Transnational Boxing Rankings Board

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The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board is a not-for-profit initiative formed in October 2012 with the intention of providing boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identifing the singular world champion of every division by unbiased reasoning, and to insist on the sport’s reform. Board membership includes respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around [1] the world who are uninfluenced by the traditional sanctioning bodies and promoters.[2] There are currently 43 members representing the United States, England, Italy, the Philippines, Nigeria, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Argentina, and Russia.[2]

The Board only awards vacant championships when the two top-ranked fighters in any division meet and currently recognizes legitimate world champions or "true champions" in eight weight classes: Heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko. Light Heavyweight Adonis Stevenson, Super Middleweight Andre Ward, Middleweight Miguel Cotto, Junior Middleweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Junior Welterweight Danny Garcia, Junior Featherweight Guillermo Rigondeaux, and Flyweight Akira Yaegashi.

It also presents the "successions" of these championship "thrones."[3] Three of its recognized champions were identified by The Ring before the Transnational Boxing Rankings appeared on the scene. The Board was formed to continue where The Ring "left off" in the aftermath of its purchase by Golden Boy Promotions in 2007 and the following dismissal of the editorial board headed by Nigel Collins. After the new editors announced a controversial new championship policy in May 2012, three members of the Ring Advisory Panel resigned. These three members (Springs Toledo, Cliff Rold, and Tim Starks) became the founding members of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, which was formed over the summer of 2012 with the assistance of Stewart Howe of England.

The group also maintains a pound-for-pound list, which is currently topped by Floyd Mayweather Jr.[4] and official "monthly rankings" for record keepers and boxing historians.[5]

ESPN boxing analyst and commentator Teddy Atlas praised the effort on the air in March 2013 [6] and again during the season finale in August 2013.[7] Several sites have adopted their rankings, including, The Queensberry Rules, The Sweet Science, East Side Boxing, Esquina Boxeo and Stiff Jab.[8][9]

Current champions[edit]

Weight class Champion Number one ranked boxer Number two ranked boxer
Heavyweight Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev Russia Alexander Povetkin
Cruiserweight Vacant Germany Marco Huck Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández
Light heavyweight Haiti Adonis Stevenson United States Bernard Hopkins Russia Sergey Kovalev
Super middleweight United States Andre Ward England Carl Froch Germany Arthur Abraham
Middleweight Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin United States Peter Quillin
Junior middleweight United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Mexico Saúl Álvarez Cuba Erislandy Lara
Welterweight Vacant United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Philippines Manny Pacquiao
Junior welterweight United States Danny García Argentina Lucas Matthysse United States Lamont Peterson
Lightweight Vacant United States Terence Crawford Mexico Raymundo Beltrán
Junior lightweight Vacant Japan Takashi Uchiyama United States Mikey Garcia
Featherweight Vacant Mexico Jhonny Gonzalez Philippines Nonito Donaire
Junior featherweight Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux Northern Ireland Carl Frampton Mexico Léo Santa Cruz
Bantamweight Vacant Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka Panama Anselmo Moreno
Junior bantamweight Vacant Argentina Omar Narvaez Mexico Carlos Cuadras
Flyweight Nicaragua Román González Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada Japan Akira Yaegashi
Junior flyweight Vacant Japan Naoya Inoue Philippines Donnie Nietes
Strawweight Vacant Mexico Francisco Rodríguez, Jr. South Africa Hekkie Budler


Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 47–0–0 (26) Junior middleweight
2 United States Andre Ward 27–0–0 (14) Super middleweight
3 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 56–5–2 (38) Welterweight
4 Nicaragua Román González 39–0–0 (33) Flyweight
5 United States Timothy Bradley 31–1–0 (12) Welterweight
6 Mexico Juan Manuel Marquez 56–7–1 (40) Welterweight
7 England Carl Froch 33–2–0 (24) Super middleweight
8 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 62–3–0 (52) Heavyweight
9 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 14–0–0 (9) Junior featherweight
10 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 27–2–0 (20) Flyweight


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