-0-0)
IBF World Light heavyweight Champion
  1. Fanlong Meng
    (16-0-0) [M]
  2. Vacant
  3. Joshua Buatsi
    (12-0-0)
  4. Umar Salamov
    (25-1-0)
  5. Leon Bunn
    (15-0-0)
  6. Adam Deines
    (19-1-1)
  7. Callum Johnson
    (18-1-0)
  8. Jesse Hart
    (26-3-0)
  9. Oleksandr Gvozdyk
    (17-1-0)
  10. Maksim Vlasov
    (45-3-0)
  11. Igor Mikhalkin
    (23-2-0)
  12. Mansur Elsaev
    (13-0-0)
  13. Robert Parzeczewski
    (24-1-0)
  14. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
    (21-2-0)
  15. Craig Richards
    (15-1-1)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBA

Dmitry Bivol
(17-0-0)
WBA Super World Light Heavyweight Champion
Jean Pascal
(35-6-1)
WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion
  1. Dominic Boesel
    (30-1-0)
  2. Joshua Buatsi
    (12-0-0)
  3. Blake Caparello
    (30-3-1)
  4. Jesse Hart
    (26-3-0)
  5. Charles Foster
    (19-0-0)
  6. Marcus Browne
    (23-1-0)
  7. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
    (21-2-0)
  8. Ahmed Elbiali
    (20-1-0)
  9. Umar Salamov
    (25-1-0)
  10. Craig Richards
    (15-1-1)
  11. Mathieu Bauderlique
    (19-1-0)
  12. Callum Johnson
    (18-1-0)
  13. Badou Jack
    (22-3-3)
  14. Igor Mikhalkin
    (23-2-0)
  15. Leon Bunn
    (15-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Super Middleweight (168lb)

WBO

Billy Saunders
(29-0-0)
WBO World Super Middleweight Champion
  1. Rohan Murdock
    (24-1-0)
  2. Zach Parker
    (18-0-0)
  3. Daniel Jacobs
    (36-3-0)
  4. Erik Bazinyan
    (24-0-0)
  5. Zac Dunn
    (29-1-0)
  6. Aslambek Idigov
    (17-0-0)
  7. Aidos Yerbossynuly
    (13-0-0)
  8. Willie Monroe Jr
    (24-3-0)
  9. Roamer Angulo
    (25-1-0)
  10. Juergen Braehmer
    (52-3-0)
  11. Fedor Chudinov
    (22-2-0)
  12. Lerrone Richards
    (13-0-0)
  13. Stefan Haertel
    (19-1-0)
  14. Steven Nelson
    (16-0-0)
  15. Daniele Scardina
    (18-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Caleb Plant
(19-0-0)
IBF World Super Middleweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. Vincent Feigenbutz
    (31-2-0)
  4. Caleb Truax
    (31-4-2)
  5. Zach Parker
    (18-0-0)
  6. Stefan Haertel
    (19-1-0)
  7. Juergen Braehmer
    (52-3-0)
  8. Fedor Chudinov
    (22-2-0)
  9. Evgeny Shvedenko
    (13-0-0)
  10. Lionell Thompson
    (22-5-0)
  11. Alfredo Angulo
    (26-7-0)
  12. Leon Bauer
    (17-0-1)
  13. Zac Dunn
    (29-1-0)
  14. Daniele Scardina
    (18-0-0)
  15. Erik Bazinyan
    (24-0-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

David Benavidez
(22-0-0)
WBC World Super Middleweight Champion
  1. Avni Yildirim
    (21-2-0) [M]
  2. Azizbek Abdugofurov
    (13-0-0)
  3. David Lemieux
    (41-4-0)
  4. Daniel Jacobs
    (36-3-0)
  5. Fedor Chudinov
    (22-2-0)
  6. John Ryder
    (28-5-0)
  7. Andre Dirrell
    (27-3-0)
  8. Juergen Braehmer
    (52-3-0)
  9. Jayde Mitchell
    (20-1-0)
  10. Rocky Fielding
    (28-2-0)
  11. Jayde Mitchell
    (20-1-0)
  12. Stefan Haertel
    (19-1-0)
  13. Lionell Thompson
    (22-5-0)
  14. Ali Akhmedov
    (16-0-0)
  15. Vladimir Shishkin
    (10-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Callum Smith
(27-0-0)
WBA Super World Super Middleweight Champion
Saul Canelo
(53-1-2)
WBA World Super Middleweight Champion
  1. Lennox Allen
    (22-0-1)
  2. Aidos Yerbossynuly
    (13-0-0)
  3. David Morrell
    (2-0-0)
  4. John Ryder
    (28-5-0)
  5. Zac Dunn
    (29-1-0)
  6. Cem Kilic
    (14-1-0)
  7. Louis Toutin
    (14-1-0)
  8. Kevin Sadjo
    (14-0-0)
  9. Zach Parker
    (18-0-0)
  10. Erik Bazinyan
    (24-0-0)
  11. Julio Alamos
    (13-0-0)
  12. Alfredo Angulo
    (26-7-0)
  13. Lionell Thompson
    (22-5-0)
  14. Daniele Scardina
    (18-0-0)
  15. Bektemir Melikuziev
    (4-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Middleweight (160lb)

