It has been a big year for boxing in 2018 as there have already been a number of blockbuster contests involving the best in each division. Here is a look at five men who will be vying for the number one spot in the pound-for-pound list at the end of the calendar year.

Canelo Alvarez

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Canelo recently picked up the biggest win of his career with success coming over Gennady Golovkin in their much-anticipated rematch in Vegas. The Mexican inflicted the first defeat in GGG’s professional career. Just like their initial contest which finished a draw, the fight was close but the judges just favoured Alvarez who crucially won the last round to get the decision.

Anthony Joshua

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua continues to plough his way through the heavyweight division. The unbeaten boxer added the WBO crown to his WBA, IBF and IBO titles earlier this year with victory coming over Joseph Parker in Cardiff. Joshua is -900 to beat Alexander Povetkin in the boxing betting at William Hill in his next contest. A victory over the Russian should help him much further up the pound-for-pound list as that will be the 22nd win of his professional career.

Vasyl Lomachenko

Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko is considered by many as the current pound-for-pound number one. Since turning professional in 2013, the two-time Olympic gold medallist has broken so many records in the sport. The 30-year-old won a world title in just his third professional fight by claiming the WBO featherweight crown. Lomachenko has gone on to win world championships at two other weight divisions. He goes into his next contest against Jose Pedraza on the back of impressive wins over Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares. Victory in December in a unification contest in New York should see him pole position for the top spot in the rankings.

Terence Crawford

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There are not many boxers more exciting to watch in the sport than Terence Crawford. The man nicknamed as Bud has won world titles at three weight divisions. His latest success came in June when he claimed the WBO welterweight champions with a ninth-round stoppage of Jeff Horn. He is set to defend that crown against fellow American Jose Benavidez in October in his latest bid to prove why he is the leading boxer around today.

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk won the first ever World Boxing Super Series at the cruiserweight division earlier this summer when he defeated Murat Gassiev in the final to lift the Mohammed Ali Trophy. The Ukrainian has been able to unify the division in 2018, therefore, there is no doubt he is top of the pack at his weight division. The Cat’s next assignment is a clash with Tony Bellew in Manchester, England in November. If he can get past the British boxer, who has been fighting more recently as a heavyweight, he will have made a strong case to finish 2018 as the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.

Enjoy the remainder of 2018 as there are still so many great fights scheduled to take place, therefore, a lot can change with the rankings before the end of the year.


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