Transnational Boxing Rankings Board

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Transnational Boxing Rankings
Logo of TBRB.jpg
AbbreviationTBRB
Formation2012
FoundersSprings Toledo
Cliff Rold
Tim Starks
TypeVolunteer organization
PurposeBoxing Rankings
Volunteers
50+ professional journalists and boxing historians
Websitewww.tbrb.org

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 August 2021, is currently topped by Canelo Alvarez[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 Boxing.com, The Queensberry Rules, The Sweet Science, East Side Boxing, Esquina Boxeo and Stiff Jab.[13][14]

British magazine Boxing News announced in 2021 that it would only recognize world champions as voted by the TBRB.[15]

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)

Successions[edit]

The following are the lineal champions recognized by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:

Heavyweight

  • United Kingdom Tyson Fury W12 Wladimir Klitschko (28 November 2015). (Fury officially abdicates throne 18 October 2016).
  • Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko W12 Russia Alexander Povetkin (5 October 2013 — Klitschhko and Povetkin were the top two Transnational-Ranked heavyweights at the time of this bout).

Cruiserweight

  • Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk W12 Russia Murat Gassiev (21 July 2018 — Usyk and Gassiev were the top two Transnational-Ranked cruiserweights at the time of this bout). (Usyk officially abdicates throne 15 October 2019).

Light heavyweight

Super middleweight

  • Mexico Saul Alvarez W12 United States Caleb Plant (6 November 2021 — Alvarez and Plant were the top two Transnational-Ranked super middleweights at the time of this bout).
  • United States Andre Ward W12 United Kingdom Carl Froch (17 December 2011 — Ward and Froch were the top-two RING-rated super middleweights at the time of this bout). (Ward officially abdicates throne 16 March 2016).

Middleweight

  • Mexico Saul Alvarez W12 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin (15 September 2018). (Alvarez officially abdicates throne 1 January 2021).
  • Mexico Saul Alvarez W12 Miguel Cotto (21 November 2015). (Alvarez officially abdicates throne 18 April 2017).
  • Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto RTD10 Sergio Martinez (7 June 2014)
  • Argentina Sergio Martinez W12 Kelly Pavlik (17 April 2010)
  • United States Kelly Pavlik TKO7 Jermain Taylor (29 September 2007)
  • United States Jermain Taylor W12 Bernard Hopkins (16 July 2005)
  • United States Bernard Hopkins TKO12 Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad (29 September 2001 — Hopkins and Trinidad were the top two RING-rated middleweights at the time of this bout).

Super welterweight

  • United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Mexico Saul Alvarez (14 September 2013 — Alvarez and Mayweather were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. middleweights at the time of this bout). (Mayweather officially abdicates throne 21 September 2015).

Welterweight

  • Philippines Manny Pacquiao W12 United States Timothy Bradley (12 April 2016 — Pacquiao and Bradley were the top two Transnational-Ranked welterweights at the time of this bout). (Pacquiao officially abdicates throne 19 April 2016).
  • United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Manny Pacquiao (2 May 2015 — Mayweather and Pacquiao were the top two Transnational-Ranked welterweights at the time of this bout). (Mayweather officially abdicates throne 21 September 2015).

Super lightweight

  • United Kingdom Josh Taylor W12 United States José Ramírez (22 May 2021 — Taylor and Ramírez were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout).
  • United States Mikey Garcia W12 Russia Sergey Lipinets (10 March 2018 — Garcia and Lipinets were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout).
  • United States Terence Crawford W12 Ukraine Viktor Postol (23 July 2016 — Postol and Crawford were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout). (Crawford officially abdicates throne 6 March 2018).
  • United States Danny Garcia W12 Argentina Lucas Matthysse (14 September 2013 — Matthysse and Garcia were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout). (Garcia officially abdicates throne August 2015).

Lightweight

  • Australia George Kambosos Jr. W12 Teófimo López (27 November 2021)
  • United States Teófimo López W12 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko (17 October 2020 — López and Lomachenko were the top two Transnational-Ranked lightweights at the time of this bout).
  • United States Terence Crawford W12 Mexico Raymundo Beltran (29 November 2014 — Crawford and Beltran were the top two Transnational-Ranked lightweights at the time of this bout). (Crawford officially abdicates throne 18 April 2015).

Super bantamweight

Super flyweight

  • Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada W12 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (26 April 2019)
  • Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai W12 Juan Francisco Estrada (24 February 2018 – Sor Rungvisai and Estrada were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. bantamweights at the time of this bout).

Flyweight

Current champions[edit]

As of 29 November 2021
Weight Champion Record
Heavyweight  Tyson Fury (UK) 30–0–1 (21)
Cruiserweight  Mairis Briedis (LAT) 27–1 (19)
Light heavyweight  Artur Beterbiev (RUS) 16–0 (16)
Super middleweight  Saul Alvarez (MEX) 57–1–2 (39)
Middleweight vacant
Junior middleweight vacant
Welterweight vacant
Junior welterweight  Josh Taylor (UK) 18–0 (13)
Lightweight  George Kambosos Jr. (AUS) 20–0 (10)
Junior lightweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Junior featherweight  Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) 20–1–0–1 (13)
Bantamweight vacant
Junior bantamweight  Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) 42–3 (28)
Flyweight vacant
Junior flyweight vacant
Strawweight vacant

Pound-for-pound[edit]

As of 28 September 2021

Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1 Mexico Canelo Alvarez 57–1–2–0 (39) Super middleweight
2 Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk 19–0–0–0 (13) Heavyweight
3 Japan Naoya Inoue 21–0–0–0 (18) Bantamweight
4 United States Terence Crawford 38–0–0–0 (29) Welterweight
5 United States Errol Spence Jr. 27–0–0–0 (21) Welterweight
6 United Kingdom Josh Taylor 18–0–0–0 (13) Junior welterweight
7 United Kingdom Tyson Fury 30–0–1–0 (21) Heavyweight
8 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada 42–3–0-0 (28) Junior bantamweight
9 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin 38–1–1–0 (34) Middleweight
10 Japan Kazuto Ioka 27–2–0–0 (15) Junior bantamweight

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MEMBERS Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Top Rank: Getting To Know The Transnational Boxing Ranking Board". theclassical.org. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ "Successions | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. 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". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  10. ^ "ARCHIVES | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  11. ^ "Stiff Jab — ESPN Highlights Transnational Boxing Rankings..." stiffjab.com.
  12. ^ "YouTube - 2013-08-23 ESPN Friday Night Fights". youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  13. ^ "SUPPORT US | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  14. ^ "Happy B-Day, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". thesweetscience.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  15. ^ No more sanctioning body titles. The new Boxing News stance here - Matt Christie, Boxing News, 6 July 2021

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