Well folks, the “boxing experts” who purport to know all about boxing so as to fill our empty noggins with their boxing “expertise” seem to be completely at odds with each other here. No surprises there since boxing is a sport with rules that “boxing experts” often ignore so as to benefit “the chosen” for personal gain or other purpose. Nobody can even say with any degree of certainty from fight to fight which biases the referee will show or how close or far apart the fight scores will be. And for whom? Naturally this is passed on in their ranking systems, in this example being in dire opposition to each other, a perfect draw in boxing terms, but is it really?
You can see some fun I previously had with Ring rankings here, utter hilarity distilled just for you:
Anyways, ahem, the current Ring P4Pers were elected by rather large committee circle of…”experts”…are thus:
1. ROMAN GONZALEZ Record: 43-0-0 (37 KOs)
Ranking:This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Weeks On List: 68
Title: RING, WBC flyweight2. Andre Ward Record: 28-0-0 (15 KOs)
Ranking:This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Weeks On List:No title3. Sergey Kovalev Record: 28-0-1 (25 KOs)
Ranking:This Week: 3 | Last Week: 3 | Weeks On List: 28
Title: WBO, IBF, WBA light heavyweight4. Gennady Golovkin Record: 33-0-0 (30 KOs)Ranking: This Week: 4 | Last Week: 4 | Weeks On List: 32
Title:WBA middleweight5. Guillermo Rigondeaux Record: 15-0-0 (10 KOs)
Ranking: This Week: 5 | Last Week: 5 | Weeks On List: 109Title: RING, WBO, WBA jr. featherweight6. Wladimir Klitschko Record: 64-3-0 (53 KOs)
Ranking: This Week: 6 | Last Week: 6 | Weeks On List: 268Title: RING, IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight7. Terence Crawford Record: 26-0-0 (18 KOs)
Ranking: This Week: 7 | Last Week: 7 | Weeks On List: 21Title: WBO jr. welterweight8. Manny Pacquiao Record: 57-6-2 (38 KOs)
Ranking: This Week: 8 | Last Week: 8 | Weeks On List: 617No title9. Shinsuke Yamanaka Record: 24-0-2 (17 KOs)Ranking: This Week: 9 | Last Week: 9 | Weeks On List: 19Title: WBC bantamweight
10. Kell Brook Record: 35-0-0 (24 KOs)
Ranking: This Week: 10 | Last Week: 10 | Weeks On List: 2 Title: IBF
OK, now on to boxrec rankings for comparison. Boxrec uses computer accumulated points which are the first emboldened numbers to go along with each fighter record, the most unbiased rankings regardless of various human errors in assigning the points for various performance measures:
1. Wladimir Klitschko Dr Steelhammer 1330 64-3 heavyweight
2. Gennady Golovkin GGG 1078 33-0 middleweight
3. Saul Alvarez Canelo 1075 45-1-1 super welterweight
4. Sergey Kovalev Krusher 999 28-0-1 light heavyweight
5. Manny Pacquiao Pac Man 913 57-6-2 welterweight
6. Miguel Cotto Junito 887 40-4 middleweight
7. Kell Brook Special K 863 35 0 0 29 welterweight
8 Keith Thurman One Time 835 26 0 0 26 welterweight
9 Erislandy Lara The American Dream 781 21-2-2 super welterweight
10 Adonis Stevenson Superman 777 27-1 lightheavy
11. Terence Crawford Bud 760 26-0 jr welterweight
18. Andre Ward 637 Son of God 28-0 supermiddleweight
23. Guillermo Rigondeaux 564 El Chacal 15-0 superbantamweight
29. Roman Gonzalez 519 Chocolatito 43-0 Flyweight
90. Shinsuke Yamanaka 342 24-0-2 Bantamweight
OK, first most glaring contradiction in the two rating systems is Roman Gonzalez being first in Ring yet only 29th in Boxrec due to being in a lower weight class of a smaller population of fighters compared to the more populous larger divisions. In context to the way they do their rankings, the Boxrec #1 P4P female, Delfine Persoon who operates in the lightweight division with a population of only 115 total females, she has only accumulated 172 points in contrast to the Gonzalez 519 points with a male flyweight population of 709. Cecilia Braekhus is the undefeated 27-0 female welter champ widely acclaimed, yet only 10th P4P due to an exceedingly low welter population of 37 females, so fighter population, ie competition, is important to Boxrec rankings.
