HEAVYWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Ukraine flag
Oleksandr Usyk photo

The Ring Heavyweight Champion

Oleksandr
Usyk

21-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
United Kingdom flag Fury (34-0-1) 18-May-2024
Last defence
United Kingdom flag Dubois (19-1-0) KO 9 26-Aug-2023
Time inactive
187 days - (6 months & 3 days)
Won against
United Kingdom flag Joshua (24-2-0) SD 12 20-Aug-2022
Time held
558 days - (1 year & 6 months)
Total defences
1
Aug 26 2023
KO 9 United Kingdom flag Dubois (19-1-0)
Activity average
Every 558 days - (1 year & 6 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
558 days - (1 year & 6 months)
1
United Kingdom flag
Tyson Fury photo
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Fury
2
United Kingdom flag
Anthony Joshua photo
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Joshua
3
China flag
Zhilei Zhang photo
-
Zhang
4
New Zealand flag
Joseph Parker photo
-
Parker
5
Croatia flag
Filip Hrgovic photo
-
Hrgovic
6
Cuba flag
Frank Sanchez photo
-
Sanchez
7
United States flag
Jared Anderson photo
-
Anderson
8
United Kingdom flag
Joe Joyce photo
-
Joyce
9
United States flag
Deontay Wilder photo
-
Wilder
10
Germany flag
Agit Kabayel photo
-
Kabayel

CRUISERWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Australia flag
Jai Opetaia photo

The Ring Cruiserweight Champion

Jai
Opetaia

24-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
Latvia flag Briedis (28-2-0) 18-May-2024
Last defence
United Kingdom flag Zorro (17-0-0) KO 1 23-Dec-2023
Time inactive
68 days - (2 months & 6 days)
Won against
Latvia flag Briedis (28-1-0) UD 12 02-Jul-2022
Time held
607 days - (1 year & 7 months)
Total defences
2
Dec 23 2023
KO 1 United Kingdom flag Zorro (17-0-0)
Sep 30 2023
TKO 4 United Kingdom flag Thompson (15-0-0)
Activity average
Every 304 days - (9 months & 28 days)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
607 days - (1 year & 7 months)
1
Latvia flag
Mairis Briedis photo
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Briedis
2
Sweden flag
Badou Jack photo
-
Jack
3
United Kingdom flag
Chris Billam-Smith photo
-
Billam Smith
4
Germany flag
Noel ‘Gevor’ Mikaelian photo
-
Mikaelian
5
United Kingdom flag
Lawrence Okolie photo
-
Okolie
6
United Kingdom flag
Richard Riakporhe photo
-
Riakporhe
7
Armenia flag
Arsen Goulamirian photo
-
Goulamirian
8
Russian Federation flag
Soslan Asbarov photo
-
Asbarov

5-0-0

9
Poland flag
Michal Cieslak photo
-
Cieslak
10
Canada flag
Ryan Rozicki photo
-
Rozicki

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

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The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion

Vacant

1
Russian Federation flag
Artur Beterbiev photo
-
Beterbiev
2
Russian Federation flag
Dmitry Bivol photo
-
Bivol
3
United Kingdom flag
Joshua Buatsi photo
-
Buatsi
4
United Kingdom flag
Anthony Yarde photo
-
Yarde
5
United Kingdom flag
Callum Smith photo
-
Smith
6
United Kingdom flag
Dan Azeez photo
-
Azeez
7
Ukraine flag
Oleksandr Gvozdyk photo
-
Gvozdyk
8
Germany flag
Michael Eifert photo
-
Eifert

12-1-0

9
Venezuela flag
Albert Ramirez photo
-
Ramirez

18-0-0

10
Russian Federation flag
Ali Izmailov photo
-
Izmailov

12-0-0

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Mexico flag
Canelo Alvarez photo

