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Tyson Fury Rises Towards The Top Of Updated Pound For Pound Ranking

Tyson Fury Rises Towards The Top Of Updated Pound For Pound Ranking

Vasyl Lomachenko's upset defeat has caused a huge shake-up in boxing's pound-for-pound rankings.

The Ukrainian lightweight genius was either first or second on almost every top-10 list, so his points loss to Teofimo Lopez has had a massive impact - and Tyson Fury is a fighter who benefits.

World Boxing News have updated their rankings post weekend and Britain's 'Gypsy King' has soared into second spot, behind only Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez.

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Lomachenko himself falls to seventh, while his conqueror - 23-year-old rising star Lopez - lives up to his nickname of 'The Takeover' by crashing the top three. Only Fury and Canelo sit above him.

Fury's position is wholly justified. Heavyweights don't always get credit in pound-for-pound lists, but the 32-year-old deserves his lofty spot for an unbeaten pro career that involves upsetting a dominant champion (Wladimir Klitschko) and destroying a feared puncher (Deontay Wilder).

Speaking of terrifying punchers: World Boxing News has Japan's 'Monster' Naoya Inoue in fourth place. The bantamweight banger might be the biggest pound-for-pound hitter on the WBN list.

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Unbeaten American welterweight Errol Spence completes a strong top five, although the most controversial placing is his would-be rival. Terence Crawford, an undisputed champion at light-welterweight before his move to welter, is only ninth despite being close to the No 1 spot in many rankings.

WBN might be penalising master boxer Crawford, who faces Britain's Kell Brook in November, for his perceived lack of elite-level opposition in recent fights.

Manny Pacquiao (sixth), Gennady Golovkin (eighth) and Oleksandr Usyk (10th) are the other members of the elite top 10.

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Anthony Joshua sits 13 places below his heavyweight rival Fury, occupying 15th spot. But there's no place for fellow British Josh Taylor in the top 20, despite the unified world champions being widely recognised as the No 1 light-welterweight on the planet. It's a frankly bizarre absence.

The new World Boxing News pound-for-pound top 20 is below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

20. Shawn Porter (welterweight)

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19. Jose Ramirez (light-welterweight)

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17. Donnie Nietes (super-flyweight)

16. Kazuto Ioka (super-flyweight)

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15. Anthony Joshua (heavyweight)

14. Kosei Tanaka (flyweight)

13. Mikey Garcia (welterweight)

12. Leo Santa Cruz (super-featherweight)

11. Juan Estrada (super-flyweight)

10. Oleksandr Usyk (heavyweight)

9. Terence Crawford (welterweight)

8. Gennady Golovkin (middleweight)

7. Vasyl Lomachenko (lightweight)

6. Manny Pacquiao (welterweight)

5. Errol Spence (welterweight)

4. Naoya Inoue (bantamweight)

3. Teofimo Lopez (lightweight)

2. Tyson Fury (heavyweight)

1. Canelo Alvarez (light-heavyweight)

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Boxing, Errol Spence, Lists, Vasyl Lomachenko, Fight News, Canelo Alvarez

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