WBO

Demetrius Andrade
(28-0-0)
WBO World Middleweight Champion
  1. Jaime Munguia
    (35-0-0)
  2. Liam Williams
    (22-2-1)
  3. Luke Keeler
    (17-2-1)
  4. Kanat Islam
    (27-0-0)
  5. Janibek Alimkhanuly
    (8-0-0)
  6. Patrice Volny
    (15-0-0)
  7. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
    (13-2-0)
  8. Esquiva Falcao
    (25-0-0)
  9. Kamil Szeremeta
    (21-0-0)
  10. David Papot
    (23-0-1)
  11. Danny Dignum
    (12-0-0)
  12. Patrick Wojcicki
    (14-0-1)
  13. Edgar Berlanga
    (13-0-0)
  14. Denis Radovan
    (13-0-1)
  15. Ainiwaer Yilixiati
    (17-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Gennady Golovkin
(40-1-1)
IBF World Middleweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. Kamil Szeremeta
    (21-0-0)
  4. Patrick Wojcicki
    (14-0-1)
  5. Esquiva Falcao
    (25-0-0)
  6. Patrice Volny
    (15-0-0)
  7. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
    (13-2-0)
  8. Meiirim Nursultanov
    (13-0-0)
  9. Denis Radovan
    (13-0-1)
  10. Luke Keeler
    (17-2-1)
  11. Matteo Signani
    (29-5-3)
  12. Janibek Alimkhanuly
    (8-0-0)
  13. Jeff Horn
    (20-2-1)
  14. Anatoli Muratov
    (22-2-0)
  15. Tureano Johnson
    (21-2-1)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Saul Canelo
(53-1-2)
WBC Franchise Middleweight Champion
Jermall Charlo
(30-0-0)
WBC World Middleweight Champion
  1. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
    (13-2-0)
  2. Jaime Munguia
    (35-0-0)
  3. Kamil Szeremeta
    (21-0-0)
  4. Liam Williams
    (22-2-1)
  5. Esquiva Falcao
    (25-0-0)
  6. Tureano Johnson
    (21-2-1)
  7. Maciej Sulecki
    (28-2-0)
  8. Rob Brant
    (25-2-0)
  9. Dennis Hogan
    (28-3-1)
  10. Janibek Alimkhanuly
    (8-0-0)
  11. Brandon Adams
    (21-3-0)
  12. Gabriel Rosado
    (25-12-1)
  13. Hugo Centeno Jr
    (27-3-1)
  14. Francisco Torres
    (14-3-0)
  15. Jason Quigley
    (18-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Saul Canelo
(53-1-2)
WBA Super World Middleweight Champion
Ryota Murata
(16-2-0)
WBA World Middleweight Champion
  1. Chris Eubank Jr
    (29-2-0)
  2. Daniel Jacobs
    (36-3-0)
  3. Magomed Madiev
    (14-0-1)
  4. Carlos Monroe
    (17-0-0)
  5. Patrice Volny
    (15-0-0)
  6. Mikalai Vesialou
    (11-0-1)
  7. Michael Zerafa
    (27-4-0)
  8. Jeff Horn
    (20-2-1)
  9. Tureano Johnson
    (21-2-1)
  10. Anatoli Muratov
    (22-2-0)
  11. Rob Brant
    (25-2-0)
  12. David Papot
    (23-0-1)
  13. Alfonso Blanco
    (16-1-0)
  14. Steven Butler
    (28-2-1)
  15. Carlos Gongora
    (17-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Super Welterweight (154lb)

WBO

Patrick Teixeira
(31-1-0)
WBO World Junior Middleweight Champion
  1. Brian Castano
    (16-0-1)
  2. Liam Smith
    (29-2-1)
  3. Bakhram Murtazaliev
    (17-0-0)
  4. Jarrett Hurd
    (24-1-0)
  5. Jeff Horn
    (20-2-1)
  6. Sergio Garcia
    (31-0-0)
  7. Magomed Kurbanov
    (18-0-0)
  8. Jack Culcay
    (27-4-0)
  9. Takeshi Inoue
    (15-1-1)
  10. Tim Tszyu
    (15-0-0)
  11. Carlos Ocampo
    (27-1-0)
  12. Anthony Fowler
    (11-1-0)
  13. Emmany Kalombo
    (14-0-0)
  14. Artem Oganesyan
    (11-0-0)
  15. Hamzah Sheeraz
    (10-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Jeison Rosario
(20-1-1)
IBF World Junior Middleweight Champion
  1. Bakhram Murtazaliev
    (17-0-0)
  2. Vacant
  3. James Metcalf
    (20-0-0)
  4. Jarrett Hurd
    (24-1-0)
  5. Jeison Rosario
    (20-1-1)
  6. Sam Eggington
    (28-6-0)
  7. Tim Tszyu
    (15-0-0)
  8. Jack Culcay
    (27-4-0)
  9. Abass Baraou
    (8-0-0)
  10. Serhii Bohachuk
    (17-0-0)
  11. Charles Conwell
    (11-0-0)
  12. Mohammed Rabii
    (10-0-0)
  13. Jorge Fortea
    (20-2-1)
  14. Takeshi Inoue
    (15-1-1)
  15. Dylan Charrat
    (20-0-1)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Jermell Charlo
(33-1-0)
WBC World Super Welterweight Champion
  1. Erickson Lubin
    (22-1-0)
  2. Sergio Garcia
    (31-0-0)
  3. Tony Harrison
    (28-3-0)
  4. Brian Castano
    (16-0-1)
  5. Jessie Vargas
    (29-2-2)
  6. Carlos Adames
    (18-1-0)
  7. Magomed Kurbanov
    (18-0-0)
  8. Jarrett Hurd
    (24-1-0)
  9. Jack Culcay
    (27-4-0)
  10. Kell Brook
    (38-2-0)
  11. Bakhram Murtazaliev
    (17-0-0)
  12. Serhii Bohachuk
    (17-0-0)
  13. Souleymane Cissokho
    (11-0-0)
  14. Abass Baraou
    (8-0-0)
  15. Takeshi Inoue
    (15-1-1)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Jeison Rosario
(20-1-1)
WBA Super World Super Welterweight Champion
Vacant
WBA World Super Welterweight Champion
  1. Jarrett Hurd
    (24-1-0)
  2. Brian Castano
    (16-0-1)
  3. Erickson Lubin
    (22-1-0)
  4. Israil Madrimov
    (4-0-0)
  5. Magomed Kurbanov
    (18-0-0)
  6. Jorge Cota
    (30-4-0)
  7. Mark DeLuca
    (24-1-0)
  8. Cody Crowley
    (18-0-0)
  9. Jeison Rosario
    (20-1-1)
  10. Charlie Navarro
    (29-9-0)
  11. Dylan Charrat
    (20-0-1)
  12. Thomas Lamanna
    (28-3-1)
  13. Anthony Fowler
    (11-1-0)
  14. Balazs Bacskai
    (12-0-0)
  15. Bryan Medina
    (14-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Welterweight (147lb)

