HEAVYWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

Ukraine flag
Oleksandr Usyk photo

The Ring Heavyweight Champion

Oleksandr
Usyk

20-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
99 days - (3 months & 7 days)
Won against
United Kingdom flag Joshua (24-2-0) SD 12 20-Aug-2022
Time held
99 days - (3 months & 7 days)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
99 days - (3 months & 7 days)
1
United States flag
Deontay Wilder photo
1
Wilder
2
United Kingdom flag
Anthony Joshua photo
1
Joshua
3
United Kingdom flag
Joe Joyce photo
3
Joyce
4
United States flag
Andy Ruiz Jr photo
-
Ruiz Jr
5
United Kingdom flag
Dillian Whyte photo
-
Whyte
6
Cuba flag
Luis Ortiz photo
1
Ortiz
7
New Zealand flag
Joseph Parker photo
4
Parker
8
Croatia flag
Filip Hrgovic photo
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Hrgovic
9
Cuba flag
Frank Sanchez photo
-
Sanchez
10
China flag
Zhilei Zhang photo
-
Zhang

CRUISERWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

Australia flag
Jai Opetaia photo

The Ring Cruiserweight Champion

Jai
Opetaia

22-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
148 days - (4 months & 25 days)
Won against
Latvia flag Briedis (28-1-0) UD 12 02-Jul-2022
Time held
148 days - (4 months & 25 days)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
148 days - (4 months & 25 days)
1
United Kingdom flag
Lawrence Okolie photo
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Okolie
2
Latvia flag
Mairis Briedis photo
-
Briedis
3
Cuba flag
Yuniel Dorticos photo
-
Dorticos
4
Congo flag
Ilunga Makabu photo
-
Makabu
5
South Africa flag
Thabiso Mchunu photo
-
Mchunu
6
Russian Federation flag
Aleksei Papin photo
-
Papin
7
Poland flag
Mateusz Masternak photo
1
Masternak
8
United Kingdom flag
Richard Riakporhe photo
1
Riakporhe
9
United Kingdom flag
Chris Billam-Smith photo
-
Billam Smith
10
Belgium flag
Ryad Merhy photo
-
Merhy

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

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The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion

Vacant

1
Russian Federation flag
Dmitry Bivol photo
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Bivol
2
Russian Federation flag
Artur Beterbiev photo
-
Beterbiev
3
United Kingdom flag
Callum Smith photo
1
Smith
4
Mexico flag
Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez photo
1
Ramirez
5
United States flag
Marcus Browne photo
-
Browne
6
United States flag
Joe Smith Jr photo
-
Smith Jr
7
United Kingdom flag
Joshua Buatsi photo
-
Buatsi
8
United Kingdom flag
Anthony Yarde photo
-
Yarde
9
Canada flag
Jean Pascal photo
-
Pascal
10
United Kingdom flag
Craig Richards photo
-
Richards

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

Mexico flag
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez photo

The Ring Super Middleweight Champion

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

58-2-2

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Kazakhstan flag Golovkin (42-1-1) UD 12 17-Sep-2022
Time inactive
71 days - (2 months & 10 days)
Won against
United Kingdom flag Smith (27-0-0) UD 12 19-Dec-2020
Time held
708 days - (1 year & 11 months)
Total defences
3
Sep 17 2022
UD 12 Kazakhstan flag Golovkin (42-1-1)
May 08 2021
TKO 8 United Kingdom flag Saunders (30-0-0)
Feb 27 2021
TKO 3 Turkey flag Yildirim (21-2-0)
Activity average
Every 236 days - (7 months & 22 days)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
708 days - (1 year & 11 months)
1
United States flag
David Benavidez photo
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Benavidez
2
United States flag
Caleb Plant photo
-
Plant
3
United Kingdom flag
John Ryder photo
-
Ryder
4
Cuba flag
David Morrell photo
2
Morrell
5
France flag
Christian Mbilli photo
1
Mbilli
6
United Kingdom flag
Zach Parker photo
1
Parker
7
United States flag
Anthony Dirrell photo
-
Dirrell
8
Canada flag
Erik Bazinyan photo
-
Bazinyan
9
United Kingdom flag
Lerrone Richards photo
-
Richards
10
Russian Federation flag
Vladimir Shishkin photo
-
Shishkin

