Canelo Alvarez continues to fall in the boxing pound-for-pound rankings despite his victory as mileage accumulates.

Although the Mexican superstar continues to prevail in battle, he does not appear to be the same powerful force he once was.

After Alvarez’s decisive victory against tough mandatory challenger John Ryder, the only remaining concern is how far the 32-year-old superstar has fallen from the title of undisputed pound-for-pound greatest that he previously had.

Despite the fact that Alvarez generally outclassed Ryder, the fight’s 12-round duration was one of several signs—along with the noticeable swelling all over his face—that the four-division champion is inherently sluggish. It also carries on the idea that was introduced the previous year, when Alvarez faced Dmitry Bivol for the light heavyweight title and promptly lost before struggling to beat him in the fall trilogy.

Alvarez began his professional career at the age of 15, and he has since participated in 63 fights, so a progressive decline is to be expected. But it comes as a bit of a shock considering the level at which Alvarez had been performing in recent years, where weight classes didn’t appear to matter as long as he pushed his strength up into heavier weight classes.

Alvarez is still a deft technician who can fit into any genre. However, he is no longer the same explosive force that he once was for the full three minutes of each round, and he took a shocking number of clear strokes from the constrained but cunning Ryder, who was prepared to go through hell to reach the final buzzer.

The issue is that Ryder is precisely the kind of opponent who Alvarez would have dispatched even two years ago, and despite appearing to be on the verge of doing so after bloodying him in Round 3 and down him two rounds later, he was unable to do so.

Alvarez’s next move will undoubtedly be the subject of the most scrutiny since, despite the fact that his own division is heating up and fans are still clamoring for a super middleweight clash against the undefeated former champion David Benavidez, he still looks intent on getting a rematch with Bivol at 175 pounds in September.

No matter which route he picks, Alvarez will need to somewhat adjust his style as he gets older and go back to counterpunching like the 154-pound sharpshooter he once was, who relied on timing to make up for his weaknesses in hand and foot speed.

Let’s take a closer look at the best boxers by evaluating them according to a set of standards that considers everything from past performance to current shape. Following Davis’ victory in April, the most recent Pound for Pound rankings are shown below.

Pound-for-Pound Rankings

Undisputed bantamweight champion (21-0, 19 knockouts) | Former No. 1

The Japanese “Monster” is at the pinnacle of what is quickly growing into a legendary career at the age of 29. By defeating an overly cautious Paul Butler, the three-division champion added uncontested status at 118 pounds to his résumé and became the first four-belt champion in divisional history. The next weight class, 122 pounds, has no shortage of formidable opponents for Inoue to face.

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2. Errol Spence Jr.

Undisputed welterweight champion (28-0, 22 knockouts) | Former No. 2

The only matchup that makes sense for Spence is a four-title unification fight with WBO champion Terence Crawford. The good news is that discussions are still ongoing behind the scenes for a potential superfight this summer, which became more likely after Spence vs. Thurman at 154 pounds talks fizzled out.

3. Terence Crawford

WBO welterweight champion (38-0, 28 knockouts) | Former No. 3 position

Crawford’s talent has never been called into question. However, the 35-year-old promotional free agent walked away from negotiations to challenge Errol Spence Jr. for the undisputed welterweight championship in November. As everyone waits for the unification clash, “Bud” earned a thundering knockout of David Avanesyan in his lone appearance in 2022.

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4. Oleksandr Usyk

Undisputed heavyweight champion (19-0, 13 knockouts; prior position: 5)

Usyk’s career has been as well-recognized as it has been flawless. After defeating Anthony Joshua in their rematch in August, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion even makes a compelling case for the title of best fighter in the sport. Unfortunately for fans, Usyk has yet to face Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, in an undisputed title fight despite how simple it would seem to be.

5. Dmitry Bivol

WBA light heavyweight titleholder (21-0, 11 knockouts) | Formerly ranked: 6

Bivol, who has occasionally been criticized for being conservative in the past, proved everyone wrong when he defeated Canelo Alvarez to launch his professional career. In a clear defeat over unbeaten Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in November, the 175-pound titleholder displayed even greater explosiveness.

6. Tyson Fury

WBC heavyweight champion (33-0-1, 25 knockouts) | Former No. 7 position

The 34-year-old “Gypsy King” decided to continue fighting in a December trilogy fight against Derek Chisora. The issue right now is that despite continuing to level blatantly false charges at the undeniable king for avoiding him, Fury hasn’t demonstrated any desire to face Oleksandr Usyk for the uncontested crown.

7. Canelo Alvarez

Super middleweight champion without peer (59-2-2, 38 KOs) | Former position: No. 4

The former P4P king remains the uncontested champion of one of the most competitive weight classes in the sport and one of the top boxers in the world. However, it’s obvious that Alvarez, who has been a professional for 18 years, is slowing down a little bit at age 32. It was reaffirmed by a decision victory against mandatory opponent John Ryder in May that Alvarez is committed to getting a rematch with Dmitry Bivol at 175 pounds.

8. Gervonta Davis

Second-tier lightweight champion (29-0, 27 KOs) | Former position: NR

It’s about time “Tank” be given the credit he deserves as one of the world’s most lethal and versatile boxers. In their April superfight, the proficient sniper put an end to unbeaten Ryan Garcia with a body shot in Round 7. He now has a strong case to be the next big name in the sport.

9. Shakur Stevenson

WBO junior lightweight champion (20-0, 10 knockouts) | Former No. 8 position

Stevenson went up in weight and defeated the unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino in April to establish himself at lightweight following his blanking of Robson Conceicao last fall. Stevenson has stated his desire to fight the victor of the Devin Haney-Vasiliy Lomachenko undisputed title fight on May 20, despite the fact that it is probable he will continue to be avoided.

10. Devin Haney

Undisputed lightweight champion (29-0, 15 knockouts) | Former No. 9 position

If two victories against George Kambosos Jr. in Australia weren’t enough to persuade people that “The Dream” is one of the best pure boxers in the sport, a fight on May 20 against former P4P king Vasiliy Lomachenko feels like the right next obstacle. At the age of 24, Haney is unquestionably the sport’s most exciting division leader and is still getting better.

Dropped out: Vasiliy Lomachenko
Honorable mention: Lomachenko, Stephen Fulton Jr., Artur Beterbiev, Jermell Charlo, Juan Francisco Estrada