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The Ring Heavyweight Rankings

Updated: 26 Nov 2020
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    The Ring Cruiserweight Rankings

    Updated: 26 Nov 2020
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  • 9
    Papin
    12-1-0
    10
    Cieslak
    19-1-0
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    The Ring Light Heavyweight Rankings

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    The Ring Super Middleweight Rankings

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    The Ring Middleweight Rankings

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    The Ring Super Welterweight Rankings

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    The Ring Welterweight Rankings

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    The Ring Super Lightweight Rankings

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  • 9
    Jukembayev
    18-0-0
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    The Ring Lightweight Rankings

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    The Ring Super Featherweight Rankings

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    The Ring Featherweight Rankings

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    The Ring Super Bantamweight Rankings

    Updated: 26 Nov 2020
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  • 7
    Teshigawara
    22-2-2
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    The Ring Bantamweight Rankings

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  • 9
    Negrete
    19-2-2
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    The Ring Super Flyweight Rankings

    Updated: 26 Nov 2020
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  • 7
    Rodriguez Jr
    33-4-1
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    The Ring Flyweight Rankings

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    Kuroda
    30-8-3
    9
    Acosta
    21-2-0
    10
    Velasquez
    12-0-0
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    The Ring Jr Flyweight Rankings

    Updated: 26 Nov 2020
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    Budler
    32-4-0
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    Hisada
    34-10-2
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    Heno
    14-1-5
    9
    Matellon
    11-0-2
    10
    Gauto
    15-0-0
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    The Ring Minimumweight Rankings

    Updated: 26 Nov 2020
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    Rojas
    27-4-3
    5
    Saludar
    20-4-0
    6
    Argumedo
    23-4-1
    9
    Jerusalem
    15-2-0
    10
    Joyi
    29-5-1
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    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 The Ring World Champions

    The Ring Heavyweight Champion: Tyson Fury (United Kingdom) - 30-0-1
    The Ring Cruiserweight Champion: Mairis Briedis (Latvia) - 27-1-0
    The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion: Vacant
    The Ring Super Middleweight Champion: Callum Smith (United Kingdom) - 27-0-0
    The Ring Middleweight Champion: Saul Canelo (Mexico) - 53-1-2
    The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion: Jermell Charlo (United States) - 34-1-0
    The Ring Welterweight Champion: Vacant
    The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion: Josh Taylor (United Kingdom) - 17-0-0
    The Ring Lightweight Champion: Teofimo Lopez (United States) - 16-0-0
    The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion: Vacant
    The Ring Featherweight Champion: Vacant
    The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion: Vacant
    The Ring Bantamweight Champion: Naoya Inoue (Japan) - 20-0-0
    The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion: Juan Estrada (Mexico) - 41-3-0
    The Ring Flyweight Champion: Vacant
    The Ring Junior Flyweight Champion: Hiroto Kyoguchi (Japan) - 14-0-0
    The Ring Strawweight Champion: Vacant

    Current The Ring Rankings

    The Ring Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Tyson Fury (United Kingdom) - 30-0-1
    1. Anthony Joshua (United Kingdom) - 23-1-0
    2. Deontay Wilder (United States) - 42-1-1
    3. Alexander Povetkin (Russian Federation) - 36-2-1
    4. Dillian Whyte (United Kingdom) - 27-2-0
    5. Luis Ortiz (Cuba) - 32-2-0
    6. Andy Ruiz Jr (Mexico) - 33-2-0
    7. Joseph Parker (New Zealand) - 27-2-0
    8. Michael Hunter (United States) - 18-1-1
    9. Oscar Rivas (Colombia) - 26-1-0
    10. Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria) - 28-1-0

    The Ring Cruiserweight Rankings

    Champion: Mairis Briedis (Latvia) - 27-1-0
    1. Yuniel Dorticos (Cuba) - 24-2-0
    2. Ilunga Makabu (Congo) - 27-2-0
    3. Krzysztof Glowacki (Poland) - 31-2-0
    4. Kevin Lerena (South Africa) - 25-1-0
    5. Andrew Tabiti (United States) - 17-1-0
    6. Lawrence Okolie (United Kingdom) - 14-0-0
    7. Arsen Goulamirian (Armenia) - 26-0-0
    8. Thabiso Mchunu (South Africa) - 22-5-0
    9. Aleksei Papin (Russian Federation) - 12-1-0
    10. Michal Cieslak (Poland) - 19-1-0

    The Ring Light Heavyweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Artur Beterbiev (Russian Federation) - 15-0-0
    2. Dmitry Bivol (Russian Federation) - 17-0-0
    3. Sergey Kovalev (Russian Federation) - 34-4-1
    4. Joe Smith Jr (United States) - 26-3-0
    5. Jean Pascal (Canada) - 35-6-1
    6. Badou Jack (Sweden) - 22-3-3
    7. Eleider Alvarez (Colombia) - 25-2-0
    8. Marcus Browne (United States) - 23-1-0
    9. Anthony Yarde (United Kingdom) - 20-1-0
    10. Umar Salamov (Russian Federation) - 25-1-0