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

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The Ring Middleweight Champion

Vacant

1
Kazakhstan flag
Gennady Golovkin photo
-
Golovkin
2
United States flag
Jermall Charlo photo
-
Charlo
3
United States flag
Demetrius Andrade photo
-
Andrade
4
Mexico flag
Jaime Munguia photo
-
Munguia
5
Kazakhstan flag
Zhanibek Alimkhanuly photo
-
Alimkhanuly
6
United Kingdom flag
Chris Eubank Jr photo
-
Eubank Jr
7
Dominican Republic flag
Carlos Adames photo
1
Adames
8
Japan flag
Ryota Murata photo
1
Murata
9
Ukraine flag
Sergiy Derevyanchenko photo
-
Derevyanchenko
10
Cuba flag
Erislandy Lara photo
-
Lara

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

United States flag
Jermell Charlo photo

The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion

Jermell
Charlo

35-1-1

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Argentina flag Castano (17-0-2) KO 10 14-May-2022
Time inactive
197 days - (6 months & 13 days)
Won against
Dominican Republic flag Rosario (20-1-1) KO 8 26-Sep-2020
Time held
792 days - (2 years & 2 months)
Total defences
1
May 14 2022
KO 10 Argentina flag Castano (17-0-2)
Activity average
Every 792 days - (2 years & 2 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
792 days - (2 years & 2 months)
1
Argentina flag
Brian Carlos Castano photo
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Castano
2
United States flag
Sebastian Fundora photo
-
Fundora
3
Australia flag
Tim Tszyu photo
-
Tszyu
4
United States flag
Tony Harrison photo
-
Harrison
5
United States flag
Erickson Lubin photo
-
Lubin
6
Russian Federation flag
Magomed Kurbanov photo
-
Kurbanov
7
United Kingdom flag
Liam Smith photo
-
Smith
8
Uzbekistan flag
Israil Madrimov photo
-
Madrimov
9
France flag
Michel Soro photo
-
Soro
10
United States flag
Charles Conwell photo
Conwell

Dropped Out This Month

Mexico flag
Carlos Ocampo photo
Ocampo

34-2-0

WELTERWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

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The Ring Welterweight Champion

Vacant

1
United States flag
Errol Spence Jr photo
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Spence Jr
2
United States flag
Terence Crawford photo
-
Crawford
3
United States flag
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis photo
-
Ennis
4
Cuba flag
Yordenis Ugas photo
-
Ugas
5
United States flag
Vergil Ortiz Jr photo
-
Ortiz Jr
6
Lithuania flag
Eimantas Stanionis photo
-
Stanionis
7
United States flag
Keith Thurman photo
-
Thurman
8
Russian Federation flag
David Avanesyan photo
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Avanesyan
9
United Kingdom flag
Conor Benn photo
-
Benn
10
Russian Federation flag
Radzhab Butaev photo
-
Butaev

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

United Kingdom flag
Josh Taylor photo

The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion

Josh
Taylor

19-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
1128 days - (3 years & 1 month)
Won against
United States flag Prograis (24-0-0) MD 12 26-Oct-2019
Time held
1128 days - (3 years & 1 month)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1128 days - (3 years & 1 month)
1
United States flag
Regis Prograis photo
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Prograis
2
United States flag
Jose Carlos Ramirez photo
-
Ramirez
3
United States flag
Jose Zepeda photo
-
Zepeda
4
United Kingdom flag
Jack Catterall photo
-
Catterall
5
Puerto Rico flag
Subriel Matias photo
-
Matias
6
United States flag
Arnold Barboza Jr photo
-
Barboza Jr
7
United States flag
Gary Antuanne Russell photo
-
Russell
8
Uzbekistan flag
Shohjahon Ergashev photo
-
Ergashev
9
Dominican Republic flag
Alberto Puello photo
-
Puello
10
Uzbekistan flag
Batyr Akhmedov photo
-
Akhmedov

LIGHTWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

United States flag
Devin Haney photo

The Ring Lightweight Champion

Devin
Haney

29-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Australia flag Kambosos Jnr (20-1-0) UD 12 16-Oct-2022
Time inactive
42 days - (1 month & 11 days)
Won against
Australia flag Kambosos Jnr (20-0-0) UD 12 05-Jun-2022
Time held
175 days - (5 months & 22 days)
Total defences
1
Oct 16 2022
UD 12 Australia flag Kambosos Jnr (20-1-0)
Activity average
Every 175 days - (5 months & 22 days)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
175 days - (5 months & 22 days)
1
Ukraine flag
Vasyl Lomachenko photo
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Lomachenko
2
United States flag
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis photo
-
Davis
3
United States flag
Ryan Garcia photo
-
Garcia
4
Mexico flag
Isaac Cruz photo
-
Cruz
5
Australia flag
George Kambosos photo
-
Kambosos Jnr
6
Mexico flag
William Zepeda photo
1
Zepeda
7
United States flag
Frank Martin photo
1
Martin
8
Dominican Republic flag
Michel Rivera photo
1
Rivera
9
Argentina flag
Gustavo Daniel Lemos photo
1
Lemos

28-0-0

10
United States flag
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz photo
4
Diaz

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

United States flag
Shakur Stevenson photo

The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion

Shakur
Stevenson

19-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
211 days - (6 months & 27 days)
Won against
Mexico flag Valdez (30-0-0) UD 12 30-Apr-2022
Time held
211 days - (6 months & 27 days)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
211 days - (6 months & 27 days)
1
Mexico flag
Oscar Valdez photo
-
Valdez
2
Dominican Republic flag
Hector Luis Garcia photo
-
Garcia
3
Tajikistan flag
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov photo
-
Rakhimov
4
United Kingdom flag
Joe Cordina photo
1
Cordina
5
Brazil flag
Robson Conceicao photo
1
Conceicao
6
United States flag
O’Shaquie Foster photo
-
Foster
7
Venezuela flag
Roger Gutierrez photo
-
Gutierrez
8
Japan flag
Kenichi Ogawa photo
-
Ogawa
9
France flag
Samir Ziani photo
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Ziani

33-3-1

10
United States flag
Lamont Roach photo
-
Roach

FEATHERWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

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The Ring Featherweight Champion

Vacant

1
Mexico flag
Emanuel Navarrete photo
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Navarrete
2
Mexico flag
Rey Vargas photo
-
Vargas
3
Philippines flag
Mark Magsayo photo
-
Magsayo
4
Mexico flag
Mauricio Lara photo
-
Lara
5
United Kingdom flag
Josh Warrington photo
-
Warrington
6
United Kingdom flag
Leigh Wood photo
-
Wood
7
Spain flag
Kiko Martinez photo
1
Martinez
8
Cuba flag
Robeisy Ramirez photo
1
Ramirez
9
United States flag
Gary Russell Jr photo
2
Russell Jr
10
Ireland flag
Michael Conlan photo
-
Conlan

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

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The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion

Vacant

1
United States flag
Stephen Fulton photo
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Fulton
2
Uzbekistan flag
Murodjon Akhmadaliev photo
-
Akhmadaliev
3
United States flag
Raeese Aleem photo
-
Aleem
4
Armenia flag
Azat Hovhannisyan photo
-
Hovhannisyan
5
Philippines flag
Marlon Tapales photo
-
Tapales
6
Mexico flag
Luis Nery photo
-
Nery
7
United States flag
Ronny Rios photo
-
Rios
8
South Africa flag
Zolani Tete photo
-
Tete
9
Philippines flag
Mike Plania photo
-
Plania
10
Japan flag
Takuma Inoue photo
-
Inoue

BANTAMWEIGHT

Updated: 27 Oct, 2022

Japan flag
Naoya Inoue photo

The Ring Bantamweight Champion

Naoya
Inoue

23-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
United Kingdom flag Butler (34-2-0) 13-Dec-2022
Last defence
Australia flag Moloney (21-1-0) TKO 7 31-Oct-2020
Time inactive
757 days - (2 years)
Won against
Puerto Rico flag Rodriguez (19-0-0) KO 2 18-May-2019
Time held
1289 days - (3 years & 6 months)
Total defences
2
Oct 31 2020
TKO 7 Australia flag Moloney (21-1-0)
Nov 07 2019
UD 12 Philippines flag Donaire (40-5-0)
Activity average
Every 645 days - (1 year & 9 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1289 days - (3 years & 6 months)
1
Puerto Rico flag
Emmanuel Rodriguez photo
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Rodriguez
2
Australia flag
Jason Moloney photo
-
Moloney
3
Philippines flag
Nonito Donaire photo
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Donaire
4
United Kingdom flag
Lee McGregor photo
1
McGregor
5
Philippines flag
Vincent Astrolabio photo
1
Astrolabio

