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Terence Crawford Is The BWAA's Pound-For-Pound No. 1

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The Boxing Writers Association of America will be listing on a bi-monthly basis its top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Terence Crawford tops our first officially voted-on list of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, which is selected by BWAA members from respected news outlets and is broken down based on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving nine points and so on. Ties go to the fighter with the highest submitted ranking, then the one with the most votes at that ranking.

All BWAA members, full and auxiliary, can send their top-10 pound-for-pound votes in by the first Monday of each even month to The next deadline will be Monday, December 4, 2017, with the results posted the first week of that month.

With Andre Ward announcing his retirement, Crawford, the undisputed junior welterweight champion, jumps from No. 4 to No. 1. The split-draw between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez changed the standing of both fighters. In the BWAA’s original list, “GGG” was right behind Ward as the No. 2 fighter, but sunk to No. 3, while Alvarez, who many respected ringsiders felt lost to GGG, moved from No. 5 to No. 4. Roman Gonzalez drops from the list after being stopped by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

Lightweight Mikey Garcia debuts at No. 6 and undefeated Japanese junior bantamweight Naoya Inoue enters at No. 9, each fighter filling the vacancies left by the retired Ward and Gonzalez. The shuffle also elevates welterweights Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr. to seven and eight, respectively, and junior featherweight Guillermo Rigondeaux from No. 8 to No. 5. Sergey Kovalev, meanwhile, falls from No. 7 to No. 10.

1. Terence Crawford (168 points)

Jr. Welterweight

32-0-0 (23 KOs)

2. Vasyl Lomachenko (152)

Jr. Lightweight

9-1-0 (7 KOs)

3. Gennady Golovkin (148)


37-0-1 (33 KOs)

4. Canelo Alvarez (110)


49-1-2 (34 KOs)

5. Guillermo Rigondeaux (88)

Jr. Featherweight

17-0-0 (11 KOs)

6. Mikey Garcia (84)


37-0-0 (30 KOs)

7. Keith Thurman (52)


28-0 (22 KOs)

8. Errol Spence Jr. (46)


22-0 (19 KOs)

9. Naoya Inoue (40)

Jr. Bantamweight

14-0-0 (12 KOs)

10. Sergey Kovalev (27)

Light Heavyweight

30-2-1 (26 KOs)

Also receiving votes: Leo Santa Cruz (24 points), Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (24), Anthony Joshua (9), Jermall Charlo (6), Chayaphon Moonsri (a.k.a. Wanheng Menayothin) (3), Juan Francisco Estrada (3), Shawn Porter (2), Danny Jacobs (2), Erislandy Lara (2), Oleksandr Usyk (2), Manny Pacquiao (1).

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