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: 1 September 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. Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev
C. vacant
1. Cuba Yoan Pablo Hernández
2. Poland Krzysztof Głowacki
3. Russia Denis Lebedev
4. Russia Grigory Drozd
5. Germany Marco Huck
6. Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez
7. Poland Krzysztof Włodarczyk
8. Russia Rakhim Chakhkiyev
9. England Ola Afolabi
10. Russia Dmitry Kudryashov
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. Cuba Yunieski Gonzalez
8. Colombia Eleider Álvarez
9. South Africa Isaac Chilemba
10. United States Tommy Karpency
Super middleweight
C. United States Andre Ward
1. Germany Arthur Abraham
2. England James DeGale
3. England George Groves
4. Sweden Badou Jack
5. Germany Robert Stieglitz
6. United States Anthony Dirrell
7. Russia Fedor Chudinov
8. Australia Sakio Bika
9. Mexico Gilberto Ramírez
10. United States Andre Dirrell
C. Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto
1. Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin
2. United States Peter Quillin
3. Republic of Ireland Andy Lee
4. Canada David Lemieux
5. United States Jermain Taylor
6. United States Daniel Jacobs
7. Cameroon Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
8. Australia Daniel Geale
9. England Billy Joe Saunders
10. United States Dominic Wade
Junior middleweight
C. United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
1. Mexico Saúl Álvarez
2. Cuba Erislandy Lara
3. United States Austin Trout
4. United States Cornelius Bundrage
5. United States Jermell Charlo
6. Mexico Carlos Molina
7. United States Vanes Martirosyan
8. United States Julian Williams
9. France Michel Soro
10. United States Willie Nelson
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. United States Shawn Porter
7. Argentina Marcos Maidana
8. Argentina Diego Chaves
9. United States Sadam Ali
10. United States Danny García
Junior welterweight
C. vacant
1. Argentina Lucas Matthysse
2. United States Lamont Peterson
3. United States José Benavidez
4. United States Mauricio Herrera
5. United States Terence Crawford
6. Russia Ruslan Provodnikov
7. United States Jessie Vargas
8. Ukraine Viktor Postol
9. United States Adrien Broner
10. Mexico Humberto Soto
C. vacant
1. Cuba Richar Abril
2. United States Mickey Bey
3. Mexico Miguel Vázquez
4. Montenegro Dejan Zlaticanin
5. Mexico Raymundo Beltrán
6. Venezuela Jorge Linares
7. Uganda Sharif Bogere
8. Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa
9. England Kevin Mitchell
10. Italy Emiliano Marsili
Junior lightweight
C. vacant
1. Japan Takashi Uchiyama
2. Japan Takashi Miura
3. Dominican Republic Javier Fortuna
4. Puerto Rico Román Martínez
5. Mexico Orlando Salido
6. Mexico Francisco Vargas
7. Puerto Rico José Pedraza
8. Costa Rica Bryan Vázquez
9. Philippines Eden Sonsona
10. France Romain Jacob
C. vacant
1. Jamaica Nicholas Walters
2. South Africa Simpiwe Vetyeka
3. Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko
4. Wales Lee Selby
5. United States Gary Russell, Jr.
6. Mexico Leo Santa Cruz
7. Mexico Abner Mares
8. Russia Evgeny Gradovich
9. Argentina Jesus Cuellar
10. Mexico Robinson Castellanos
Junior featherweight
C. Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux
1. Northern Ireland Carl Frampton
2. England Scott Quigg
3. Philippines Nonito Donaire
4. Japan Shingo Wake
5. Philippines Albert Pagara
6. Mexico Julio Ceja
7. Spain Kiko Martínez
8. United States Chris Avalos
9. Philippines Genesis Servania
10. Mexico Rey Vargas
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. Kazakhstan Zhanat Zhakiyanov
7. United States Randy Caballero
8. United States Rau'shee Warren
9. Thailand Tepparith Kokietgym
10. Thailand Pungluang Sor Singyu
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. Mexico Francisco Rodríguez, Jr.
9. Peru Alberto Rossel
10. Philippines Milan Melindo
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. Japan Kosei Tanaka
7. China Xiong Chaozhong
8. Nicaragua Byron Rojas
9. Philippines Denver Cuello
10. South Africa Simphiwe Khonco


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 32–1–1 (12) Welterweight
6 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux 15–0–0 (10) Junior featherweight
7 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 31–2–0 (22) Flyweight
8 Russia Sergey Kovalev 28–0–1 (25) Light heavyweight
9 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 33–0–0 (30) Middleweight
10 Japan Naoya Inoue 8–0–0 (7) Junior bantamweight


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