Canelo Alvarez ended one of the biggest boxing fights of this generation with a unanimous decision victory over Gennady Golovkin in their trilogy to retain his undisputed super middleweight title.

But this victory was not enough for Alvarez to rise in the Sportzshala rankings. Most of our panellists have decided to keep Alvarez where he is, while others have moved him down the list, arguing that he doesn’t look good enough against a much older and slower opponent.

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“I left Canelo at number 5 on my list because while he clearly beat GGG, he slowly faded away and it was a far from impressive performance,” Sportzshala columnist Mike Coppinger said. “Alvarez said he needed surgery to repair his left wrist, the hand with which he throws his signature left hook. That might help explain the performance and he’ll have another chance to reclaim the top spot next year if he gets a rematch with Dimitri. Bivol or fight with David Benavidez.

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Boxing analyst Bernardo Pilatti, a well-known critic of Alvarez, removed Canelo from his top 10 altogether.

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“I already had Canelo at number 7 on my pre-fight list and after what I consider to be a bad performance against Golovkin, I decided not to include him in my top 10 no matter the outcome,” Pilatti said. “Also, Canelo was obligated to win with authority, as a champion and a young fighter, put on a show and, as he promised, knock out and send GGG into retirement. And he didn’t do any of that.”

Our Coppinger Group, Timothy Bradley Jr., Joe Tessitore, Michael Rothstein, Teddy Atlas, Nick Parkinson, Andre Ward, Ben Baby, Eric Ruskin, Christina Poncher, Bernardo Osuna, Eric Woodyard, Kel Dansby, Pilatti, Charles Moynihan, Salvador Rodriguez, Carlos Yrusta, Jim Zirolli and Aladdin Freeman share their votes.

Other Rankings: Division Rankings and Sportzshala Women’s Rankings regardless of weight.

Note. Results are valid until September 21st.


1. TERENCE CRAWFORDPrevious ranking: No. 1

WRITE DOWN: 38-0, 29 KOs
SEPARATION: Welterweight (champion)
LAST STAND: W (TKO10) Shawn Porter Nov 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA vs. Errol Spence Jr.


2. Naoya InouePrevious ranking: No. 2

WRITE DOWN: 23-0, 20 KOs
SEPARATION: Bantamweight (unified champion)
LAST STAND: W (TKO2) Nonito Donaire, June 7
NEXT FIGHT: to be specified


3. Errol Spence, Jr.Previous ranking: No. 3

WRITE DOWN: 28-0, 22 KOs
SEPARATION: Welterweight (unified champion)
LAST STAND: Ying (TKO10) Yordenis Ugas, April 16
NEXT FIGHT: TBA vs. Terence Crawford


4. OLEKSANDR USYKPrevious ranking: No. 4

WRITE DOWN: 20-0, 13 KOs
SEPARATION: Heavyweight (Unified Champion)
LAST STAND: W (SD12) Anthony Joshua August 20
NEXT FIGHT: to be specified


5. Canelo AlvarezPrevious ranking: No. 5

WRITE DOWN: 57-2-2, 39 KOs
SEPARATION: Super Middleweight (Overall Champion)
LAST STAND: W (UD12) Gennady Golovkin, September 17
NEXT FIGHT: to be specified


6. TYSON FURYPrevious ranking: No. 6

WRITE DOWN: 32-0-1, 23 KOs
SEPARATION: Heavyweight (Champion)
LAST STAND: W (TKO6) Dillian Whyte, April 23
NEXT FIGHT: to be specified


7. ARTHUR BETERBIEVPrevious rating: 7

WRITE DOWN: 18-0, 18 KOs
SEPARATION: Light Heavyweight (Unified Champion)
LAST STAND: W (TKO2) Joe Smith Jr. June 18
NEXT FIGHT: to be specified


8. DMITRY BIVOLPrevious ranking: No. 8

WRITE DOWN: 20-0, 11 KOs
SEPARATION: Light heavyweight (champion)
LAST STAND: W (UD12) Canelo Alvarez May 7
NEXT FIGHT: November 5 vs. Gilberto Ramirez


9. SHAKUR STEVENSONPrevious ranking: No. 10

WRITE DOWN: 18-0, 9 KOs
SEPARATION: Junior Lightweight (Unified Champion)
LAST STAND: W(UD12) Oscar Valdez April 30
NEXT FIGHT: September 23 vs. Robson Conceiçao


10. VASILIY LOMACHENKOPrevious ranking: No. 9

WRITE DOWN: 16-2, 11 KOs
SEPARATION: Light
LAST STAND: W(UD12) Richard Commey 11 December
NEXT FIGHT: December 29 vs. Jamaine Ortiz


Formula

The ranking is based on a descending point system, with the first-place vote receiving 10 points, the second-place vote receiving nine points, and so on. The tie goes to the fighter with the highest ranking, and then to the one with the most votes in that ranking.


Others who received votes: Devin Haney (24), Jermell Charlo (18), Gervonta Davis (13), Juan Francisco Estrada (4), Josh Taylor (4), Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (3), Stephen Fulton (1).