WBO

Terence Crawford
(36-0-0)
WBO World Welterweight Champion
  1. Danny Garcia
    (36-2-0) [M]
  2. Vergil Ortiz Jr
    (15-0-0)
  3. Sergey Lipinets
    (16-1-0)
  4. Mikka Shonena
    (15-0-0)
  5. Jessie Vargas
    (29-2-2)
  6. Mikael Zewski
    (34-1-0)
  7. Custio Clayton
    (17-0-0)
  8. Michael McKinson
    (18-0-0)
  9. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov
    (17-0-0)
  10. David Avanesyan
    (26-3-1)
  11. Luther Clay
    (13-1-0)
  12. Jaron Ennis
    (25-0-0)
  13. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
    (21-1-1)
  14. Yuki Beppu
    (21-1-1)
  15. Nursultan Zhangabayev
    (8-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Errol Spence Jr
(26-0-0)
IBF World Welterweight Champion
  1. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov
    (17-0-0) [M]
  2. Vacant
  3. Sergey Lipinets
    (16-1-0)
  4. Keita Obara
    (22-4-1)
  5. Custio Clayton
    (17-0-0)
  6. David Avanesyan
    (26-3-1)
  7. Jamal James
    (26-1-0)
  8. Nursultan Zhangabayev
    (8-0-0)
  9. Thomas Dulorme
    (25-3-1)
  10. Shawn Porter
    (30-3-1)
  11. Mikael Zewski
    (34-1-0)
  12. Sebastian Formella
    (22-0-0)
  13. Ivan Golub
    (18-1-0)
  14. Mykal Fox
    (22-1-0)
  15. Jaron Ennis
    (25-0-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBA

Manny Pacquiao
(62-7-2)
WBA Super World Welterweight Champion
Alexander Besputin
(14-0-0)
WBA World Welterweight Champion
  1. Yordenis Ugas
    (24-4-0)
  2. Danny Garcia
    (36-2-0)
  3. Mikey Garcia
    (39-1-0)
  4. Gabriel Maestre
    (2-0-0)
  5. Jamal James
    (26-1-0)
  6. David Avanesyan
    (26-3-1)
  7. Nursultan Zhangabayev
    (8-0-0)
  8. Radzhab Butaev
    (12-1-0)
  9. Conor Benn
    (16-0-0)
  10. Thomas Dulorme
    (25-3-1)
  11. Josh Kelly
    (10-0-1)
  12. Derrieck Cuevas
    (23-0-1)
  13. Custio Clayton
    (17-0-0)
  14. Harold Calderon
    (22-0-0)
  15. Mykal Fox
    (22-1-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Super Lightweight (140lb)

WBO

Jose Ramirez
(25-0-0)
WBO World Junior Welterweight Champion
  1. Jack Catterall
    (25-0-0) [M]
  2. Liam Paro
    (18-0-0)
  3. Chris Algieri
    (24-3-0)
  4. Viktor Postol
    (31-2-0)
  5. Maurice Hooker
    (27-1-3)
  6. Arnold Barboza Jr
    (23-0-0)
  7. Jean Torres
    (18-0-0)
  8. Yomar Alamo
    (17-0-1)
  9. Zhankhozh Turarov
    (24-0-0)
  10. Subriel Matias
    (15-0-0)
  11. Daud Yordan
    (40-4-0)
  12. Danielito Zorrilla
    (13-0-0)
  13. Shohjahon Ergashev
    (18-0-0)
  14. Sam Maxwell
    (13-0-0)
  15. Koki Inoue
    (15-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Josh Taylor
(16-0-0)
IBF World Junior Welterweight Champion
  1. Apinan Kongsong
    (16-0-0) [M]
  2. Subriel Matias
    (15-0-0)
  3. Liam Paro
    (18-0-0)
  4. Ivan Baranchyk
    (20-1-0)
  5. Anthony Yigit
    (24-1-1)
  6. Shohjahon Ergashev
    (18-0-0)
  7. Jeremias Ponce
    (25-0-0)
  8. Batyrzhan Jukembayev
    (17-0-0)
  9. Regis Prograis
    (24-1-0)
  10. Alexander Duran
    (20-0-0)
  11. Samuel Teah
    (16-3-1)
  12. Cletus Seldin
    (24-1-0)
  13. Eduard Troyanovsky
    (28-2-0)
  14. Andy Hiraoka
    (15-0-0)
  15. Shakhram Giyasov
    (9-0-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBA

Josh Taylor
(16-0-0)
WBA Super World Super Lightweight Champion
Mario Barrios
(25-0-0)
WBA World Super Lightweight Champion
  1. Alberto Puello
    (17-0-0)
  2. Lewis Ritson
    (20-1-0)
  3. Rances Barthelemy
    (27-1-1)
  4. Regis Prograis
    (24-1-0)
  5. Batyr Akhmedov
    (7-1-0)
  6. Shohjahon Ergashev
    (18-0-0)
  7. Yves Ulysse Jr
    (18-2-0)
  8. Shakhram Giyasov
    (9-0-0)
  9. Ryan Karl
    (18-2-0)
  10. Sandor Martin
    (36-2-0)
  11. Esneiker Correa
    (13-2-1)
  12. Cletus Seldin
    (24-1-0)
  13. Sonny Fredrickson
    (21-2-0)
  14. Keith Hunter
    (11-0-0)
  15. Sergey Vorobiev
    (9-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Lightweight (135lb)

WBO

Vasyl Lomachenko
(14-1-0)
WBO World Lightweight Champion
  1. Lee Selby
    (28-2-0)
  2. Emmanuel Tagoe
    (31-1-0)
  3. Roman Andreev
    (23-0-0)
  4. Denys Berinchyk
    (12-0-0)
  5. George Kambosos Jr
    (18-0-0)
  6. Ryan Garcia
    (19-0-0)
  7. Luke Campbell
    (20-3-0)
  8. Jorge Linares
    (46-5-0)
  9. Liam Walsh
    (23-1-0)
  10. James Tennyson
    (26-3-0)
  11. Jacob Ng
    (13-0-0)
  12. Thomas Mattice
    (15-1-1)
  13. Shuichiro Yoshino
    (11-0-0)
  14. Pavel Malikov
    (16-1-1)
  15. Felix Verdejo
    (26-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Teofimo Lopez
(15-0-0)
IBF World Lightweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. George Kambosos Jr
    (18-0-0)
  4. Lee Selby
    (28-2-0)
  5. Gustavo Lemos
    (24-0-0)
  6. Emmanuel Tagoe
    (31-1-0)
  7. Isaac Gonzalez
    (18-1-1)
  8. Masayoshi Nakatani
    (18-1-0)
  9. Pavel Malikov
    (16-1-1)
  10. Richard Commey
    (29-3-0)
  11. Jacob Ng
    (13-0-0)
  12. Roman Andreev
    (23-0-0)
  13. Xiangxiang Sun
    (16-0-0)
  14. Francesco Patera
    (23-3-0)
  15. James Tennyson
    (26-3-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Vasyl Lomachenko
(14-1-0)
WBC Franchise Lightweight Champion
  1. Javier Fortuna
    (35-2-1)
  2. Luke Campbell
    (20-3-0)
  3. Yvan Mendy
    (44-5-1)
  4. Ryan Garcia
    (19-0-0)
  5. Francesco Patera
    (23-3-0)
  6. Zaur Abdullaev
    (11-1-0)
  7. Rances Barthelemy
    (27-1-1)
  8. Richard Commey
    (29-3-0)
  9. Jorge Linares
    (46-5-0)
  10. Emmanuel Tagoe
    (31-1-0)
  11. Lee Selby
    (28-2-0)
  12. Marcos Villasana Jr
    (25-6-0)
  13. Viktor Kotochigov
    (11-0-0)
  14. Gustavo Lemos
    (24-0-0)
  15. Shuichiro Yoshino
    (11-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Vasyl Lomachenko
(14-1-0)
WBA Super World Lightweight Champion
Gervonta Davis
(23-0-0)
WBA World Lightweight Champion
  1. Robert Easter Jr
    (22-1-1)
  2. Ryan Garcia
    (19-0-0)
  3. Jorge Linares
    (46-5-0)
  4. Francesco Patera
    (23-3-0)
  5. Devis Boschiero
    (48-6-2)
  6. Jackson Marinez
    (19-0-0)
  7. Josh O Reilly
    (16-0-0)
  8. Yuriorkis Gamboa
    (30-3-0)
  9. Oliver Flores
    (30-3-2)
  10. Luis Lopez
    (20-2-0)
  11. James Tennyson
    (26-3-0)
  12. Tyler McCreary
    (16-1-1)
  13. Michel Rivera
    (17-0-0)
  14. Maidin Elgarni
    (15-0-0)
  15. Zapir Rasulov
    (34-1-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Super Featherweight (130lb)