17-3-0

6
United Kingdom flag
Paul Butler photo
1
Butler
7
United States flag
Gary Antonio Russell photo
3
Russell
8
Mexico flag
Alejandro Santiago photo
-
Santiago
9
Japan flag
Keita Kurihara photo
-
Kurihara

16-6-1

10
Japan flag
Ryosuke Nishida photo
-
Nishida

5-0-0

JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

Mexico flag
Juan Francisco Estrada photo

The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion

Juan Francisco Estrada

43-3-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
Nicaragua flag Gonzalez (51-3-0) 03-Dec-2022
Last defence
United States flag Beamon (16-1-1) TKO 9 24-Aug-2019
Time inactive
1191 days - (3 years & 3 months)
Won against
Thailand flag Rungvisai (47-4-1) UD 12 26-Apr-2019
Time held
1311 days - (3 years & 7 months)
Total defences
1
Aug 24 2019
TKO 9 United States flag Beamon (16-1-1)
Activity average
Every 1311 days - (3 years & 7 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1311 days - (3 years & 7 months)
1
Nicaragua flag
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez photo
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Gonzalez
2
Japan flag
Kazuto Ioka photo
-
Ioka
3
United States flag
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez photo
-
Rodriguez
4
Argentina flag
Fernando Martinez photo
-
Martinez
5
United States flag
Joshua Franco photo
-
Franco
6
Thailand flag
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai photo
-
Rungvisai
7
Japan flag
Junto Nakatani photo
Nakatani
8
Japan flag
Kosei Tanaka photo
-
Tanaka
9
Australia flag
Andrew Moloney photo
-
Moloney
10
Mexico flag
Francisco Rodriguez Jr photo
3
Rodriguez Jr

36-6-1

Dropped Out This Month

Philippines flag
Jerwin Ancajas photo
Ancajas

FLYWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

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The Ring Flyweight Champion

Vacant

1
Mexico flag
Julio Cesar Martinez photo
1
Martinez
2
United Kingdom flag
Sunny Edwards photo
1
Edwards
3
Azerbaijan flag
Artem Dalakian photo
1
Dalakian
4
Mexico flag
Angel Ayala Lardizabal photo
1
Lardizabal

15-0-0

5
Puerto Rico flag
McWilliams Arroyo photo
1
Arroyo
6
Costa Rica flag
David Jimenez photo
1
Jimenez

12-0-0

7
United States flag
Ricardo Rafael Sandoval photo
1
Sandoval
8
South Africa flag
Jackson Chauke photo
1
Chauke

21-1-2

9
Nicaragua flag
Felix Alvarado photo
1
Alvarado
10
Japan flag
Seigo Yuri Akui photo
Akui

17-2-1

Dropped Out This Month

Japan flag
Junto Nakatani photo
Nakatani

JR FLYWEIGHT

Updated: 16 Nov, 2022

Japan flag
Kenshiro Teraji photo

The Ring Junior Flyweight Champion

Kenshiro
Teraji

20-1-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
26 days - (26 days)
Won against
Japan flag Kyoguchi (16-0-0) TKO 7 01-Nov-2022
Time held
26 days - (26 days)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
26 days - (26 days)
1
Puerto Rico flag
Jonathan Gonzalez photo
1
Gonzalez
2
Japan flag
Hiroto Kyoguchi photo
Kyoguchi
3
South Africa flag
Hekkie Budler photo
-
Budler

34-4-0

4
Mexico flag
Elwin Soto photo
-
Soto
5
South Africa flag
Sivenathi Nontshinga photo
-
Nontshinga
6
Japan flag
Masamichi Yabuki photo
-
Yabuki
7
Cuba flag
Daniel Matellon photo
-
Matellon

