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The Independent’s pound-for-pound boxing rankings

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The boxing landscape is arguably as intriguing as it has ever been.The past few years have seen heavyweight epics for the ages between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, they have seen Saul “Canelo” Alvarez establish himself as the face of the sport in the eyes of many fans, and they have seen frequent displays of technical brilliance from champions in lighter weight classes.There have been upsets, title unifications, and there has been no shortage of drama – Anthony Joshua’s defeats by Andy Ruiz Jr and Oleksandr Usyk standing out as prime examples.All of these fights and results have factored into The Independent’s own top 10, pound-for-pound rankings for men’s boxers, to be updated monthly.

While there is no exact science to putting together lists such as this, a number of factors have been considered in making the rankings, including each fighter’s overall record, recent record, level of activity and calibre of opposition.Shakur Stevenson (right) dismantled Oscar Valdez to retain his super-featherweight titles The unbeaten American entered our list following his clinic against Oscar Valdez at the end of April.

Stevenson eased to a unanimous-decision win against the Mexican, retaining the WBC and WBO super-featherweight titles as a result.

At just 25 years old, the best is still ahead of Stevenson. As such, we largely expect him to climb these rankings, though he does drop a spot as of September due to a failed weight-cut that saw him stripped of his titles ahead of a planned defence against Robson Conceicao – a fight that will still go ahead.Dmitry Bivol outpointed Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for a stunning win Entered our list in May 2022, following his stunning victory over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

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