POUND FOR POUND LIST, RANKED
We offered an argument last month for why Andre Ward deserved to be number one. That was before he chose to fight obscure 38-year-old Colombian Alexander Brand on the undercard of Cotto-Canelo, a fight now cancelled due to Ward's subsequent knee injury. Ward will get his chance to claim number one if he fights Kovalev. Here's the TFG top five.
- •Roman "Chocolatito" GonzalezSo yes, we have joined the Chocolatito groundswell. Feels weird to be in the establishment with RING and ESPN.com and various others, but the evidence is compelling. Among all fighters tracked by Compubox, he is first in total punches thrown and landed, first in power punches thrown and landed. Simply the best.
- •Gennady GolovkinPrediction: he will get to the top and he will stay there at least a couple of years. But he still needs better opponents. Ironically, Glolovkin somewhat penalized his own upside by making us forget all those Lemieux knockouts.
- •Wladimir KlitschkoWith a title defense coming Thanksgiving weekend against British giant Tyson Fury, Wladimir is coming off an injury and still answering questions about going the distance with Bryant Jennings.
- •Sergei KovalevThe plan is for one or two more keep busy defenses of his light heavyweight belts, then the showdown with Ward. We're pretty certain Sergei will get there.
- •Andre WardHis past accomplishments keep him on the list but the ongoing urge towards tuneup fights is tedious. His real destiny is the Kovalev fight.