May pound-for-pound boxing rankings after the defeat of Canel Alvarez

Well, this just got interesting.

For months, the pound-for-pound boxing lists – including this one – have been fairly stable. Canelo Álvarez, a four-league champion, has solidified at the top. Terence Crawford, Naoya Inoue, Oleksandr Usyk and Errol Spence Jr., in some order, filled the seats below him. There would be some shift towards the bottom, but most of the census did not provoke much debate.

That all changed on Saturday, when Dmitry Bivol, the undefeated (and mostly unknown) light heavyweight champion, knocked down Álvarez, defeating Canelo by unanimous decision. It was amazing to watch Álvarez, who amassed all four belts in the super middleweight category in 11 months, who knocked out Sergei Kovalev with 175 pounds just three years earlier, suffer such a penalty. Often a predator in the ring, Álvarez became prey against a physically stronger fighter.

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