The Ring Super Middleweight Champion

Canelo
Alvarez

60-2-2

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
United Kingdom flag Ryder (32-5-0) UD 12 06-May-2023
Time inactive
299 days - (9 months & 23 days)
Won against
United Kingdom flag Smith (27-0-0) UD 12 19-Dec-2020
Time held
1167 days - (3 years & 2 months)
Total defences
4
May 06 2023
UD 12 United Kingdom flag Ryder (32-5-0)
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 292 days - (9 months & 16 days)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1167 days - (3 years & 2 months)
1
United States flag
David Benavidez photo
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Benavidez
2
France flag
Christian Mbilli photo
-
Mbilli
3
United States flag
Caleb Plant photo
-
Plant
4
Cuba flag
David Morrell photo
-
Morrell
5
Mexico flag
Jaime Munguia photo
-
Munguia
6
Canada flag
Erik Bazinyan photo
-
Bazinyan
7
Russian Federation flag
Vladimir Shishkin photo
-
Shishkin
8
United States flag
Diego Pacheco photo
-
Pacheco
9
United States flag
Edgar Berlanga photo
-
Berlanga
10
Cuba flag
Osleys Iglesias photo
-
Iglesias

9-0-0

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

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The Ring Middleweight Champion

Vacant

1
Kazakhstan flag
Janibek Alimkhanuly photo
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Alimkhanuly
2
Dominican Republic flag
Carlos Adames photo
-
Adames
3
Cuba flag
Erislandy Lara photo
-
Lara
4
United Kingdom flag
Chris Eubank Jr photo
-
Eubank Jr
5
Kazakhstan flag
Meiirim Nursultanov photo
-
Nursultanov

20-0-0

6
United States flag
Elijah Garcia photo
-
Garcia
7
United Kingdom flag
Hamzah Sheeraz photo
-
Sheeraz
8
United Kingdom flag
Felix Cash photo
-
Cash
9
United Kingdom flag
Liam Smith photo
-
Smith
10
United States flag
Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams photo
-
Williams

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

United States flag
Jermell Charlo photo

The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion

Jermell
Charlo

35-2-1

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Argentina flag Castano (17-0-2) KO 10 14-May-2022
Time inactive
655 days - (1 year & 9 months)
Won against
Dominican Republic flag Rosario (20-1-1) KO 8 26-Sep-2020
Time held
1250 days - (3 years & 5 months)
Total defences
1
May 14 2022
KO 10 Argentina flag Castano (17-0-2)
Activity average
Every 1250 days - (3 years & 5 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1250 days - (3 years & 5 months)
1
Australia flag
Tim Tszyu photo
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Tszyu
2
United States flag
Brian Mendoza photo
-
Mendoza
3
United States flag
Sebastian Fundora photo
-
Fundora
4
United States flag
Erickson Lubin photo
-
Lubin
5
United States flag
Jesus Ramos photo
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Ramos
6
Uzbekistan flag
Israil Madrimov photo
-
Madrimov
7
United States flag
Tony Harrison photo
-
Harrison
8
France flag
Michel Soro photo
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Soro
9
United States flag
Charles Conwell photo
-
Conwell
10
Ukraine flag
Serhii Bohachuk photo
-
Bohachuk

WELTERWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

United States flag
Terence Crawford photo

The Ring Welterweight Champion

Terence
Crawford

40-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
215 days - (7 months)
Won against
United States flag Spence Jr (28-0-0) TKO 9 29-Jul-2023
Time held
215 days - (7 months)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
215 days - (7 months)
1
United States flag
Errol Spence Jr photo
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Spence Jr
2
United States flag
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis photo
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Ennis
3
United States flag
Giovani Santillan photo
1
Santillan
4
Canada flag
Cody Crowley photo
1
Crowley
5
Russian Federation flag
David Avanesyan photo
1
Avanesyan
6
Uzbekistan flag
Shakhram Giyasov photo
1
Giyasov
7
United States flag
Mario Barrios photo
1
Barrios
8
United States flag
Alexis Rocha photo
1
Rocha
9
Lithuania flag
Egidijus Kavaliauskas photo
1
Kavaliauskas
10
Colombia flag
Roiman Villa photo
Villa

