Golovkin the NEW #1 pound-for-pound KING
With Andre Ward hanging up his gloves a week ago, it has led to Ring Magazine replacing him as the pound-for-pound king with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), the BoxingNews 24 reported.
Being put into the No.1 spot in the pound-for-pound ratings means Golovkin is now considered the best fighter in boxing. That’s the significance of being put into the top spot in the ratings. Golovkin is now the king of the sport. The winner of the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight was considered to be a shoe in for the top spot to replace Andre Ward as the new pound-for-pound king.
It’s good news that one of the 2 fighters was still able to take the No.1 spot in the pound-for-pound ratings. Canelo likely lost his chance to become the new pound-for-pound king by fighting so negatively for the full 12 round fight against Golovkin. Instead of looking to go to war, as Canelo had made it appear that he was going to do, he moved constantly, and only fought in short spurts against Golovkin.
It looked like Canelo was in the survival mode for the last 9 rounds of the fight against GGG. Canelo didn’t fight like a winner. He fought like a guy that was trying to conserve as much energy as possible so he could make it to the 12th round. The fact that the Las Vegas gave Canelo a draw out of the fight is disturbing to say the least. Many in the boxing world saw Canelo lose to Golovkin by a 116-112 score, which could come out to 8 rounds to 4 defeat.
Golovkin being elevated to the new No.1 pound-for-pound spot in the Ring rankings was a no-brainer, as he put in master class performance against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) in their huge fight 11 days ago on September 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin surprised many boxing fans and members of the media by reversing the roles and becoming the boxer against the slugger.
Golovkin beat Canelo at his own game by out-boxing him, and forcing him into the slugger’s role, which he was nearly as profiecient with for him to win the fight. For the record, the judges the Canelo-Golovkin fight a 12 round draw, but the court of public opinion viewed the fight as a clear – and impressive – win for Triple G. Golovkin was outstanding in confusing Canelo and limiting what he could do on offense to an occasional pot shot. Canelo was no match for Golovkin.
Light welterweight champion Terence Crawford slides from the No.3 spot to No.2 in the pound-for-pound ratings. Some people in boxing believe Crawford deserving as the No.1 guy in the pound-for-pound rankings, but he hasn’t fought anyone yet that is talented enough to put him at the top spot. Crawford looks good beating the likes of Julius Indongo, John Molina and Hank Lundy, but he still doesn’t have a signature win on his resume like Golovkin does with his victory over Danny Jacobs and his incredible performance against Canelo.
Here are the NEW Ring pound-for-pound ratings:
1. Gennady Golovkin
2. Terence Crawford
3. Vasyl Lomachenko
4. Guillermo Rigondeaux
5. Sergey Kovalev
6. Saul Canelo Alvarez
7. Mikey Garcia
8. Naoya Inoue
9. Errol Spence Jr.
10. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai