“Crazy That Canelo[Alvarez] Is Still Above Bivol”: Recent Ring Magazine’s Pound-For-Pound Boxing Rankings Sparks Wild Debates Among Fans

Published 12/30/2023, 2:29 PM EST

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As the year comes to a close, it is time for new ranking lists for all divisions. Out of these, the most exciting list stays to be that of the pound-for-pound rankings. The Ring remains to be the most popular boxing magazine of all time. This year as they release the P4P rankings, fans are left dismayed.

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The pound-for-pound is a ranking that places fighters according to their skills despite their weight. It is by far the most competitive list to the top. But some fighters have managed to remain there consistently for the last few years. While some have lost a few places, many new names have come up on the list over time.

The P4P king does not falter

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The top of the list does not change a lot whatsoever. Despite Naoya Inoue, The P4P king stays unchanged. Terence Crawford is still ranked as the best fighter. His position is questioned by many fans in the comment section. More or less, the fighters on the list have stayed consistent.

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Usyk retains his podium, ranking 3rd on the list. The latter half of the list is dominated by American fighters who have all shown remarkable performance in the ring. Many fans seemed to disagree, while a few seemed to agree with the rankings. Let us dive deeper into the post made on X to know what the people think.

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Most fans want a change in the list

As the list garners more and more attention on X, fans flock in to have their say regarding it.

One fan agreed with the list saying, “I agree with this list.”

“Crawford is obviously #1, Usyk should be #2.” said another, disagreeing with Inoue’s placing on the list.

One more showed his affirmation with the list and Crawford’s placing saying, “Crawford is p4p king. Inoue is fighter of the year.”

Another user gave their opinion, “Swap Errol to be Beterbiev” asking for a switch between places.

Someone disagreed with the rankings saying, “Crazy that Canelo is still above Bivol, yet Bivol sauced Canelo.” talking of Bivol overpowering Alvarez during their fight that took place last year.

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Overall, most fans wanted to see some or the other change in the list. Some seemed to disagree with the top ranker, while others wanted to see a couple of fighters switch places.

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Opinions are opinions at the end of the day. Everyone has their own analysis and a reason behind their beliefs regardless of what the list says. We would love to have you add your part of the argument to the debate.

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Prachi Prava Senapati

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The Greatest aka Muhammad Ali would always say, “We can’t be brave without fear.” I am a Boxing author at EssentiallySports and was first drawn to the boxing gym when a friend of mine came to meet me with her hand wraps still on. After arranging enough resources, I joined the gym and eventually tried my hand at MMA as well.
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Snigdhaa Jaiswal

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