The Top 10 P4P Fighters in the World Today

Benchmarking is something we all do and we do it with everything, who earns more money, who’s wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend is hotter, who has more “friends” on facebook, etc. etc. The act of benchmarking isn’t unique, but HOW you benchmark most likely is. How you rank things speaks to what’s important to you and what your values are, Which is why this P4P list is different from other lists:

  1. Only fighters who are the number 1 in their division are eligible.
  2. We value resume and body of work over marketability.
  3. Fighters who seek the biggest and best challenges will always be viewed in a better light than those who who don’t.

That being said, see below for our top 10 P4P fighters of today.

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Mikey Garcia

 The No.1 Lightweight fighter in the world. Seeks the biggest and best fighters and consistently gets his hand raised. Which is why he’s a 3 weight champion. A tough tough man who always comes to fight.

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Carl Frampton

The No.1 Featherweight in the world. Yes at the time of writing he has just lost to Leo Santa Cruz but he will bounce back and win the trilogy fight. A top boxer who will leave no doubt very soon.

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Canelo Alvarez

The No.1 Junior Middleweight in the world. This is the most controversial pick on the list based on our own criteria. Undoubtedly the top fighter at 154lbs but we believe he shouldn’t be fighting at that level. If GGG didn’t exist then he would be at 160lbs, and is fighting Julio Cesar Chaves Jr at 165lbs. As I write this I have half a mind to take him off the list…

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Gennady “GGG” Golovkin

The No.1 middleweight in the world. His knockout streak says he should be higher on the list but his resume says otherwise…mainly because no other elite fighters will step up to the challenge hhhmmm…Canelo. Fighting Daniel Jacobs in April and will no doubt clean out the division from that point onwards.

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Kell Brook

The No.1 welterweight in the world. On this list purely because of the eye test and for his performance against GGG. NO other welterweight in the world could’ve stepped into the ring with GGG and performed like he did. If he can still make the 147lbs limit then he will clean out the division (if the other guys will fight him) Errol Spence beware…Kell Brook is the real deal.

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Guillermo Rigondeaux

Possibly the most avoided man in boxing and the number 1 Super Bantamweight in the world. Too fast, too powerful, and too accurate. Struggles to get decent opponents because his ability means that his fights are sometimes one sided and boring. Yeah he is THAT GOOD.

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Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez

No.1 flyweight in the world. The consensus No.1 P4P fighter in the world but only no.4 on our list. Dominant and holds titles at 2 weights yet still seeking the biggest and best challenges. A true champion.

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Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko

The absolute best at 130lbs. For pure talent he probably is the best fighter in the world, but his resume doesn’t match his talent…yet. Has a warrior mentality and will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. Every other Super featherweight should be very afraid…

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Terence “Bud” Crawford

The King of 14olbs. A classy southpaw with a mean streak to match the skills. Champion at 2 weights (and counting) and a rising star in 2017. If he carries on at this rate he will be No.1 before too long.

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Andre “SOG” Ward

The best fighter in the world. Period. Hasn’t lost to ANYBODY since he was a pre-teen. Proved himself to be the king in two weight divisions and his resume is a who’s who of the top fighters in our generation.  Still humble, still hungry despite all of the success. A Classy individual and true champion.

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The Rematch: Frampton vs. Santa Cruz II

The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back…no matter how great the original was, sometimes in life the sequel is just better. As a fight fan there are many great examples, Gatti vs. Ward, Pacquiao vs. Marquez to name a couple and it’s this type of fight we hope to see on Saturday night. Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz served up a fight of the year contender that has us seriously excited for the rematch. Two warriors who don’t back down from a fight and simply want to prove to themselves and the world that they are the best. If you missed that fight, then you missed out…but…the fight gods have been good to you and this Saturday night you get a second shot.

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If this fight is half as good as the first one then we’ll be talking about this for a long long time. SO…who’s gonna win? Well here are the key’s to the fight…

Stand Tall 

Leo Santa Cruz is a very good fighter and works very well behind a strong jab. Problem is, he doesn’t use it as often and as effectively as he could. He normally has a height advantage against most fighters but has the tendency to fight small and as a result not make the most of it. It was a mistake in the first fight and he can’t afford to make the same mistake again.

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Tempo

Whoever does the better job of setting the pace and tempo of the fight will win. Both fighters are at their best when they are applying pressure and can dictate the action. Neither fighter is used to taking a step back to anyone, and it’s a beautiful thing to see. Whichever man can impose their will on the other for the longest time, will see their hand raised at the end of the fight.

Movement

Carl Frampton is an excellent all around fighter but he has one glaring weakness, and that’s movement, specifically footwork. When you watch him closely he has a dangerous tendency to move consistently move backwards in straight lines. Couple this with raising his head and leaving himself exposed to counter punches out of a clinch, and you have a recipe for disaster. Santa Cruz isn’t a typical high mobility, move and hit with angles

Inside Fighting

Frampton especially,  is comfortable working on the inside and can dominate. Santa Cruz is an equally capable pressure fighter who is also happy being head to head with another guy and going to work. The problem is Santa Cruz’s defence when fighting on the inside, his right side is always open and therefore is extremely vulnerable to left hooks. If Carl Frampton can consistently put together combinations in the clinch, then Santa Cruz will be in for a depressing evening.

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Conclusion

FRAMPTON BY UD

While he has some obvious vulnerabilities which can be capitalised on, Leo Santa Cruz is not the type of fighter to be able to do it. Both men have similar strengths and will try to do similar things which means this fight will purely come down to execution. If it pans out like that then I believe Carl Frampton is a better fighter and will execute like it.

Whether I’m right or wrong, either way it will be one hell of a fight!

Enjoy!