Transnational Boxing Rankings Board

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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 to insist on the sport's reform. Board membership includes respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world[1] who are uninfluenced by the traditional sanctioning bodies and promoters.[2] There are currently 50 members representing 18 countries and a commonwealth on five continents: the United States, England, Italy, the Philippines, Ireland, Chile, Costa Rica, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Argentina, and Russia.[2]

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. After the new editors announced a controversial new championship policy in May 2012, 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.

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

ESPN boxing analyst and commentator Teddy Atlas praised the TBRB's efforts on-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 Champion Record
Heavyweight  Tyson Fury (GBR) 25–0–0 (18)
Cruiserweight vacant
Light heavyweight  Adonis Stevenson (HAI) 25–1–0 (21)
Super middleweight vacant
Middleweight  Saúl Álvarez (MEX) 46–1–1 (32)
Junior middlweight vacant
Welterweight vacant
Junior welterweight  Terence Crawford (USA) 29–0–0 (20)
Lightweight vacant
Junior lightweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Junior featherweight  Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) 16–0–0 (10)
Bantamweight vacant
Junior bantamweight vacant
Flyweight  Román González (NCA) 44–0–0 (38)
Junior flyweight vacant
Strawweight vacant


Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1  Román González (NCA) 44–0–0 (38) Flyweight
2  Sergey Kovalev (RUS) 29–0–1 (26) Light heavyweight
3  Terence Crawford (USA) 27–0–0 (19) Junior welterweight
4  Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) 34–0–0 (31) Middleweight
5  Andre Ward (USA) 29–0–0 (15) Light heavyweight
6  Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) 33–2–0 (24) Flyweight
7  Carl Frampton (GBR) 23–0–0 (14) Featherweight
8  Canelo Álvarez (MEX) 48–1–1 (34) Jr. middleweight
9  Shinsuke Yamanaka (JPN) 26–0–2 (18) Bantamweight
10  Timothy Bradley (USA) 33–2–1 (13) Welterweight


  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. ^ "P4P | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  5. ^ "ARCHIVES | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Stiff Jab — ESPN Highlights Transnational Boxing Rankings...". 
  7. ^ "YouTube - 2013-08-23 ESPN Friday Night Fights". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  8. ^ "SUPPORT US | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  9. ^ "Happy B-Day, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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