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THE WELTERWEIGHT RANKINGS

By Maloney L. Samaco
PhilBoxing.com
Thu, 26 Sep 2019



With the coming welterweight unification fight between Erroll Spence, Jr. and Shawn Porter on Saturday (Sunday, Philippine time) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California all of the boxing world's eyes are focused on the welterweight division, the so-called "money division" in boxing today.

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The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board rated the top welterweights as follows:

1. Manny Pacquiao, 62-7-2 (39 KOs), Philippines
2. Errol Spence Jr., 25-0-0 (21 KOs), USA
3. Terence Crawford, 35-0-0 (26 KOs), USA
4. Shawn Porter, 30-2-1 (17 KOs), USA
5. Keith Thurman, 29-1-0 (22 KOs), USA
6. Yordenis Ugas, 24-4-0 (11 KOs), Cuba
7. Danny Garcia, 35-2-0 (21 KOs), USA
8. Sergey Lipinets, 16-1-0 (11 KOs), Kazakhstan
9. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, 16-0-0, (9 KOs) Uzbekistan
10. Egidijus Kavaliauskas, 21-0-1 (17 KOs), Lithuania

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The Ring ranks the finest active welterweight fighters as follows:

1. Errol Spence Jr.
2. Terence Crawford
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Keith Thurman
5. Shawn Porter
6. Danny Garcia
7. Yordenis Ugas
8. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
9. Sergey Lipinets
10. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov

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Boxrec.com ranks the top welterweights of the world, together with their ages, as follows:

1. Terence Crawford, 31
2. Errol Spence Jr, 29
3. Manny Pacquiao, 40
4. Shawn Porter, 30
5. Danny Garcia, 31
6. Yordenis Ugas, 33
7. Keith Thurman,30
8. Mikey Garcia, 31
9. Amir Khan, 32
10. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, 26

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WBA champion Manny Pacquiao won the title on July 20, 2019 over Keith Thurman by unanimous decision with no title defense yet. WBC champion Shawn Porter won the title on September 8, 2018 over Danny Garcia by unanimous decision with one title defense over Yordenis Ugas by split decision.

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IBF champion Errol Spence, Jr. won the title on May 27, 2017 over Kell Brook by KO 11th rd. with three title defenses over Lamont Peterson by TKO 7th rd., Carlos Ocampo by KO 1st rd. and Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision. WBO champion Terence Crawford won the title on June 9, 2018 over Jeff Horn by TKO 9th rd. with two title defenses over Jose Benavidez, Jr. by TKO 12th rd. and Amir Khan by TKO 6th rd.

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As the 2019-20 NBA season opening is not too far away, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are among the favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals. But several experts put the Clippers ahead of the Lakers. Many questioned whether the Lakers are competent to the highest of levels.

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Ethan Strauss of The Athletic recently conducted an NBA Executive Survey and one of these bosses thinks there is a gap between the two teams. "Questions of fit and chemistry persist, and many are noting just how many games LeBron James has played up to this point. Like the Warriors, the Lakers are also lacking in perimeter defense, in a league where it seems to matter more than ever."

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Executives are also talking themselves about the Clippers' vulnerabilities. Paul George suffered a shoulder injury and ruptures like this are unpredictable and George will be out for an unknown period. Kawhi Leonard played just 60 games for the Toronto Raptors last season. Nothing is sure about either team's showing until their actual play. The wait is not too long as the Lakers and Clippers will face each other on Opening Night.

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George underwent two offseason shoulder surgeries. He had a partially torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder repaired in May, and he had a tear in the labrum of his left shoulder repaired in June. Jovan Buha of The Athletic wrote that ?Paul George seems to be ahead of schedule.? For the past three weeks, George has been practicing with the Clippers and weightlifting. He has worked tirelessly on his shooting and scoring skills.


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