WBO

Jamel Herring
(21-2-0)
WBO World Junior Lightweight Champion
  1. Oscar Valdez
    (27-0-0) [M]
  2. Jeremiah Nakathila
    (19-1-0)
  3. Archie Sharp
    (18-0-0)
  4. Joe Noynay
    (18-2-2)
  5. Masayuki Ito
    (26-2-1)
  6. Abraham Nova
    (18-0-0)
  7. Kenichi Ogawa
    (24-1-1)
  8. Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov
    (15-0-0)
  9. Jonathan Oquendo
    (31-6-0)
  10. Mark Urvanov
    (17-2-1)
  11. Lamont Roach
    (19-1-1)
  12. Moussa Gholam
    (15-0-0)
  13. Yongqiang Yang
    (13-0-0)
  14. Xiao Su
    (11-1-0)
  15. Anthony Cacace
    (18-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Tevin Farmer
(30-4-1)
IBF World Junior Lightweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. Kenichi Ogawa
    (24-1-1)
  4. Azinga Fuzile
    (14-1-0)
  5. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov
    (15-0-0)
  6. Jayson Velez
    (29-5-1)
  7. Martin Ward
    (27-4-1)
  8. Guillaume Frenois
    (46-2-1)
  9. Jono Carroll
    (17-1-1)
  10. Jose Romero
    (22-0-0)
  11. Joseph Diaz
    (30-1-0)
  12. Samir Ziani
    (31-3-1)
  13. Devis Boschiero
    (48-6-2)
  14. Bruno Tarimo
    (25-2-1)
  15. Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov
    (15-0-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Miguel Berchelt
(37-1-0)
WBC World Super Featherweight Champion
  1. Oscar Valdez
    (27-0-0)
  2. Joseph Diaz
    (30-1-0)
  3. Carl Frampton
    (27-2-0)
  4. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov
    (15-0-0)
  5. Miguel Roman
    (62-13-0)
  6. Eduardo Hernandez
    (29-1-0)
  7. Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov
    (15-0-0)
  8. Andrew Cancio
    (21-5-2)
  9. O'Shaquie Foster
    (17-2-0)
  10. Jhonny Gonzalez
    (68-11-0)
  11. Pablo Vicente
    (15-1-0)
  12. Jason Sosa
    (23-4-4)
  13. Masayuki Ito
    (26-2-1)
  14. Tomas Rojas
    (51-18-1)
  15. Albert Bell
    (16-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Leo Santa Cruz
(37-1-1)
WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion
Rene Alvarado
(32-8-0)
WBA World Super Featherweight Champion
  1. Roger Gutierrez
    (24-3-1)
  2. Jayson Velez
    (29-5-1)
  3. Chris Colbert
    (14-0-0)
  4. Kenichi Ogawa
    (24-1-1)
  5. Andrew Cancio
    (21-5-2)
  6. Akzhol Sulaimanbek
    (15-0-0)
  7. Abraham Nova
    (18-0-0)
  8. Billel Dib
    (24-3-0)
  9. Anthony Cacace
    (18-1-0)
  10. Jezreel Corrales
    (23-4-0)
  11. Jaime Arboleda
    (15-1-0)
  12. Joe Cordina
    (11-0-0)
  13. Tony Gomez
    (13-6-1)
  14. Ricardo Nunez
    (21-3-0)
  15. Pablo Vicente
    (15-1-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Featherweight (126lb)

WBO

Shakur Stevenson
(13-0-0)
WBO World Featherweight Champion
  1. Michael Conlan
    (13-0-0) [M]
  2. Ryan Walsh
    (25-2-2)
  3. Carl Frampton
    (27-2-0)
  4. Jessie Magdaleno
    (27-1-0)
  5. Ruben Villa
    (17-0-0)
  6. Musashi Mori
    (11-0-0)
  7. Miguel Marriaga
    (29-3-0)
  8. Tyrone McCullagh
    (14-0-0)
  9. Leigh Wood
    (23-1-0)
  10. Antonio Soares
    (11-1-0)
  11. Bryan Chevalier
    (14-1-1)
  12. Joet Gonzalez
    (23-1-0)
  13. Eric Hunter
    (22-4-0)
  14. Christopher Diaz
    (24-2-0)
  15. Ryo Sagawa
    (9-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Josh Warrington
(30-0-0)
IBF World Featherweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. James Dickens
    (28-3-0)
  4. Kid Galahad
    (26-1-0)
  5. Claudio Marrero
    (24-3-0)
  6. Sakaria Lukas
    (23-0-0)
  7. Michael Conlan
    (13-0-0)
  8. Ranfis Encarnacion
    (17-0-0)
  9. Andoni Gago
    (22-3-3)
  10. Hiroshige Osawa
    (36-5-4)
  11. Leigh Wood
    (23-1-0)
  12. Ryan Walsh
    (25-2-2)
  13. Reiya Abe
    (19-3-1)
  14. Ryo Sagawa
    (9-1-0)
  15. Sofiane Takoucht
    (35-4-1)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Gary Russell Jr
(30-1-0)
WBC World Featherweight Champion
  1. Tugstsogt Nyambayar
    (11-0-0) [M]
  2. Jessie Magdaleno
    (27-1-0)
  3. Kid Galahad
    (26-1-0)
  4. Claudio Marrero
    (24-3-0)
  5. Lerato Dlamini
    (13-1-0)
  6. Mark Magsayo
    (20-0-0)
  7. Miguel Marriaga
    (29-3-0)
  8. Eduardo Ramirez
    (23-2-3)
  9. Ryo Sagawa
    (9-1-0)
  10. Isaac Lowe
    (19-0-3)
  11. Andoni Gago
    (22-3-3)
  12. Michael Conlan
    (13-0-0)
  13. Ruben Villa
    (17-0-0)
  14. Oscar Escandon
    (26-5-0)
  15. Tomoki Kameda
    (36-3-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Leo Santa Cruz
(37-1-1)
WBA Super World Featherweight Champion
Can Xu
(18-2-0)
WBA World Featherweight Champion
  1. Hiroshige Osawa
    (36-5-4)
  2. Hector Garcia
    (12-0-0)
  3. Michael Conlan
    (13-0-0)
  4. Jesus Rojas
    (27-3-2)
  5. Bryan Gracia
    (25-2-1)
  6. Yohan Vasquez
    (24-2-0)
  7. Manny Robles III
    (18-1-0)
  8. Oscar Escandon
    (26-5-0)
  9. Anselmo Moreno
    (38-6-1)
  10. Sakaria Lukas
    (23-0-0)
  11. Eduardo Ramirez
    (23-2-3)
  12. Andranik Grigoryan
    (11-0-0)
  13. Luis Ruiz
    (15-2-0)
  14. Prince Smalls
    (15-1-1)
  15. Ckari Mansilla
    (14-1-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Super Bantamweight (122lb)

