Jones Jr. (48-1, 38 KOs) - Jones
is by far the pound-for-pound king in the boxing world. Winning titles
at middleweight, super middleweight,
light heavyweight and now heavyweight solidify his claim to being the
greatest active boxer on the planet. His easy win over former
WBA heavyweight champ John Ruiz this year proved how thoroughly he
has dominated the world of
Hopkins (41-2-1, 30 KOs) - Hopkins
hasn't lost since he was bested in 1993 by the only man ranked
ahead of him, RJJ. Hopkins was on top of the
world after his demolition of Felix Trinidad to become undisputed middleweight
champion. His career since has slowed down from contract disputes
and legal trouble. Fighting inferior mandatories like Morrade Hakkar
doesn't help either.
Antonio Barrera (57-3, 40 KOs) - Barrera's
destruction of former champ Kevin Kelley solidified his place as the
best featherweight on the planet. Hopefully a rubber match with his
rival Erik Morales will be signed in the coming months. A rematch with
Naseem Hamed or a fight with Derrick Gainer could also loom for the
Tszyu (30-1-1, 23 KOs) - The
hard-punching Tszyu will probably be forced to fight Gianluca
year. Tszyu should probably pursue more attractive fights considering
he is the undisputed champion of the most competitive and exciting
weight division in boxing. His career is coming to a close
and it would be a shame to never see a rematch with Zab Judah.
Mayweather Jr. (29-0, 20 KOs) - A brilliant boxer and
capable puncher, Mayweather has continued his rise after his explosive
stoppage win over Diego Corrales. 'Pretty Boy' received a slightly
dubious decision over then-champ Jose Luis Castillo but followed it
up with a definitive win over the tough Mexican in the rematch.
de la Hoya (35-2, 28 KOs) - With
his amazing performance against rival Mexican bad boy Fernando Vargas,
'The Golden Boy' has shot up the p4p charts, this one included. He
now seeks big paydays to close out his career--a fight with undisputed
middleweight king Bernard Hopkins would be just the opportunity
to solidify his place in boxing
Morales (41-1, 31 KOs) - Morales
is the only man in the featherweight division who can stand up to
Marco Antonio Barrera and be almost an even bet to win. Blessed
with exceptional boxing ability, power and a chin of steel, Morales
will be a force in the lower weight divisions for years to come.
A rubber match with Barrera might be on the way later this year.
Mayorga (25-3-1, 22 KOs) - What
Mayorga lacks in style and boxing technique he makes up for in devastating
power. A single Mayorga right hand pulverized Vernon Forrest and put
the Nicaraguan bad boy on top of the welterweight division. Personally
I believe Forrest will
outbox and possibly stop Mayorga in the rematch when it does
happen, but you never know with boxing.
Freitas (33-0, 30 KOs) - The Brazilian slugger
came out of his three-fight-knockoutless slump by stopping
Juan Carlos Ramirez in four rounds this March. With his quality
win over Daniel Attah and his unification victory over Joel
Casamayor, Freitas deserves some recognition for being the
man at 130 pounds.
Forrest (35-1, 26 KOs) - Forrest's
loss to Ricardo Mayorga was unexpected, but Forrest remains one
of the top overall fighters in the game today. A rematch with Mayorga
should give Forrest the opportunity to re-establish himself as the
top fighter in the welterweight division.