Dropped Out This Month

Lithuania flag
Eimantas Stanionis photo
Stanionis

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

United States flag
Teofimo Lopez photo

The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion

Teofimo
Lopez

20-1-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
United States flag Ortiz (17-1-1) UD 12 08-Feb-2024
Time inactive
21 days - (21 days)
Won against
United Kingdom flag Taylor (19-0-0) UD 12 10-Jun-2023
Time held
264 days - (8 months & 19 days)
Total defences
1
Feb 08 2024
UD 12 United States flag Ortiz (17-1-1)
Activity average
Every 264 days - (8 months & 19 days)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
264 days - (8 months & 19 days)
1
United States flag
Devin Haney photo
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Haney
2
United Kingdom flag
Josh Taylor photo
-
Taylor
3
Puerto Rico flag
Subriel Matias photo
-
Matias
4
United States flag
Jose Carlos Ramirez photo
-
Ramirez
5
United States flag
Regis Prograis photo
-
Prograis
6
United States flag
Richardson Hitchins photo
-
Hitchins
7
United Kingdom flag
Jack Catterall photo
-
Catterall
8
United States flag
Arnold Barboza Jr photo
-
Barboza Jr
9
United States flag
Gary Antuanne Russell photo
-
Russell
10
Spain flag
Sandor Martin photo
-
Martin

LIGHTWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

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The Ring Lightweight Champion

Vacant

1
Ukraine flag
Vasyl Lomachenko photo
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Lomachenko
2
United States flag
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis photo
-
Davis
3
Mexico flag
Isaac Cruz photo
-
Cruz
4
United States flag
Shakur Stevenson photo
-
Stevenson
5
Mexico flag
William Zepeda photo
-
Zepeda
6
United States flag
Frank Martin photo
-
Martin
7
United States flag
Raymond Muratalla photo
-
Muratalla
8
Australia flag
George Kambosos photo
-
Kambosos Jnr
9
United Kingdom flag
Maxi Hughes photo
-
Hughes
10
United States flag
Keyshawn Davis photo
-
Davis

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

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The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion

Vacant

1
Mexico flag
Emanuel Navarrete photo
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Navarrete
2
United States flag
O’Shaquie Foster photo
-
Foster
3
United Kingdom flag
Joe Cordina photo
-
Cordina
4
United States flag
Lamont Roach photo
-
Roach
5
Dominican Republic flag
Hector Luis Garcia photo
-
Garcia
6
Brazil flag
Robson Conceicao photo
-
Conceicao
7
Mexico flag
Oscar Valdez photo
-
Valdez
8
Georgia flag
Otar Eranosyan photo
1
Eranosyan

14-0-0

9
United States flag
Albert Bell photo
1
Bell

25-0-0

10
Mexico flag
Eduardo Nunez photo
Nunez

Dropped Out This Month

Tajikistan flag
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov photo
Rakhimov

FEATHERWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Placeholder fighter photo

The Ring Featherweight Champion

Vacant

1
United Kingdom flag
Leigh Wood photo
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Wood
2
Mexico flag
Luis Alberto Lopez photo
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Lopez
3
Mexico flag
Rey Vargas photo
-
Vargas
4
United States flag
Brandon Figueroa photo
-
Figueroa
5
Mexico flag
Rafael Espinoza photo
-
Espinoza
6
Cuba flag
Robeisy Ramirez photo
-
Ramirez
7
United Kingdom flag
Josh Warrington photo
1
Warrington
8
Japan flag
Reiya Abe photo
1
Abe

25-3-1

9
United States flag
Ruben Villa photo
1
Villa
10
United Kingdom flag
Nick Ball photo
Ball

Dropped Out This Month

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Japan flag
Naoya Inoue photo

The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion

Naoya
Inoue

26-0-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
Mexico flag Nery (35-1-0) 06-May-2024
Last defence
Not Defended Yet
Time inactive
65 days - (2 months & 3 days)
Won against
Philippines flag Tapales (37-3-0) KO 10 26-Dec-2023
Time held
65 days - (2 months & 3 days)
Total defences
0
Activity average
N/A
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
65 days - (2 months & 3 days)
1
United States flag
Stephen Fulton photo
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Fulton
2
Philippines flag
Marlon Tapales photo
-
Tapales
3
Uzbekistan flag
Murodjon Akhmadaliev photo
-
Akhmadaliev
4
Australia flag
Sam Goodman photo
-
Goodman
5
Mexico flag
Luis Nery photo
-
Nery
6
United States flag
Raeese Aleem photo
-
Aleem
7
Armenia flag
Azat Hovhannisyan photo
-
Hovhannisyan
8
United States flag
Elijah Pierce photo
-
Pierce

18-2-0

9
Ireland flag
TJ Doheny photo
-
Doheny
10
United Kingdom flag
Liam Davies photo
-
Davies

BANTAMWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Placeholder fighter photo