If we combine Choco’s two ratings and divide by two for an average, we’d get a 15th rank which seems appropriate even if he has proven to be a beast in his 3 divisions. He could continue to accumulate points in Boxrec to rise further, but let’s move on to other glaring abnormalities.
Boxrec has Golovkin #2 which seems about right given a general public consensus that he should be #1, but Ring lists the inactive Andre Ward #2 in spite of his gross inactivity in the supermiddleweight division dating back at least 2 years. He also refuses to leave California except when he was forced one single time by the Super Six Tourney, yet he was still at home in New York against a true international fighter in Carl Froch. Boxrec rankings seem more justified in that regard as Ward, 18th, simply wants to sit on his hometown canned record like another American supposed great, TUE 49-0, did for 9 consecutive years.
Ring has Kovalev and Golovkin ranked 3 and 4 to Boxrec’s Canelo and Kovalev as 3 and 4, so we have only a small measure of congruancy due to Canelo being unranked by Ring in spite of being previously ranked and only losing a majority decision to TUE 49-0, otherwise cleaning out the 154 division at 155lb catchweights as he built to the highly anticipated showdown with Miguel Cotto who is Boxrec ranked. Advantage Boxrec as the Haymon/Goldenboy News of the Ring world simply cannot justify not having Canelo somewhere at this point.
Boxrec has Manny Pacquiao ranked 5th, but Ring has dropped him down to 8th in between untested Crawford and Yamanaka in spite of Manny holding the P4P records by a long shot for the most P4P fights, wins, and longest duration in their P4P ratings. We’re talkin’ spiteful Ring ignorance squared x 10 me thinks.
Moving on, Ring has their former #2, Wlad Klitschko, mysteriously demoted to #6 in spite of starting to tie and break Joe Louis’ heavyweight records set 8 decades ago. Axe to grind? What more can any fighter do than that? He’s sandwiched between the unusually gunshy, barely tested Rigondeaux who hasn’t fought a Ring ranked fighter in two years, preferring to be knocked down by international type journeymen for chump change, and the inexperienced Crawford who is a very good fighter becoming great, but not yet. Wlad has more knockouts than their victories combined and near 5x their combined title wins. Such “boxing experts” represent a gross American bias against foreign greats who have been supplanting their own greats, further magnified by the pitiful dirth of American fighters these days, especially at the contender levels.
So now we’re down to Ring’s Yamanaka and Brook ranked 9 and 10, so there’s some overlap with Boxrec who ranks Brook 6th, but Yamanaka only ranked 90th down to being inexperienced in a low population of fighters. Yamanaka would be 50th if we combined rankings, not bad, but hardly a P4P top 10. What were Ring’s “experts” ever thinking, or were they? To think or not to think must be the burning question raging inside empty noggins.
In Boxrec lower 10, they have Miguel Cotto, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, and Adonis Stevenson, none of whom Ring ranks. Cotto I can see because of his long excellence and competitive losses, but Thurman and Stevenson are still relatively unproven being held back by their sugardaddy, Al Haymon. The always running, too scared to fight, feather fisted Lara barely has twenty wins to go with two losses and two draws in terrible performances, but again, there’s not a lot to pick from. Crawford, Ward, Rigondeaux, Yamanaka are all out of Boxrec’s top ten. I could see Crawford and Gonzalez squeaking in based on their startling performances and anticipated years of peak performances.
I say Boxrec rankings are considerably better, so there it is, the mystery meat of sports, boxing, being served up on the public platter for consumption…yum…who’s on first, no, wait, he’s on third, wait, which way is up and where’s my candy bar and envelope? Only in boxing.