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2017-06-01
The Champions.....or The Champions, The Contenders Passed Off as Champions, and The Non-Contenders Passed Off as Champions- Part III
Pictured: WBC World Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia, TTR's #1 ranked lightweight contender for the vacant Lineal World Lightweight Title


Last year, on two occasions, we looked at where all of the organizational "world" champions stood in TTR's rankings. the second of those occasions was nearly a year ago. So, let's do it again.

As stated in Part II last June, TTR recognizes lineal champions only. A lineal champion is the true king of a division. Titles are filled by a contender beating the lineal champion in a title bout or, when a title is vacant, or dormant for a long period, by the winner of the division's #1 contender vs. the division's #2 contender in a bout contested at or below the division's weight limit.

There are only three lineal champions. Last June, there were five.

The following will show where the organizational champions stand in TTR's current rankings, those through May 23, 2017.

HEAVYWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Anthony Joshua (IBF, WBA Super, IBO)
4. Deontay Wilder (WBC)
5. Joseph Parker (WBO)

Not Rated:
Vitali Klitschko (WBC Emeritus)- last fought 9/8/12
Tyson Fury (The Ring)- last fought 11/28/15

CRUISERWEIGHT/JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Oleksandr Usyk (WBO)
2. Murat Gassiev (IBF)
4. Mairis Briedis (WBC)
5. Denis Lebedev (WBA Super)
6. Tony Bellew (WBC Emeritus)

Not Rated:
Yunior Dorticos (WBA Interim)- last fought 5/20/16
Beibut Shumenov- last fought 5/21/16

Note:
IBO- VACANT (to be filled 8/12/17- IBO #13/TTR unranked Kevin Lerena vs. IBO #33/TTR unranked Maxim Maslov)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT:

Champion: Adonis Stevenson (TTR, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, WBC)

1. Andre Ward (WBA Super, WBO, IBF)
2. Sergey Kovalev (WBC Diamond)
8. Nathan Cleverly (WBA)
10. Dmitry Bivol (WBA Interim)

Not Rated:
Igor Mikhalkin (IBO)

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. James DeGale (IBF)
2. Gilberto Ramirez (WBO)
3. George Groves (WBA Super)
6. Andre Dirrell (IBF Interim)
8. Chris Eubank, Jr. (IBO) (also ranked #6 at 160)
10. Tyron Zeuge (WBA, Global Boxing Union)

Note:
WBC- VACANT (to be filled 9/9/17- WBC #1/TTR #5 Callum Smith vs. WBC #2/TTR #7 Anthony Dirrell)

MIDDLEWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Gennady Golovkin (WBA Super, IBO, IBF, WBC)
2. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (The Ring)
5. Billy Joe Saunders (WBO)
6. Avtandil Khurtsidze (WBO Interim)
7. Hassan N'Dam (WBA)

SUPER WELTERWEIGHT/JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Erislandy Lara (WBA Super, IBO)
2. Jermell Charlo (WBC)
3. Demetrius Andrade (WBA)
6. Jarrett Hurd (IBF)

Not Ranked:
Floyd Mayweather (WBC Emeritus)- last fought 9/12/15
Brian Carlos Castano (WBA Interim)

Note:
WBO- VACANT (to be filled 8/6/17- WBO #1/TTR unranked Miguel Cotto vs. WBO #5/TTR unranked Yoshihiro Kamegai).....Cotto last fought 11/21/15

WELTERWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Manny Pacquiao (WBO)
2. Keith Thurman (WBA Super, WBC)
5. Errol Spence, Jr. (IBF)
8. Lamont Peterson (WBA)

Not Ranked:
Floyd Mayweather (WBC Emeritus)- last fought 9/12/15

Note:
#5 ranked Spence KOed #3 Kell Brook in the 11th round to win the IBF title on 5/27/17.

SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT/JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT:

Champion: Terence Crawford (TTR, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, The Ring, WBO, WBC)

1. Julius Indongo (IBF, IBO, WBA Super)

Note:
WBA- VACANT

LIGHTWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Mikey Garcia (WBC)
2. Jorge Linares (The Ring, WBA, WBC Diamond)
3. Terry Flanagan (WBO)
4. Robert Easter, Jr. (IBF)

Not Ranked:
Emmanuel Tagoe (IBO)

SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT/JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT;

Champion: VACANT

1. Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO)
2. Jezreel Corrales (WBA Super)
3. Miguel Berchelt (WBC)
8. Gervonta Davis (IBF)

Note:
WBA- VACANT
IBO- VACANT

FEATHERWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Leo Santa Cruz (WBA Super, WBC Diamond)
3. Gary Russell, Jr. (WBC)
4. Abner Mares (WBA)
5. Lee Selby (IBF)
6. Oscar Valdez (WBO)
9. Claudio Marrero (WBA Interim, IBO)

SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT/JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT:

Champion: Guillermo Rigondeaux (TTR, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, WBA Super)

1, Jessie Magdaleno (WBO)
2. Yukinori Oguni (IBF)
5. Moises Flores (WBA Interim, IBO)
6. Rey Vargas (WBC)
7. Shun Kubo (WBA)

BANTAMWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Shinsuke Yamanaka (WBC, The Ring)
2. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (WBA Super)
4. Jamie McDonnell (WBA)
7. Lee Haskins (IBF)
8. Zolani Tete (WBO)

Note:
IBO- VACANT

SUPER FLYWEIGHT/JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Naoya Inoue (WBO)
2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (WBC)
5. Khalid Yafai (WBA)
6. Jerwin Ancajas (IBF)

Not Ranked:
Gideon Buthelezi (IBO)

FLYWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

1. Kazuto Ioka (WBA)
2. Donnie Nietes (IBF)
3. Daigo Higa (WBC)
6. Zou Shiming (WBO)
7. Moruti Mthalane (IBO)

LIGHT FLYWEIGHT/JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT:

Champion: VACANT

2. Kosei Tanaka (WBO)
3. Ken Shiro (WBC)
4. Milan Melindo (IBF)
6. Ryoichi Taguchi (WBA)

Not Ranked:
Hekkie Budler (IBO)

MINIMUMWEIGHT/MINI-FLYWEIGHT/STRAWWEIGHT:

1. Wanheng Menayothin (WBC)
2. Knockout CP Freshmart (WBA)
4. Jose Argumedo (IBF)
7. Simpiwe Khonco (IBO)
11. Tatsuya Fukuhara (WBO)

Note:
#6 Saul Juarez and #10 Jose Antonio Jimenez suffered defeats on 5/27/17 and 5/26/17 respectively.






 
Article By: Ken Pollitt