The Ring Bantamweight Champion

Vacant

1
Australia flag
Jason Moloney photo
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Moloney
2
Puerto Rico flag
Emmanuel Rodriguez photo
-
Rodriguez
3
Mexico flag
Alejandro Santiago photo
-
Santiago
4
Philippines flag
Vincent Astrolabio photo
-
Astrolabio
5
Philippines flag
Nonito Donaire photo
-
Donaire
6
United Kingdom flag
Paul Butler photo
-
Butler
7
Japan flag
Ryosuke Nishida photo
-
Nishida

8-0-0

8
Japan flag
Takuma Inoue photo
-
Inoue
9
Japan flag
Daigo Higa photo
-
Higa
10
Mexico flag
David Cuellar Contreras photo
-
Contreras

JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Mexico flag
Juan Francisco Estrada photo

The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion

Juan Francisco Estrada

43-3-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Nicaragua flag Gonzalez (51-3-0) MD 12 03-Dec-2022
Time inactive
453 days - (1 year & 2 months)
Won against
Thailand flag Rungvisai (47-4-1) UD 12 26-Apr-2019
Time held
1770 days - (4 years & 10 months)
Total defences
2
Dec 03 2022
MD 12 Nicaragua flag Gonzalez (51-3-0)
Aug 24 2019
TKO 9 United States flag Beamon (16-1-1)
Activity average
Every 885 days - (2 years & 5 months)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
1770 days - (4 years & 10 months)
1
Japan flag
Kazuto Ioka photo
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Ioka
2
Japan flag
Junto Nakatani photo
1
Nakatani
3
Argentina flag
Fernando Martinez photo
1
Martinez
4
Japan flag
Kosei Tanaka photo
1
Tanaka
5
Thailand flag
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai photo
1
Rungvisai
6
Australia flag
Andrew Moloney photo
2
Moloney
7
Mexico flag
Carlos Cuadras photo
2
Cuadras
8
Mexico flag
Israel Gonzalez photo
2
Gonzalez

28-5-2

9
Mexico flag
Jonathan Javier Rodriguez photo
Rodriguez

25-2-1

10
Mexico flag
Pedro Guevara photo
Guevara

Dropped Out This Month

Nicaragua flag
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez photo
Gonzalez
Mexico flag
Francisco Rodriguez Jr photo
Rodriguez Jr

37-6-1

FLYWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

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The Ring Flyweight Champion

Vacant

1
United States flag
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez photo
-
Rodriguez
2
United Kingdom flag
Sunny Edwards photo
-
Edwards
3
Mexico flag
Julio Cesar Martinez photo
-
Martinez
4
Japan flag
Seigo Yuri Akui photo
-
Akui
5
Azerbaijan flag
Artem Dalakian photo
-
Dalakian
6
Mexico flag
Angel Ayala Lardizabal photo
-
Lardizabal
7
Costa Rica flag
David Jimenez photo
-
Jimenez

14-1-0

8
United States flag
Ricardo Rafael Sandoval photo
-
Sandoval
9
Nicaragua flag
Felix Alvarado photo
-
Alvarado
10
Nicaragua flag
Cristofer Rosales photo
-
Rosales

JR FLYWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Japan flag
Kenshiro Teraji photo

The Ring Junior Flyweight Champion

Kenshiro
Teraji

23-1-0

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Next Scheduled Defence
TBA
Last defence
Venezuela flag Canizales (26-1-1) MD 12 23-Jan-2024
Time inactive
37 days - (1 month & 6 days)
Won against
Japan flag Kyoguchi (16-0-0) TKO 7 01-Nov-2022
Time held
485 days - (1 year & 3 months)
Total defences
2
Jan 23 2024
MD 12 Venezuela flag Canizales (26-1-1)
Sep 18 2023
TKO 9 South Africa flag Budler (35-4-0)
Activity average
Every 243 days - (7 months & 28 days)
Mandatory challenger
TBC
Last mandatory
None Called Yet
Since a mandatory
485 days - (1 year & 3 months)
1
Puerto Rico flag
Jonathan Gonzalez photo
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Gonzalez
2
South Africa flag
Sivenathi Nontshinga photo
3
Nontshinga
3
Mexico flag
Adrian Curiel photo
1
Curiel
4
South Africa flag
Hekkie Budler photo
1
Budler

