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, identifying 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]


  • Correct as of: 19 May 2015.[10]
  • "C." denotes the champion of the division.
C. Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko
1. Russia Alexander Povetkin
2. England Tyson Fury
3. United States Deontay Wilder
4. Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev
5. Canada Bermane Stiverne
6. Cameroon Carlos Takam
7. Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov
8. United States Bryant Jennings
9. United States Steve Cunningham
10. Cuba Mike Perez
C. vacant
1. Germany Marco Huck
2. Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández
3. Russia Denis Lebedev
4. Russia Grigory Drozd
5. Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez
6. Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk
7. England Ola Afolabi
8. Russia Rakhim Chakhkiyev
9. Russia Dmitry Kudryashov
10. Democratic Republic of the Congo Ilunga Makabu
Light heavyweight
C. Canada Adonis Stevenson
1. Russia Sergey Kovalev
2. United States Bernard Hopkins
3. Poland Andrzej Fonfara
4. Canada Jean Pascal
5. Germany Jürgen Brähmer
6. Russia Artur Beterbiyev
7. Colombia Eleider Álvarez
8. South Africa Isaac Chilemba
9. United States Tommy Karpency
10. South Africa Thomas Oosthuizen
Super middleweight
C. United States Andre Ward
1. England Carl Froch
2. Germany Arthur Abraham
3. Germany Robert Stieglitz
4. England George Groves
5. Sweden Badou Jack
6. United States Anthony Dirrell
7. Russia Fedor Chudinov
8. England James DeGale
9. Australia Sakio Bika
10. Mexico Gilberto Ramírez
C. Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto
1. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin
2. United States Peter Quillin
3. Republic of Ireland Andy Lee
4. Argentina Sergio Martinez
5. England Martin Murray
6. United States Jermain Taylor
7. Australia Daniel Geale
8. Australia Sam Soliman
9. Cameroon Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
10. United States Daniel Jacobs
Junior middleweight
C. United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
1. Mexico Saúl Álvarez
2. Cuba Erislandy Lara
3. United States Austin Trout
4. United States Demetrius Andrade
5. United States Cornelius Bundrage
6. United States Jermell Charlo
7. Mexico Carlos Molina
8. United States Vanes Martirosyan
9. United States Julian Williams
10. France Michel Soro
C. United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
1. Philippines Manny Pacquiao
2. United States Timothy Bradley
3. England Kell Brook
4. England Amir Khan
5. United States Keith Thurman
6. Argentina Marcos Maidana
7. United States Shawn Porter
8. Argentina Diego Chaves
9. United States Sadam Ali
10. United States Brandon Ríos
Junior welterweight
C. United States Danny García
1. Argentina Lucas Matthysse
2. United States Lamont Peterson
3. United States Chris Algieri
4. United States José Benavidez
5. United States Mauricio Herrera
6. United States Terence Crawford
7. Russia Ruslan Provodnikov
8. United States Jessie Vargas
9. Ukraine Viktor Postol
10. United States Adrien Broner
C. vacant
1. Cuba Richar Abril
2. United States Mickey Bey
3. Mexico Miguel Vázquez
4. Mexico Raymundo Beltrán
5. Montenegro Dejan Zlaticanin
6. Uganda Sharif Bogere
7. Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa
8. England Kevin Mitchell
9. Venezuela Jorge Linares
10. Russia Petr Petrov
Junior lightweight
C. vacant
1. Japan Takashi Uchiyama
2. Japan Takashi Miura
3. Costa Rica Bryan Vázquez
4. Puerto Rico Román Martínez
5. Mexico Orlando Salido
6. Mexico Francisco Vargas
7. Puerto Rico José Pedraza
8. Philippines Eden Sonsona
9. Dominican Republic Javier Fortuna
10. France Romain Jacob
C. vacant
1. Jamaica Nicholas Walters
2. South Africa Simpiwe Vetyeka
3. Russia Evgeny Gradovich
4. Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko
5. Mexico Abner Mares
6. United States Gary Russell, Jr.
7. Mexico Jhonny Gonzalez
8. Wales Lee Selby
9. Argentina Jesus Cuellar
10. Mexico Robinson Castellanos
Junior featherweight
C. Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux
1. Northern Ireland Carl Frampton
2. Mexico Léo Santa Cruz
3. England Scott Quigg
4. Spain Kiko Martínez
5. Mexico Andrés Gutiérrez
6. Japan Shingo Wake
7. Philippines Albert Pagara
8. South Africa Thabo Sonjica
9. United States Chris Avalos
10. Philippines Nonito Donaire
C. vacant
1. Japan Shinsuke Yamanaka
2. Dominican Republic Juan Carlos Payano
3. Panama Anselmo Moreno
4. England Jamie McDonnell
5. Japan Tomoki Kameda
6. Mexico Julio Ceja
7. Kazakhstan Zhanat Zhakiyanov
8. United States Randy Caballero
9. Thailand Tepparith Kokietgym
10. Philippines Malcolm Tuñacao
Junior bantamweight
C. vacant
1. Japan Naoya Inoue
2. South Africa Zolani Tete
3. Mexico Carlos Cuadras
4. Argentina Omar Narváez
5. Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
6. Puerto Rico McJoe Arroyo
7. Philippines Arthur Villanueva
8. Japan Kohei Kono
9. Mexico David Sánchez
10. Dominican Republic Norberto Jimenez
C. Nicaragua Román González
1. Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada
2. Thailand Amnat Ruenroeng
3. South Africa Moruti Mthalane
4. United States Brian Viloria
5. Japan Kazuto Ioka
6. Argentina Juan Carlos Reveco
7. Mexico Edgar Sosa
8. Mexico Giovani Segura
9. Puerto Rico McWilliams Arroyo
10. Philippines Johnriel Casimero
Junior flyweight
C. vacant
1. Philippines Donnie Nietes
2. Mexico Pedro Guevara
3. Mexico Javier Mendoza
4. Japan Ryoichi Taguchi
5. Philippines Rey Loreto
6. Philippines Jonathan Taconing
7. Thailand Paipharob Kokietgym
8. Peru Alberto Rossel
9. Philippines Milan Melindo
10. Mexico Ganigan Lopez
C. vacant
1. South Africa Hekkie Budler
2. Thailand Wanheng Menayothin
3. Japan Katsunari Takayama
4. Thailand Knockout CP Freshmart
5. Nicaragua Carlos Buitrago
6. Mexico Oswaldo Novoa
7. Japan Kosei Tanaka
8. China Xiong Chaozhong
9. Venezuela Alexis Diaz
10. Nicaragua Byron Rojas


Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 48–0–0 (26) Welterweight
2 Nicaragua Román González 43–0–0 (37) Flyweight
3 Philippines Manny Pacquiao 57–6–2 (38) Welterweight
4 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko 64–3–0 (53) Heavyweight
5 United States Timothy Bradley 31–1–1 (12) Welterweight
6 England Carl Froch 33–2–0 (24) Super middleweight
7 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 15–0–0 (10) Junior featherweight
8 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 31–2–0 (22) Flyweight
9 Russia Sergey Kovalev 27–0–1 (24) Light heavyweight
10 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 33–0–0 (30) Middleweight


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