By Corey Erdman
As subjective and open to debate as the pound for pound discussion is in boxing, the current state of the mythical list offers more questions, and more possibilities for No. 1 than ever before.
Following Roman Gonzalez’s shocking loss at the hands of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the fight crowd no longer had a fighter to at least settle on as the best in the world. There were most certainly still debates as to whether someone else was more deserving of top billing, but nobody was unhappy with Chocolatito sitting atop the list.
Unfortunately, on the same night, the man HBO would have loved to surpass him, Gennady Golovkin, complicated matters as well. He earned a close decision over Daniel Jacobs, the best of his career, but there is at least a small percentage of the population that no longer believes he’s the best middleweight in the world, let alone the best fighter overall.
Now, the discussion includes Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev, Golovkin, Gonzalez, Vasyl Lomachenko, and even Terence Crawford, with all having major advantages and disadvantages.
“I think there are question marks all around. I think that prior to the Ward fight, Chocolatito fight hadn’t fought his fight yet, I think that Chocolatito was a lukewarm number one. And the reason was he beat Cuadras at a weight class clearly not his best, a champion in four weight classes. Beating Estrada was impressive, but until he beat Cuadras, I don’t think he could be considered No. 1,” said SHOWTIME boxing analyst Steve Farhood.
“Both the Ward-Kovalev fight and the Gonzalez-Srisaket fight reminded me of a very difficult question when you’re ranking fighters. What happens when you disagree with a verdict? Sometimes you disagree strongly and you think it’s ridiculous. Sometimes it’s close. But that’s always been a problem.”
Ward currently tops most outlets’ lists, including Ring Magazine’s, on the basis of a dominant run at super middleweight where he beat all of the division’s best in…