WBO

Emanuel Navarrete
(30-1-0)
WBO World Junior Featherweight Champion
  1. Thomas Ward
    (29-0-0)
  2. Angelo Leo
    (19-0-0)
  3. Jeo Santisima
    (19-2-0)
  4. Tramaine Williams
    (19-0-0)
  5. Albert Pagara
    (32-1-0)
  6. Ryo Akaho
    (35-2-2)
  7. TJ Doheny
    (22-1-0)
  8. Azat Hovhannisyan
    (18-3-0)
  9. Carlos Castro
    (24-0-0)
  10. Wasiru Mohammed
    (11-0-0)
  11. Yenifel Vicente
    (36-4-2)
  12. Zhong Liu
    (16-0-0)
  13. Alie Laurel
    (17-4-1)
  14. Lodumo Lamati
    (16-0-1)
  15. Isaac Sackey
    (23-1-1)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Daniel Roman
(27-2-1)
IBF World Junior Featherweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. Angelo Leo
    (19-0-0)
  4. TJ Doheny
    (22-1-0)
  5. Arnold Khegai
    (16-1-1)
  6. Marlon Tapales
    (33-3-0)
  7. Hiroaki Teshigawara
    (21-2-2)
  8. Carlos Castro
    (24-0-0)
  9. Thomas Ward
    (29-0-0)
  10. Lodumo Lamati
    (16-0-1)
  11. Brock Jarvis
    (17-0-0)
  12. Tramaine Williams
    (19-0-0)
  13. Mike Plania
    (23-1-0)
  14. Ryo Akaho
    (35-2-2)
  15. Luca Rigoldi
    (22-1-2)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Rey Vargas
(34-0-0)
WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion
  1. TJ Doheny
    (22-1-0)
  2. Carlos Castro
    (24-0-0)
  3. Azat Hovhannisyan
    (18-3-0)
  4. Ronny Rios
    (32-3-0)
  5. Julio Ceja
    (32-4-1)
  6. Angelo Leo
    (19-0-0)
  7. Abigail Medina
    (20-4-2)
  8. Lodumo Lamati
    (16-0-1)
  9. Isaac Dogboe
    (20-2-0)
  10. Tramaine Williams
    (19-0-0)
  11. Stephen Fulton
    (18-0-0)
  12. Aaron Alameda
    (25-0-0)
  13. Jhunriel Ramonal
    (17-8-6)
  14. Thattana Luangphon
    (9-0-1)
  15. Kiko Martinez
    (40-9-2)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Daniel Roman
(27-2-1)
WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Champion
Brandon Figueroa
(20-0-1)
WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion
  1. Murodjon Akhmadaliev
    (7-0-0)
  2. Azat Hovhannisyan
    (18-3-0) [M]
  3. Yukinori Oguni
    (21-2-1)
  4. Alexander Mejia
    (13-1-0)
  5. Leonardo Baez
    (17-2-0)
  6. Lorenzo Parra II
    (20-1-0)
  7. Stephen Fulton
    (18-0-0)
  8. Jose Sanmartin
    (30-5-1)
  9. Marcus Bates
    (11-1-1)
  10. Diego De La Hoya
    (22-1-0)
  11. Brock Jarvis
    (17-0-0)
  12. Damien Vazquez
    (14-1-1)
  13. Ye Kim
    (18-1-2)
  14. Neslan Machado
    (16-0-0)
  15. Maikol Beaumont
    (15-4-1)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Bantamweight (118lb)

WBO

John Casimero
(29-4-0)
WBO World Bantamweight Champion
  1. Joshua Greer Jr
    (22-1-1)
  2. Jason Moloney
    (20-1-0)
  3. Joseph Agbeko
    (36-5-0)
  4. Nonito Donaire
    (40-6-0)
  5. Zolani Tete
    (28-4-0)
  6. Max Ornelas
    (13-0-1)
  7. Michael Dasmarinas
    (30-2-1)
  8. Ricardo Franco
    (23-3-0)
  9. Joshua Franco
    (16-1-2)
  10. Nikolay Potapov
    (21-2-1)
  11. Vincent Astrolabio
    (15-3-0)
  12. Joselito Velasquez
    (11-0-0)
  13. Paul Butler
    (31-2-0)
  14. Yuki Kobayashi
    (16-8-0)
  15. Reymart Gaballo
    (23-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Naoya Inoue
(19-0-0)
IBF World Bantamweight Champion
  1. Michael Dasmarinas
    (30-2-1) [M]
  2. Joshua Greer Jr
    (22-1-1)
  3. Paul Butler
    (31-2-0)
  4. Jason Moloney
    (20-1-0)
  5. Keita Kurihara
    (15-5-0)
  6. Reymart Gaballo
    (23-0-0)
  7. Joshua Franco
    (16-1-2)
  8. Emmanuel Rodriguez
    (19-1-0)
  9. Karim Guerfi
    (29-4-0)
  10. Nikolay Potapov
    (21-2-1)
  11. Sukpraserd Ponpitak
    (24-11-0)
  12. Yuki Kobayashi
    (16-8-0)
  13. Michell Banquez
    (19-1-0)
  14. Jose Velasquez
    (27-6-2)
  15. Leosdan Nunez
    (10-0-0)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBA

Naoya Inoue
(19-0-0)
WBA Super World Bantamweight Champion
Vacant
WBA World Bantamweight Champion
  1. Liborio Solis
    (30-5-1)
  2. Guillermo Rigondeaux
    (19-1-0)
  3. Jason Moloney
    (20-1-0)
  4. Reymart Gaballo
    (23-0-0)
  5. Juan Payano
    (21-3-0)
  6. Rau'shee Warren
    (16-3-0)
  7. Mike Plania
    (23-1-0)
  8. Tassana Sanpattan
    (54-1-0)
  9. Leosdan Nunez
    (10-0-0)
  10. Jose Velasquez
    (27-6-2)
  11. Joshua Franco
    (16-1-2)
  12. Karoon Jarupianlerd
    (44-9-0)
  13. Jakkrawut Majoogoen
    (30-1-0)
  14. Jun Zhao
    (13-2-1)
  15. Thomas Essomba
    (10-5-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Super Flyweight (115lb)