13-0-2

8
Mexico flag
Esteban Bermudez photo
-
Bermudez
9
Venezuela flag
Carlos Canizales photo
-
Canizales
10
Japan flag
Shokichi Iwata photo
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Iwata

9-1-0

Dropped Out This Month

Japan flag
Kenshiro Teraji photo
Teraji

STRAWWEIGHT

Updated: 20 Oct, 2022

Placeholder fighter photo

The Ring Strawweight Champion

Vacant

1
Thailand flag
Thammanoon Niyomtrong photo
-
Niyomtrong
2
Thailand flag
Panya Pradabsri photo
-
Pradabsri
3
Japan flag
Masataka Taniguchi photo
-
Taniguchi
4
Thailand flag
Wanheng Menayothin photo
-
Menayothin
5
Puerto Rico flag
Wilfredo Mendez photo
-
Mendez
6
Mexico flag
Daniel Valladares photo
-
Valladares
7
Philippines flag
Rene Mark Cuarto photo
-
Cuarto
8
Japan flag
Ginjiro Shigeoka photo
-
Shigeoka

8-0-0

9
Philippines flag
Pedro Taduran photo
-
Taduran
10
Japan flag
Yudai Shigeoka photo
-
Shigeoka

5-0-0

The Ring Magazine Profile

History

The Ring Magazine is an American boxing magazine considered to be the longest-lasting boxing publication in the world. Founded in 1922 by American boxing writer and collector Nathaniel Fleischer and his partners, The Ring has almost uninterruptedly published its magazine and ratings up until today. It remains one of the more reputable entities in boxing.

The first issue was published on 15th February 1922, counting 24 pages and costing 20 cents at that time, close to $3 adjusted for inflation.
Fleischer served as a publisher and editor of the magazine until his death in 1972. The managing editor at that time, Nat Loubet, succeeded Fleischer. Loubet would then have a 7-year tenure as publisher, notable for his initiative to expand The Ring internationally, with versions of the magazine published in Spanish, French, and Japanese.

Following Loubet's departure, boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar took over as editor-in-chief for the next six years. By 1989, The Ring had neared bankruptcy and ceased publication for almost a year, until getting back to its feet in 1990 under new ownership and management.

It was a former employee, Stanley Weston, who would end up saving the same magazine, 52 years after having worked there as a stock boy when he was just 13 years old. Not only that, but he was also considered responsible for re-establishing the magazine as the leading boxing publication in the world.

Weston would also work at the magazine as an artist, having painted 57 covers for The Ring. His first cover was a painting of light-heavyweight champion Billy Dunn for the December 1939 issue. Over the years, The Ring cover has featured some of the best boxers ever to live, including: Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones Jr., Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao, and Oscar De La Hoya.

In 1977, female boxer Cathy Davis became the first female to appear on the cover of The Ring.

After Sugar's departure, the editor-in-chief would change every couple of yours, with the current being Douglass Fischer. The Ring's headquarters were located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, until 2011, when it relocated to Los Angeles.

The Ring has changed ownership five times during its existence. The magazine changed hands between founder Nat Fleischer, Dave DeBusschere and Nick Kladis, Stanley Weston and Nick Karabots. Since September 2007, it has been owned by Hall of Fame boxer Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy enterprises.

The Ring Championship

The Ring magazine has awarded its championship in multiple weight-classes since 1922. The first boxer to ever be awarded the honor was famed heavyweight Jack Dempsey and the second was flyweight sensation Pancho Villa.

After Steve Farhood took over duties as editor-in-chief in the 1990s, The Ring stopped awarding its championship. At the essence of The Ring belt is that fighters are not required to pay sanctioning fees for their participation in title fights, against the practice of all other sanctioning bodies.

The magazine would reintroduce their belt in April 2002 with a new strict championship policy. Their goal was to clarify who is the one true champion in a given weight division among all the existing belts from other organizations. Light heavyweight Roy Jones Jr would be the first boxer to be awarded the championship since its restoration.

Under this policy, a fighter could get a hold of the belt in just two ways:

  • by beating a current Ring champion
  • or if the title is vacant, it could only be won in a contest between The Ring's number one and two ranked fighters in that weight-division.

