Transnational Boxing Rankings Board

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Transnational Boxing Rankings
Logo of TBRB.jpg
MottoThe first bell of a new era
FoundersSprings Toledo
Cliff Rold
Tim Starks
TypeVolunteer organization
PurposeBoxing Rankings
50+ professional journalists and boxing historians

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) is an all-volunteer initiative formed in October 2012 with the intention of providing professional boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identifying the singular world champion of every division by unbiased reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport's reform. Board members are independent professional journalists, boxing historians and record keepers from around the world.[1] Their rankings and titles are meant to be uninfluenced by promoters and the traditional sanctioning bodies' paid-for "alphabet belts".[2]

TBRB championships[edit]

The TBRB only awards vacant championships when the two top-ranked fighters in any division meet, and currently recognizes legitimate world champions or "true champions" in each weight class. It also presents the "successions" of these championship "thrones."[3]

Three of its recognized champions were identified by The Ring magazine before the TBRB was founded. Thus, the TBRB was formed in order to continue where The Ring "left off" in the aftermath of the latter's purchase by Golden Boy Promotions in 2007, and the following dismissal of the editorial board headed by Nigel Collins.[4] After the new editors announced a controversial new championship policy in May 2012,[5][6][7] three prominent members of the Ring Advisory Panel resigned. These three members (Springs Toledo, Cliff Rold and Tim Starks) became the founding members of the TBRB, which was formed over the summer of 2012 with the assistance of Stewart Howe of England.[8]

The group also maintains a pound for pound list which, as of June 2019, is currently topped by Vasyl Lomachenko[9] and official "monthly rankings" for record keepers and boxing historians.[10]

ESPN boxing analyst and commentator Teddy Atlas praised the TBRB's efforts on-air in March 2013[11] and again during the season finale in August 2013.[12] Several sites have adopted their rankings, including, The Queensberry Rules, The Sweet Science, East Side Boxing, Esquina Boxeo and Stiff Jab.[13][14]

TBRB Voting Panel members[edit]

There are currently 51 members representing 21 countries on six continents: the United States, England, Italy, the Philippines, Ireland, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Argentina, Russia and Ghana.[2]

  • Italy Vittorio Parisi (Chair)
  • United States Cliff Rold (Chair)
  • United States Tim Starks (Chair)
  • United States Springs Toledo (Oversight)
  • England Stewart Howe (Tech)
  • United States Adam Abramowitz (Board member)
  • Mexico Carlos Aguirre (Board member)
  • United States Ramon Aranda (Board member)
  • Chile Gonzalo Baeza (Board member)
  • United States Derek Bonnett (Board member)
  • Scotland Shaun Brown (Board member)
  • Cuba Brin-Jonathan Butler (Board member)
  • Republic of Ireland Kevin Byrne (Board member)
  • Canada Michael Carbert (Board member)
  • Costa Rica Lázaro Malvarez Cárdenas (Board member)
  • United States Lou Catalano (Board member)
  • Philippines Abac Cordero (Board member)
  • United States Jose Corpas (Board member)
  • England Tom Craze (Board member)
  • United States Jake Donovan (Board member)
  • Republic of Ireland Jeremy Foley (Board member)
  • Thailand Oliver Fennell (Board member)
  • United States Jeandra LeBeauf (Board member)
  • Spain Jorge Lera (Board member)
  • Scotland Alex McClintock (Board member)
  • Scotland Matt McGrain (Board member)
  • Japan Yuriko Miyata (Board member)
  • Argentina Diego Morilla (Board member)
  • Argentina Gabriel Muhr (Board member)
  • United States Gautham Nagesh (Board member)
  • England James Oddy (Board member)
  • Japan Takahiro Onaga (Board member)
  • Norway Alister Scott Ottesen (Board member)
  • New Zealand Harry Otty (Board member)
  • Sweden Per-Ake Persson (Board member)
  • United States Alex Pierpaoli (Board member)
  • United States Ken Pollitt (Record keeper)
  • United States Jeremiah J. Preisser (Board member)
  • United States Eric Raskin (Board member)
  • United States Victor Salazar (Board member)
  • Mexico Mauricio Salvador (Record keeper)
  • England Michael Shepherd (Board member)
  • United States Don Steinberg (Board member)
  • United States Brandon Stubbs (Board member)
  • Russia Alexey Sukachev (Board member)
  • Philippines Rey Tecson (Record keeper)
  • Puerto Rico Luis Torres (Board member)
  • Australia Paul Upham (Board member)
  • United States Dave Wilcox (Board member)
  • United States Nick Wong (Board member)
  • United States Steve Zemach (Board member)

Current champions[edit]

As of 12 August 2019
Weight Champion Record
Heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight  Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) 16–0–0–0 (12)
Light heavyweight  Oleksandr Gvozdyk (UKR) 17–0–0–0 (14)
Super middleweight vacant
Middleweight  Canelo Álvarez (MEX) 52–1–2–0 (35)
Junior middleweight vacant
Welterweight vacant
Junior welterweight  Mikey Garcia (USA) 39–1–0–0 (30)
Lightweight vacant
Junior lightweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Junior featherweight  Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) 19–1–0–1 (13)
Bantamweight vacant
Junior bantamweight  Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) 39–3–0–0 (26)
Flyweight vacant
Junior flyweight vacant
Strawweight vacant


As of 12 September 2019.

Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1  Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) 13–1–0–0 (10) Lightweight
2  Terence Crawford (USA) 35–0–0–0 (26) Welterweight
3  Naoya Inoue (Japan) 18–0–0–0 (16) Bantamweight
4  Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) 16–0–0–0 (12) Cruiserweight
5  Canelo Alvarez (MEX) 52–1–2–0 (35) Middleweight/Super middleweight
6  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) 38–1–1–0 (34) Middleweight
7  Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) 39–3–0 (26) Junior bantamweight
8  Manny Pacquiao (PHL) 62–7–2–0 (39) Welterweight
9  Errol Spence Jr. (USA) 25–0–0–0 (21) Welterweight
10  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) 47–5–1–0 (41) Junior bantamweight

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MEMBERS Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Top Rank: Getting To Know The Transnational Boxing Ranking Board". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ "Successions | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. ^ Tim Starks (September 9, 2011). "The Ring Magazine Shakes Up Its Leadership, Threatens Its Credibility". The Queensberry Rules. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Springs Toledo. "Occupy the Ring". The Sweet Science.
  6. ^ Tim Starks. "The Horrible New Ring Magazine Championship Policy". Queensberry Rules.
  7. ^ Cliff Rold. ""The Ring" Changes The Rules, Further Clouds Title Scene". Boxing Scene.[dead link]
  8. ^ Gibson, Paul (2 February 2015). "Boxing loses credibility with every new champion. Can the sport be saved?". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "P4P | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  10. ^ "ARCHIVES | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  11. ^ "Stiff Jab — ESPN Highlights Transnational Boxing Rankings..."
  12. ^ "YouTube - 2013-08-23 ESPN Friday Night Fights". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  13. ^ "SUPPORT US | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  14. ^ "Happy B-Day, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-04-03.

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