WBO

Kazuto Ioka
(25-2-0)
WBO World Junior Bantamweight Champion
  1. Francisco Rodriguez Jr
    (33-4-1)
  2. Carlos Cuadras
    (39-3-1)
  3. Yanga Sigqibo
    (13-1-1)
  4. McWilliams Arroyo
    (20-4-0)
  5. Pedro Guevara
    (36-3-1)
  6. Jeyvier Cintron
    (11-1-0)
  7. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
    (47-5-1)
  8. Vincent Legrand
    (31-0-0)
  9. Froilan Saludar
    (31-3-1)
  10. Jarico O Quinn
    (14-0-1)
  11. Charlie Edwards
    (15-1-0)
  12. KJ Cataraja
    (11-0-0)
  13. Iran Diaz
    (17-3-3)
  14. Koki Eto
    (24-5-1)
  15. Quaise Khademi
    (8-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Jerwin Ancajas
(32-1-2)
IBF World Junior Bantamweight Champion
  1. Israel Gonzalez
    (25-3-0)
  2. Vacant
  3. Koki Eto
    (24-5-1)
  4. Mohammed Obbadi
    (21-1-0)
  5. Roman Gonzalez
    (48-2-0)
  6. Yanga Sigqibo
    (13-1-1)
  7. Jade Bornea
    (14-0-0)
  8. Sunny Edwards
    (14-0-0)
  9. Ryuichi Funai
    (31-8-0)
  10. Iran Diaz
    (17-3-3)
  11. Alexandru Marin
    (18-0-0)
  12. Sho Ishida
    (28-2-0)
  13. Takayuki Okumoto
    (23-9-4)
  14. Jonathan Rodriguez
    (21-1-0)
  15. Francisco Rodriguez Jr
    (33-4-1)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBA

Kal Yafai
(26-0-0)
WBA World Super Flyweight Champion
  1. Andrew Moloney
    (21-0-0) [M]
  2. Roman Gonzalez
    (48-2-0)
  3. Sirichai Thaiyen
    (56-4-0)
  4. Carlos Cuadras
    (39-3-1)
  5. Israel Gonzalez
    (25-3-0)
  6. Franklin Gonzalez
    (23-0-0)
  7. Francisco Rodriguez Jr
    (33-4-1)
  8. Norbelto Jimenez
    (29-9-4)
  9. Michell Banquez
    (19-1-0)
  10. Elton Dharry
    (24-6-1)
  11. Pablo Carrillo
    (25-7-1)
  12. Vincent Legrand
    (31-0-0)
  13. Sarawut Thawornkham
    (21-2-0)
  14. Juan Reveco
    (39-4-0)
  15. Jade Bornea
    (14-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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Flyweight (112lb)

WBO

Kosei Tanaka
(15-0-0)
WBO World Flyweight Champion
  1. Giemel Magramo
    (24-1-0) [M]
  2. Angel Acosta
    (21-2-0)
  3. Junto Nakatani
    (20-0-0)
  4. Sunny Edwards
    (14-0-0)
  5. Mirco Martin
    (14-0-1)
  6. Ricardo Sandoval
    (17-1-0)
  7. Wenfeng Ge
    (12-1-0)
  8. Jayson Mama
    (14-0-0)
  9. Olimjon Nazarov
    (20-5-0)
  10. Jackson Chauke
    (19-1-1)
  11. Moises Calleros
    (32-9-1)
  12. Muhammad Waseem
    (10-1-0)
  13. Jose Soto
    (14-0-0)
  14. Noknoi Sitthiprasert
    (72-5-0)
  15. Harvey Horn
    (8-0-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

IBF

Moruti Mthalane
(39-2-0)
IBF World Flyweight Champion
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. Giemel Magramo
    (24-1-0)
  4. Genisis Libranza
    (19-1-0)
  5. Muhammad Waseem
    (10-1-0)
  6. Nico Hernandez
    (7-0-0)
  7. Junto Nakatani
    (20-0-0)
  8. Jayson Mama
    (14-0-0)
  9. Masayuki Kuroda
    (30-8-3)
  10. Keiver Fernandez
    (20-0-1)
  11. McWilliams Arroyo
    (20-4-0)
  12. Akira Yaegashi
    (28-7-0)
  13. Carlos Licona
    (15-1-0)
  14. Joselito Velasquez
    (11-0-0)
  15. Jayr Raquinel
    (12-1-1)
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2020

WBC

Julio Martinez
(15-1-0)
WBC World Flyweight Champion
  1. McWilliams Arroyo
    (20-4-0)
  2. Francisco Rodriguez Jr
    (33-4-1)
  3. Junto Nakatani
    (20-0-0)
  4. Giemel Magramo
    (24-1-0)
  5. Andrew Selby
    (13-1-0)
  6. Cristofer Rosales
    (29-5-0)
  7. Jay Harris
    (17-0-0)
  8. Ernesto Irias
    (14-2-1)
  9. Muhammad Waseem
    (10-1-0)
  10. Angel Acosta
    (21-2-0)
  11. Mirco Martin
    (14-0-1)
  12. Jayr Raquinel
    (12-1-1)
  13. Noknoi Sitthiprasert
    (72-5-0)
  14. Jonathan Taconing
    (28-4-1)
  15. Genisis Libranza
    (19-1-0)
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2020

