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WBC Champ Deontay Wilder Has Emerged Top Of The Pound-For-Pound Rankings

WBC Champ Deontay Wilder Has Emerged Top Of The Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Deontay Wilder has fought off fierce competition from Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko to climb to the top of Forbes' pound-for-pound rankings.

The 34-year-old WBC champ has amassed an incredible 42 professional victories in 43 bouts, with an astonishing 41 wins coming by way of knockout.

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And Wilder has now been placed at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, despite heavy criticism from fans about his boxing skills.

According to Forbes' Brian Mazique, the KO artist's ferocious punching power leaves the "smallest margin for error of any fighter on the planet."

Mazique went on to claim that Wilder would KO Tyson Fury in their highly-anticipated rematch in February, saying he would also deliver the same fate to Andy Ruiz Jr or Anthony Joshua.

Crawford, who last fought against Amir Khan in April, is ranked behind Wilder in second place and also boasts an unblemished record of 35 wins.

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Lomachenko, who has won 14 out of his 15 professional fights, locked down a third-place finish in the rankings.

Posted below are Forbes' top 10 pound-for-pound boxers.

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10. Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO)

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9. Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO)

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8. Errol Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO)

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7. Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27 KO)

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6. Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO)

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5. Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO)

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4. Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16 KO)

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3. Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO)

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2. Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KO)

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1. Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO)

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Wilder fought last month when he successfully defended the WBC championship against Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas.

Cuban star Ortiz, who troubled the 'Bronze Bomber' in their 2018 bout, outboxed the WBC kingpin in the rematch.

But Wilder connected with a devastating right hand to secure a sensational seventh-round KO victory over his rival.

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The 'Bronze Bomber' is scheduled to rematch with Fury on 22nd February in Las Vegas, according to reports.

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Topics: Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, Boxing News, Boxing, Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gennady Golovkin, Deontay Wilder, Canelo Alvarez

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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