Boxing is one of the most entertaining sports in the world and it provides some of the most extraordinary athletes in the world of sports. Each year, brand-new boxers take to the ring in the hopes that they will achieve their dreams and goals. However, only a select few get to reach the top of the sport with each passing year. We therefore decided to take an in-depth look at the best pound-for-pound boxers that were making a name for themselves in 2018.
Mikey Garcia, with a 39-0 record of which 30 were knock-outs, managed to unify two lightweight belts after a decision was made over Robert Easter Jr. during an IBF championship match on 28 July. Garcia is at the centre point of most conversations as an opponent for each and every high-level boxer, ranging from Errol Spence Jr to Vasyl Lomachenko to Manny Pacquiao.
Deontay Wilder, with a 40-0 record of which 39 were knockouts, made his debut on our list purely due to his impressive knockout victory against Luis Ortiz in March. Deontay Wilder was struggling during the match until he managed to turn things around with a single right hand. Wilder’s next big fight is going to be for a title against Anthony Joshua and talks about the fight have already been discussed once before.
Shawn Porter, with a 29-2-1 record of which 17 were knockouts, managed to win the WBC welterweight title after a hard-fought decision victory against Danny Garcia on 8 September. Porter comes with an aggressive style and hasn’t experienced a bad fight as of yet. Both losses in his career, to Kell Brook and Keith Thurman, were extremely close. The Garcia fight was also quite close, but Porter finally got the win he deserved.
Leo Santa Cruz
Leo Santa Cruz, with a 35-1-1 record of which 19 were knockouts, managed to score a unanimous decision against his fight with Abner Mares during their rematch in June. The victory assisted him in securing his status as the ultimate featherweight boxer in the world.
Keith Thurman, with a 28-0 record of which 22 were knockouts, has been away from the ring from quite some time due to a shoulder injury following his title unification victory against Danny Garcia that took place in March 2017.
Errol Spence Jr.
Errol Spence Jr, with a 24-0 record of which 21 were knockouts, made 3 successful defenses for his IBF welterweight title. He is currently enjoying a streak of 11 knockouts and is likely to fight again during the fall against Jesse Vargas.
Most boxing fans believe that Golovkin should have claimed victory in his mega-bout against Canelo Alvarez in 2017 and during his rematch in September 2018. However, Golovkin, with a 37-1-1 record of which 33 were knockouts, managed to come up short during the rematch which dropped a majority decision on the judges’ card. Perhaps his next rematch would be better.