Fury’s pound-for-pound position in boxing rankings drops

Photo of Fury in the match against Ngannou.

Tyson Fury clinched a split decision victory over Francis Ngannou according to the scorecards.
Still, his lackluster display, notably accentuated by a knockdown in Round 3, led the panelists to lower his ranking by four positions to No. 10 in the latest pound-for-pound rankings by ESPN.

The match between Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) and Ngannou (0-1 in boxing) occurred in Saudi Arabia, but it didn’t involve Fury’s WBC world title.

His forthcoming fight against Oleksandr Usyk, aimed at unifying all four major heavyweight titles on December 23, has been rescheduled to February due to minor cuts Fury sustained on his forehead and around his left eye.

Joe Tessitore, an ESPN boxing commentator, expressed disappointment in Fury’s recent display, remarking, “Tyson Fury exhibited his weakest form in his recent championship streak against an inexperienced yet formidable opponent in Francis Ngannou. This iteration of Fury doesn’t justify a spot in the P4P list.”

Boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas agreed, linking Fury’s drop in rank to his lack of readiness. “Considering Fury’s mental unpreparedness and underestimation of his opponent, alongside Ngannou’s unforeseen strength, the night soured. However, technical deficiencies were revealed, and for a fair evaluation, his performance must be taken into account.”

The panel, consisting of multiple boxing experts, collectively presents their viewpoints and votes on the subject.

Kindly note that the data is up-to-date as of November 8th

RankFighterPrevious RankingRecordDivisionLast FightNext Fight
1TERENCE CRAWFORDNo. 140-0, 31 KOsWelterweight (undisputed)W (TKO9) vs. Errol Spence Jr., July 29TBA
2NAOYA INOUENo. 225-0, 22 KOsJunior featherweight (unified)W (TKO8) vs. Stephen Fulton, July 25Dec. 26 vs. Marlon Tapales
3OLEKSANDR USYKNo. 321-0, 14 KOsHeavyweight (unified)W (TKO9) vs. Daniel Dubois, Aug. 26TBA vs. Tyson Fury
4CANELO ALVAREZNo. 460-2-2, 39 KOsSuper middleweight (undisputed)W (UD12) vs. Jermell Charlo, Sept. 30TBA
5DMITRY BIVOLNo. 521-0, 11 KOsLight heavyweight (champion)W (UD12) vs. Gilberto Ramirez, Nov. 5TBA
6ARTUR BETERBIEVNo. 719-0, 19 KOsLight heavyweight (unified)W (TKO8) vs. Anthony Yarde, Jan. 28Jan. 13 vs. Callum Smith
7DEVIN HANEYNo. 830-0, 15 KOsLightweight (undisputed)W (UD12) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko, May 20Dec. 9 vs. Regis Prograis
8SHAKUR STEVENSONNo. 920-0, 10 KOsLightweightW (TKO6) vs. Shuichiro Yoshino, April 8Nov. 16 vs. Edwin De Los Santos
9GERVONTA DAVISNo. 1029-0, 27 KOsLightweightW (KO7) vs. Ryan Garcia, April 22TBA
10TYSON FURYNo. 634-0-1, 24 KOsHeavyweight (champion)W (SD10) vs. Francis Ngannou, Oct. 28TBA vs. Oleksandr Usyk
Pound-for-pound rankings

The ranking system operates on a points-based approach, attributing 10 points to a first-place vote, nine points to the second place, and decreasing accordingly. In the event of a tie, preference is granted to the fighter with a higher overall ranking, followed by the one with more votes at that specific rank.

Moreover, acknowledgment was extended to the following individuals through received votes: Teofimo Lopez Jr. (18), Vasiliy Lomachenko (6), Errol Spence Jr. (5), Emanuel Navarrete (2), Jaron Ennis (1), David Benavidez (1).

Here’s the panelists’ voting breakdown

AtlasBradleyCoppingerTessitoreParkinsonRaskin
1. Crawford1. Crawford1. Crawford1. Crawford1. Crawford1. Crawford
2. Inoue2. Inoue2. Inoue2. Inoue2. Inoue2. Inoue
3. Usyk3. Usyk3. Usyk3. Usyk3. Alvarez3. Bivol
4. Davis4. Bivol4. Bivol4. Beterbiev4. Usyk4. Alvarez
5. Lomachenko5. Beterbiev5. Alvarez5. Bivol5. Beterbiev5. Usyk
6. Beterbiev6. Alvarez6. Haney6. Stevenson6. Bivol6. Stevenson
7. Alvarez7. Haney7. Stevenson7. Alvarez7. Davis7. Davis
8. Fury8. Stevenson8. Beterbiev8. Haney8. Haney8. Beterbiev
9. Haney9. Lopez9. Fury9. Lopez9. Fury9. Lopez
10. Ennis10. Davis10. Davis10. Davis10. Stevenson10. Benavidez
The panelists’ voting breakdown

Survey of ESPN Experts

RankFighterVotes
1Crawford19, Inoue: 1
2Inoue18, Crawford: 1, Alvarez: 1
3Usyk12, Alvarez: 5, Inoue: 1, Bivol: 1, Stevenson: 1
4Bivol7, Alvarez: 5, Usyk: 4, Beterbiev: 1, Haney: 1, Davis: 1, Fury: 1
5Bivol6, Beterbiev: 4, Usyk: 3, Alvarez: 3, Stevenson: 2, Davis: 1, Lomachenko: 1
6Beterbiev6, Haney: 5, Fury: 3, Alvarez: 2, Stevenson: 2, Bivol: 1, Davis: 1
7Haney5, Davis: 5, Alvarez: 2, Bivol: 2, Fury: 2, Lopez: 2, Beterbiev: 1, Stevenson: 1
8Haney6, Beterbiev: 5, Stevenson: 4, Fury: 3, Usyk: 1, Davis: 1
9Stevenson5, Fury: 4, Lopez: 3, Beterbiev: 2, Davis: 2, Alvarez: 1, Bivol: 1, Haney: 1, Spence: 1
10Davis6, Lopez: 4, Spence: 3, Stevenson: 2, Navarrete: 2, Haney: 1, Ennis: 1, Benavidez: 1

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