Women’s Boxing Pound-For-Pound Rankings – Top 3 Changes After Busy Month, Including New No.1

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Claressa Shields, two-time Olympic gold medalist and now undisputed two-division champion, is ESPN’s new No.1 pound-for-pound fighter.

Shields outscored Marie-Eve Dicaire in a 10-round unanimous decision victory to unify the four major belts of the junior middleweight on March 6. Shields had previously won all four world middleweight titles with a decision victory over Christina Hammer in 2019. She is the first female or male fighter to be the undisputed champion in two different divisions in the modern era.

Former two-division champion and current ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. moved Shields to first place after his win over Dicaire by saying what Shields is doing is unprecedented.

“She’s now a unified champion in two different divisions. It’s about being great and taking risks and Claressa Shields is always ready to prove how great she is in the ring, and winning another undisputed championship is. unreal, it’s really – it’s unreal. what she does, “Bradley said.” It’s not an easy thing to do, and to do it in the few fights Claressa has under her belt. – It’s amazing.”

Bradley is already looking to Shield’s future and might see her making more history if she continues to strive for greatness.

“I don’t know if Claressa can go down to 147 pounds and challenge undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill for all her belts, but if she does and she beats McCaskill she will definitely be the GWOT, no questions asked,” Bradley said. “I actually think she’s the GWOT already. She’s got a ton of skill, heart, ability, technique, she’s got it all. I would love to see her fight Laila Ali, I really love to talk about it. this fight – that would be amazing. “

McCaskill, who defended her championship in the rematch against Cecilia Braekhus on Saturday, also climbed a spot from No.4 to No.3. The judges’ scorecards were a bit wider than the fight pictured, but what either way, she came out High.

ESPN boxing writer Nick Parkinson moved McCaskill one spot at No.3 on Amanda Serrano, but said she needed more wins to jump Shields or No.2 Katie Taylor.

“After retaining her undisputed welterweight championship, only Katie Taylor and Shields stand above Jessica McCaskill in terms of success and current form,” Parkinson said. “The 35-year-old from Chicago beat Braekhus in a much more convincing way than their first fight six months ago. With the win, McCaskill showed she was improving, but she still trails the champion Taylor. undisputed lightweight (which edged McCaskill. in December 2017) and Shield, on my list. “

ESPN’s Kel Dansby ranks have McCaskill at No.3 and couldn’t find a way to get her past Shields and Taylor.

“Despite an impressive title defense against Braekhus in the rematch, McCaskill fails to climb my pound-for-pound list. This is all the more true because of the achievements of the two women before her and by no means a hit against the undisputed welterweight champion, ”Dansby said.“ The previous weekend, Shields became the first boxer of the four-belt era to be crowned undisputed champion in two different divisions. Taylor is currently the undisputed lightweight champion and holds a decisive victory over McCaskill in 2017. It will be tough. so McCaskill would jump either Shields or Taylor without fighting them and literally knocking them out of their place. “

So who else is in the ESPN.com women’s pound-for-pound ranking? Here is the list.

To note: Results are until March 15.

1. CLARESSA SHIELDSPrevious ranking: n ° 2

RECORD: 11-0, 2 KOs
DIVISION: Undisputed champion of middleweight and junior middleweight
LAST STAND: W (UD10) Marie Eve Dicaire, March 5
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


2. KATIE TAYLORPrevious ranking: n ° 1

RECORD: 18-0, 6 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight (undisputed champion)
LAST STAND: W (UD10) Natasha Jonas, May 1
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


3. JESSICA MCCASKILLPrevious ranking: n ° 4

RECORD: 10-2, 3 KOs
DIVISION: Undisputed welterweight champion
LAST STAND: W (UD10) Cecilia Braekhus, March 13
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


4. AMANDA SERRANOPrevious ranking: n ° 3

RECORD: 40-1-1, 30 KOs
DIVISION: Featherweight (titlist)
LAST STAND: W (KO9) Daniela Bermudez, March 25
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


5. DELFINE PERSONPrevious ranking: n ° 6

RECORD: 44-3, 18 KB
DIVISION: Lightweight
LAST STAND: L (UD10) Katie Taylor, August 22
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