A fighter could lose his belt in three ways:

  • in the ring
  • by moving to a different weight-division
  • retiring

Consistently having numerous title vacancies throughout the years prompted a new, less strict championship policy introduced in May 2012. According to their official website, a championship vacancy can be filled in either of the following ways:

  • The Ring's number 1 and number 2 contenders fight each other
  • The Ring's number 1 or number 2 contender fights any of the contenders ranked 3, 4 or 5, if the editorial board deems the contenders in question worthy

There are now seven scenarios through which a fighter could also be stripped of his Ring belt:

  • losing a fight
  • moving to another weight-division (for at least two fights)
  • not scheduling a fight in any division for 18 months
  • not scheduling a fight in his division for 18 months
  • not planning a fight against a top-5 contender in any weight-division for two years
  • retiring
  • testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance and being suspended or penalized by a relevant athletic commission or sanctioning body

HOW THE RING RANKINGS WORK

The first boxing rankings ever were published by The Ring in its February issue in 1925. Nat Fleischer introduced the idea of ranking boxers after being inspired by Walter Camp’s annual All-America football team, given annually to the best college players at their respective positions.

The Ring’s official ratings policy pays attention to the following:

  • fighter’s results
  • fighter’s performance, in a victory or defeat
  • fighter’s recent fight record and quality of opposition

The ratings are compiled by a three-member editorial board, with the help of The Ring’s rating panel of international boxing journalists. According to Fischer, the committee meets every Sunday and reflects on the boxing action happening during the week. Then the editorial board reviews all suggestions and has the final verdict on the rankings, with Fischer stating that about 90% of the time, the decision is the same as the majority of the panel.

Some critics have raised questions on the independence of the ratings given that current owner Oscar De La Hoya is still very much involved in the sport, managing and promoting numerous fighters through his own Golden Boy Promotions. Editor-in-chief Doug Fischer has refuted those claims, stating that the panel is in good hands, with 15-20 boxing journalists from around the world working independently and carefully following all contenders and prospects close to cracking into their rankings.

The Ring tries to offer a more simplified and unambiguous view of which fighters in the sport can be considered the best. Their ratings are recognized as official by various US media outlets, most notably ESPN, and now Box.Live!

Current RING World Champions

The Ring Heavyweight Champion
Ukraine flag Oleksandr Usyk (20-0-0)
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
Australia flag Jai Opetaia (22-0-0)
The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Super Middleweight Champion
Mexico flag Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (58-2-2)
The Ring Middleweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion
United States flag Jermell Charlo (35-1-1)
The Ring Welterweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion
United Kingdom flag Josh Taylor (19-0-0)
The Ring Lightweight Champion
United States flag Devin Haney (29-0-0)
The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion
United States flag Shakur Stevenson (19-0-0)
The Ring Featherweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Bantamweight Champion
Japan flag Naoya Inoue (23-0-0)
The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion
Mexico flag Juan Francisco Estrada (43-3-0)
The Ring Flyweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Flyweight Champion
Japan flag Kenshiro Teraji (20-1-0)
The Ring Strawweight Champion
Vacant

Current RING Rankings

RING HEAVYWEIGHT
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Ukraine flag Oleksandr Usyk (20-0-0)

The Ring Heavyweight Champion

  1. (43-2-1) 1
  2. (24-3-0) 1
  3. (15-0-0) 3
  4. (35-2-0) -
  5. (29-3-0) -
  6. (33-3-0) 1
  7. (30-3-0) 4
  8. (15-0-0) -
  9. (21-0-0) -
  10. (24-1-1) -
RING CRUISERWEIGHT
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Australia flag Jai Opetaia (22-0-0)

The Ring Cruiserweight Champion

RING LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion

RING SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT
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Mexico flag Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (58-2-2)

The Ring Super Middleweight Champion

RING MIDDLEWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Middleweight Champion

RING JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT
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United States flag Jermell Charlo (35-1-1)

The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion

  1. (17-1-2) -
  2. (20-0-1) -
  3. (21-0-0) -
  4. (29-3-1) -
  5. (24-2-0) -
  6. (23-0-0) -
  7. (32-3-1) -
  8. (8-0-1) -
  9. (35-3-2) -
  10. (17-0-0)
Dropped Out This Month
  • Mexico flag Carlos Ocampo (34-2-0) (10)
RING WELTERWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Welterweight Champion

