Canelo Alvarez Is The BWAA’s Pound-For-Pound King For A Year
Canelo Alvarez continues his stranglehold as the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, ruling the boxing world for a year now atop the Boxing Writers Association of America’s top-10 pound-for-pound poll, which was formerly held bimonthly and now will be held quarterly, beginning in March 2022.
Alvarez, the BWAA’s 2019 Fighter of the Year, was on every ballot and received every first-place place vote but one. He has not relinquished the BWAA’s top spot since December 2019, when he snapped previous BWAA pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko’s seven-poll win streak by a point in the tightest BWAA poll yet.
The BWAA’s pound-for-pound polls are 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 most votes.
The BWAA has been listing on a bimonthly basis its top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world. All BWAA members, full and auxiliary, can send their top-10 pound-for-pound votes in quarterly to JSantoliquitoBWAA@yahoo.com.
The next deadline will be Friday, March 18, 2022, with the results posted later that month.
Since the last vote, Alvarez stopped Caleb Plant in 11 in November, becoming the first undisputed super middleweight in boxing history.
There were some drastic changes among the top five, with Terence Crawford moving from No. 3 to No. 2, and newly minted WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk leaping from No. 8 to No. 3. Errol Spence Jr. remains at No. 4, though the shuffling drops “The Monster,” Naoya Inoue, No. 2 to No. 5.
With his upset loss to George Kambosos, BWAA 2020 Fighter of the Year Teofimo Lopez drops out of the ratings for the first time in over a year, replaced by Inoue at No. 5, while world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury switches places goes to No. 6, switching with world junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor, who drops to No. 7
With Lopez dropping out, Lomachenko moves from No. 9 to No. 8, junior bantamweight champ Juan Francisco Estrada moves from No. 10 to No. 9, and debuting for the first time ever on any recognized pound-for-pound list is lightweight Tank Davis.
1. Canelo Alvarez (159 points)
57-1-2 (39 KOs)
2. Terence Crawford: (152)
38-0-0 (29 KOs)
3. Oleksandr Usyk (148)
19-0-0 (13 KOs)
4. Errol Spence Jr. (136)
27-0-0 (21 KOs)
5. Naoya Inoue (135)
22-0-0 (19 KOs)
6. Tyson Fury (100)
31-0-1 (22 KOs)
7. Josh Taylor (99)
18-0-0 (13 KOs)
8. Vasiliy Lomachenko (98)
16-2-0 (11 KOs)
9. Juan Francisco Estrada (85)
42-3-0 (28 KOS)
10. Tank Davis (80)
26-0-0 (24 KOs)
Also receiving votes: Gennadiy Golovkin (42), Oscar Valdez (33), Kazuto Ioka (30), Artur Beterbiev (27), George Kambosos (24), Teofimo Lopez (13), Jermell Charlo (11), Stephen Fulton (3).