WBA

Artem Dalakian
(19-0-0)
WBA World Flyweight Champion
  1. Junto Nakatani
    (20-0-0)
  2. Noknoi Sitthiprasert
    (72-5-0)
  3. Ryota Yamauchi
    (5-1-0)
  4. Robert Barrera
    (23-2-0)
  5. Giemel Magramo
    (24-1-0)
  6. Luis Concepcion
    (38-8-0)
  7. Tetsuya Hisada
    (34-10-2)
  8. Mohammed Obbadi
    (21-1-0)
  9. Jay Harris
    (17-0-0)
  10. Jose Soto
    (14-0-0)
  11. Ricardo Sandoval
    (17-1-0)
  12. Josber Perez
    (17-2-0)
  13. Keiver Fernandez
    (20-0-1)
  14. Dave Apolinario
    (13-0-0)
  15. Saleto Henderson
    (7-0-0)
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2020
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How Boxing Rankings Work

Which Governing Bodies Rank Boxers

Four major governing bodies rank boxers and sanction title fights in boxing. These are the World Boxing Council (WBC), the World Boxing Association (WBA), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO). These four bodies are widely recognized as the only legitimate governing bodies in boxing by the sport, media and fans alike. However, perhaps even more importantly, every one of the ‘big four’ recognizes only the other three as the only other legitimate governing bodies in boxing.

On the other hand, some other organizations and initiatives provide professional boxing with rankings and even title fights. However, these are unrecognized as the legitimate rankings by the boxing public or the other major organizations. One example is the International Boxing Organisation (IBO), which despite having some notable champions showcase their belt after fights, is not recognized as a major sanctioning body by the other world organizations, or by most of the boxing public.

Having four different sets of rankings is confusing for many casual observers of the sport. Other notable organizations that try to provide some clarity across weight division are The Ring Magazine, and also the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). These rank boxers according to their own rules and policies.

How Often Are Boxing Rankings Updated?

Rankings in boxing are updated once a month. The different governing bodies favor different times. The IBF and WBC tend to release its in the first week of the month. The WBO favor the middle of the month, while the WBA tend to reveal its towards the end of a month. If you notice that it’s been over a month since one of them were updated, this usually means they’re waiting for a major fight to be completed in the coming days.

You will often notice that newly crowned champions still appear in the top 15, while recently dethrone champions are nowhere to be seen. This is simply because the rankings have not been updated since they fought.

Ranking Factors

Selected judging panels determine the rankings within the major organizations. The judging boards for the four major organizations which compile the rankings are always multinational. Judges come from almost every continent, bringing their perspective on the rankings. They rank the fighters according to organization rules, but the rankings may also be mostly subjective. Although every significant sanctioning body has its own set of rules, they share a lot of general rules that determine whether a boxer is eligible to be rated in the top 15 or move up positions.

Factors that attribute to a boxer’s rating in the top 15:

  • A positive record
  • Recent activity
  • Quality of performance
  • Quality of competition
  • The significance of their bouts
  • Accomplishments and record in amateur boxing
  • Having a clean drug record
  • Having a regional title in any of the organization’s regional affiliates

Also, there are some specific rules from every organization for a fighter to be ranked in the top 15.

The WBC requires the boxer to have:

  • Competed in at least one 10 round bout
  • Fought against another rated fighter, which may also include those ranked in the top 15 of other world organizations recognized by the WBC, within the 18-month period from the time the boxer was rated

Another example is the WBO’s requirement for a boxer to have competed in at least two contests scheduled for ten rounds or 4 contests scheduled for eight rounds

Additional factors that could attribute to a boxer’s rating are:

  • Style
  • Experience in elimination or championship bouts
  • Positive TV exposure

What Do The Positions Mean?

Although there isn’t a perfect formula and exceptions occur very often, particular positions in the top 15 rankings usually bear some advantages and obligations for the boxer ranked.

Being ranked first in the top 15 rankings usually makes the boxer the mandatory challenger for the title in the respective weight class. If the title is vacant at a given time, whether a fighter has vacated their belt or had it stripped for not fighting a mandatory, then the organization will set up a title bout between the number one and number two ranked boxers. If those boxers are unavailable to fight, either as mandatory challenges or in eliminators, the organizations will generally work down rankings, offering the opportunity to the next highest ranked boxer.

Regarding final eliminators, the organizations appoint boxers from the upper half of the top 15 rankings to fight each other, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for the title of the organization. Fighters ranked in the bottom half of the top 15, can box in eliminator fights, which would eventually lead to a better ranking, a final eliminator fight or even an eventual title bout.

Since champions usually have to fight their mandatory challengers once a year, they also have the option to make a voluntary defense versus a challenger of their choosing. However, they can only choose from the top 15 ranked fighters in their division, opening the way to a title bout for a boxer ranked fairly lower in the top 15. This rule is pretty flexible, and you will often see hand-picked opponents for voluntary defenses, who were outside the top 15, suddenly make an appearance in the updated rankings for the organization the following month.

Lost Ranking Positions

A boxer can drop out or completely fall out of the ratings for numerous reasons. Although every significant sanctioning body has its own rules, a lot of them fall in line with some fundamental logical reasons for dropping out.

General factors that contribute to a boxer going down the rankings or completely falling out are:

  • Losing
  • Choosing to fight for another organization’s belt or a final eliminator
  • Low-quality level of competition
  • Low frequency of fighting, for example not competing in 9 months
  • Use of illegal drugs, inside or outside of the ring
  • Criminal behavior and legal issues
  • Failure to pay sanction fees
  • Failure to make weight
  • Conduct that violates boxing regulations or rules
  • Other specific factors that might be deemed relevant by one of the organizations