RING JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT
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United Kingdom flag Josh Taylor (19-0-0)

The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion

RING LIGHTWEIGHT
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United States flag Devin Haney (29-0-0)

The Ring Lightweight Champion

  1. (17-2-0) -
  2. (27-0-0) -
  3. (23-0-0) -
  4. (24-2-1) -
  5. (20-2-0) -
  6. (27-0-0) 1
  7. (16-0-0) 1
  8. (24-0-0) 1
  9. Argentina flag Gustavo Daniel Lemos
    (28-0-0) 1
  10. (32-3-1) 4
RING JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT
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United States flag Shakur Stevenson (19-0-0)

The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion

  1. (30-1-0) -
  2. (16-0-0) -
  3. (17-0-1) -
  4. (15-0-0) 1
  5. (17-2-0) 1
  6. (19-2-0) -
  7. (26-4-1) -
  8. (26-2-1) -
  9. France flag Samir Ziani
    (33-3-1) -
  10. (23-1-1) -
RING FEATHERWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Featherweight Champion

RING JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion

  1. (21-0-0) -
  2. (11-0-0) -
  3. (20-0-0) -
  4. (21-3-0) -
  5. (36-3-0) -
  6. (33-1-0) -
  7. (33-4-0) -
  8. (30-4-0) -
  9. (26-2-0) -
  10. (16-1-0) -
RING BANTAMWEIGHT
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Japan flag Naoya Inoue (23-0-0)

The Ring Bantamweight Champion

  1. (21-2-0) -
  2. (25-2-0) -
  3. (42-7-0) -
  4. (11-0-1) 1
  5. Philippines flag Vincent Astrolabio
    (17-3-0) 1
  6. (34-2-0) 1
  7. (19-1-0) 3
  8. (27-3-5) -
  9. Japan flag Keita Kurihara
    (16-6-1) -
  10. Japan flag Ryosuke Nishida
    (5-0-0) -
RING JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT
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Mexico flag Juan Francisco Estrada (43-3-0)

The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion

  1. (51-3-0) -
  2. (29-2-0) -
  3. (17-0-0) -
  4. (15-0-0) -
  5. (18-1-2) -
  6. (50-6-1) -
  7. (24-0-0)
  8. (17-1-0) -
  9. (25-2-0) -
  10. Mexico flag Francisco Rodriguez Jr
    (36-6-1) 3
Dropped Out This Month
RING FLYWEIGHT
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The Ring Flyweight Champion

  1. (18-2-0) 1
  2. (19-0-0) 1
  3. (21-0-0) 1
  4. Mexico flag Angel Ayala Lardizabal
    (15-0-0) 1
  5. (21-4-0) 1
  6. Costa Rica flag David Jimenez
    (12-0-0) 1
  7. (20-2-0) 1
  8. South Africa flag Jackson Chauke
    (21-1-2) 1
  9. (38-3-0) 1
  10. Japan flag Seigo Yuri Akui
    (17-2-1)
Dropped Out This Month
RING JR FLYWEIGHT
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Japan flag Kenshiro Teraji (20-1-0)

The Ring Junior Flyweight Champion

  1. (27-3-1) 1
  2. (16-1-0)
  3. South Africa flag Hekkie Budler
    (34-4-0) -
  4. (19-3-0) -
  5. (11-0-0) -
  6. (13-4-0) -
  7. Cuba flag Daniel Matellon
    (13-0-2) -
  8. (14-4-2) -
  9. (25-1-1) -
  10. Japan flag Shokichi Iwata
    (9-1-0) -
Dropped Out This Month
RING STRAWWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Strawweight Champion

  1. (24-0-0) -
  2. (39-1-0) -
  3. (16-3-0) -
  4. (55-3-0) -
  5. (17-2-0) -
  6. (26-3-1) -
  7. (20-3-2) -
  8. Japan flag Ginjiro Shigeoka
    (8-0-0) -
  9. (14-4-1) -
  10. Japan flag Yudai Shigeoka
    (5-0-0) -

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