35-5-0

5
Mexico flag
Elwin Soto photo
1
Soto
6
Venezuela flag
Carlos Canizales photo
-
Canizales
7
Japan flag
Masamichi Yabuki photo
-
Yabuki
8
Cuba flag
Daniel Matellon photo
-
Matellon

13-1-2

9
Japan flag
Shokichi Iwata photo
-
Iwata

12-1-0

10
Philippines flag
Miel Fajardo photo
-
Fajardo

11-1-2

STRAWWEIGHT

Updated: 28 Feb, 2024

Placeholder fighter photo

The Ring Strawweight Champion

Vacant

1
Thailand flag
Thammanoon Niyomtrong photo
-
Niyomtrong
2
Japan flag
Yudai Shigeoka photo
-
Shigeoka
3
Japan flag
Ginjiro Shigeoka photo
-
Shigeoka
4
United States flag
Oscar Collazo photo
-
Collazo
5
Thailand flag
Panya Pradabsri photo
-
Pradabsri
6
Philippines flag
Melvin Jerusalem photo
-
Jerusalem
7
Puerto Rico flag
Wilfredo Mendez photo
1
Mendez
8
Dominican Republic flag
Erick Rosa photo
1
Rosa
9
Philippines flag
Pedro Taduran photo
1
Taduran
10
Uzbekistan flag
Hasanboy Dusmatov photo
Dusmatov

6-0-0

Dropped Out This Month

Philippines flag
Rene Mark Cuarto photo
Cuarto

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 (21-0-0)
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
Australia flag Jai Opetaia (24-0-0)
The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Super Middleweight Champion
Mexico flag Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2)
The Ring Middleweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion
United States flag Jermell Charlo (35-2-1)
The Ring Welterweight Champion
United States flag Terence Crawford (40-0-0)
The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion
United States flag Teofimo Lopez (20-1-0)
The Ring Lightweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Featherweight Champion
Vacant
The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
Japan flag Naoya Inoue (26-0-0)
The Ring Bantamweight Champion
Vacant
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 (23-1-0)
The Ring Strawweight Champion
Vacant

Current RING Rankings

RING HEAVYWEIGHT
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Ukraine flag Oleksandr Usyk (21-0-0)

The Ring Heavyweight Champion

  1. (34-0-1) -
  2. (27-3-0) -
  3. (26-1-1) -
  4. (34-3-0) -
  5. (17-0-0) -
  6. (24-0-0) -
  7. (16-0-0) -
  8. (15-2-0) -
  9. (43-3-1) -
  10. (24-0-0) -
RING CRUISERWEIGHT
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Australia flag Jai Opetaia (24-0-0)

The Ring Cruiserweight Champion

  1. (28-2-0) -
  2. (28-3-3) -
  3. (19-1-0) -
  4. (27-2-0) -
  5. (19-1-0) -
  6. (17-0-0) -
  7. (27-0-0) -
  8. Russian Federation flag Soslan Asbarov
    (5-0-0) -
  9. (25-2-0) -
  10. (20-1-0) -
RING LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
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The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion

  1. (20-0-0) -
  2. (22-0-0) -
  3. (18-0-0) -
  4. (25-3-0) -
  5. (29-2-0) -
  6. (20-1-0) -
  7. (20-1-0) -
  8. Germany flag Michael Eifert
    (12-1-0) -
  9. Venezuela flag Albert Ramirez
    (18-0-0) -
  10. Russian Federation flag Ali Izmailov
    (12-0-0) -
RING SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT
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Mexico flag Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2)

The Ring Super Middleweight Champion

  1. (28-0-0) -
  2. (26-0-0) -
  3. (22-2-0) -
  4. (10-0-0) -
  5. (43-0-0) -
  6. (32-0-0) -
  7. (15-0-0) -
  8. (20-0-0) -
  9. (22-0-0) -
  10. Cuba flag Osleys Iglesias
    (9-0-0) -
RING MIDDLEWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Middleweight Champion