    The Ring Super Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Callum Smith (United Kingdom) - 27-0-0
    1. David Benavidez (United States) - 23-0-0
    2. Caleb Plant (United States) - 20-0-0
    3. Anthony Dirrell (United States) - 33-2-1
    4. Saul Canelo (Mexico) - 53-1-2
    5. Billy Saunders (United Kingdom) - 29-0-0
    6. Caleb Truax (United States) - 31-4-2
    7. John Ryder (United Kingdom) - 28-5-0
    8. Fedor Chudinov (Russian Federation) - 23-2-0
    9. David Lemieux (Canada) - 42-4-0
    10. Daniel Jacobs (United States) - 36-3-0

    The Ring Middleweight Rankings

    Champion: Saul Canelo (Mexico) - 53-1-2
    1. Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) - 40-1-1
    2. Jermall Charlo (United States) - 31-0-0
    3. Demetrius Andrade (United States) - 29-0-0
    4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (Ukraine) - 13-3-0
    5. Ryota Murata (Japan) - 16-2-0
    6. Kamil Szeremeta (Poland) - 21-0-0
    7. Chris Eubank Jr (United Kingdom) - 29-2-0
    8. Rob Brant (United States) - 26-2-0
    9. Liam Williams (United Kingdom) - 23-2-1
    10. Jaime Munguia (Mexico) - 36-0-0

    The Ring Super Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Jermell Charlo (United States) - 34-1-0
    1. Jarrett Hurd (United States) - 24-1-0
    2. Erislandy Lara (Cuba) - 27-3-3
    3. Jeison Rosario (Dominican Republic) - 20-2-1
    4. Julian Williams (United States) - 27-2-1
    5. Brian Castano (Argentina) - 16-0-1
    6. Tony Harrison (United States) - 28-3-0
    7. Erickson Lubin (United States) - 23-1-0
    8. Michel Soro (France) - 35-2-1
    9. Patrick Teixeira (Brazil) - 31-1-0
    10. Tim Tszyu (Australia) - 16-0-0

    The Ring Welterweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Errol Spence Jr (United States) - 26-0-0
    2. Terence Crawford (United States) - 37-0-0
    3. Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) - 62-7-2
    4. Keith Thurman (United States) - 29-1-0
    5. Shawn Porter (United States) - 31-3-1
    6. Danny Garcia (United States) - 36-2-0
    7. Yordenis Ugas (Cuba) - 26-4-0
    8. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (Uzbekistan) - 17-0-0
    9. Sergey Lipinets (Kazakhstan) - 16-1-1
    10. Mikey Garcia (United States) - 40-1-0

    The Ring Super Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Josh Taylor (United Kingdom) - 17-0-0
    1. Jose Ramirez (United States) - 26-0-0
    2. Regis Prograis (United States) - 25-1-0
    3. Jose Zepeda (United States) - 33-2-0
    4. Viktor Postol (Ukraine) - 31-3-0
    5. Arnold Barboza Jr (United States) - 25-0-0
    6. Ivan Baranchyk (Russian Federation) - 20-2-0
    7. Mario Barrios (United States) - 26-0-0
    8. Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) - 23-3-0
    9. Batyrzhan Jukembayev (Kazakhstan) - 18-0-0
    10. Shohjahon Ergashev (Uzbekistan) - 19-0-0

    The Ring Lightweight Rankings

    Champion: Teofimo Lopez (United States) - 16-0-0
    1. Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) - 14-2-0
    2. Devin Haney (United States) - 25-0-0
    3. Richard Commey (Ghana) - 29-3-0
    4. Luke Campbell (United Kingdom) - 20-3-0
    5. Ryan Garcia (United States) - 20-0-0
    6. Robert Easter Jr (United States) - 22-1-1
    7. Javier Fortuna (Dominican Republic) - 36-2-1
    8. Jorge Linares (Venezuela) - 47-5-0
    9. George Kambosos Jnr (Australia) - 19-0-0
    10. Emmanuel Tagoe (Ghana) - 31-1-0

    The Ring Super Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Miguel Berchelt (Mexico) - 37-1-0
    2. Gervonta Davis (United States) - 24-0-0
    3. Joseph Diaz (United States) - 31-1-0
    4. Jamel Herring (United States) - 22-2-0
    5. Tevin Farmer (United States) - 30-5-1
    6. Rene Alvarado (Nicaragua) - 32-8-0
    7. Masayuki Ito (Japan) - 26-2-1
    8. Andrew Cancio (United States) - 21-5-2
    9. Miguel Roman (Mexico) - 62-14-0
    10. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (Russian Federation) - 15-0-0

    The Ring Featherweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Josh Warrington (United Kingdom) - 30-0-0
    2. Gary Russell Jr (United States) - 31-1-0
    3. Can Xu (China) - 18-2-0
    4. Kid Galahad (United Kingdom) - 27-1-0
    5. Emanuel Navarrete (Mexico) - 32-1-0
    6. Mark Magsayo (Philippines) - 21-0-0
    7. Tugstsogt Nyambayar (Mongolia) - 12-1-0
    8. Jessie Magdaleno (United States) - 28-1-0
    9. Joet Gonzalez (United States) - 24-1-0
    10. Ruben Villa (United States) - 18-1-0

    The Ring Super Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Rey Vargas (Mexico) - 34-0-0
    2. Murodjon Akhmadaliev (Uzbekistan) - 8-0-0
    3. Daniel Roman (United States) - 28-3-1
    4. Ryosuke Iwasa (Japan) - 27-3-0
    5. Brandon Figueroa (United States) - 21-0-1
    6. Angelo Leo (United States) - 20-0-0
    7. Hiroaki Teshigawara (Japan) - 22-2-2
    8. Tomoki Kameda (Japan) - 36-3-0
    9. Azat Hovhannisyan (Armenia) - 18-3-0
    10. Stephen Fulton (United States) - 18-0-0

    The Ring Bantamweight Rankings

    Champion: Naoya Inoue (Japan) - 20-0-0
    1. Nonito Donaire (Philippines) - 40-6-0
    2. Nordine Oubaali (France) - 17-0-0
    3. John Casimero (Philippines) - 30-4-0
    4. Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) - 19-1-0
    5. Zolani Tete (South Africa) - 28-4-0
    6. Takuma Inoue (Japan) - 13-1-0
    7. Jason Moloney (Australia) - 21-2-0
    8. Guillermo Rigondeaux (Cuba) - 20-1-0
    9. Oscar Negrete (Colombia) - 19-2-2
    10. Mike Plania (Philippines) - 24-1-0

    The Ring Super Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Juan Estrada (Mexico) - 41-3-0
    1. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (Thailand) - 49-5-1
    2. Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua) - 50-2-0
    3. Kazuto Ioka (Japan) - 25-2-0
    4. Jerwin Ancajas (Philippines) - 32-1-2
    5. Kal Yafai (United Kingdom) - 26-1-0
    6. Joshua Franco (United States) - 17-1-2
    7. Francisco Rodriguez Jr (Mexico) - 33-4-1
    8. Andrew Moloney (Australia) - 21-1-0
    9. Jeyvier Cintron (Puerto Rico) - 11-1-0
    10. Carlos Cuadras (Mexico) - 39-4-1

    The Ring Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Kosei Tanaka (Japan) - 15-0-0
    2. Moruti Mthalane (South Africa) - 39-2-0
    3. Julio Martinez (Mexico) - 17-1-0
    4. Artem Dalakian (Azerbaijan) - 20-0-0
    5. Junto Nakatani (Japan) - 21-0-0
    6. Masayuki Kuroda (Japan) - 30-8-3
    7. Cristofer Rosales (Nicaragua) - 31-5-0
    8. Jay Harris (United Kingdom) - 18-1-0
    9. Angel Acosta (Puerto Rico) - 21-2-0
    10. Joselito Velasquez (Mexico) - 12-0-0

    The Ring Jr Flyweight Rankings

    Champion: Hiroto Kyoguchi (Japan) - 14-0-0
    1. Kenshiro Teraji (Japan) - 17-0-0
    2. Hekkie Budler (South Africa) - 32-4-0
    3. Carlos Canizales (Venezuela) - 22-0-1
    4. Felix Alvarado (Nicaragua) - 35-2-0
    5. Elwin Soto (Mexico) - 18-1-0
    6. Tetsuya Hisada (Japan) - 34-10-2
    7. Edward Heno (Philippines) - 14-1-5
    8. Sho Kimura (Japan) - 19-3-2
    9. Daniel Matellon (Cuba) - 11-0-2
    10. Agustin Gauto (Argentina) - 15-0-0

    The Ring Minimumweight Rankings

    Champion: Vacant
    1. Wanheng Menayothin (Thailand) - 54-0-0
    2. Thammanoon Niyomtrong (Thailand) - 21-0-0
    3. Wilfredo Mendez (Puerto Rico) - 16-1-0
    4. Byron Rojas (Nicaragua) - 27-4-3
    5. Vic Saludar (Philippines) - 20-4-0
    6. Jose Argumedo (Mexico) - 23-4-1
    7. Simpiwe Konkco (South Africa) - 19-6-0
    8. Pedro Taduran (Philippines) - 14-2-1
    9. Melvin Jerusalem (Philippines) - 15-2-0
    10. Nkosinathi Joyi (South Africa) - 29-5-1