Category Archives: Boxing
It’s time for our third annual installment of the best women boxers in the world. We just did our third best boxers (men) a few days ago.
Just like men’s boxing in 2013, Americans have made a leap in representation in the women’s game. Last year, not one No. 1 woman boxer was from the USA. This year, there are four, including the new heavy in town.
Included in this year’s list is the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world – light welterweight Holly Holm, also of the USA.
To the rest, welcome to the top.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Pound for Pound||Holly Holm||The Preacher’s Daughter||USA|
|2.||Heavyweight||Martha Salazar||The Shadow||USA|
|3.||Super Middleweight||Christina Hammer||Germany|
|5.||Light Middleweight||Oxandia Castillo||La Loba||Dominican Republic|
|6.||Welterweight||Cecilia Braekhus||First Lady||Norway|
|7.||Light Welterweight||Holly Holm||The Preacher’s Daughter||USA|
|8.||Lightweight||Erica Anabella Farias||La Pantera||Argentina|
|9.||Super Featherweight||Diana Prazak||Australia|
|10.||Featherweight||Melissa Hernandez||Huracan Shark||Puerto Rico|
|11.||Super Bantamweight||Jackie Nava||La Princesa Azteca||Mexico|
|13.||Super Flyweight||Riyo Togo||Japan|
|14.||Flyweight||Ava Knight||Lady of Boxing||USA|
|15.||Light Flyweight||Yesica Yolanda Bopp||Tuti||Argentina|
This is our third installment of the best boxers in the world (2011, 2012) and the one that reflects the greatest “transfer of power” – in changes at the top and in number of new best boxers – of the three.
Since Pacquiao and Mayweather are both welterweights, that means Floyd has supplanted Manny as the best welterweight in the world, too.
There is also a new best heavyweight boxer. Wladimir Klitschko (37), the best heavyweight of the past two years, has ceded his reign to his older brother, Vitali (41).
There’s not too much competition in championship heavyweight boxing these days apparently. Sad.
American boxing is hot again. After placing just three boxers in each of the past two years, the U.S. has five boxers dominating their classes in 2013.Follow @VinGetz
|WEIGHT CLASS||TOP WEIGHT||BOXER||COUNTRY|
|1.||Pound For Pound||N/A||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||USA|
|2.||Heavyweight||200 lbs+||Vitali Klitschko||Ukraine|
|3.||Cruiserweight||200 lbs||Yoan Pablo Hernandez||Cuba|
|4.||Light Heavyweight||175 lbs||Bernard Hopkins||USA|
|5.||Super Middleweight||168 lbs||Andre Ward||USA|
|6.||Middleweight||160 lbs||Sergio Gabriel Martinez||Argentina|
|7.||Light Middleweight||154 lbs||Saul Alvarez||Mexico|
|8.||Welterweight||147 lbs||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||USA|
|9.||Light Welterweight||140 lbs||Lamont Peterson||USA|
|10.||Lightweight||135 lbs||Adrien Broner||USA|
|11.||Super Featherweight||130 lbs||Yuriorkis Gamboa||Cuba|
|12.||Featherweight||126 lbs||Abner Mares||Mexico|
|13.||Super Bantamweight||122 lbs||Guillermo Rigondeaux||Cuba|
|14.||Bantamweight||118 lbs||Shinsuke Yamanaka||Japan|
|15.||Super Flyweight||115 lbs||Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr.||Thailand|
|16.||Flyweight||112 lbs||Juan Francisco Estrada||Mexico|
|17.||Light Flyweight||108 lbs||Roman Gonzalez||Nicaragua|
|18.||Minimumweight||105 lbs||Katsunari Takayama||Japan|
Thanks to boxrec.com. If you like boxing, that’s a site to check out.
So, which countries are the most pugilistic?
The United States, Cuba and the Soviet Union have the most Summer Olympics Boxing medals of any country. The U.S. and Cuba are also way ahead of the pack in terms of Olympic gold.
Here are the top 20 countries with the most Olympic Boxing medals.
Surprises? How about Great Britain and Italy rounding out the top five in total and gold medals? France and South Korea in 12th? And, towards the bottom, Kazakhstan and Thailand making the list?