  1. (15-0-0) -
  2. (23-1-0) -
  3. (29-3-3) -
  4. (33-3-0) -
  5. Kazakhstan flag Meiirim Nursultanov
    (20-0-0) -
  6. (16-0-0) -
  7. (19-0-0) -
  8. (16-0-0) -
  9. (33-4-1) -
  10. (16-0-0) -
RING JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT
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United States flag Jermell Charlo (35-2-1)

The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion

RING WELTERWEIGHT
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United States flag Terence Crawford (40-0-0)

The Ring Welterweight Champion

  1. (28-1-0) -
  2. (31-0-0) -
  3. (32-0-0) 1
  4. (22-0-0) 1
  5. (30-4-1) 1
  6. (15-0-0) 1
  7. (28-2-0) 1
  8. (23-2-0) 1
  9. (24-2-1) 1
  10. (26-2-0)
Dropped Out This Month
RING JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT
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United States flag Teofimo Lopez (20-1-0)

The Ring Junior Welterweight Champion

RING LIGHTWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Lightweight Champion

RING JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Junior Lightweight Champion

  1. (38-1-1) -
  2. (22-2-0) -
  3. (17-0-0) -
  4. (24-1-1) -
  5. (16-2-0) -
  6. (17-2-1) -
  7. (31-2-0) -
  8. Georgia flag Otar Eranosyan
    (14-0-0) 1
  9. United States flag Albert Bell
    (25-0-0) 1
  10. (26-1-0)
Dropped Out This Month
RING FEATHERWEIGHT
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The Ring Featherweight Champion

  1. (28-3-0) -
  2. (29-2-0) -
  3. (36-1-0) -
  4. (24-1-1) -
  5. (24-0-0) -
  6. (13-2-0) -
  7. (31-3-1) 1
  8. Japan flag Reiya Abe
    (25-3-1) 1
  9. (21-1-0) 1
  10. (19-0-0)
Dropped Out This Month
RING JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT
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Japan flag Naoya Inoue (26-0-0)

The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion

  1. (21-1-0) -
  2. (37-4-0) -
  3. (12-1-0) -
  4. (17-0-0) -
  5. (35-1-0) -
  6. (20-1-0) -
  7. (21-4-0) -
  8. United States flag Elijah Pierce
    (18-2-0) -
  9. (25-4-0) -
  10. (15-0-0) -
RING BANTAMWEIGHT
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The Ring Bantamweight Champion

  1. (27-2-0) -
  2. (22-2-0) -
  3. (28-4-5) -
  4. (19-4-0) -
  5. (42-8-0) -
  6. (36-3-0) -
  7. Japan flag Ryosuke Nishida
    (8-0-0) -
  8. (19-1-0) -
  9. (21-2-1) -
  10. (26-0-0) -
RING JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT
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Mexico flag Juan Francisco Estrada (43-3-0)

The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion

  1. (31-2-1) -
  2. (27-0-0) 1
  3. (16-0-0) 1
  4. (20-1-0) 1
  5. (55-6-1) 1
  6. (26-3-0) 2
  7. (42-5-1) 2
  8. Mexico flag Israel Gonzalez
    (28-5-2) 2
  9. Mexico flag Jonathan Javier Rodriguez
    (25-2-1)
  10. (40-4-1)
Dropped Out This Month
RING FLYWEIGHT
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The Ring Flyweight Champion

RING JR FLYWEIGHT
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Japan flag Kenshiro Teraji (23-1-0)

The Ring Junior Flyweight Champion

  1. (27-3-1) -
  2. (13-1-0) 3
  3. (24-5-1) 1
  4. South Africa flag Hekkie Budler
    (35-5-0) 1
  5. (21-3-0) 1
  6. (26-2-1) -
  7. (15-4-0) -
  8. Cuba flag Daniel Matellon
    (13-1-2) -
  9. Japan flag Shokichi Iwata
    (12-1-0) -
  10. Philippines flag Miel Fajardo
    (11-1-2) -
RING STRAWWEIGHT
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Vacant

The Ring Strawweight Champion

  1. (24-0-0) -
  2. (8-0-0) -
  3. (10-0-0) -
  4. (9-0-0) -
  5. (41-2-0) -
  6. (21-3-0) -
  7. (18-3-1) 1
  8. (6-0-0) 1
  9. (16-4-1) 1
  10. Uzbekistan flag Hasanboy Dusmatov
    (6-0-0)
Dropped Out This Month

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