6. CHRISTINA HAMMERPrevious ranking: n ° 7

RECORD: 26-1, 12 KO
DIVISION: Average weight
LAST STAND: W (KO7) Sanna Turunen, December 20
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


7. MIKAELA MAYERPrevious ranking: n ° 8

RECORD: 14-0, 5 KOs
DIVISION: Junior light (titlist)
LAST STAND: W (UD10) Ewa Brodnicka, October 31
NEXT FIGHT: June 19 vs Erica Farias


T-8. CECILIA BRAEKHUSPrevious ranking: n ° 5

RECORD: 36-2, 9 KB
DIVISION: Welterweight
LAST STAND: L (UD10) Jessica McCaskill, March 13
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


T-8. DANIELA BERMUDEZPrevious ranking: n ° 10

RECORD: 29-4-3, 10 KOs
DIVISION: Bantamweight (titlist)
LAST STAND: L (KO9) Amanda Serrano, March 25
NEXT FIGHT: TBA


10. TERRI HARPERPrevious ranking: 9

RECORD: 11-0-1, 6 KOs
DIVISION: Junior light (titlist)
LAST STAND: W (TKO9) Katharina Thanderz, November 14
NEXT FIGHT: May 15 against Hyun Mi Choi


The formula

Rankings are based on a decreasing point system, with a first place vote receiving 10 points, a second place vote receiving nine points, and so on.

Others who received votes: Yesica Bopp (6), Seniesa Estrada (5), Layla McCarter (5) Hyun Choi (4), Yulihan Luna (1), Yanileth Mercado (1), Savannah Marshall (1), Chantelle Cameron (1).


How our experts voted

Timothy Bradley Jr .: 1. Shields, 2. Taylor, 3. Serrano, 4. McCaskil, 5. Hammer, 6. Mayer, 7. Harper, 8. Estrada, 9. Braekhus, ten. Persoon

Nick Parkinson: 1. Taylor, 2. Shields, 3. McCaskill, 4. Serrano, 5. Braekhus, 6. Persoon, 7. Hammer, 8. Mayer, 9. Bopp, ten. Cameron

Michelle Joy Phelps: 1. Shields, 2. Taylor, 3. McCaskill, 4. Serrano, 5. Braekhus, 6. Persoon, 7. Mayer, 8. Harper, 9. Bermuda shorts, ten. Marshall

Salvador Rodriguez: 1. Taylor, 2. Shields, 3. McCaskill, 4. Persoon, 5. Serrano, 6. Harper, 7. Bermuda shorts, 8. Mayer, 9. Braekhus, ten. Luna

Bernardo Pilatti: 1. Taylor, 2. Shields, 3. McCaskill, 4. Serrano, 5. Hammer, 6. McCarter, 7. Persoon, 8. Bermuda shorts, 9. Mayer, ten. Mercado

Charlie Moynihan: 1. Shields, 2. Taylor, 3. Serrano, 4. Bermuda shorts, 5. McCaskill, 6. Hammer, 7. Choi, 8. Persoon, 9. Mayer, ten. Braekhus

Kel Dansby: 1. Shields, 2. Taylor, 3. McCaskill, 4. Serrano, 5. Hammer, 6. Persoon, 7. Bopp, 8. Mayer, 9. Estrada, ten. Bermuda


ESPN expert survey

First place: Shields (4), Taylor (3)

The second place: Taylor (4), shields (3)

Third place: McCaskill (5), Serrano (2)

Fourth place: Serrano (4), McCaskill (1), Persoon (1), Bermudez (1)

Fifth place: Hammer (3), Braekhus (2), McCaskill (1), Serrano (1)

Sixth place: Persoon (3) Hammer (1), Mayer (1), Harper (1), McCarter (1)

Seventh place: Harper (2), Persoon (1), Mayer (1), Bermudez (1), Choi (1), Bopp (1)

Eighth place: Mayer (3), Persoon (1), Bermudez (1), Harper (1), Estrada (1)

Ninth place: Mayer (2), Braekhus (2), Bermudez (1), Bopp (1), Estrada (1)

10th place: Persoon (1), Braekhus (1), Bermudez (1), Luna (1), Mercado (1), Cameron (1), Marshall (1)



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