How our writers voted

Atlas: one. Crawford, 2. buffalo, 3. inoue, four. usyk, 5. spence, 6. Alvarez, 7. Lomachenko, eight. rage, 9. Davis, ten. Beterbiev

Bradley: one. Crawford, 2. inoue, 3. spence, four. Alvarez, 5. Beterbiev, 6. rage, 7. usyk, eight. Stevenson 9. Charlo, ten. haney

Coppinger: one. inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. usyk, four. rage, 5. Alvarez, 6. spence, 7. buffalo, eight. gonzalez, 9. Beterbiev, ten. haney

Weaver: one. inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. usyk, four. Beterbiev, 5. spence, 6. Alvarez, 7. Stevenson eight. rage, 9. buffalo, ten. haney

Parkinson: one. inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. Alvarez, four. usyk, 5. spence, 6. rage, 7. buffalo, eight. Beterbiev, 9. haney, ten. Lomachenko

Ruskin: one. inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. spence, four. rage, 5. usyk, 6. buffalo, 7. Alvarez, eight. Beterbiev, 9. Stevenson ten. Lomachenko

Guard: one. Crawford, 2. spence, 3. inoue, four. usyk, 5. buffalo, 6. Alvarez, 7. Stevenson eight. Beterbiev, 9. haney, ten. Davis

Baby: one. Crawford, 2. Alvarez, 3. usyk, four. inoue, 5. spence, 6. Lomachenko, 7. rage, eight. haney, 9. Stevenson ten. Fulton

Rothstein: one. Crawford, 2. inoue, 3. rage, four. Alvarez, 5. spence, 6. usyk, 7. Lomachenko, eight. buffalo, 9. Davis, ten. Stevenson

Osuna: one. usyk, 2. Crawford, 3. inoue, four. spence, 5. Alvarez, 6. buffalo, 7. Charlo, eight. Stevenson 9. Beterbiev, ten. haney

Rodriguez: one. inoue, 2. rage, 3. Alvarez, four. Crawford, 5. spence, 6. usyk, 7. Beterbiev, eight. buffalo, 9. Lomachenko, ten. Charlo

Poncher: one. Crawford, 2. inoue, 3. Alvarez, four. spence, 5. rage, 6. usyk, 7. Beterbiev, eight. Stevenson 9. Charlo, ten. haney

Woodyard: one. Crawford, 2. rage, 3. spence, four. Alvarez, 5. inoue, 6. usyk, 7. Davis, eight. haney, 9. Stevenson ten. Taylor

Dansby: one. usyk, 2. Crawford, 3. Alvarez, four. inoue, 5. spence, 6. rage, 7. haney, eight. Beterbiev, 9. Charlo, ten. Stevenson

Moynihan: one. spence, 2. Crawford, 3. inoue, four. Alvarez, 5. rage, 6. usyk, 7. Lomachenko, eight. buffalo, 9. Beterbiev, ten. haney

Pilate: one. inoue, 2. Crawford, 3. spence, four. usyk, 5. rage, 6. Beterbiev, 7. Davis, eight. Charlo, 9. Lomachenko, ten. Stevenson

Ziroli: one. Crawford, 2. inoue, 3. Alvarez, four. spence, 5. rage, 6. usyk, 7. Stevenson eight. Beterbiev, 9. Lomachenko, ten. haney

mask: one. Crawford, 2. inoue, 3. spence, four. rage, 5. Beterbiev, 6. Alvarez, 7. usyk, eight. Stevenson 9. Lomachenko, ten. haney

Freeman: one. Crawford, 2. inoue, 3. spence, four. usyk, 5. Beterbiev, 6. Alvarez, 7. rage, eight. Stevenson 9. haney, ten. Lomachenko

Figure: one. usyk, 2. rage, 3. inoue, four. spence, 5. Crawford, 6. buffalo, 7. Charlo, eight. taylor, 9. Alvarez, ten. Lomachenko


Sportzshala Expert Poll

First place: Crawford (10), Inoue (6), Usyk (3), Spence (1)

Second place: Crawford (8), Inoue (6), Fury (3), Spence (1), Alvarez (1), Bivol (1)

Third place: Spence (6), Inoue (5), Alvarez (5), Usyk (3), Fury (1)

Fourth place: Alvarez (5), Spence (4), Usyk (4), Fury (3), Inoue (2), Crawford (1), Beterbiev (1)

Fifth place: Spence (7), Fury (4), Beterbiev (3), Alvarez (2), Usyk (2), Crawford (1), Inoue (1)

Sixth place: Usyk (6), Alvarez (4), Bivol (4), Furi (3), Beterbiev (1), Spence (1), Lomachenko (1)

Seventh place: Stevenson (3), Lomachenko (3), Furi (2), Usyk (2), Bivol (2), Beterbiev (2), Charlo (2), Davis (2), Alvarez (1), Hanei (1)

Eighth place: Beterbiev (5), Stevenson (5), Bivol (3), Haney (2), Fury (2), Charlo (1), Taylor (1), Gonzalez (1)

Ninth place: Lomachenko (5), Beterbiev (3), Stevenson (3), Haney (3), Charlo (3), Davis (2), Bivol (1)

10th place: Haney (7), Stevenson (4), Lomachenko (4), Davis (1), Taylor (1), Charlo (1), Beterbiev (1), Fulton (1)